Northern Region: CRD members appreciate development performanceUN Resident Coordinator proposes holding of Regional High-Level Meeting on Young People’s Learning in Tunisia

Ouahigouya: Members of the Northern Regional Dialogue Framework (CRD-N) held the 1st ordinary session of the year on Monday February 26, 2024 in Ouahigouya under the presidency of Issouf Ouédraogo, Governor of the Northern region .

At the opening ceremony of the work of this first session of the year, Issouf Ouédraogo, Governor of the Northern region, congratulated all the actors while inviting them, in view of the security context, to persevere in their efforts and to adopt a proactive posture in order to provide populations with quality services with a view to improving their living conditions.

It is through communications that the Technical Secretariat of the CRD under the direction of Polycarpe Naré, Regional Director of Economy and Planning for the North (DREP) presented the documents to the members.

It appears that out of 117 expected products, 53 have been fully produced, 43 are being delivered and 21 have not yet started to be produced, resulting in a physical execution rate of 66%.

From the point
of view of financial performance, out of a forecast of 21.56 billion FCFA, a total of 18.33 billion FCFA were spent, resulting in an overall financial execution of 85%.

The discussions allowed the members of the CRD to know that the non-implementation of certain activities is attributable to the late start of activities, the difficulties linked to the award of public contracts, budgetary regulation and security.

For the period 2024-2026, the members of the framework essentially recommended, among other things, support for the FDS in terms of strengthening operational capacities with rolling stock and logistical support, in food for the VDP, the rehabilitation of certain security infrastructures notably police stations and gendarmerie brigades, etc.

This 2024 ordinary session of the regional body for monitoring and evaluation of the National Development Policy (PND) saw the presence of the majority of statutory members which allowed them to examine and adopt at the end of the work, the regional annual perfo
rmance report 2023 of the national development policy, and the regional stabilization and development action plan 2024-2026.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

United Nations Resident Coordinator in Tunisia Arnaud Peral proposed in a recent meeting with Minister of Employment and Vocational Training Lotfi Dhiab to hold the second edition of the Regional High-Level Meeting on Young People’s Learning, Skilling, Social Inclusion and Transition to Decent Work next June in Tunisia.

This second meeting will bring together the representatives of 20 Arab countries, 250 participants and ten ministers of employment and vocational training, reads a ministry press release.

The meeting is intended to exchange expertise and help take stock of the Tunisian experience in vocational training and employment, the second chance mechanisms, digital transition and green skills.

The UN official said there is readiness to back the ministry’s efforts to set mid and long-term strategic objectives and provide needed support to help the Tunisian government attain its hoped-for quantitative and qualitative targets in connection to youth employment and decent emplopyment.

The minister said i
t is imperative to further optimise the management of international cooperation projects and praised cooperation with the UN.

The ministry is working in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation to revise the national employment strategy, the purpose being to make sure its responds to the targets set for 2035 and the large-scale reform programme.

Cooperation and partnership between the ministry and UN agencies in vocational training, employment and entrepreneurship was also debated.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Scattered rain Sunday, cloudy weather


The weather Sunday is a bit cloudy, growing cloudy in the northwest in the afternoon with scattered showers in the afternoon which move later to other northern areas and locally in the midland during the night.

Highs range between 20 °C and 26 °C, nearing 18 °C in 0western heights. The wind is blowing west quite strong to strong in the north and the midland, moderate to relatively strong elsewhere.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Strong wind expected Sunday night and Monday


Strong northwest wind is expected to blow on Sunday night and Monday in the north, the midland, heights and coasts and locally in the south, according to the National Institute of Meteorology (French: INM).

The wind is set to ease gradually inland overnight on Monday.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Saïed, Algeria’s Tebboune highlight strong will to scale up relations [Upd 1]


Presidents Kaïs Saïed and Abdelmadjid Tebboune said, as they met Saturday in Algiers, there is a strong will to carry on coordination and consultation and boost relations and take them to the next level to serve the common interests of the two peoples, the Presidency Sunday said in a press release.

The heads of State, meeting as Saïed wound up an Algiers visit, laid emphasis on the need to make sure a deep awareness of a common future takes root and enshrine the principles of solidarity, complementarity and mutual help between the two countries.

Saïed and Tebboune shed light on the multi-faceted and close cooperation as well as the fruitful partnership in a wide range of areas and hailed the excellent ties binding the two countries.

The necessity of stepping up the pace of cooperation, mainly through High Joint Commission meetings and the different mechanisms of bilateral action, was emphasised. This in addition to the launch of joint projects in border areas in the shortest time possible.

Several regiona
l and international issues of common interest were debated, mainly supporting the Palestinian people in their resistance to the iniquitous Zinoist colonisation.

President Saïd attended as guest of honour the 7th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Algiers.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Rally staged in front of US embassy to call for Gaza genocide halt


A rally was staged Sunday by the Tunisian Network for Fight against Normalisation outside the US Embassy in Tunis during which protesters called for an end to the genocide in the Gaza Strip and a break in relations with the United States as the “main aggressor against Palestinians.”

Men, women and children chanted several slogans such as “sacking the ambassador is a duty” and “breaking the siege is imperative” as they waved the flags of Tunisia and Palestine.

This is 19th protest rally to be organised by the Tunisian network since October 18, 2023.

Network member Slaheddine Masri told TAP “it is necessary to expel US Ambassador Joey Hood from Tunisian territory, especially following the announcement, in 2022, of his intention to make changes and include Tunisia in the list of countries that normalised relations with the Zionist entity.”

The rally aims to enlighten the public about the reality of the United States and its involvement in the war on Gaza, he said.

United States Air Force serviceman Aaron Bu
shnell ‘s self-immolation on February 25 in front of the seat of the Israeli embassy in Washington “exposes the bias of the United States,” he further said.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Northern Region: CRD members appreciate development performance


Ouahigouya: Members of the Northern Regional Dialogue Framework (CRD-N) held the 1st ordinary session of the year on Monday February 26, 2024 in Ouahigouya under the presidency of Issouf Ouédraogo, Governor of the Northern region .

At the opening ceremony of the work of this first session of the year, Issouf Ouédraogo, Governor of the Northern region, congratulated all the actors while inviting them, in view of the security context, to persevere in their efforts and to adopt a proactive posture in order to provide populations with quality services with a view to improving their living conditions.

It is through communications that the Technical Secretariat of the CRD under the direction of Polycarpe Naré, Regional Director of Economy and Planning for the North (DREP) presented the documents to the members.

It appears that out of 117 expected products, 53 have been fully produced, 43 are being delivered and 21 have not yet started to be produced, resulting in a physical execution rate of 66%.

From the point
of view of financial performance, out of a forecast of 21.56 billion FCFA, a total of 18.33 billion FCFA were spent, resulting in an overall financial execution of 85%.

The discussions allowed the members of the CRD to know that the non-implementation of certain activities is attributable to the late start of activities, the difficulties linked to the award of public contracts, budgetary regulation and security.

For the period 2024-2026, the members of the framework essentially recommended, among other things, support for the FDS in terms of strengthening operational capacities with rolling stock and logistical support, in food for the VDP, the rehabilitation of certain security infrastructures notably police stations and gendarmerie brigades, etc.

This 2024 ordinary session of the regional body for monitoring and evaluation of the National Development Policy (PND) saw the presence of the majority of statutory members which allowed them to examine and adopt at the end of the work, the regional annual perfo
rmance report 2023 of the national development policy, and the regional stabilization and development action plan 2024-2026.

Source: Burkina Information Agency