A glimmer of hope at the end of sight

After a decade of uncertainty, misery and fear of the future, Tunisian people voice their hope to see their country shaping its vital balance in this critical time. Tunisians are facing a tough political crisis at all levels, but they are still confident that it won’t last long and their top leader president Kais Saied serves his country with dedication and commitment by grappling with the huge problems as comment many experts. It is known that Tunisia is damaged over this last decade by the Islamist Ennahdha party ruling by…

Tunisia’s Junior Robotics Lab scaling cloud-based learning platform across borders

Having started life as a simple robotics club, Tunisian ed-tech startup Junior Robotics Lab now has resellers in various African and European markets, and is targeting further growth. Born in 2017 as an organiser of robotics clubs, with kids starting from the age of eight and learn how to design, code, and build robots, Junior Robotics Lab has gradually transitioned into the ed-tech space and was officially announced as a startup in January 2020, Disrupt Africa reports. These days, the startup is a cloud-based platform that helps schools to teach robotics and…

Borrell expected to visit Libya, Tunisia and Iraq in September

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Policy, Josep Borrell, intends to visit Libya, along with Tunisia and Iraq next month, the Libya Observer reports. The EU is in direct contact with Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU), in order to fully organize Borrell’s visit to Tripoli, according to the Italian Nova Agency, citing Libyan sources for its information. On Sunday last, Borrell called for the creation of a European military force capable of fighting if called upon, suggesting: “A force of approximately 50,000 soldiers, who…

Tunisia halted at least 11 migrant boats headed for Italy

Tunisian security forces have stepped up their activities against irregular migration, AnsaMed reports. Italian interior ministry sources say that this came after the activation of a “direct line of communication between the Italian and Tunisian authorities for the rapid exchange of information on boats carrying irregular migrants departing from the North African country’s coasts and on criminal activities connected with this phenomenon”. The Tunisian Coast Guard has thwarted “eleven unauthorized attempts to cross the maritime border and rescued 231 people”, according to a Tunisian interior ministry statement, noting that among…

Natural and organic cosmetics are booming in Tunisia

Tunisia is witnessing significant growth of the natural cosmetics sector and its role in socio-economic development. Over 1,000 hectares are dedicated to the cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants. There are 187 non-toxic aromatic and medicinal plant species, of which 80 are grown intensively. The country is currently the world’s leading exporter of neroli and the second largest exporter of rosemary oil. Exports of prickly pear seed oil also recorded a clear upward trend during 2020, despite the global economic crisis. To enhance knowledge sharing and strengthen market access for…

Tunisian navy rescues nearly 400 migrants after boats capsize

Tunisian naval forces rescued 396 migrants from drowning after several of their boats capsized in the middle of the night while making the journey across the Mediterranean to reach Italy, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday More migrants have been attempting the dangerous crossing from the North African coast in recent weeks. Many of those setting off for a better life are from Syria, Bangladesh and other African countries, as well as Tunisians. Twelve people remain missing from a boat accident near the Mahdia resort area south of the capital…

Libya reopens borders with Tunisia

Libya reopened its air traffic and land borders with neighbouring country Tunisia on Thursday. The government sent correspondence in this regard to the ministers of Transport and Interior, underscoring the need to take protective measures against the Covid-19 pandemic, the Libya Observer reports The letters referred to previous recommendations set by relevant bodies that provided for the necessity of opening land and air crossings for health, humanitarian and economic reasons, with an emphasis on the need to take all the necessary precautions and sanitary shields. Libya closed its border with…

AfDB Lends €60 Million to Tunisia for Economic Recovery Programme

The African Development Bank, AfDB, Wednesday said it has lent Tunisia €60 million to back Tunisia’s economic recovery plan and social inclusion, AfDB reports The credit line, according to the bank, will support the dynamics of economic recovery by improving the investment climate, preserving employment and promoting social inclusion through new mechanisms to respond to social challenges, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. It also supports the improvement of the efficiency of social spending by streamlining social assistance programs and adopting a more targeted approach to beneficiary populations. Tunisia is facing…

Medical supplies heading to Tunisia to counter COVID-19 spread

Medical supplies and equipment donated by the State of Kuwait were flown to Tunisia to help the fellow Arab country counter the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) announced on Thursday. Head of medical services at KRCS Manhal Al-Enezi told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the medical cargo included ventilators and other necessary equipment. A Saudi plane loaded with more medical equipment and supplies landed Thursday at Tunis-Carthage International Airport in a bid to underpin Tunisia’s anti-COVID-19 efforts. An Egyptian military plane arrived at Tunis-Carthage International…

TUNISIA: IFC supports CHO for an ecological production of olive oil

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the subsidiary of the World Bank Group in charge of financing the private sector, has just approved a loan of 22 million dollars in favour of the CHO Group. The Tunisian olive oil producer will also be supported in the implementation of eco-responsible olive growing practices. Good news for the CHO Group. The Tunisian olive oil producer has just obtained a loan of 22 million dollars from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the subsidiary of the World Bank Group responsible for financing the private sector.…