Tunisia to open sea, air and land borders on June 27

Tunisia will open its sea, land and air borders on June 27, the Tunisian authorities said on Monday. This measure is taken to rescue its tourism industry as the COVID-19 pandemic comes under control. The government said also it will allow movement between cities again as of Thursday. Tunisia has forecast its economy will shrink up to 4.3% this year, the steepest drop since 1956 independence. The important tourism sector could lose $1.4 billion and 400,000 jobs this year due to the pandemic. TunisianMonitorOnline

Organic olive oil: Tunisian brand “Triomphe Thuccabor” wins International Prize Biolterritori

“We have just received some excellent news from Italy and we must share with you, our Triomphe brand has been awarded the special prize BIOLTERRITORI (PRIZE FOR THE BEST OF CLASS TUNISIAN ORGANIC OLIVE OIL) the most prestigious and reliable prize for the world’s highest quality sustainable ORGANIC olive oils by a jury of 30 experts in the field”, said Maher Ben Ismail co-founder of Ben Ismail Domain. Maher Ben Ismail also states that Biolterritori is one of the most prestigious and reliable awards for organic olive oils, of high…

“Tounes Wijhetouna” : New EU programme to develop sustainable tourism

“Tounes Wijhetouna”, a new European Union programme (Tunisia, Our Destination), aims to diversify and strengthen the quality of tourism offer in Tunisia, by creating beneficial partnerships between the country’s tourism sectors, handicrafts, design, area products and cultural heritage, said the EU delegation in Tunisia on its Facebook page. The EU delegation said the 51-million-euro programme – 45 million euros of which were directly allocated by Brussels – will last six years, and involve three major components: diversification and strengthening of tourism offerings, strengthening value chains in handicrafts and design, and…

Aid to 23 hospitals worth 300,000 dinars from the NGO Islamic Relief Tunisia

The Islamic Relief Tunisia (IRT) organisation will start providing the second batch of aid to 11 Tunisian hospitals on Saturday, May 16 at a financial cost of over 131,000 dinars. The organization will provide a variety of medical equipment, the most important of which is an integrated analysis unit, advanced respirators, surgical suction pumps and other medical devices, which are listed in the table accompanying this release. In parallel with the State’s efforts to eradicate the coronavirus epidemic once and for all, the NGO has allocated these important medical devices…

COVID-19: Digital solidarity vouchers to needy Tunisians

Tunisian NGO “Banque alimentaire durable” has launched a new initiative to assist needy families in Tunis as the containment decreed on 22 March to fight the spread of the coronavirus in Tunisia has affected thousands of households, which lost their source of income. The NGO selected 300 families living in the poor neighbourhoods of Tunis and sent them via cell phones an SMS code for vouchers to help them purchase commodities a week at nearby grocery stores. The NGO, which launched the initiative at the beginning of Ramadan, hopes to…

Coronavirus: US reversal scuppers UN vote on global pandemic ceasefire

The United States has stunned other members of the UN Security Council by preventing a vote on a resolution for a ceasefire in various conflicts around the world to help troubled nations better fight the coronavirus pandemic, diplomats said. Washington’s reversal on Friday came a day after it agreed to the text, negotiators said under cover of anonymity, AFP reports “The United States cannot support the current draft,” the country’s delegation declared, without further detail, to the 14 other Security Council members, after nearly two months of difficult negotiation over…

EU removes Tunisia from money laundering blacklist

The European Union (EU) has removed Tunisia from its list of countries that pose threats to the financial system over money laundering and terrorism financing because of lack of legislation at home, reports indicated. The draft document prepared by the European Commission is set to take six countries including Tunisia out the blacklist. The list includes countries which pose significant threats to the financial system of the Union. Banks in the union and other financial and tax firms must check more closely their clients who have operations with countries on…

Horizons 2020 Tunisia accepts project “Tunisian Researchers” and Citizens “Green Deal”

Horizons 2020 Tunisia announces on its official Facebook page the acceptance of the project “Tunisian Researchers’ and Citizens’ Green Deal” [Green Night] as part of the call “European researchers’ Night 2020”. This project was accepted after a demanding and very competitive selection process, the same source said. The project was carried out under the coordination of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research – Management Unit of the European R&I Horizon 2020 Programme, with associated partners namely the National Agency for the Promotion of Scientific Research (ANPR), Association la…

COVID-19: Tunisia researchers use AI, X-rays to create online virus scan tool

Tunisian engineers have created a web-based platform that scans lung X-rays and evaluates whether patients are likely to be suffering from the novel coronavirus. While it’s not the first initiative of its kind in the world, its creators say it is the first to be openly available. And though not a diagnostic tool, the technology provides a “90%” reliable indication of the probability of infection, they add. Teachers and students at the Tunisian engineering and technology institute INSAT have been developing the platform — Covid-19 Exam Ct/XR images by AI…