Tourism to ‘prevail’ over terror threat

Tourism growth “will prevail” over security threats from terrorism, Tui Group chief executive Fritz Joussen has insisted. Tui returned to Tunisia from the UK last week for the first time since the massacre of 38 people, including 30 Tui UK customers, in Sousse in June 2015 and Joussen said: “Sousse was an incredible tragedy. These are scenes you do not forget.” Speaking at the release of Tui half-year results in Hamburg on Wednesday, Joussen said: “Terrorism is not only an issue for tourism. You see it in major cities. It…

Arab Index: 74% of Arabs support establishment of democratic regime in their countries

The results of the survey conducted by the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies showed that 74 per cent of the respondents in 11 Arab countries support democracy, compared to 16 per cent of the respondents who reject the establishment of democracy in their countries. These results were announced at  a press conference, on Wednesday at the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, to launch the 2018 Arab Index survey. The Arab Index surveyed 18,830 citizens in Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq,…

Privatization of Tunisia’s Bankrupt Public-Sector Companies: A Necessary Evil

The Tunisian government finds itself compelled to start implementing its privatization plans and permanently eradicate the daunting influence of the labor unions.  Momentum is building round the government’s intention to privatize public-sector companies that are on the verge of bankruptcy or simply limit its ownership to a small share and relieve itself of their burden. The debate is heating up while the UGTT, the biggest labor union in the country, still refuses to support the government’s privatization plans, stating unconvincing reasons related to the country’s economic structure and to the…

Reducing meat consumption to reduce CO2 emissions: a sustainable challenge

Eating habits are responsible for carbon dioxide emissions and many countries could improve their carbon footprint by changing them. European countries are not all equal in terms of CO2 emissions, but an effort could be made. A study published by the nutrition store nu3 shows how Northern European countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway could do better to decrease their CO2 emissions by eating in a more sustainable way: they are all in the top twenty of countries who could replace animal products with non-animal ones. In their case,…

Tunisia explores new Silk Road to revive its economy

Tunisia is exploring the new Silk Road, which is expected to make it an investment hub in the region after officials revealed that the government is moving towards a strategic partnership with China before the end of current year. Tunisia’s rush to snatch a share of China’s investment in its new Silk Road strategy have accelerated in a move that experts say will boost the economic sectors in the country. Officials have unveiled plans for a clear strategy to link new partnerships with Beijing before the end of the year…

Tunisia’s Democratic Experiment Enters New Phase with Local Elections

Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution in 2011 that ousted then-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali set off the Arab Spring, a series of popular uprisings throughout the Middle East and North Africa that resulted in the overthrow of sclerotic governments. But the early optimism of the Arab Spring has since dimmed, as the revolutionary protests led to chronic instability in places like Yemen and Libya, the rise of a new authoritarian regime in Egypt and a bloodbath in Syria. Except in Tunisia. The country has clung to its initial hopes to enact reforms…

Doctors’ brain drain saps $2b from Africa – report

A new report on good governance released by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has revealed that Africa loses about $2 billion a year due to doctors and health practitioners leaving the continent.Only three countries in Africa, namely Libya, Mauritius and Tunisia, have at least one doctor per thousand people, says the document entitled ‘Ibrahim Forum Report 2018: The Public Service in Africa’ seen by APA on Sunday. The report presented on Sunday in the Rwandan capital Kigali on the sidelines of the ‘Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend’, indicates that in sub-Saharan Africa…

French-Tunisian baker on the secrets behind Paris’ best baguettes

A French-Tunisian baker, who has won the right to supply the French presidential palace with baguettes for a year, says kneading is the secret behind his prize-winning loaves. “A lot of people go too quickly with the kneading,” Mahmoud M’seddi told the BBC. He is the latest winner of the annual best baguette in Paris competition. Mr M’seddi makes his first visit to the Elysée Palace on Friday and will now start hand-delivering his baguettes. He is the fourth North African in the last six years to win the award.…

Tunisia’s ‘Start-up Act’ provides incentives for entrepreneurs

While experts agreed the law was a step in the right direction, they warned it should not be considered Tunisia’s sole economic lifeline. A new “Start-up Act” approved by Tunisia’s parliament is being hailed as a “sign of hope” for entrepreneurs. The legislation will provide grants, tax exemptions and government incentives to businesses that qualify as start-ups. The aim is to encourage young people to pursue innovative business ventures and drive growth in the science and technology sectors. “This is a huge opportunity to modernise our economic laws and promote…

Tunisia in transition with hope and challenges, UN expert says

Tunisia has continued to make progress on democracy since the revolution more than seven years ago, including a Constitution guaranteeing fundamental rights for all Tunisians, but there is still a lot to do, says a UN human rights expert. “Tunisia still faces numerous challenges, including setting up key institutions required by the Constitution, such as the Constitutional Court, and aligning a number of overly-restrictive laws with the democratic and human rights standards proclaimed by the new Constitution,” says the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed.…