End of an outstanding mission

Saudi Ambassador to Tunisia, Mohamed Bin Mahmoud Al-Ali has paid farewell visits to the top Tunisian officials at the end of his term of office in Tunisia of nearly 4 years. He met head of government Hichem Mechichi and some other Tunisian ministers, as well as the Director-General of the Arab League Educational, Culture and Scientific Organization. The Ambassador is poised to say goodbye to the local and diplomatic community after he has fulfilled a glorious mission as an ambassador serving his country with much dedication and success. Everybody realize…

Over 2,230 Tunisians reach Italy illegally in August

Over 2,235 Tunisian migrants reached Italy’s coasts illegally in August, the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) said in a report released on September 10. 7,890 is the total number of Tunisians who landed in Italy illegally between January 1 and August 31, 2020. The number of arrivals increased from July when 445 Tunisian migrants were reported to have reached Italy.  In the report, the FTDES revealed that despite tighter security in coastal areas, illegal crossings have been rising steadily compared to 2018 and 2019.  Between January 1…

Eni provides aid to support combating COVID-19 in Tunisia

Eni, through its subsidiary Eni Tunisia, has donated four lung ventilators for intensive care to the Ministry of Public Health as a contribution to Tunisia’s commitment to fighting the spread of Coronavirus in the country. Medical devices will be distributed as follows: • Two intensive care ventilators to be sent to the “Charles Nicolle” and “La Rabta” hospitals in Tunis; • An intensive care ventilator to be sent to the regional hospital of Tataouine; • An intensive care ventilator to be sent to the regional hospital “Mohamed Taher Maamouri in…

Tunisia goes up 5 spots to 65 in GII 2020

Tunisia has climbed up five spots in the Global Innovation Index (GII) to 65th in the 2020 edition. The World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO’s ranking published this week is carried out in collaboration with the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) and Cornell University. The 13th edition of the GII reveals an overview of the innovation performance of 131 economies around the world, analysing 80 indicators to evaluate innovative activities and measurable results. The maximum possible score is 100 points. The United Arab Emirates (34th) and Tunisia are among the…

Biodiversity: Artificial intelligence at the service of safeguarding plant heritage

Tunisia has about 2;700 plant species. However, data on these plants is scarce and difficult to access for the general public. With this in mind, a project to digitise the herbarium of the National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia (INAT) was launched in April 2019. It is a project financed by the Global Environment Facility’s Microfinance Programme (GEF/MFP) and is part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It is implemented in the framework of a collaboration between the sustainable development association “Research in Action (REACT)”, Tunisia Ecotourism Network (TEN), the…

“Keep Your Eye On the Sea” campaign for reducing plastic in Mediterranean

A campaign respecting Sustainable Development Goals Keep Your  Eye on your sea: awareness campaign for preserving Ghar El Melh Every year, the Movement for a Clean and Green Tunisia, in cooperation with the “Biaa News” magazine, organizes awareness campaigns for the benefit of children, to preserve the sea and prevent plastic waste throwing. This initiative aims at extending awareness and educational messages mainly with the slogan, “swim here, but leave your place clean.” “The sea is our pleasure, everyone enjoys it and must be kept clean.”  It is noteworthy that…

China donates new batch of medical aid to Tunisia

China on Thursday donated a new batch of medical aid to Tunisia to help its fight against COVID-19 pandemic. The Chinese Embassy in Tunisia announced in a statement that the donation included 100,000 medical masks. It added that China is keen to continue strengthening its cooperation with Tunisia to fight the pandemic together. Before the donation, Tunisia had already received several batches of medical aid from the Chinese government, Chinese foundations and companies since late March to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. TunisianMonitorOnline

COVID-19: Tunisia launches vaccine research

Tunisia’s Institut Pasteur has launched researches to come up with an anti-COVID-19 vaccine, Tunisian media reports. Hechmi Louzir, Head of the Tunis-based non-profit health organization indicated that a team of the institute has begun working on a vaccine using the DNA technology. Louzir added that a committee from the ministry of health has been established to monitor global researches on the production of a vaccine as well as on the latest findings and the clinical trials. Tunisia thus joins the small circle of countries working to come up with a…

Tunisia-Italy-Europe tripartite working session to slow down illegal migration

During a Tunisia-Italy-Europe tripartite working session held at the Carthage palace, the emphasis was also placed on the great efforts made by Tunisia in the fight against illegal migration, despite economic difficulties and relatively limited means, a statement of the Presidency reads. Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio has warned that migrants arriving in Italy in an irregular manner “will be repatriated”. The Italian FM stressed his country’s readiness to continue supporting Tunisia, welcoming the efforts made by Tunisia and the European Union in reducing migration flows to his country’s…

TUNISIA, 4TH TOURIST DESTINATION RECOMMENDED TO AMERICANS

Business Insider, the US news website, published on July 31 the list of the top 20 democratic countries where US citizens can relax. Tunisia is on the list. Tunisia tops the list because of its superb year-round climate, its position as a ‘cheaper’ city for expatriates and its success in fighting the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic (low average number of new coronavirus cases per capita in mid-July). Tunisia also has a migrant acceptance index of 6.47, which is higher than the overall score of 5.34, according to the US…