Tunisia starts first immigration census

The Tunisian statistics institute (INS) started its first census on immigration to help define the country’s migration policies. The INS announced it had started the first census on international migration in Tunisia. Called the “Tunisia-Hims,” this survey is meant to provide accurate and clear statistical data on immigration in Tunisia. The first of its kind in Tunisia, the survey was launched this month and will end in March 2021. It will cover the entire national territory and will include all affected social groups, such as migrants, repatriated people and foreign…

Oxford Business Group and FIPA launch research tool on response to Covid-19 in Tunisia

Oxford Business Group (OBG) is partnering with the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA-Tunisia) in the production of the first-ever report on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the country’s recovery strategy. The report, entitled Tunisia Covid-19 Response Report (CRR), will present Tunisia’s response to the coronavirus crisis in a clear and accessible format that will highlight key data and graphics related to the country’s socio-economic landscape. The report is part of a series of reports currently being developed by the international research and consultancy firm and its partners, which…

UN Security Council adopts resolution to halt all conflicts amid virus

File photo of the U.N. Security Council (REUTERS)

Global cease-fire to be valid for 90 days to strengthen fight against COVID-19 The UN Security Council, on Wednesday, adopted a resolution on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic drafted by Tunisia and France and calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations. “This adoption follows a long process of negotiations spanning more than four months since it was submitted in its Tunisian version to members of the Security Council in March 2020,” the Presidency of the Republic said in a statement. The resolution calls “upon all parties…

Tunisia reopens borders after COVID-19 lockdown

Tunisia reopened its land, sea and air borders for the first time in more than three months on Saturday after it announced it had brought the coronavirus outbreak under control. Some operations restarted at Tunis-Carthage airport, with flights to Rome, Geneva and Paris scheduled to depart. The government ended all restrictions on movement and businesses after Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said on June 14 that Tunisia had won the battle against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, the pandemic has severely impacted the tourism sector, which contributes nearly 10%…

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…

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…

SuperyachtNews COVID-19 Advisory – Tunisia open for business

Tunisia is due to open its borders to tourists on 27 June From 27 June, superyachts will be welcome to cruise in Tunisian waters and resume their regular maritime services, including duty-free bunkering. Strict procedures and safety protocols for the hospitality industry are being rolled out in preparation for this date, SuperyachtNews reports. Working in accordance with guidelines laid out by the World Health Organisation, hospitality staff are undergoing additional training to be able to competently undertake newly required safety procedures, the same source adds. According to Yacht Services Tunisia, a…

Tunisia lifts COVID-19 lockdown

Tunisia reopened shops, businesses, mosques, cafes and hotels after locking down nearly all normal business activity for months. Tunisia entered the crisis with only 500 intensive care beds equipped with ventilators, and the government said at the start of the outbreak the health system would struggle to cope with more than 5, 000 cases. It has added another 100 intensive care beds, including with the construction of a temporary facility at a sports centre in the capital, Tunis, and has improved readiness at public hospitals around the country, a state…

Environmental journalist Saida Zemzemi wins second prize for best article on biodiversity on World Environment Day

Saida Zemzemi, Environment journalist, won the second prize for the best article on biodiversity on the occasion of World Environment Day. Saida Zemzemi founded the first media institution in the environmental field years ago, where she runs the “Albiaanews” (Environment News) website and magazine, in addition to presenting a radio program to one of the national radio stations. Last year, she won the “Environmental Media” award for the first time in Tunisia, after she published a brochure on oases adapting to climate change. TunsianMonitorOnline

Tunisia intercepts multiple migrant departures in separate operations

Tunisian authorities in recent days have stopped various attempts by migrants to illegally depart for Europe. During their operations, the authorities also seized cash linked to criminal activity. Tunisian authorities are continuing their efforts to fight emigration towards Europe, with various operations in recent days resulting in dozens of people being intercepted, Infomigrants reports. In one operation, the Tunisian Coast Guard in Zahruni arrested nine young people from Tunis who were trying to reach the Kerkennah Islands by car to then participate in an illegal act of migration, the interior…