WTTC classifies Tunisia as COVID-Safe destination

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) announced in an official statement issued on Friday that it has classified Tunisia as a COVID-Safe destination, granting it the status of “Safe Travel Stamp” to recognise the safest destination that can accommodate tourists safely, announced the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts. This classification has also concerned 30 other destinations, in addition to Tunisia, says the Ministry’s statement published Friday in Tunis. “This classification is the result of the success achieved by Tunisia in the fight against the Corona virus following the adoption…

Hend Sabri and Sami Bouajila awarded at Critics Awards for Arab Films in Cannes

Tunisia’s Hend Sabri and Sami Bouajila won top awards at the 2020 Critics Awards for Arab Films in Cannes, bagging the Best Actress and Best Actor awards respectively, TAP reported on Friday. The winners have just been announced for the fourth Critics Awards for Arab Films: 141 jury members from 57 countries voted to determine the top films, the same source said. The event is organised by the Arab Cinema Centre as part of the Virtual Marché du Film, which took place on the margins of the 70th annual Cannes…

TUNISIA: IPPs designated to produce 70 MWp from 16 solar power plants

The Tunisian government has just selected several independent power producers (IPPs) for the implementation of a solar project to produce 70 MWp of electricity from 16 photovoltaic solar power plants. The results of the call for tenders for the development of a solar project have just been published by the government in Tunisia. The objective of this project is to inject 70 MWp into the Tunisian national electricity grid through the construction of 16 new solar power plants in the country. At least six solar power plants with a capacity…

Wind energy in Tunisia, the Sidi Mansour wind farm advances

Climate Fund Managers (CFM) and UPC Renewables (UPC) are partnering on the development of the 30MW Sidi Mansour wind farm in Tunisia, which will provide a proof and concept and support for the country’s target of 30% renewable energy by 2030, Evwind reported. In 2016, Tunisia announced the launch of the Tunisian Solar Plan 2030 with the goal of increasing the share of renewables in the electricity generation mix from 3% to 30%. Now the Sidi Mansour Project will also assist the country in meeting its renewable energy goal, reduce…

Tunisia’s lagoon farms and hanging gardens recognized as world heritage sites

Tunisia’s traditional Ramli agricultural systems in the lagoons of Ghar El Melh (above) and its hanging gardens from Djebba El Olia, have been recognized as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), a designation managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It is the second time Tunisian sites have won the GIAHS recognition, after Gafsa Oases in 2011. Both sites reflect profound bonds between the cultivated crops and the natural ecosystem, local fauna and flora, while promoting the preservation of traditional knowledge and biodiversity conservation. Their recognition as GIAHS sites will encourage…

Libya, Tunisia resume border trading under safety measures

Libya and Tunisia have resumed trading operations, allowing cargo trucks to transit goods via Ras Jedir crossing border, after months of suspension due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Libya Observer reported. Director of Ras Jedir border, brigadier general Abu Rabi Makhlouf emphasized that the handover and receipt operations are carried out according to specific conditions set by a Libyan-Tunisian committee specialized in this regard. Makhlouf explained that the trucks stop at a specific point at each sides of the border to have their cargo checked in terms of health and…

General Assembly of the Tunisia Africa Business Council

The “Tunisia Africa Business Council-TABC” is about to organize its third ordinary general assembly. This assembly will take place on Saturday, June 27, 2020 and will represent an opportunity to take stock of the first five years of existence of this business council which has not ceased to strengthen economic cooperation between Tunisia and Africa and to promote relations between Tunisian and African investors. Through various actions, particularly multisectoral missions in many countries of the continent, this business council has opened the voice of Tunisian companies to develop in Africa,…

National dialogue for reconciliation is the urgent need

The last report of the anti-poverty organization “Oxfam” Tunisia, published on June 17, highlights the contribution of the Tunisian tax system to the deepening of inequalities among Tunisians. “It draws attention to the risk of these inequalities becoming even more pronounced with the coronavirus”. The economic crisis is huge but it is not the only factor that arouses fears among Tunisians. Such report indeed is one of many reports and descriptions that give us a clear overview of the hard current status quo that our country is going through, without…

Tunisian diplomacy and signs of promising reforms

Agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Basic trade Union Following the meeting held on June 17, 2020, with Minister of Foreign Affairs Noureddine Erray, the basic trade Union of the Foreign Ministry’s officers and executives, stemming from the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) informs its members of the following agreements. -The pledge to respect the criteria for appointing the heads of the diplomatic and consular missions abroad agreed upon in the minutes of former meetings with the administrative side which is an important gain that the basic…

Tunisia is reopening to international tourists this month

In hopes of salvaging summer along its thousands of kilometres of Mediterranean coastline, Tunisia is reopening its borders to international visitors at the end of the month. Algerians and Europeans – including British tourists – will be permitted back into the country from 27 June, and a further announcement about conditions of entry into the country is expected next week. Tunisia was locked down in mid-March and has recorded zero new coronavirus cases since 2 June, as well as one of the lowest numbers of cases per capita of any country on…