INTERNATIONAL CALLS FOR ITALY TO RETURN ILLEGAL WASTE FROM TUNISIA

Credit goes to Réseau Tunisie Verte Forty-four international environmental groups co-signed a demand yesterday (3 May) calling for the Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius to order the immediate repatriation of Italian municipal waste that was illegally shipped to Tunisia last year. In July 2020, Italian company Sviluppo Risorse Ambientali exported 282 containers to the Tunisian port city of Sousse, which it claimed was processed waste that would be recycled. The containers were listed as storing plastic scraps for recycling, but customs officers in Tunisia discovered…

Triomphe Thuccabor olive oil wins gold medal at the Berlin GOOA

Tunisian olive oil brand Triomphe Thuccabor has won a gold medal at the Berlin Global Olive Oil Awards (Berlin GOOA). It is a competition event that encapsulates multi-year collective knowledge and expertise of high-profile scientists, food tech pioneers, and key business players, setting the standards for a credible, transparent, and trustworthy global olive oil competition. The Berlin GOOA Awards aims to become synonymous with the excellence and quality recognition competition in the olive oil industry, offering a prestigious European Olive Oil Award with Global Reach. Every year, Triomph Thuccabor travels…

Tunisia plans to construct a waste sorting/treatment center

The Ministry of Local Affairs and the Environment has recently launched a call for applications for the construction of a waste sorting/treatment center in Tunisia in a bid to improve household waste management as the North African country’s population keeps on growing. According to the Word bank, back in 2019, the country had a population of about 11.6 million which is expected to increase to more than 11.9 million by the end of this year (2021). In a statement, the Department of the Environment specified that this action is part of the…

FinTech Expensya raises $20 million

Expensya announces a $20 million round of financing from MAIF Avenir and Silicon Badia. ISAI, the iconic French Tech fund led by Jean-David Chamboredon, and Seventure Partners, which took part in the company’s previous round of funding ($4.5 million in December 2018), also participated in the deal. Founded in 2014 by Karim Jouini and Jihed Othmani, two former Microsoft engineers, the Franco-Tunisian FinTech initially tackled the management of expense reports before expanding its scope at the end of 2018 to all professional expenses (overheads, online purchases, public transport…). “This is…

Jewish pilgrimage in Ghriba sees dwindling numbers amid Covid-19 fear

The annual Jewish pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue on Tunisia’s Djerba island started on Monday, but without the usual crowds due to Covid-19 restrictions. The pilgrimage to Ghriba – the oldest synagogue in Africa – takes place from April 25 to May 2 for the island’s Jewish community and the few faithful able to make the trip from abroad. Last year it was cancelled due to the pandemic, but this year it is taking place – albeit with pilgrims praying individually and wearing face masks. Beginning 33 days after the…

Maritime line between Libya and Tunisia reopened

The Libyan – Tunisian Economic Cooperation Council announced the opening of a maritime line between the two countries soon. The Council announced on Social Media that the Executive Director of the Libyan-Tunisian Economic Cooperation Council, Saber Baqra, voiced the willingness of a group of Libyan and Tunisian businessmen to work to improve Tunisian-Libyan trade ties and establish joint investment projects during his meeting with the Tunisian Minister of Transport and Logistics Moez Chakchouk. After the necessary procedures and arrangements on the Tunisian side were completed, the Director of the Council…

Tunisia asks IMF for finance programme

Tunisia has asked the International Monetary Fund for a new financing programme, an IMF letter seen by Reuters shows, and is preparing to start talks with the fund. Tunisian officials said Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi will travel to Washington on May 3 to hold talks with IMF officials Reuters reports. The Tunisian government agreed on an economic reform package with powerful labour union UGTT at the end of last month that tackles subsidies, taxes and state firms, and which was seen as opening the way for an agreement with the…

Nader Masmoudi elected member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Mathematician Nader Masmoudi was elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Born in 1974 in Sfax, Nader Masmoudi was the first and only mathematician to win a gold medal for his country at the International Mathematical Olympiad in 1992. After obtaining his baccalaureate, he continued his studies in France. In 1999, he obtained a PhD in mathematics on asymptotic problems in fluid mechanics. After his studies, Nader Masmoudi pursued a scientific career at the Cermade unit of Paris-Dauphine before moving to New…

UK calls for young Tunisian perspectives on climate change on Earth Day

On the occasion of Earth Day, the British Embassy in Tunis organised a virtual session on climate challenges in Tunisia ahead of COP26, with the participation of UK Ambassador to Tunisia Edward Oakden, COP26 Regional Ambassador, Janet Rogan, COP26 negotiator at the Tunisian Ministry of environment, Mohamed Zmerli and Eco heroes Winner, Fatma Amri.  Fatma Amri is from Gabes, reportedly the most polluted region in Tunisia. Her ECOGAB project promotes bicycle use over car use to minimize emissions. It also encourages young people to recycle by delivering training sessions on…

Tunisia: Migration awareness campaign ‘Esshih’ launched

An awareness campaign called Esshih was officially launched in Tunisia on April 8 to provide information on the risks posed by irregular migration to youths who could potentially undertake such a journey, to their families and to society as a whole. The campaign also aims to publicize possible alternatives in Tunisia to emigration or regular pathways to move abroad. The campaign was promoted by the Tunisian national observatory on migrations (ONM), in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Tunisian diaspora association in Italy, Pontes. Esshih, which…