Tunisia among major world tourist destinations in post-COVID (FORBES)

Tunisia is among the top 7 countries with the potential to become major tourist destinations in the post-COVID period, FORBES reported on its website. The US magazine said «Rife with picturesque Mediterranean beaches, ancient ruins, and Maghrebi cuisine, Tunisia is shaping up to be the perfect destination for those wishing to experience the vibrant and unique culture of North Africa. Tunisia, which has was able to attract more than 9 million tourists, is among the countries least exposed to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, although it is close to…

CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENS SUBMISSIONS FOR ITS 42ND EDITION

The festival which is scheduled to run from 19-28 November 2020, sees Mohamed Hefzy continuing as President and Ahmed Shawky appointed as Artistic Director. The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) is now accepting submissions for its 42nd edition, which is scheduled to be held from 19-28 November 2020. The Festival’s management will be guided by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organisation to ensure the necessary safeguards and protections are in place to ensure guests’ and participants’ safety as a result of the pandemic. The modified 42nd edition comes…

8 MENA startups win Hub71 MENA growth competition

The All Arab MIT Enterprise Forum and Hub71 have announced eight winners for the second edition of the Hub71 MENA growth competition, Emirati.News reports. The winners were selected from a group of semi-finalists of the Arab Startup Competition in the MITEF Startup Competition in the last three sessions (11th, 12th and 13th sessions), the same source said. More than 50 startups across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have applied for the Abu Dhabi-based Hub71 Incentive Program, which includes 50 or 100 percent of subsidized housing, office space,…

Tunisia to open sea, air and land borders on June 27

Tunisia will open its sea, land and air borders on June 27, the Tunisian authorities said on Monday. This measure is taken to rescue its tourism industry as the COVID-19 pandemic comes under control. The government said also it will allow movement between cities again as of Thursday. Tunisia has forecast its economy will shrink up to 4.3% this year, the steepest drop since 1956 independence. The important tourism sector could lose $1.4 billion and 400,000 jobs this year due to the pandemic. TunisianMonitorOnline

Organic olive oil: Tunisian brand “Triomphe Thuccabor” wins International Prize Biolterritori

“We have just received some excellent news from Italy and we must share with you, our Triomphe brand has been awarded the special prize BIOLTERRITORI (PRIZE FOR THE BEST OF CLASS TUNISIAN ORGANIC OLIVE OIL) the most prestigious and reliable prize for the world’s highest quality sustainable ORGANIC olive oils by a jury of 30 experts in the field”, said Maher Ben Ismail co-founder of Ben Ismail Domain. Maher Ben Ismail also states that Biolterritori is one of the most prestigious and reliable awards for organic olive oils, of high…

“Tounes Wijhetouna” : New EU programme to develop sustainable tourism

“Tounes Wijhetouna”, a new European Union programme (Tunisia, Our Destination), aims to diversify and strengthen the quality of tourism offer in Tunisia, by creating beneficial partnerships between the country’s tourism sectors, handicrafts, design, area products and cultural heritage, said the EU delegation in Tunisia on its Facebook page. The EU delegation said the 51-million-euro programme – 45 million euros of which were directly allocated by Brussels – will last six years, and involve three major components: diversification and strengthening of tourism offerings, strengthening value chains in handicrafts and design, and…

WWF North Africa demands transition to green economy

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) North Africa in Tunisia has urged leaders to implement sustainable recovery plans to transition towards a ”greener, more sustainable” economy which is ”more equal and carbon neutral”. ”Our governors must resist the temptation of saving the unsustainable economy, a socially unjust and polluting economy that is heating our planet, exhausting natural resources and hindering the health and well-being of our people”, WWF said. The organisation stressed the need to move public and private investments from polluting options to sustainable ones. ”Our government must show leadership…

How Europe’s post-COVID-19 economy and environment can both prosper

Amid the upheaval, there might be a silver lining – an opportunity for Europe to come closer to achieving global sustainability goals.Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, good news has been in short supply. The enormous social and economic consequences of the pandemic are becoming clearer by the day, and we’ll be feeling the effects on our lives and livelihoods for decades to come. Yet amid the immense human and economic toll, something else is also becoming clearer: our skies. Life without car or air travel has allowed nature…

EU-Maghreb Relations: Economy Should Take Centre Stage in Post-Pandemic Era

One of the unavoidable consequences of the current pandemic will be the repatriation of part of the value chains of international European and North American companies home or closer to home. How important this turns out to be and what sectors it will impact most is yet not clear, but public opinion will no longer allow certain key necessities to be sourced essentially in China. As European leaders consider which products need to be manufactured closer to home, they could do worse than spare a thought for Algeria, Morocco and…

PROCONSULT Tunisia: The refinancing of banks would be close to 20 billion dinars

The research and analysis unit of the PROCONSULT Tunisia consulting firm, which is composed of eminent experts, engineers and former ministers, has just published its April 2020 report on Tunisia’s prospects after COVID. The report takes stock of the situation in Tunisia in April 2020 and tries to anticipate possible developments. It is obvious that any prospecting effort in such circumstances consists of dealing with several interdependent factors that are not controllable but also unpredictable in terms of prospects and impact. Although a lack of solidarity in the international management…