Inscription of Sidi Bou Said on UNESCO World Heritage List under consideration


The possibility of inscribing the village of Sidi Bou Said, universally renowned for its heritage, history and architecture, on the UNESCO World Heritage List was the focus of a working session chaired on Friday by Cultural Affairs Minister Hayet Guettat Guermazi, in the presence of Head of the Cultural Programme at the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Maghreb Karim Hendili.

During the meeting, which was attended by representatives of the various stakeholders – the Ministries of Agriculture, the Environment and Public Works – as well as the Governorate and Municipality of Tunis, the minister underlined the need to join forces and embrace this collective national duty with a view to preserving this village, where the hill has been exposed for years to the risks of erosion and landslides that could affect neighbouring areas, notably the Ennejma Ezzahra Palace, home to the Centre of Arab and Mediterranean Music (CMAM).

Sidi Bou Said boasts all the assets required to be preserved and developed from every point of
view, which is why it is so important to prepare a technical file for submission to UNESCO as soon as possible, she added.

Founded by the Phoenicians, Carthage-Sidi Bou Said is an extensive archaeological site located on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Tunis and the surrounding plain. Sidi Bou Said is part of the site of Carthage, classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. However, UNESCO’s instructions have been overridden by the urban development that has taken place from Sidi Bou Saïd to La Malga and Salammbô.

Sidi Bou Said is a major tourist attraction, one of the most visited sites in the Mediterranean, welcoming up to 100,000 visitors a day at weekends and during the summer months.

The economic activity of Sidi Bou Said is mainly based on tourism, with artisans earning their living from small trades.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Deadly and massive attacks against civilians in Komsilga, Nodin and Soro, the prosecutor opens an investigation

Ouagadougou: In a note dated March 1, 2024 and of which the AIB obtained a copy, the Prosecutor of Faso at the Ouahigouya High Court informs public opinion of the opening of an investigation into cases of attacks perpetrated against civilian populations in the villages of Komsilga, Nodin and Soro in the department of Thiou, province of Yatenga.

According to ‘corroborating information’ received by the prosecutor, ‘the provisional toll of these attacks is 170 people executed in addition to the injured and material damage.’ Given the seriousness of all these denunciations, the prosecutor says he has opened an investigation with a view to clarifying the facts. »I appeal to all people who have elements or information on these facts to communicate them directly to my public prosecutor’s office or to the judicial police services within my jurisdiction. » underlines the prosecutor’s press release.

On Sunday February 26, 2024, three villages in the department of Thiou in Yatenga were victims of massive attacks which
left several dozen dead, numerous injured and enormous material damage, recalls the AIB.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Taboubi welcomes President’s decision to end precarious work and subcontracting labour


Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT), Noureddine Taboubi, said that the government had refused to implement the agreements signed with UGTT, welcoming the decision of President Kais Saied to put an end to precarious work and all forms of subcontracting labor.

Taking the floor during a gathering held, Sunday, outside the Prime Ministry at the Kasbah square, Taboubi said that «the social dialogue with the government has been blocked.»

The government has not activated the agreement of February 6, 2021 which includes 46 sectoral agreements, claiming that “it is dealing with public finance difficulties.”

«The government claims to have paid off its debts last year, yet this was done at this expense of basic foodstuffs which were missing on the national market and were not imported in sufficient quantities,» he explained.

Taboubi added that the agreement which was signed with the government on salary increase has not been implemented, despite the deterioration of the purchasing power of w
orkers and the high inflation rate (7.3% in January 2024)

On the other hand, he reiterated that «since the Tunisian Revolution, the UGTT has fought against all forms of precarious work which resulted in sorting out the situation of construction site workers, teachers and substitute teachers.»

Taboubi called for cancelling Decree 54 in order to guarantee freedom of expression and freedom of opinion as well as resume negotiations which represent a major step forward to building Tunisia.

Next March 9 and 10, the UGTT will form an administrative committee which will examine the general situation in the country and monitor the cases of trade unionists prosecuted in Tunisian courts.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

At least 170 people killed in Yatenga: justice launches call for testimony

At least 170 people killed in Yatenga: justice launches call for testimony

Burkina Faso Information Agency

‘PRESS RELEASE FROM THE PROSECUTOR OF FASO, AT THE HIGH COURT OF OUAHIGOUYA

On Sunday February 25, 2024, my Prosecutor’s Office was informed that massive murderous attacks had allegedly been committed in the villages of Komsilga, Nodin and Soro, all in the Thiou department, Yatenga province, Northern region.

The same sources indicated that the overall provisional toll stood at approximately one hundred and seventy (170) people executed, in addition to the injured people and various other related material damage.

Monday February 26, 2024, the day after the events.

The administrative authorities in charge of the aforementioned territorial districts brought the same facts to the attention of some of our services.

Given the seriousness and consistency of all these denunciations and information, my Prosecutor’s Office instructed its Judicial Police services to open an investigation in order to elucidat
e these facts.

Likewise, on Thursday February 29, 2024 with the assistance of an escort led by the Defense and Security Forces (FDS), a team from my Prosecutor’s Office and my judicial police investigation services carried out a judicial transport in the different villages concerned in order to make all the findings and collect all the available evidence.

At this moment when the investigation is launched, I appeal to all people who have elements or information on these facts to communicate them both directly to my Prosecutor’s Office and to the various

Judicial Police services within my jurisdiction.

I would like, in these times of trial for the nation in general, and for the victims and their loved ones in particular, to express all my compassion and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.

Prosecutor of Faso near TGI Ouahigouya

Aly Benjamin Coulibaly, Ouahigouya on March 1, 2024.’

Source: Burkina Information Agency

MACAM Tunis: more than 300 works at “Memory of Generations” exhibition


Over 300 works (paintings, sculptures, engravings) by 170 Tunisian visual artists from different generations as well as foreign artists whose creations are focused on Tunisia and the Tunisian identity are displayed at “Memory of Generations,” a permanent exhibition of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MACAM Tunis). The event was opened by Minister of Cultural Affairs Hayet Guettat Germazi.

The exhibition saw the attendance of diplomats accredited to Tunisia, artists, men of culture and media people. Five Tunisian visual artists were honoured, namely painter Kaouther Jallezi Ben Ayed, photographer and artist Mohamed Hedi Ayeb, graphic artist Faouzia Hichri and painter Sadok Gmach- the pioneer of contemporary painting in Tunisia.

This permanent exhibition at this museum dedicated to various plastic and visual arts brings spotlight on collections covering the years spanning from 894 to 2004.

More collections bearing witness to various eras in the history of visual arts in Tunisia will be put
at display as the exhibition unfolds.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Nine Local Councils set up in Beja governorate


Nine Local Councils were set up in the governorate of Beja on Friday, in the delegations of North Beja, South Beja, Thibar, Teboursouk, Testour, Medjez El Bab, Nefza, Amdoun and Goubellat.

The composition of the local councils is as follows:

//North Beja//

– Samir Bou Ali (President)

– Fourteen members

//South Beja ///

– Rachid Amdouni (President)

– Nine members

//Teboursouk//

– Mohamed Ben Othman (President)

– Ten members

// Testour //

– Amor Arfaoui (President)

– Twelve members

// Thibar //

– Taoufik Jouini (President)

– Five members

// Amdoun //

– Ali Mhamdi (President)

– Fourteen members

// Goubellat //

– Othman Riahi (President)

– Seven members

// Medjez El Bab //

– Tarek Matoussi (President)

– Fourteen members

// Nefza //

– Zouheir Khemiri (President)

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Local elections: local councils set up in Sfax


Local councils in the sixteen delegations of the governorate of Sfax were set up Friday at the seat of the governorate, under the supervision of delegates and members of local councils.

The composition of local councils is as follows:

++Constituency of Sfax-1:

//Local council of Sakiet Ezzit//

-Iskandar Daoud (President)

-Eight membres

//Local council of Sakiet Eddaier//

-Ahmed Ben Nasr (President)

-Nine membres

//Local counci of Jebiniana//

-Omar Al-Manser (President)

– Nine membres

//Local council of Kerkennah//

-Tarek Karrai (President)

-Eleven membres

//Local council of Menzel Chaker//

-Hamadi Chtioui (President)

-Thirteen membres

//Local council of Bir Ali Ben Khlifa//

-Ali Ben Hmed (President)

-Treize membres

//Local council of El Amra//

Adel El Mabrouk (President)

Seven membres

//Local council of El Hencha//

Nabil Ezzine (President)

Ten membres

++Constituency of Sfax-2:

//Local council of Sfax city//

Farid Sellami (President)

-Thirteen membres

//Local council of West Sfax
//

-Anis Gargouri (President)

-Eight membres

//Local council of South Sfax//

-Youssef Aouia (President)

-Eight membres

//Local council of Agareb//

-Imed Beji (President)

-Nine membres

//Local council of Thyna//

-Hichem Amiri (President)

-Six membres

//Local council of Mahrès //

Hassen Ghanai (President)

-Seven membres

//Local council of Graïba //

-Hédi Mbarek (President)

-Six membres

//Local councils of Skhira//

Abdelhamid El Bach (President)

– Eight members

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Regional Council of Beja governorate set up Saturday


The Regional Council of Beja governorate has been set up on Saturday through sortition, including 9 members representing each of the local councils of the governorate.

The composition of the regional council is as follows:

– Nabil Hosni, member of the South Beja local council.

– Salem Ben Hammadi Mekni, member of the North Beja local council.

-Kamel ben Youssef Mejri, member of the Téboursouk local council.

-Badreddine Ben Fayçel Hammami, member of Testour local council.

-Jalel Kouki, member of Thibar local council.

– Riadh Ben Mohamed Melki, member of Amdoun local council.

-Othmen Riahi, member of Goubellat local council.

-Mohamed Ben Fraj Hannechi, member of Medjez El Bab local council.

-Aymen Dallai, member of Nefza local council.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Siliana: Local councils of Bourouis, Makther and Bouarada set up


The local councils of Bourouis, Makther and Bouarada under the governorate of Siliana were set up, on Friday, March 1. The composition of local councils is distributed as follows:

// Maktehr //

– Nizar Atiri (president)

– Twelve members

// Bouarada //

– Youssef Bargaoui (president)

– Seven members

// Bourouis //

– Zid Karmous (president)

– Seven members

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Blue March: Awareness-raising walk on importance of early detection of colon cancer


As part of the Blue March event, the Health Ministry on Saturday staged a walk along the El Menzah health pathway to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of colon cancer, in collaboration with the Tunis Regional Health Directorate and with the participation of the regional directorates of Greater Tunis, health professionals and representatives of civil society.

The event, held under the slogan “Let’s join forces against colon cancer,” aims to raise public awareness of the importance of early diagnosis, project manager at the Health Ministry Lamia Mnasri Chenik told TAP, pointing out that participants in the event will run a distance of 3 km in a symbolic gesture to underline the importance of physical exercise in preventing colon cancer.

She called in this regard, for the need to carry out free cancer screening tests in basic health care centres, pointing out that 9 out of 10 patients can be cured of this type of cancer if screening is carried out early.

For her part, acting regional health
director for Tunis Rim Trabelsi said that Tunisia had recorded 3,788 new cases of colon cancer in 2023.

“It is the fourth most common cancer among men and the second most prevalent among women,” she specified.

All people aged 50 and over are eligible for screening, she explained, indicating that weight loss, abdominal pain and bleeding with stools are among the symptoms of this disease.

Trabelsi recommended adopting a healthy diet, avoiding fizzy drinks and processed meats, and reducing consumption of red meat to 500g per week as a preventive measure.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Regional Council of Manouba governorate set up Saturday


The Regional Council of MANOUBA governorate has been set up on Saturday through sortition, including members representing each of the local councils of the governorate.

The composition of the regional council is as follows:

-Faouzia Naoui, member of the Manouba local council.

– Zied Arfaoui, member of the Tebourba local council (disabled)

– Abdennour Habechi, member of Douar Hicher local council (disabled)

– Ibrahim Gharbi, member of the Jedaida local council

-Abdellatif Ben Zayed, member of the Borj El Amri local council

– Mohamed Ben Rjab, member of Oued Ellil local council

– Youssef Balghouthi, member of Mornaguia local council

– Ali Mejri, member of El Batan local council

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Accident of February 27 in Mali: A delegation from the Burkinabe government in SikassoTabboubi: “Threats, prisons will not dissuade labour union from continuing to defend rights of workers”

Ouagadougou: Four Burkinabè ministers went to Sikasso in Mali, following the accident that occurred on February 27 and cost the lives of 42 people including Burkinabè, the AIB learned this Friday.

The Minister in charge of Solidarity and Family, Nandy Somé/Diallo, the Minister of Transport and Road Safety, Roland A. Somda, the Minister Delegate in charge of Regional Cooperation, Stella Kabré/Kaboré and the Minister of Health, Dr Robert Kargougou, attended on Friday in Sikasso, Mali, the burial of the victims of the accident which occurred on February 27, provided their support to the injured and expressed their gratitude to the Malian authorities.

Welcomed by the Malian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Demblélé Nadine Sissoko, the Burkinabe government delegation visited the Sikasso hospital where some injured people are still being treated, in the presence of the Burkina Faso ambassador to Bamako, Julienne Dembélé/Sanon .

She then went to the cemetery in the Lafiabougou district of Sikasso to atte
nd the burial of some victims of this accident which, in total, cost the lives of 42 people and injured 28 others.

‘On behalf of the President of Faso, the head of government and the Burkinabè people, we extend our sincere thanks to all the Malian authorities, to the Burkinabè community living in Sikasso here and to all customary and religious legitimities, for the efforts they made to demonstrate their outpouring of solidarity, fraternity and compassion on the occasion of this painful event,’ said Minister Nadine Somé after the visit to the sick.

She also sent, on behalf of the Transition, her condolences to the victims and expressed wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.

On the evening of Tuesday February 27, 2024, a truck carrying 80 people including Malians and Burkinabè, bound for Burkina Faso, overturned from the bridge spanning the Bagoé river, on the Sikasso-Bougouni axis, around Koumantou, in the south of Mali.

The Malian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Demblélé Nadine Sissoko, in
dicated that ‘provisions are being made’ to strengthen road safety, particularly in the Sikasso crossroads where the Bamako-Abidjan, Bamako-Bobo-Accra or Bamako axes pass. -Ouaga-Lomé.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Threats and prisons will not dissuade the labour union from continuing to defend the rights of workers,” said SG of the Tunisian General Labour Union (French: UGTT) Noureddine Taboubbi.

The UGTT will not be silent when trade union right and civil rights are abused, Tabboubi Saturday told a worker rally outside the seat of the Prime Ministry to demand the launch of social dialogue, the respect of trade union rights and the implementation of agreements signed with the government.

“Trade union rights were violated in the recent months as several union members were jailed and prosecuted,” Tabboubi said, citing some names.

All these threats will not deter the labour union from forging ahead with its battle to champion the cause of workers and the country. Tunisia, he further said, is at a crossroads that call for wisdom.

Trade union rights are enshrined in the constitution and their respect is a sign of democracy. The union is utterly opposed to practices aimed to curb trade union rights, Tabboubi added.

Som
e union members appeared recently before the disciplinary board in infringement of Article 74 of Tunisia’s charter and international treaties ratified by the country.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Commemoration of 50th anniversary of Georges Sebastian’s death among Tunisian-Romanian cultural cooperation projects


Several cultural projects to be considered as part of a Tunisian-Romanian cooperation programme were discussed during a meeting on Friday between Cultural Affairs Minister Hayet Guettat Guermazi and Romania’s Ambassador to Tunisia Valentin-Ciprian Muntean, according to a ministry press release.

One of the projects mooted by the Romanian ambassador was the organisation of a joint event to commemorate the 50th anniversary this year of the death of Georges Sébastian (1974), the Romanian aesthete who built “Dar Sébastian” – the current Hammamet International Cultural Centre (CCIH) – in 1927.

The idea is to highlight the history and heritage of the Romanian aristocrat Georges Sébastian (1896-1974), who, captivated by the charm of the area, built a sumptuous villa in the local style, combining tradition and modernity, a place of inspiration for artists, now known as the “Maison de la Méditerranée pour la culture et les arts.”

The meeting also offered an opportunity to discuss other bilateral cooperation projects
: A twinning project between the National Centre of Cinema and Image of Tunisia (CNCI) and its Romanian counterpart, the launch of Romanian cultural days in Tunisia focusing on tangible and intangible heritage, the organisation of a film evening dedicated to Tunisian films that have won international awards, as well as an event focusing on the history of the fights that took place in the amphitheatre of El Jem and the Roman Theatre of Carthage, which which are believed to have been used for gladiatorial combats.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Balé: 2 million and food for the defense forces, VDP and internally displaced people

Ouagadougou: The citizen watch movement and the Boromo merchants’ association donated a sum of 2 million and food for the patriotic support fund, on March 2, 2024 in Boromo. The ceremony handover mobilized administrative authorities and several citizen monitoring actors.

The population of the province of Balé once again demonstrated its support for the transition of Burkina Faso. At the call of the citizen watch movement and the association of traders in the province, citizens from several socio-professional sectors provided contributions in food and money to support the basket of patriotic support. In total more than two million CFA francs and food were given to the high commissioner of the Balé province Ibrahim Boly on Saturday March 2.

The high commissioner of the Balé province Ibrahim Boly sponsored the handover ceremony in Boromo on March 2, 2024. Mr. Boly was accompanied by various officials of the defense and security forces of the Balé province and officials of the Balé province. military detachment
from the province of Balé. The Provincial authority, on behalf of the governor of the Boucle du Mouhoun region and the national authorities, congratulated and encouraged the donors. In addition, he expressed all his admiration for the multiple supports for the place of the transition. He also recalled his availability to support them in all initiatives, however in compliance with the laws of Burkina Faso.

According to the organizers, this ceremony was possible thanks to the support of several actors including the youth and women’s associations of the province and the association of traders in the informal sector.

According to the president of the regional youth council of Boucle du Mouhoun, Issa Gnanou, member of the citizen monitoring committee of Boromo, it is appropriate to congratulate the sons and daughters of the province of Balé for their massive membership. According to the head of the youth, there is no doubt about the direction taken by the national authorities. This is why he launched an appeal ‘
Let us be vectors of peace, of social cohesion in our respective communities. »

The head of Boromo, His Majesty Naaba Pegdwendé also welcomed the effort of the surrounding villages while calling for more mobilization to support the efforts of the transition and the defense and security forces engaged in the reconquest of the territory.

During the ceremony, all the speakers welcomed the efforts of the transitional government, the good news from the front and called for unfailing mobilization until total victory with Captain Ibrahim Traoré and his government.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Accident of February 27 in Mali: A delegation from the Burkinabe government in Sikasso

Ouagadougou: Four Burkinabè ministers went to Sikasso in Mali, following the accident that occurred on February 27 and cost the lives of 42 people including Burkinabè, the AIB learned this Friday.

The Minister in charge of Solidarity and Family, Nandy Somé/Diallo, the Minister of Transport and Road Safety, Roland A. Somda, the Minister Delegate in charge of Regional Cooperation, Stella Kabré/Kaboré and the Minister of Health, Dr Robert Kargougou, attended on Friday in Sikasso, Mali, the burial of the victims of the accident which occurred on February 27, provided their support to the injured and expressed their gratitude to the Malian authorities.

Welcomed by the Malian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Demblélé Nadine Sissoko, the Burkinabe government delegation visited the Sikasso hospital where some injured people are still being treated, in the presence of the Burkina Faso ambassador to Bamako, Julienne Dembélé/Sanon .

She then went to the cemetery in the Lafiabougou district of Sikasso to atte
nd the burial of some victims of this accident which, in total, cost the lives of 42 people and injured 28 others.

‘On behalf of the President of Faso, the head of government and the Burkinabè people, we extend our sincere thanks to all the Malian authorities, to the Burkinabè community living in Sikasso here and to all customary and religious legitimities, for the efforts they made to demonstrate their outpouring of solidarity, fraternity and compassion on the occasion of this painful event,’ said Minister Nadine Somé after the visit to the sick.

She also sent, on behalf of the Transition, her condolences to the victims and expressed wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.

On the evening of Tuesday February 27, 2024, a truck carrying 80 people including Malians and Burkinabè, bound for Burkina Faso, overturned from the bridge spanning the Bagoé river, on the Sikasso-Bougouni axis, around Koumantou, in the south of Mali.

The Malian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Demblélé Nadine Sissoko, in
dicated that ‘provisions are being made’ to strengthen road safety, particularly in the Sikasso crossroads where the Bamako-Abidjan, Bamako-Bobo-Accra or Bamako axes pass. -Ouaga-Lomé.

Source: Burkina Information Agency