Fortifying Cyber Awareness: Konongo St. Gabriel’s Co-Operate Credit Union Welcomes Groundbreaking Cybersecurity Partnership With OMNICOMMANDER

KONONGO, GHANA / ACCESSWIRE / February 29, 2024 / Konongo St. Gabriel’s Co-Operate Credit Union takes a bold step forward in safeguarding its digital infrastructure by partnering with OMNICOMMANDER® to bring industry-specific cybersecurity education to the entire staff and board of directors at the credit union.

"We are thrilled to announce this transformative partnership with OMNICOMMANDER," stated Angela Arko Nyaneba, CEO of Konongo St. Gabriel’s Co-Operate Credit Union. "Cybersecurity is not just a technical challenge; it’s a strategic imperative for our credit union. By deploying OMNICOMMANDDER’s expertise and resources, we aim to raise the bar for cybersecurity standards at our credit union and to empower the entire organization to navigate the evolving threat landscape with confidence and resilience."

The Bank of Ghana, the Central Bank in Ghana, initiated a Financial Industry Command Security Operations Center in 2019 to help prevent and respond to cyber threats aimed at the financial services sector. These initiatives are helping to bring additional resources and awareness to the evolving threats facing financial institutions throughout Ghana. OMNICOMMANDER’s cybersecurity division, CYBERCOMMANDER, has also taken notice of the emerging needs in the region and sought a partnership with Konongo St. Gabriel’s as their commitment to the credit union movement aligned well with OMNICOMMANDER’s global mission.

"The initial collaboration will provide access to OMNICOMMNADER’s cybersecurity awareness training through its CYBERCOMMANDER division and will make available a wide range of services," said Eric Isham, Founder and CEO of OMNICOMMANDER. "Our cybersecurity suite, including Risk Assessment, IT Security Audit, Vulnerability Assessment, External Penetration Test, Security Awareness Training, and specialized Remote Social Engineering Tests, alongside Tabletop Testing for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans, offers credit unions a comprehensive strategy to fortify their defenses against cyber threats. Through these targeted services, we empower credit unions not only to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities before they can be exploited but also to ensure their teams are prepared against the evolving landscape of cyber threats. I am thrilled to partner with our first credit union in Ghana."

"Our partnership with OMNICOMMANDER represents a significant milestone in our mission to enhance cybersecurity resilience within the credit union and hopefully across Ghana. When I met Eric in Vancouver last summer, I knew he was the right partner to bring these services to Africa," said Peter Sula Esq, Board Chairman for Konongo St. Gabriel’s Co-Operate Credit Union.

About OMNICOMMANDER

OMNICOMMANDER is a global leader in Digital Technology, Marketing, and Cybersecurity services for small to medium-sized financial institutions. In today’s digital landscape, financial institutions face challenges from online competition, engaging younger demographics, and evolving cyber threats. OMMNICOMMANDER’s comprehensive suite of solutions is purposely designed to address these challenges. It includes a feature-rich website solution called a BRANCHCOMMANDER™, Integrated Marketing that drives demand, and Cybersecurity for maximizing FI regulatory compliance and institution-wide protection. To learn more about OMNICOMMANDER, please visit https://www.omnicommander.com/

About Konongo St. Gabriel’s Co-Operate Credit Union Ltd.

Konongo St. Gabriel’s Co-operative Credit Union is a financial co-operative society established in 1968. Initially established to serve only Catholic school teachers, it has expanded over the years to serve the community’s growing needs beyond the teaching profession. Its mission is to provide quality services that improve the living standards of all members through mobilization of funds, granting and recovering loans, and continuous community education and engagement. To learn more about St. Gariel’s Co-Operate Credit Union, please visit https://stgcculgh.com/.
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SOURCE: Konongo St Gabriel’s Co-Operate Credit Union Ltd

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St Kitts and Nevis unveils the Investment Gateway Summit

Basseterre, Feb. 29, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Government of St Kitts and Nevis proudly announces a landmark achievement in its ongoing commitment to realising the Sustainable Island State Agenda. In a ground-breaking move, the nation unveils an unprecedented initiative aimed at fostering collaboration and investment to propel the twin-federation into a prosperous future.

This pivotal moment not only signifies a significant stride towards sustainability but also underscores the Government’s visionary approach to uniting its global citizens. In an extraordinary display of inclusivity, St Kitts and Nevis extends its arms to every citizen worldwide, ushering them to partake in shaping the nation’s trajectory.

The Government will host their inaugural event, “The Investment Gateway Summit” in May, marking a historical moment in the country’s journey towards fulfilling the Sustainable Island State Agenda. This momentous event presents an unparalleled opportunity to collaborate and invest in shaping the future of the twin-federation.

It’s a personal invitation from the Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Honourable Dr. Terrance Drew, and his Government to engage citizens and investors to come to the country for this exclusive inaugural Investment Gateway Summit taking place from 11 to 15 May 2024!

Through this forward-thinking endeavour, the Government unites individuals under a common banner – that of being a proud citizen of St Kitts and Nevis, while fostering opportunities for success as entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators.

Each day of the five-day Summit promises unique events and interactions with the leaders of the country and global experts to ensure an engaging and interactive experience in the twin-island federation.

Who will attend the Summit? 

This Summit is all about the St Kitts and Nevis citizens. The event also promises a mix of discerning investors, and high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) seeking prospects; prospective Citizenship by Investment (CBI) applicants and entrepreneurs, CEOs and C-Suite businesspeople and the wider investor immigration community.

Why is this Summit not to be missed? 

This is an opportunity to connect with like-minded global citizens, investors, HNWIs and special guests, as well as identify potential new business opportunities in the idyllic twin-island federation. This unique platform will unlock new ventures for growth throughout various sectors of the country’s economy, including agriculture, information technology, renewable energy and tourism.

From diverse panel discussions and networking opportunities to exclusive investment highlights and site visits, the Summit is crafted to connect, collaborate and celebrate the country and its global citizens.

Investment Opportunities in St Kitts and Nevis 

To showcase St Kitts and Nevis’ commitment to the Sustainable Island State Agenda, the Summit will highlight initiatives that global investors can participate in to nurture community development, empower businesses and foster growth and development.

The Government of St Kitts and Nevis together with the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) look forward to hosting this riveting event and opening their nation‘s doors to explore the twin federation’s active investment projects, spectacular beaches, distinct tourism amenities and luxury accommodation.

Please click here to secure your exclusive spot at the Investment Gateway Summit.

This is not just a unique investment opportunity in a tropical Caribbean country, it is a meeting of minds to form meaningful connections, through engaging workshops and insightful panel discussions. Additionally, the Government aims to build strong communities with shared values of excellence.

Get Involved 

Should you like to promote your brand, business services or enquire about sponsorship opportunities, you can leave your comment here with your interest in the contact form, and you will receive a response with available packages.

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Local elections: Court of Audit demands financial statements from candidates


The Court of Audit called on candidates in the 1st round of the 2023 local elections to submit their financial statements for these elections before March 8, 2024.

The Court of Audit said in a press release on Thursday that this reminder is intended for all candidates in the first round, held on December 24, 2023, including those who had won seats on local councils.

The Court warned in this regard, that candidates who fail to file the required financial documents by the deadline are liable to the penalties provided for in Article 98 of Organic Law 2017-16.

Article 98 (new) provides that “if the financial statement of a list, candidate or party is not filed in accordance with the procedures and within the deadlines set out in article 86 of this law, the Court of Audit shall impose a fine equal to three times the maximum amount of electoral funding in the relevant constituency.”

The candidate’s financial statement includes the bank statement of the single account opened for the election campaign and a list
of election expenses signed by the candidate and the financial agent.

This list must be drawn up in compliance with the model made available to candidates by the Court of Audit, states the press release.

The Court also asks candidates to submit a detailed list of activities and meetings organised during the local election campaign.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Prime Minister meets French counterpart in Paris


Correspondent Rakia Selmi) – Prime Minister Ahmed Hachani met Thursday afternoon in Paris with French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal, on the sidelines of a working visit he is making to France from February 28 to March 2, at the invitation of his French counterpart.

The Prime Minister recalled the longstanding relations between Tunisia and France and their links in many fields, stressing that Tunisia is working to develop and diversify them, especially in light of the circumstances and pressures the world is facing.

Hachani said that no side can undermine these solid relations that unite the two countries because “their foundations are solid and will not change. We continue to work on developing them on both sides,” he stressed.

For his part, French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal said that this visit was an opportunity to highlight the strength of Franco-Tunisian bilateral relations, stressing the need to develop them further in order to face all geopolitical, economic, cultural and social challenges, as well
as those related to migration, in the interest of both sides.

In this regard, Gabriel Attal pointed out that the unique relationship between the two countries goes beyond people, adding that Tunisia is a strategic partner with which it is necessary to multiply, diversify and work with on an equal footing to reach advanced levels in various areas of common interest.

The French Prime Minister alluded to the important economic relations between the two sides, recalling the establishment of many French companies and institutions in Tunisia, as well as Tunisia’s support for French agriculture, particularly in the grain sector.

He stressed the need to intensify visits and exchanges of experience in areas of mutual interest and to encourage businessmen from both sides to invest and work for development, especially in the light of the current conditions and challenges.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Foreign Minister and his French counterpart call for economic potential between two countries to be exploited.


Foreign Minister Nabil Ammar and his French counterpart Stéphane Séjourné reaffirmed their shared desire to breathe new life into the bilateral strategic partnership, notably through the resumption of high-level visits and the fulfilment of bilateral events.

This was the outcome of a working meeting held on Thursday at the Quai d’Orsay as part of the working visit of the Prime Minister to France, at the invitation of his French counterpart.

The two ministers stressed the need to bring together all the conditions necessary to exploit the considerable economic potential between the two countries, as well as trade and investment relations.

They underlined their commitment to consolidating bilateral relations and working together, and stressed the importance for both partners of Tunisia’s rapid economic recovery and the successful completion of the reforms undertaken by the Tunisian government.

Nabil Ammar took the opportunity to reiterate the priority given to improving cooperation on looted assets and their
return.

The two ministers recalled the success of the last Summit of the Francophonie, held in Djerba in November 2022, and underlined their commitment to strengthening cooperation in the French-speaking world.

The meeting also provided an opportunity to review all regional and international issues of common interest. Nabil Ammar recalled Tunisia’s constant and principled position in favour of the just Palestinian cause and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people. He called for urgent efforts to achieve an immediate and lasting ceasefire in Gaza, with urgent access for humanitarian aid.

The two Ministers welcomed the detailed exchange of views on current issues and their impact on the economies and populations of both countries.

At the end of the meeting, Nabil Ammar invited his French counterpart to visit Tunisia in the near future to continue these discussions and this dynamic consolidation of bilateral relations.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Burkina: The government agrees to the adoption of the law authorizing the ratification of the Liptako-Gourma Charter establishing the Alliance of Sahel StatesBills on national ID card and travel documents to be examined in plenary session on March 6

The government marked Wednesday in the Council of Ministers its agreement for the adoption by the Transitional Legislative Assembly of the law authorizing the ratification of the Liptako-Gourma Charter establishing the Alliance of Sahel States .

The Council of Ministers chaired by the President of the Transition, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, adopted on Wednesday a report relating to a bill authorizing the ratification of the Liptako-Gourma Charter establishing the Alliance of Sahel States.

The Liptako-Gourma Charter establishing the Alliance of Sahel States establishes an architecture of collective defense and mutual assistance between the States Parties. It provides a legal and operational framework in the fight against insecurity in the Sahel.

This bill will allow Burkina Faso to act within a legal framework in synergy with Mali and Niger in the fight against terrorism and organized crime.

The Council of Ministers agreed to the transmission of the said bill to the Transitional Legislative Assembly.

Burkina
Faso is a founding member of the Alliance of Sahel States (AES) with Mali and Niger, born on September 16, 2023 to defend each other and promote development.

On January 28, 2024, the three countries decided to leave ECOWAS without delay to protest against unjust sanctions, non-assistance in the face of terrorism and its subservience to foreign powers.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

The Bureau of the Assembly of People’s Representatives (ARP) decided on Thursday to refer the organic law amending and supplementing Law No. 27/1993 on the national identity card and the organic law amending and supplementing Law No. 40 of May 14, 1975 on passports and travel documents to the plenary session scheduled for March 6.

Meeting in the presence of Speaker of Parliament, Brahim Bouderbala, the members of the Bureau decided to schedule two oral questions to the Minister of the Interior during the plenary session.

They also decided to refer the following draft laws to the relevant standing committees:

– The bill amending Law No. 69 of October 20, 2003 on summer holidays and children’s leisure centres to the Committee on Health, Women and the Family, Social Affairs and the Disabled.

– The bill approving Tunisia’s accession to the agreement on the automatic exchange of information on financial accounts, to the Committee on Foreign Relations, International Cooperation, Tunisians Abroad and Migration,
with a request for the opinions of the Committee on Rights and Freedoms and the Committee on Finance and Budget.

– The bill regulating the profession of notary, to the Committee on General Legislation.

– The bill on food supplements and the bill on meeting national needs in specialised medicine to the Committee on Health, Women and Family Affairs, Social Affairs and People with Disabilities.

They also decided to refer the bill on the Support Fund for Media Independence and Promotion of Quality of Media Content back to the initiating party for revision.

The members of the Bureau examined 64 written questions addressed to government members.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

President of the Republic briefed on final version of draft amendment of Commercial Code


The draft amendment to Article 411 of the Commercial Code was the focus of a meeting on Wednesday at Carthage Palace between President Kais Saied and Justice Minister Leila Jaffel, who briefed him on the final version of the draft, according to a statement from the presidency.

The draft aims to strengthen the duties assigned to banks and enshrine their responsibility, as well as the use of payment mechanisms and alternative electronic solutions, and to improve banking practices in order to strengthen security standards in the handling of cheques and achieve social justice and economic development.

It also aims to adapt the penal policy to the specificity of the cheque business and to establish a system to regulate the status of those who have been sentenced by a court or are the subject of ongoing judicial proceedings for the crime of issuing a bounced cheque, «which contributes to preserving the freedom of the debtor and, at the same time, the right of the creditor.»

During the meeting, the President of t
he Republic cited a number of examples from comparative law, recalling the many “tailor-made” laws that “were developed at the end of the seventies of the last century in the light of the liberal tide experienced by Tunisia at the time and which led to many social explosions and the fall of martyrs”.

He also reviewed a number of other laws “that were drawn up after that date and from which the founders of small and medium-sized enterprises in particular did not benefit, but were among their victims”, noting that “the only beneficiaries were banking institutions that lend only on conditional terms and without any responsibility”.

He recalled what happened in the previous parliament when sessions were adjourned under the pretext of further consultations and resumed a few minutes later after amendments were made so that these laws would be “tailor-made”, according to the same statement.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Prime Minister meets President of MEDEF in Paris


Prime Minister Ahmed Hachani met on Wednesday at the Tunisian embassy in Paris with President of the French business confederation MEDEF (Mouvement des Entreprises de France), Patrick Martin.

The Prime Minister took the opportunity to emphasise that Tunisia is one of the preferred investment destinations thanks to the favourable climate it offers investors.

Hachani pointed out that Tunisia’s promising investment prospects have made it a destination for French investors, who have found all the advantages it offers, such as security, stability, a specialised workforce and land, sea and air transport.

The Prime Minister commended the solidity of Tunisian-French bilateral relations and called for them to be consolidated by encouraging French businessmen to invest in Tunisia, particularly in promising sectors.

For his part, the President of the MEDEF expressed his organisation’s willingness to strengthen and diversify French investment in Tunisia and confirmed the desire of many French companies to set up part
nership projects with Tunisian companies on regional and African markets.

The meeting took place in the presence of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad, Nabil Ammar, Minister of the Economy and Planning, Feryel Ouerghi Sebaï, and President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), Samir Majoul.

Ahmed Hachani is paying an official visit to France from February 28 to March 1 at the invitation of his French counterpart, Gabriel Attal.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Sometimes very cloudy with temporarily stormy and heavy showers in western regions


The weather Thursday is sometimes very cloudy with temporarily stormy and heavy showers in western regions, then gradually eastern, central and southern regions. Hail fall expected over some places.

The wind is blowing west strong near eastern coasts, on heights and in the south with sand storms, light to moderate elsewhere.

The sea is choppy in the north and very choppy elsewhere.

Temperatures are down with highs ranging between 10°C and 17°C, hovering over 7°C on western heights.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Entrepreneurship: 100 communitarian companies to be created in 2024 (minister) [Upd 1]


Finance Minister Sihèm Boughdiri Nessima said 100 communitarian companies will be created in 2024 and pledged to provide necessary funding lines.

The amount earmarked in 2023/2024 stands at TND 36 million, she further said as she chaired Thursday a ceremony to inaugurate a space dedicated to communitarian companies at the premises of the Tunisian Solidarity Bank (French: BTS) in company of the Employment and Vocational Training Minister Lotfi Dhieb and Secretary of State in charge of Communitarian Companies Riadh Choud.

Some local banks were involved in the process of funding communitarian companies along with the BTS, such as La Banque de l’Habitat (BH) and La Société Tunisienne de Banque (STB).

Fifteen communitarian companies were financed in 2023 with a total of TND 4 million. The maximum ceiling of BTS funding is of TND 300,000 provided that the repayment period does not exceed 7 years at an interest rate of 5% and a one-year grace period.

This area serves to train and support these entrepreneurs, run
their funding operations and ensure follow-up on files. Fields of activity are mainly renewables, agriculture, waste upgrade and industry.

The key challenges facing communitarian enterprises are the hire of premises and other land issues.

The event offered the opportunity to take stock of works of a training session tailored to the needs of leaders of communitarian companies (15 entreprises) with a view to supporting and helping them prepare their business plans to obtain needed funding and have a better understanding of mechanisms and incentives.

Another workshop was organised for executives in charge of communitarian businesses in BTS agencies so as to help build up their capacities in supporting and financing these enterprises.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Stock market up 0.2% at end of Thursday’s session


The stock market consolidated its gains at the end of Thursday’s session with a 0.2% increase to 8,630.2 points.

Turnover remained low at TND 4.1 million, according to broker Tunisie Valeurs.

GIF shares continued to lead the session. The car filter producer’s stock gained 4.3% to reach TND 0.490 on a meagre volume of TND 1,000.

MPBS shares were among the session’s top gainers. Despite a lack of trading activity, the timber specialist’s stock rose 4% to TND 5.190.

Amen Bank was the most dynamic stock of the session. The financial arm of the PGI group boosted the market by TND 2 million. The stock stood out during the session and closed in positive territory (+1.8% at TND 34.800).

BH Leasing shares were at the bottom of the Tunindex. With no significant trading activity, the shares of the leasing company backed by the BH Group fell by 4.4% to TND 2.850.

Tunis Re shares disappointed with their performance on the stock market during the session. The reinsurance company’s stock lost 4.2% to TND 6.610. The st
ock accumulated trades worth TND 42,000 during the session.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

President Saied to visit Algeria on March 1-2 to attend Gas Exporting Countries Forum [Upd 1]


President of the Republic Kais Saied is paying a visit to Algeria on March 1-2 to attend the 7th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum.

The forum, which the Algerian capital is hosting starting Thursday, is expected to focus on cooperation among producing countries in a bid to secure the stability of international markets and handle gas demand challenges in the coming period, the Algerian news agency said .

A high-level taskforce is due to meet Thursday to draft “the Algiers Declaration” which will be submitted Friday to the ministerial meeting before being presented to heads of state and government at the summit for adoption.

The ministers of energy will debate the final draft of the declaration and related decisions prior to adoption at the summit held under the high auspices of Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboune, the same source said.

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) is an intergovernmental organisation created in 2001 in Iran that provides a framework
for exchanging experience and information among its member countries.

It brings together the main natural gas producers in the world in a bid to defend their national interests.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Italian waste scandal: 16 people arrested in Italy


Sixteen people were arrested and 11 precautionary measures were taken on Thursday morning in Italy as part of an operation led by the Judicial Police of the Anti-Mafia Investigation Directorate and the Environmental Protection and Energy Security Police Group concerning the illegal trafficking of waste between Italy and Tunisia.

The operation, dubbed “Dia et Noé”, was carried out in cooperation with the military of the competent provincial commands and at the request of the Potenza Court, against intermediaries, contractors, owners of waste treatment and recovery companies and public officials involved in the waste management sector, as reported by the Italian press agency “NOVA” and local media.

The waste was originally plastic waste shipped by an Italian company between May and June 2020 to be recycled in Tunisia by a Tunisian export company. However, most of the waste turned out to be household waste, and the transaction was a flagrant violation of several international treaties on waste trade.

The peop
le arrested in Italy are suspected of crimes involving organised activity for the purpose of illegal waste trafficking, fictitious registration of assets, illegal waste management and construction of illegal landfills, as well as public supply fraud.

‘The investigation coordinated by the National Anti-Mafia Directorate and carried out by police officers from the Ecological Unit in Salerno and Potenza (two Italian cities), has uncovered major waste transfer operations abroad, in a worrying scenario of cross-border trafficking that has escaped control and caused damage to the environment and human health,” said a press release from the Anti-Mafia Investigations Directorate of the Italian Prosecutor’s Office.

‘The latter are alleged to have acted with the complicity of intermediaries, including foreign intermediaries, organising the transfer of waste abroad to persons who are totally incapable of properly treating, recovering and disposing of it, and therefore probably destined to be incinerated (as happened)
or illegally abandoned/buried in Africa, thus contributing to the uncontrolled disposal of waste from industrialised countries on the African continent”.

The case stems from a one-year contract for the management of a total of 120,000 tonnes of waste bearing the European Waste Catalogue Code, concluded on 30 September 2019 between the representative of the Tunisian company “SOREPLAST Suarl”, as a waste reception, recovery and disposal plant located in the city of Sousse (Tunisia), and the legal representative of the company “SVILUPPO RESORSE AMBIENTALI Srl”, as a waste producer in the plant located in Polla (SA).

“A particular role in the overall investigation appears to have been played by the intermediation companies ECO MANAGEMENT spa of Soverato (CZ) and GC Service based in Tunisia”, the same source said.

“Overall, the investigative activity (…) has made it possible to lay provisional charges, including illegal cross-border trafficking of waste in Tunisia and fraud on the part of the directors of the
company SRA srL.

Also implicated in the investigation are two officials from the Campania Region, one of whom has been subjected to the coercive measure of house arrest.

As part of the same investigation, measures have also been taken to seize the assets of the companies involved to the tune of one million euros, according to the Italian media.

In Tunisia, the Italian waste affair caused an outcry and led to the dismissal of former Minister of Local Affairs and the Environment, Mustapha Aroui,

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Ministry of Trade to intervene if prices rise (official)


The Ministry of Trade and Export Development will intervene if the prices of certain products show an upward trend during the month of Ramadan in 2024.

This will be done by setting profit margins or maximum prices, said director of the National Supply and Price Observatory, Ramzi Trabelsi.

The ministry will monitor price fluctuations on a daily basis, Trabelsi added in a video interview with TAP.

He specified that recent studies conducted by the Observatory have not revealed any significant price increases, except for certain products affected by the off-season.

Under Law No. 86 of 1964, the Observatory provides daily and monthly data as part of the state’s post-price liberalisation strategy, under the supervision of the General Directorate of Competition and Economic Investigations.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Ways to broaden Tunisian-Omani cultural cooperation through array of projects discussed


Scaling up Tunisian-Omani cultural cooperation relations notably in the heritage field took centre stage on Wednesday at a meeting between the Minister of Cultural Affairs Hayet Guettat Guermazi and Omani Ambassador to Tunisia Hilal Abdullah Al Sinani, according to a ministry press release.

The two sides examined ways of establishing lasting cooperation in the various sectors of shared interest under the memorandum of understanding signed on May 3, 2023 between the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the Omani Ministry of Heritage and Tourism.

Emphasis was laid on a range of project proposals, including the organisation of live workshops on restoration and maintenance techniques for historic monuments, targeting experts from both countries, as well as field workshops for sharing expertise, notably in the field of heritage conservation and artistic lighting.

Among the proposals put forward is the consolidation of the artistic, cultural and literary presence of the Sultanate of Oman at major events organised by
the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, such as the Tunis International Book Fair and summer festivals, as well as the possibility of twinning the Muscat Opera Theatre with that of Tunis and the medina of Tunis with the medina of Oman, both of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

In this regard, the minister ordered the creation of a small working group tasked with drawing up a clear programme defining the next projects and proposals with a view to submitting it to the Omani side, in collaboration with the Omani embassy to Tunisia.

Underlining the importance of the Omani collaboration in the effort to restore Tunisia’s historic monuments, she called to further broaden this cooperation to include other artistic, literary and cultural disciplines.

The ambassador, for his part, expressed his country’s willingness to step up bilateral cooperation in the various sectors of culture, art and creativity.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse