Tech 4 Tunisia, lever for technological growth in various sectors

The Ministry of Communication Technologies and Digital Transformation will soon launch a new program “Tech 4 Tunisia” which will make it possible to federate and materilise innovative projects in various sectors, announced minister, Mohamed Fadhel Kraiem. “This new initiative will be a lever and an implementation arm of several innovative projects in many sectors,” the minister said. In an interview with TAP, Fadhel explained that the idea for the project was born during this period during which a real momentum was created in terms of identifying innovative technological solutions for…

“For the moment, melon season is looking good,” says Med’Essor Manager

As the Maltese season from Tunisia draws to an end, Med’Essor will soon start marketing its first Spanish melons. “We are at the heart of the Moroccan campaign and we are about to start with the Spanish origin. For the moment, everything is going well. The quality of the melons is good, prices are reasonable, volumes are satisfactory and there is no supply problem. This year again, we will continue with our Rouge Gorge brand. We hope that consumption will be good,” Mourad Ben Salem, manager of Med’Essor told Fresh…

UTAP to train 150 farmers in better water resource management

The Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fisheries (UTAP) has launched a training project for 150 farmers from several Tunisian governorates. This initiative aimed for sustainable management of water resources and identification of new mechanisms for the implementation of water-saving irrigated crops. The agricultural sector consumes 80% of water resources in Tunisia. This situation poses a huge problem for the sustainable management of this increasingly scarce resource in the country. To address this issue, the Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fisheries (UTAP) launched on April 9, 2020, a training project for…

IMF grants $745m to Tunisia for COVID-19 response

The International Monetary Fund on Friday approved a $745 million emergency loan for Tunisia as it continues to roll out an unprecedented number of aid packages to countries battling the coronavirus. “These resources will help address urgent fiscal and balance of payments needs stemming from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic” in Tunisia, the IMF said in a statement. The nation has been hit hard by the virus, and the economy is expected to contract by 4.3 % his year, the fund said, which would be the deepest recession since…

Tunisia’s economic prospects depend on ability to leverage resources (Oxford Business Group)

“To a great extent, Tunisia’s future economic prospects will depend on its ability to leverage its resources – notably its skilled labour force – to tackle the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, as well as its ability to get business up and running again, said Oxford Business Group. The global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes economic intelligence on the markets of the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America, said in an article Thursday going back to work in post-lockdown Tunisia is expected to come with some changes, especially regarding…

ISDB to lend Tunisia $280 mln to face up COVID-19

The Islamic Development Bank (ISDB) plans to lend Tunisia $280 million to deal with the coronavirus crisis, a government source told Reuters on Thursday, as part of an urgent aid package to support member states. The bank said on Twitter that the bank had allocated $2.3 billion to help member states combat the pandemic. The loan will be allocated to finance the central pharmacy to support the country’s ability to purchase medicines and to support the health ministry, Reuters reported. TunisianMonitorOnline

ABO Wind connects 1.5 MWp of rooftop PV at poultry farms in Tunisia

German renewables developer ABO Wind AG has commissioned 12 photovoltaic (PV) rooftop systems totalling 1.5 MWp at poultry breeding farms run by Poulina Holding Group in Tunisia, Renewables Now reported on Wednesday. The project involved the installation of solar modules on six buildings at two sites located some 40 kilometres (24.8 miles) south-west of the Tunisian capital Tunis. In the town of Testour, ABO Wind put up solar modules of 900 kWp in total, while rooftops in Medjez el Bab host a combined 600 kWp, the same source said. Construction…

New platform “Men_Dari” and increase of broadband launched by TT

Tunisie Telecom announced on Monday the launch of its new #Men_Dari platform designed to accompany Tunisians during the period of total lockdown decreed by the Tunisian authorities to contain the spread of the coronavirus. At an online press briefing held on Monday, Tunisie Telecom’s interim CEO, Khalil Laabidi, explained that #Men_Dari, accessible via the code USSD*190#, brings together the services and packages launched to meet the needs of Tunisians during this period of total containment, including free access to some forty sites including university and education sites under the supervision…

WB, IMF call to Action on Debt of IDA Countries

The World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund called in a joint statement to Action on the Debt of IDA Countries. The statement indicates that the coronavirus outbreak is likely to have severe economic and social consequences for IDA countries, home to a quarter of the world’s population and two-thirds of the world’s population living in extreme poverty. With immediate effect—and consistent with national laws of the creditor countries—the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) call on all official bilateral creditors to suspend debt payments from…

Tunisia mobilises 2.5 billion dinars to combat effects of coronavirus

Tunisia is allocating 2.5 billion dinars to combat the economic and social effects of the coronavirus health crisis, Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said on Saturday. Among new measures, the government will delay tax debts, postpone taxes on small- and medium-sized businesses, delay repayment of low-income employee loans and provide financial assistance to poor families. “All of Tunisia is united in this dangerous war. The war has a cost and the exceptional decisions that we announced have a cost, but we have no choice”, Fakhfakh said in an address to the…