Samia Elfekih: Tunisian researcher in Antarctica for the first time

Samia Elfekih proudly waves the Tunisian flag over the frozen lands of the South Pole Samia Elfekih is a biosafety researcher on a scientific expedition, becomes the first Tunisian to reach the South Pole. In an interview with TunisianMonitorOnlie, she explained that the three-week expedition is part of the Homeward Bound Program, which supports women leaders in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. Samia Elfekih expressed her pride at being the first Tunisian woman to set foot on this extremely cold and isolated land, stressing the importance and necessity of…

Relationship between Tunisia and Saudi Arabia: Deep and renewed cooperation

The deeply-rooted relations between Tunisia and Saudi Arabia which are distinguished by longstanding common brotherly cooperation and mutual respect appeared through mutual visits at the highest level of the two countries. The latest is the visit of Saudi Foreign affairs minister Prince Faical Bin Farhan Al–Saud to Tunisia, accompanied by minister of state for African Affairs Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Qattan,  an important occasion to hand Tunisian president Kais Said a letter from his brother King Selman Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud to visit the Kingdom. This invitation marks the Saudi leadership’s keenness…

TUNISIA: Mediterranean waste management is a concern for riparian countries

The COMMON project for the integrated management of marine waste in the Mediterranean was launched on the 19th of December 2019 in Monastir, a city located in the central-eastern part of Tunisia. Funded by the European Union and implemented in Tunisia, Italy and Lebanon, it aims to clean up the waters of the Mediterranean, which is presented as the most polluted sea in Europe. A new initiative aims to clean up the Mediterranean in order to preserve its biodiversity. A project called COMMON was launched on the 19th of December…

Hertie School and University of Carthage to organise summer school in 2020

Participants in the summer school to include: start-up entrepreneurs, lawyers and other business owners The Hertie School and the University of Carthage will jointly organise a summer school programme in March 2020, the Hertie School reports. Participants in the summer school will include Tunisian lawyers, start-up entrepreneurs and other business owners. These participants will be taking modules that will help them improve their soft skills, management skills and their knowledge of Tunisia’s legal and regulatory landscape, the same source said. Participants will gain insights into Germany’s start-up scene and best…

Tunisia receives US $84m for water projects

Tunisian received US $84m loan from the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the German development agency, to finance several solar and water management projects. in the country Out of the total, US $24m has been allocated to the National Sanitation Office (Onas),  intended for the implementation of Phase II of the Industrial Areas Remediation Programme, Construction Review Online reported. The programme will be marked by the collection and treatment of wastewater discharged by plants to prevent it from discharging into wetlands and Mediterranean coasts. This will benefit industrial areas of Moknine, Ben…

Tunisia among CNN Travel’s 20 best places to visit in 2020

The American Cable News Network (CNN) listed 20 best places to visit this year, including Tunisia. “Whether you want to relax on a remote island off the coast of Africa, ride Germany’s coolest trains or spot howling monkeys in South America, there is much to explore heading into a new decade in 2020,” the CNN said. “Japan will be hosting the Summer Olympics, Jamaica will be marking the late Bob Marley’s 75th birthday, and Washington will be on pins and needles for much of the year preparing for the US…

53 illegal refugees rescued off Kerkennah Islands

The Tunisian Navy has rescued 53 illegal refugees on Saturday who were bound to go to the Italian coast, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. The rescue operation took place 60 km northeast off Kerkennah Islands (coast of El Attayaà) in the Sfax governorate as their boat broke down the same source noted. The Ministry added that the refugees were aged between 16 and 30 and they took off on Friday night from Mahdia coast. TunisianMonitorOnline

Tunisia officially non-permanent member of UN Security Council

Tunisia, on Wednesday, is officially a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 period, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. The Ministry revealed that Tunisia has a set of priorities and strategic options as part of its non-permanent membership in the Security Council. These priorities focused on issues of conflict prevention and peaceful settlement so as to strengthen sustainable peace, boost the participation of women and youth in these efforts, and combat terrorism. This is besides increasing the effectiveness of United Nations peacekeeping operations,…

British holidaymakers told to have plastic-free holidays in Tunisia in 2020

According to the environmental organisation WWF, nearly 600,000 tonnes of plastic is dumped into the Mediterranean Sea every year. British holidaymakers are being encouraged to take plastic-free package holidays in Tunisia this year after the two countries signed an agreement on cutting tourist waste, inews reports. Tourists will be banned from using disposable plastic cups and cutlery in hotels by the end of March, while plastic drinking straws were phased out at the end of the year. Other measures under the new sustainable tourism charter include tour operators supporting recycling at hotels and encouraging Britons…

Together we collect caps of love

“Together we collect caps of love” is an initiative set up by a group of young people in the different regions and governorates of Tunisia. The goal of this initiative is to collect plastic bottle caps and turn them into funds for the needy. In addition, you can turn your caps into treasure or recycle them so they avoid filling the landfill and harm our eco-system. It also aims to recover and recycle caps from plastic bottles in order to provide them with a new application by specifically buying them…