Tunisia restarts phosphate exports, plans to double next year

Tunisia has resumed phosphate exports after 11 years and expects to dispatch more than 300,000 tonnes this year on a surge in global demand and at least 600,000 tonnes by next year, a senior official at the national phosphate company reports on Tuesday. Tunisia, which is experiencing its worst financial crisis ever, is looking to recover its position as a top exporter to take advantage of the sharp rise in fertilizer prices due to the war in Ukraine. The official added that Tunisia has seen demand from France, Pakistan, Brazil,…

Cairo International Film Festival opens submissions for the 44th edition

Cairo international film festival announces the call for submissions for films wishing to participate in its 44th edition, held from the 13th to the 22nd of November at Cairo opera house, submissions are open from May 15th till August 15th on the festival’s official website: www.ciff.org.eg. Hussein Fahmy, the festival president stated that the festival seeks in the 44th edition to attract diverse films that represent the different cinematic movements and to explore new inspiring experiences from around the world. As for the preparations for the edition, festival director Amir…

Kumulus Water refreshes air to provide water to 570 school children

Tunisian start-up Kumulus Water, specializing in hydrological engineering, has designed solar-powered water generators. The device, called “Kumulus 1”, is equipped with four filters and smart features that provide drinking water to 570 schoolchildren in Makthar. Some 570 schoolchildren Makthar, governorate of Siliana, now have a regular supply of drinking water thanks to a new system called “Kumulus 1”. It was installed as part of a partnership between the Tunisian foundation Wallah We Can, which operates in the education sector, and the start-up Kamulus Water, which specializes in hydrological engineering. These…

31 waste management SMEs authorized to restart their activities

The National Agency for Waste Management (ANGed) approved the reopening of 31 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) specializing in solid waste collection in Tunisia. These companies had ceased all activities for a year and a half. The new measure has been effective since 27 April 2022, when several agreements were inked between the National Waste Management Agency ( ANGed ) and the managers of 31 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Tunisia. One year and a half ago, these companies specializing in solid waste collection were ordered by ANGed to…

Measures for Tunisian Olive Oil Exports to Europe

New measures in Tunisia dictate that the country’s olive oil producers must obtain specific authorization to participate in the country’s duty-free export quota program with the European Union. The presidential decree applies to all Tunisian companies already registered on the official list of olive oil exporters, TAP reports. Interested exporters will have to receive authorization from the Ministry of Agriculture at least one week before the actual shipment. Currently, the cooperation agreement signed by the European Union with Tunisia allows the export of up to 56,700 tons of olive oil…

Tunisia’s grain harvest expected to rise 30-40% says UTAP

Tunisia’s grain harvest is expected to increase by 30-40% this year compared to one year ago, Mohamed Rjaibia, a senior official of the farmers’ union, told reporters on Tuesday. The agriculture ministry said the harvest would be “good”, without giving figures. Last year’s harvest was about 1.6 million tonnes. Agriculture Minister Mhamoud Elyess Hamza said last month that Tunisia was aiming to achieve self-sufficiency in durum wheat production this year. “This year’s harvest will be really good and we expect an increase (of) 30-40%,” Rjaibia said. The expected growth in…

EBRD forecasts a slowdown in economic growth in the South and East of Mediterranean

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said the SEMED region is expected to experience a slowdown in economic growth of 2.5% due to the war in Ukraine. In its latest Regional Outlook Report (ROR), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) foresees a strong impact of the war in Ukraine on the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region. Published on Tuesday 10 May 2022, this study envisages a slowdown in economic growth to 2.5% in this group of countries. The conflict “will be felt mainly through higher oil and…

HUAWEI launches nova 9 SE in Tunisia: new supercharge 66W and 108MP camera smartphone

HUAWEI Consumer Business Group (CBG Tunisia) announced the launch of the HUAWEI nova 9 SE, a new smartphone belonging to the dynamic, chic, and trendy HUAWEI nova 9 product line, designed for the younger generation. The smartphone is packed with innovative features and cutting-edge design elements that will spark new inspirations with its powerful camera system and integrated videography features. This new member of the nova 9 family, the HUAWEI nova 9 SE, is equipped with a powerful 108 MP high-resolution camera system that delivers exquisite image quality in high-resolution…

Ons Jabeur makes history with Madrid Open win

Ons Jabeur became Saturday the first Arab tennis player to win the Madrid Masters tournament, making history on the international tennis courts. Jabeur, 27, competed in this week’s Madrid Open against US player Jessica Pegula. She won the match and the tournament, making it the second title of Jabeur’s career after winning the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) title in Birmingham, UK last year. Jabeur said after the match in Spain, “I’m not just playing for myself… I am playing for my country, for the Arab world, for the African continent.”…

Tunisian scientists alert on degradation of Posidonia, Mediterranean Sea lungs

Tunisian specialists are sending an alarm about the damaging effects of the reduction of Posidonia in the Mediterranean Sea. Over the years scientists have proven that seagrass meadows have a strong carbon absorption capacity. And according to this marine ecologist in Tunis, Posidonia could also produce up to 20 litres of oxygen per square meter. ” Forests store carbon on land, and this is called green carbon. Underwater, is referred to as blue carbon. So these ecosystems and especially Posidonia, capture large quantities of carbon over thousands of years, what’s…