“Sharfia” fishing in Kerkennah Islands classified as UNESCO intangible heritage

Ambassador-Permanent Representative of Tunisia to UNESCO, Ghazi Ghraïri, received Friday, February 19, 2021, on behalf of Tunisia, the certificate inscribing the fishing of the “Sharfia” of the Kerkennah Islands to the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. The certificate was presented by Director General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay. Sharfia fishing in the Kerkennah Islands (located about 18 kilometers off the coast of the city of Sfax), is a traditional artisanal fishing technique. It passively exploits the hydrographic conditions, the marine relief and the natural resources on sea as well as on…

Tunisian Dr Ali Saad awarded Prize for Best Doctor in Arab World

Tunisian physician Dr. Ali Saad was awarded the Prize for the Best Arab Physician for his success at the head of his medical team and his efforts to support training and research in cytogenetics and reproductive biology. Dr. Ali Saad is Head of Department of Cytogenetics and Reproductive Biology at the Farhat Hached University Hospital of Sousse. Dr. Saad told media that the competition was organized by the General Secretariat of the Arab League and that this year is its second session. TunisianMonitorOnline

3rd Tunisian-Libyan Economic Forum, Sfax 11 March

The Tunisian-African Business Council (TABC) office in Sfax is organizing the Tunisian-Libyan Business Council’s (TLBC) third session of the Tunisian-Libyan Economic Forum at the Palais Royal Hotel in Sfax on 11 March 2021, Libya Herald reports. The forum will be held under the slogan, “The Forum of Hope and Challenge to Build an Integrated Economy”. Among the most prominent goals of the forum, the Tunisian-Libyan Business Council reported, is to restore confidence, clarify the investment climate, develop trade exchange between Tunisia and Libya, reduce the logistical problems arising from the…

8.8% GDP decline in 2020, a first in Tunisia

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell by 8.8% in 2020 compared to 2019, According to figures provided Monday, February 15, 2021 by the National Institute of Statistics (INS)0. The INS indicates that this decline is “unprecedented” for the country. Its growth rate has declined compared to the same period in 2019, by 2.1% in the first quarter of 2020, 21.3% in the second, 5.7% in the third and 6.1% in the fourth. This is after revision of the growth rates already published. In 2019, the country’s GDP grew by 0.9%…

ITFC financing to strengthen Tunisia’s trade efficiencies

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, signed a framework agreement with the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Investment Support, to increase trade flows and build trade capacity. The US$1.5bn agreement is aimed at supporting Tunisian state-owned companies to finance the importation of essential commodities such as energy and industrial products amongst others, as well as to access trade development programmes to drive exports and promote inter-regional trade with other Arab and African countries. The agreement aims to make way for further cooperation…

4800 Tunisian entrepreneurs to benefit from Tashil program

Brieuc Cardon, DG Advans Tunisia said, Monday during an interview with Express FM radio, that Advans Tunisia is a microfinance institution, part of a global group leader in the field, which is present in 9 countries in Africa and Asia. He added that through these countries, the institution already serves nearly one million entrepreneurs and farmers. He explained that Advans has been present in Tunisia since 2015 and has granted 45,000 credits for more than 320 million dinars in total. “We have 16 branches in all governorates of the country,…

The Man Who Sold His Skin nominated for Best International Feature by The Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just announced nominations for nine categories for this years Oscars and amongst them was the list for Best International Feature – where Tunisian Film The Man Who Sold His Skin could be a strong contender to win. The Man Who Sold His Skin, written and directed by Tunisian director and screenwriter Kaouther Ben Hania has won twin awards in the Orizzonti section of the 77th Venice Film Festival. The film won the Edipo Re Award which is one of the festival’s collateral awards. Syrian actor…

ONH Prize for Tunisian Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil: 4 gold medals awarded

Twelve medals including four gold and eight certificates of encouragement were awarded for the four categories of olive oil: Fruity ripe, Fruity light green, Fruity medium green, Fruity intense green were awarded during the fourth edition of the competition the Tunisian Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil competition organised by the National Olive Oil Board (ONH). 71 samples were presented by participants including oil mills, export companies or domains coming from different olive-growing regions of Tunisia. Triomphe Thuccabor with the Chetoui variety of the Ben Ismail reserve in Toukaber region won…

“Houmati”, an application for waste collection

Tunisian start-up 2BK Innovation has developed an application to facilitate the collection of municipal waste. The start-up has signed a partnership with the Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI) for the launch of its “Houmati” solution. For start-up 2BK, this three-in-one solution “Houmati” will be launched on February 12, 2021 in the municipality of Ezzahra in the Tunis southern suburb. Later, it will be the turn of Sousse on February 14th, 2021. “The launch of the solution in Marsa in the north of the country and in the other suburbs will be…

Tunisia to be among first COVAX recipients – WHO

Tunisia will benefit from a first wave of coronavirus vaccines from the COVAX scheme, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Monday. Tunisia is due to receive 93,600 doses, said Rick Brennan, emergency director for the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region. Two doses of the vaccine are recommended per person. The WHO set up COVAX along with the GAVI vaccine alliance to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccinations globally. However, there was a “very significant gap” between the planned vaccine rollout in wealthy countries and those that are lower-income or…