Integration rate of vocational training graduates in labour market reaches 80% (ATFP)


Tunis: The integration rate of vocational training graduates into the labour market has reached 80%, Director General of the Tunisian Vocational Training Agency (ATFP) Marouane Ben Slimane said.

A large number of vocational training interns sign employment contracts with economic enterprises even before completing their training and obtaining their diplomas, he told TAP.

This is due to the high level of training, notably practical training, in the various specialities, said Ben Slimane.

Vocational training graduates in Tunisia are in great demand, he added, pointing out that contracts have been signed with Italy, Germany and Switzerland to recruit 4,000 vocational training graduates.

ATFP offers some 36,000 new training posts each year, in addition to posts available for further training, specialisation training or professional retraining, the same source explained.

The ATFP Director General underlined the need to keep abreast of developments and the new demands of the job market, in order to create new
specialities that meet the expectations of economic enterprises, pointing to the entry into operation of two training centres in fibre optics, Android phone programming and the installation and maintenance of renewable energy equipment.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Support for the peace effort: Sebba provides more than 400,000 FCFA

Sebba: The population of Sebba handed over on Sunday June 9 to the town hall of the said commune, the sum of 430,100 CFA francs to the second vice-president of the special delegation of the commune of Sebba to support the former head of a military detachment, Lieutenant Ouattara, seriously injured at the front after hitting an explosive device.

The population of the town of Sebba and internally displaced people held a money collection meeting to support the former head of the military detachment, Lieutenant Ouattara currently in care in Ouagadougou. Lieutenant Ouattara was on mission in Sebba as detachment leader.

During his stay, he was greatly appreciated by the population for the remarkable work he accomplished. While returning from a mission, his motorcycle hit an explosive device which caused him serious injuries. Very quickly he was evacuated to Ouagadougou for treatment. It was the second vice-president of the special delegation, Bali Bako who received the envelope.

Participants in the meeting

Befo
re any remarks, the imam of the Sunni mosque was invited to bless the meeting. He took advantage of recalling the benefits of Lieutenant Ouattara when he was stationed in the locality.

‘I wanted to remind you through this channel that detachment leader Ouattara taught us social cohesion, good lessons of morality, living together, that is to say, VDP population, FDS population, host population and PDI. For his benefits, we gave him a white turban as a sign of respect and consideration. We will at the same time ask the second vice-president to carry our message for Lieutenant Ouattara’s replacement so that he takes the same steps. What we are going to collect today is symbolic and we will always pray that he regains all his health,’ said the Imam.

2nd Vice President Bali Bako

The amount collected on site is four hundred and thirty thousand, one hundred (430,100) CFA francs. The list remains open for latecomers. The date of Tuesday June 11, 2024 was selected by a committee set up for the latest assessment.

T
he first vice-president took the opportunity to thank the entire population of the city of Sebba and the internally displaced people for this gesture, a sign of the good collaboration between FDS, VDP and populations.

‘This amount is worth millions,’ said Second Vice-President Bako, knowing the current difficult situation of the population. ‘I reassure you that the envelope will reach the right person and I promise you that you will hear from him,’ he added.

‘I will do my best so that the new head of the military detachment and you can work together to regain all the confidence needed so that everyone can carry out their activities successfully. It is also an opportunity for me to tell everyone to always cultivate peace, tolerance and forgiveness in their hearts. It is together that we will convince this evil,’ he said.

The vice-president, after the collection, collected the concerns of the participants. Some took the opportunity to raise awareness by recalling the values ??of their ancestors, citing examp
les of social cohesion, calling out, etc. For others, it was an opportunity to pass on information. In any case, many concerns have been alleviated. It was at the end of this range of miscellaneous items that the second vice-president asked the marabouts to close the meeting with a blessing.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Ouagadougou: three individuals arrested for illegal export of corn flour

Ouagadougou: The national gendarmerie arrested three people in Yagma, members of a network, who illegally exported bags of corn flour, hidden in the compartments of a tanker truck, AIB learned Tuesday.

On the basis of denunciation, during April 2024, the Yagma City Gendarmerie Brigade opened an investigation into suspicions of illegal exports of bags of flour to neighboring countries of Burkina, the AIB learned this Tuesday from the Directorate of communication and public relations (DCRP) of the national gendarmerie.

According to Pandora’s sources, the suspects who operated in Yagma, sector no. 37 in district no. 09 of Ouagadougou, packaged corn flour between 2 and 3 a.m. in 25 kg bags to export them to tank truck compartments.

During an operation carried out on May 21, 2024 by the Yagma gendarmerie, the manager of the flour production unit, the driver of the tank truck and the apprentice driver of the tank truck were arrested, after the DCRP Gendarmerie.

Remember that since February 2022, the export of c
orn, millet and sorghum flour has been suspended.

The three suspects are accused of illegal exercise of industrial activity, deception of consumers and endangering the lives of others.

The gendarmerie indicated that investigations are underway to dismantle other networks in order to eradicate this illicit practice.

In Yagma, the gendarmes seized a tanker truck containing 974 bags of flour of 13 kilograms, 42 bags of 23 kilograms for a total of 1016 bags and 50 bags of corn of 100 kg transformed into flour still spread in the yard.

50 bags of 100 kilograms of corn soaked in 22 barrels of 200 liters, 50 bags of one hundred kilograms of corn already shelled and placed on the ground and 150 bags of corn of 100 kilograms, stored under a shed were also seized.

In addition, four mills, three hullers and two tricycles are used to deliver flour to the city of Ouagadougou.

The public is invited to denounce such practices through the following toll-free numbers:

1010: National monitoring and alert center

16 or 8
0 00 11 45: National Gendarmerie

17: National Police.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Peace effort: Ouahigouya radio listeners make various donations

Ouagadougou: the loyal listeners of all 7 radio stations in the city of Ouahigouya, in response to the appeal launched by the Transition authorities, handed over their contribution to the effort of the Transition on Monday in Ouahigouya. peace to the Governor of the Northern region in Issouf Ouédraogo, noted the AIB on site.

It was a sober ceremony which took place at the headquarters of the regional management of RTB2 North in the presence of the Governor of the region and his close collaborators, the established bodies, the media managers, the beneficiaries of the donation who are the widows and the orphans of combatants who fell in the theater of operations.

This is a donation consisting of bags of rice, corn flour, nutritious food for children, cooking oil, salt, soap and various other products with a monetary value of 2,169,250 FCFA that the Loyal listeners of Ouahigouya radio stations (Amitié, Wend-Panga, Voix du Paysan, Notre Dame du Sahel, Solidarité, Evangile Développement and RTB2 Nord) mobilized
for the occasion.

Radio managers and loyal listeners’ clubs have mobilized in a synergy of actions to participate through this initiative in the reconquest of the territory, indicated Oumarou Clément Ouédraogo. ‘We salute the bravery of the fighters, pay vibrant tribute to those who fell with weapons in their hands to liberate our country. Our support for widows and orphans is a gesture of encouragement and compassion towards them,’ maintained the spokesperson for the radio managers.

Receiving the donation which he handed over on site to those concerned, Governor Issouf Ouédraogo took advantage of this outpouring of solidarity expressed by media men and clubs of loyal radio listeners in Ouahigouya to encourage and congratulate them. ‘Since the start of the security and humanitarian crisis, radio stations have played their role by ensuring the population’s right to information, advising them to be resilient and disclosing government initiatives as part of the fight against terrorism. » expressed the first ma
nager of the Northern region.

The ceremony, which was sponsored by Binta Ouédraogo, was enhanced by the presence of Boukari Nitièma, representative of the Minister of State, Minister of Communication.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Ways to combat violence against women debated in Tunis


Tunis: Psychological violence accounts for 69% of the total reports recorded on the hotline 1899 in 2023, said Minister of Family, Women, Children, and the Elderly Amel Belhaj Moussa. Despite its prevalence, it is rarely discussed, even though it is the root cause of all forms of violence, she was quoted as saying in a department press release.

Belhaj Moussa took the floor during a seminar on the “Mental Health of Women Victims of Psychological Violence,” organised on June 11-12 in Tunis at the initiative of the Ministry of Family, Women, Children and the Elderly and the National Centre for Combating Violence against Women, in partnership with UN Women and the Forensic Medicine Department at the Charles Nicolle Hospital in Tunis.

Some fifty experts in the field of combating violence from Tunisia and abroad including France and Spain, are taking part in the event, alongside members of the steering committee of the “Detection, Response, and Monitoring System for Domestic Violence” project and medical professi
onals.

To combat all forms of violence, she pointed out, the family and the school must play an increasingly active role from childhood onwards, and awareness must be raised through the media in order to instil in young people a rejection of violence in all its forms.

In this connection, she recalled the various measures taken by Tunisia to combat all forms of violence, such as raising the budget allocated to combating violence against women and increasing the number of shelters for women victims of violence, and launching a survey on the ‘profile of perpetrators of violence against women’ (covering a sample of 80 perpetrators of violence) and preparing a survey on media coverage of the phenomenon of violence against women (in terms of the choice of sources and journalistic genres used).

Head of the UN Women Tunisia and Libya office Isadora de Moura affirmed for her part, that violence against women is a ‘global phenomenon’ that takes different forms (such as sexual violence, economic violence, etc.), unde
rlining the impact of moral violence on the mental health of victims (loss of self-confidence, psychological vulnerability and recourse to violence).

According to Article 3 of Organic Law No. 2017-58 of 11th August 2017, on the elimination of violence against women, verbal violence is any verbal aggression, such as defamation, insult, coercion, threat, abandonment, deprivation of rights and freedoms, humiliation, neglect, mockery, belittlement and other acts or words that undermine a woman’s human dignity or are intended to intimidate or dominate her.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

National vaccination programme digitized through EVAX portal (Mrabet)


Tunis: Health Minister Ali Mrabet announced, Tuesday, Tunisia’s adherence to the digitization of the national vaccination programme in all basic healthcare centers and other healthcare structures by updating the national vaccination portal EVAX in its new version www.evax.tn

The minister told reporters, on the sidelines of his visit to the Mother and Child Protection Center in Cité Ezzouhour, that a team of specialists from the Health Ministry introduced all the necessary modifications to the EVAX system relating to the anti-COVID vaccination which was set up in 2021 by the Health Ministry to modernize it and transform it into an effective and secure national vaccination portal making it possible to digitize and manage all vaccination operations.

Mrabet pointed out that this national portal includes all routine vaccinations intended for children from birth to the age of 18, pregnant women and all citizens concerned by routine and exceptional vaccination, such as vaccination against seasonal flu, against rab
ies and when travel abroad. He urged citizens to register on the portal.

Pediatrician Emna Barkewri, Head of the Department of Women and Children Protection Center at Cité Ezzouhour, stressed that Tunisia’s adherence to the digitization of the national vaccination programme represents a major achievement nationally and internationally, adding that Tunisia today benefits from an important scientific data bank in terms of national vaccination.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Memorandum of understanding signed between ONFP and DVV International Tunisie


Tunis: A memorandum of understanding which seeks to improve the quality of services destined to vulnerable people in the areas of sexual and reproductive health was signed, Tuesday, between the National Office of Family and Population (ONFP) and the German Federation for Adult Education in North Africa (DVV International Tunisia).

The agreement provides for the creation of a Digitization Laboratory at the ONFP Documentation, Publishing and Archives Center in order to digitize documents and the various educational materials available, thus contributing to facilitating access to information. It also aims at establishing an integrated management system for various stakeholders.

More particularly, it involves the creation of a health club for vulnerable people to increase their awareness about some diseases and risky behaviors.

Similarly, it focuses on organizing training sessions for the ONFP executives and service providers in micro planning as well as holding information days in the Greater Tunis region for
the promotion of the digital mobile application «ONFP+».

The agreement stipulates the organization of cultural activities in Tunis on preventing violence against girls, women and vulnerable groups, during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence.

The agreement establishes a new stage of partnership between the ONFP and DVV International Tunisie which fosters the integration of vulnerable people and easing their access to SRH services.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by ONFP CEO Mohamed Douagi and Regional Director of the German Federation for Adult Education in Africa of the North (DVV International Tunisia), Dounia Benmiloud.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia chairs COSP17 in New York from June 11 to 13


Tunis: Social Affairs Minister Kamel Maddouri, Tuesday, presented Tunisia’s declaration, during the inaugural session of the 17th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP17), chaired by Tunisia. The event is being held from June 11 to 13, in New York.

According to the minister, the 17th conference is an opportunity to review the achievements made in implementing the provisions of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It is also meant to increase understanding about policies and new programmes which seek to promote inclusion and combat exclusion and marginalization.

He pointed out that Article 54 of the Tunisian Constitution stipulates that “The State protects persons with disabilities against all forms of discrimination and takes all necessary measures to ensure their full integration within society.”

The Social Affairs Minister called on the international community to further fulfill its obligations while ensu
ring the empowerment and inclusion of persons with disabilities. He reiterated the need to adapt public policies to CRPD by launching programmes and mechanisms of a preventive and inclusive nature.

He also called for making use of the digital revolution and involving the private sector so that it assumes its joint social responsibility and provides care to the disabled.

Maddouri emphasized Tunisia’s call to the international community to redouble efforts and provide assistance to disabled in the Gaza Strip who are facing Zionist aggression, shortages of medicine, water and of electricity.

The inaugural session made it possible to discuss the general theme of this conference, namely «Rethinking disability inclusion in the current international juncture and ahead of the Summit of the Future.»

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Three doctoral students selected for St Antony’s College, Oxford research scholarships (Ministry)


Tunis: Three doctoral students have been selected from 69 applicants to receive research scholarships at St Antony’s College, Oxford University, in the humanities and social sciences during the 2024-2025 academic year, in application of the MoU on the Hazem ben Gacem cooperation programme between Tunisia and the University of Oxford.

As a reminder, on March 4, 2024, the Ministry of Higher Education, in coordination with the Embassy of the United Kingdom to Tunisia and St Antony’s College of the University of Oxford, launched a cooperation programme with the University of Oxford aimed at increasing the mobility of research students in the humanities and social sciences.

This cooperation programme includes several initiatives focusing on the humanities and social sciences, such as the Visiting Students and Teachers Programme and Visiting Research Teachers at Oxford University. It also encourages Oxford University students and teachers to participate in research in partnership with Tunisian universities and th
e Arabic Language Learning Fund.

The Hazem Ben Gacem Scholarship enables Tunisian students to finance their studies, covering tuition fees and living expenses for one year.

According to the press release, the Ministry of Higher Education will announce the various applications for this programme as they are received.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

74 billion mobilized for the Patriotic Support Fund from January 1 to June 10, 2024.

Ouagadougou: The Burkinabè and their friends have already succeeded in mobilizing 74 billion FCFA to fund the Patriotic Support Fund, as of June 10, 2024 and could greatly exceed the mark of 100 billion FCFA desired by the government by the end of the year.

According to the Minister of Economy, Finance and Foresight, Dr Aboubakar Nacanabo ‘to date (Monday June 10, editor’s note), 74 billion CFA francs have been mobilized for the year 2024, for the benefit of the Fund of patriotic support’, i.e. 43 billion collected in the second quarter which is still in progress.

The minister outlined this mid-term assessment yesterday Monday, after receiving a collection of 58 million mobilized by the staff and partners of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Opening up.

This sum represents 74% of forecasts, halfway to the end of the year. In the first quarter of 2024, the Patriotic Support Fund was funded to the tune of 31 billion.

In 2023, 99 billion FCFA were recorded for the benefit of this fund, for expenditure execu
ted at 89.95%.

The Patriotic Support Fund was set up to support and equip Volunteers for the Defense of the Homeland, army auxiliaries trained in the handling of weapons but also in first aid, and in work of general interest. and human rights.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

74 billion mobilized for the Patriotic Support Fund from January 1 to June 10, 2024.

Ouagadougou: The Burkinabè and their friends have already succeeded in mobilizing 74 billion FCFA to fund the Patriotic Support Fund, as of June 10, 2024 and could greatly exceed the mark of 100 billion FCFA desired by the government by the end of the year.

According to the Minister of Economy, Finance and Foresight, Dr Aboubakar Nacanabo ‘to date (Monday June 10, editor’s note), 74 billion CFA francs have been mobilized for the year 2024, for the benefit of the Fund of patriotic support’, i.e. 43 billion collected in the second quarter which is still in progress.

The minister outlined this mid-term assessment yesterday Monday, after receiving a collection of 58 million mobilized by the staff and partners of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Opening up.

This sum represents 74% of forecasts, halfway to the end of the year. In the first quarter of 2024, the Patriotic Support Fund was funded to the tune of 31 billion.

In 2023, 99 billion FCFA were recorded for the benefit of this fund, for expenditure execu
ted at 89.95%.

The Patriotic Support Fund was set up to support and equip Volunteers for the Defense of the Homeland, army auxiliaries trained in the handling of weapons but also in first aid, and in work of general interest. and human rights.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs takes part in international conference on “Emergency Humanitarian Response in Gaza”


Tunis: Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad, Mounir Ben Rjiba, participated at the request of the President of the Republic in the international conference on “Emergency Humanitarian Response in Gaza” held on Tuesday at the Dead Sea in Jordan.

The conference discussed ways to address the humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip through logistical and operational measures and procedures for the immediate, expanded, safe and unhindered entry of aid within the framework of the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2720, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In his speech at the conference, the Secretary of State highlighted the crimes against humanity and genocidal war that Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories have been subjected to for the past eight months, which the brutal occupation forces and their settler gangs continue to perpetrate in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

He also stres
sed the need for the international community to assume its political, legal and moral responsibilities and end its unjustified hesitation by putting an end to the horrendous crimes committed by the occupying entity, including the recent attack on the Nuseirat refugee camp. He also urged to compel the occupier to immediately and definitively stop its brutal aggression, to comply with UN resolutions, to expedite the provision of all necessary guarantees for the protection of the Palestinian people, and to force the reopening of all crossings, especially the Rafah crossing, to allow the entry of relief and humanitarian aid without any restrictions or conditions.

The Foreign Minister reiterated Tunisia’s position of full support for the Palestinian people and their struggle to regain their legitimate historical rights to establish an independent and sovereign state on all their territories with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

In the margins of the conference, the Secretary of State held talks with a number of
heads of delegations from participating countries and international and regional organisations.

He also met with members of the Tunisian community living in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the residence of the Tunisian ambassador in Amman, where he was briefed on the living conditions of the Tunisian community and listened to their concerns. He underlined the special care given to Tunisians abroad.

He stressed the keenness of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad to improve the quality of services provided by diplomatic and consular missions abroad, and reviewed in this context the various initiatives to modernise consular services provided to members of the community.

In this regard, Ben Rjiba called on members of the Tunisian community living in Jordan to participate fully in the National Forum of Tunisian experts abroad that the Ministry is planning to organise this summer, and to contribute to enriching its activities and results.

He stressed the importance of the Tunisian
community’s role in supporting national development efforts and its role in promoting Tunisia’s image abroad.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

‘Proposal to amend Decree-Law 54 will probably be examined before Parliamentary recess’ (MP)


Tunis: ‘The proposal to amend Decree-Law No. 54 is likely to be considered before the parliamentary recess that begins in August,’ said Head of the National Sovereign Line parliamentary bloc, MP Youssef Tarchoun.

There is enough time for the parliament to close any loopholes in this decree-law, especially Article 24, before the presidential elections begin,’ he added.

In a statement to TAP news agency on Tuesday, Tarchoun said that “the general climate has changed considerably with regard to Decree-Law No. 54”, adding that amending it had become an urgent necessity “as it threatens general security and has become detrimental to the 25 July process”.

Tarchoun said MPs from all blocs, as well as independents, signed the petition, which was submitted to the parliament’s Bureau last May. They number 57 and demand that the examination of this proposal be accelerated and submitted to the Committee on Rights and Freedoms.

The main objective of the decree law, approved by the Cabinet meeting in 2018, is to ‘defen
d the integrity of individuals. However, Article 24 deviated from this objective because of vague wording that opens the way to interpretation and leads to a disproportion between the crime and the punishment.’

The Sovereign National Line bloc, which initiated the proposal, believes that it is now necessary to amend this decree law, especially as the legal texts relating to the crime of defamation are available (articles of the Penal Code and decrees 115 and 116).

Last February, 40 members of parliament presented an initiative to amend Decree-Law No. 54 on combating offences related to information and communication systems.

The initiative aims to withdraw Article 24 of Decree-Law No. 54 and to amend Articles 9 and 10.

Article 24 provides: Anyone who knowingly uses information and communication systems and networks to produce, distribute, disseminate, transmit or write fake news, false data, rumours, false or forged documents or documents falsely attributed to others, with the aim of violating the rights o
f others or harming public security or national defence or spreading terror among the population, shall be punished by five years’ imprisonment and a fine of fifty thousand dinars.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

1,041 sea crossings prevented and 462 bodies recovered by end of May (National Guard)


Tunis: 1,041 illegal sea crossings were thwarted between January 1 and May 31, 2024, compared to 1,001 during the same period in 2023, as part of the fight against irregular migration, according to the Directorate General of the National Guard.

In statistics published on Tuesday, it said 30,281 people were prevented, intercepted and rescued during the period, compared with 21,652 in the same period last year.

In terms of land crossings, 2598 were thwarted compared to 940 in the same period last year, and 26,619 crossers were prevented from entering the Tunisian territory compared to 7299 in the same period last year.

740 smugglers and middlemen were arrested by the end of May 2024, along with 378 wanted persons, compared to 342 smugglers and middlemen and 176 wanted persons during the same period last year.

462 bodies, including 7 of Tunisians, were recovered during the same period, compared to 714 bodies, including 24 of Tunisians, during the same period in 2023.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Bechir Akremi referred to Criminal Chamber


Tunis: The 10th indictment chamber of the Tunis Court of Appeal has ordered that the accused, Bechir Akremi, be referred to the criminal chamber of the Tunis Court of First Instance on charges of “forgery and the use and concealment of forgery”, spokesman for the Court of, Habib Torkhani, told TAP on Tuesday.

Béchir Akremi is a dismissed judge. He was the first investigating judge and prosecutor at the Tunis Court of First Instance.

He was also in charge of the case of the assassinations of the martyrs Chokri Belaïd and Mohamed Brahmi.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse