Zoom announces communications compliance solution, Zoom Compliance Manager

Zoom Compliance Manager provides a single integrated platform for risk and compliance management, data governance, and information protection across the Zoom platform, powered by Theta Lake

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) today announced the launch of Zoom Compliance Manager, an all-in-one offering that provides archiving, eDiscovery, legal hold, and information protection capabilities to help organizations fulfill regulatory requirements and mitigate organizational communications compliance risks across the Zoom platform.

“Zoom currently provides compliance and information protection for enterprise customers within regulated industries like financial services, healthcare, and the public sector through integrations with key communications compliance providers,” said Ritu Mukherjee, head of Product Business Acceleration and Readiness at Zoom. “With Zoom Compliance Manager, we are making it easy for our customers to have an end-to-end experience — seamless buying, easy setup, centralized management, and simplified support — with a comprehensive solution that addresses their communications compliance needs across the Zoom platform.”

Addressing Customer Needs
Organizations today face increasingly stringent regulatory requirements and communications compliance risks both internally and externally, which can result in hefty fines, legal liabilities, and reputation damage. This underscores the critical need for robust compliance solutions that help organizations navigate these challenges. Zoom Compliance Manager powered by Theta Lake allows you to confidently use Zoom while maintaining regulatory requirements.

Key features of Zoom Compliance Manager include:

  • Archiving and Content Capture: Maximize your Zoom usage and meet regulatory and long-term record retention requirements with automatic capture for meetings data, AI summaries, phone recordings, team chat, whiteboard content, and more.
  • eDiscovery: Discover insights across the Zoom platform via a user-friendly interface, facilitating easy access to communication archives and offering the ability to analyze, evaluate, and effortlessly export content.
  • Legal Hold: Capture and hold communications of specific individuals and manage cases through custom workflow, case management, and data export requests when legally mandated.

A future version of Zoom Compliance Manager will include:

  • Risk Detection: Monitor and detect spoken, written, or shared content at scale across supported products using intelligent detection which identify regulatory, privacy, conduct, and security risks in what was said, shown, and shared to mitigate risks.
  • Data Loss Prevention: Identify and mitigate potential risks in your communication workflows using both custom and pre-defined policies through monitoring and thorough analysis.

Zoom Compliance Manager provides compliance capabilities across the Zoom platform, including AI Companion, Meetings, Team Chat, Phone, Whiteboard, Rooms, Webinars, Events, and Contact Center. Zoom Compliance Manager is available as an add-on to Zoom customers with a paid plan.

Support for other Zoom products, including Workvivo, Zoom Revenue Accelerator, Mail, Calendar, and others, will be coming later this year.

Leveraging Theta Lake as a Leader in Compliance and Security

Zoom Compliance Manager integrates the proven compliance solution from Theta Lake, a leader in digital communications governance providing modern communication compliance and security solutions. Through Zoom-specific enhancements, customers will have the compliance benefits of Theta Lake with a frictionless Zoom experience via the administrator console.

“Our expanded compliance and security capabilities for Zoom, along with the ability to use Theta Lake technology, represents a significant milestone in our partnership,” said Anthony Cresci, SVP of GTM and Partnerships at Theta Lake. “With this new offering we are able to provide organizations with seamless and efficient access to communication and collaboration capabilities that have compliance record keeping, archiving, search, supervision, and data protection built in. I am incredibly proud of expanding the value and innovation that our partnership has delivered to our joint customers.”

Experience the Solution

Attendees of Enterprise Connect, taking place March 25-28, are encouraged to visit the Zoom booth (#407) and the Theta Lake booth (#2026). To experience a live demo of Zoom Compliance Manager, visit the Zoom booth on March 26 at 5:30 p.m. EST.

For more information, please visit the Zoom Compliance Manager landing page at https://click.zoom.us/compliance-manager

About Zoom
Zoom is an all-in-one intelligent collaboration platform that makes connecting easier, more immersive, and more dynamic for businesses and individuals. Zoom technology puts people at the center, enabling meaningful connections, facilitating modern collaboration, and driving human innovation through solutions like team chat, phone, meetings, omnichannel cloud contact center, smart recordings, whiteboard, and more, in one offering. Founded in 2011, Zoom is publicly traded (NASDAQ:ZM) and headquartered in San Jose, California. Get more info at zoom.com.

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IT News Africa Unites Public Sector Leaders and Cybersecurity Experts to Prepare for Next-Gen Cyber Challenges

Summit explores public-private collaboration for cyber resilience in Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, March 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In the face of escalating cyber threats targeting public sector entities, IT News Africa is thrilled to announce the upcoming Public Sector Cybersecurity Summit on April 3, 2024, at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Our central theme, “Public-Private Collaboration: Strengthening Cybersecurity through Strategic Partnerships,” underscores the critical importance of unity and shared strategies to fortify public sector organisations against relentless cyber attacks.

The Importance of Cybersecurity Awareness in the Public Sector

Recent ransomware attacks on prominent entities like the City of Johannesburg, Transnet, and the Department of Justice in South Africa underscore the urgency of our collective response. In the spirit of collaboration, discussions at the summit will focus on fostering partnerships, sharing threat intelligence, and developing joint strategies to bolster the overall cybersecurity posture in the public sector.

Why Attend the Public Sector Cybersecurity Summit?

  • Discover the importance of collaborative defense in the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats. This summit brings together thought leaders, security experts, and professionals from both public and private sectors to delve into strategies fostering partnerships and joint initiatives.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of recent cyber incidents targeting public sector organisations in South Africa, including ransomware attacks on major entities like the City of Johannesburg, Transnet, and the Department of Justice. Learn from these incidents to fortify your organisation’s defences.
  • Hear from experts on reassessing and upgrading cybersecurity strategies. Understand the latest technologies, best practices, and proactive measures to mitigate and protect against future cyberattacks.
  • Connect with best-in-class solution providers, security vendors, and senior colleagues from across the region. Share challenges, experiences, and strategies to enhance your organisation’s approach to cybersecurity resilience.

To ensure the summit’s success, an esteemed advisory board has been assembled, featuring distinguished individuals such as Abdul Kader Baba, CIO, Infrastructure South Africa; Jabu (Hugh) Hlatshwayo, CIO, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJCD), and Dr. Stanley Mpofu, CIO, University of the Witwatersrand.

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The Public Sector Cybersecurity Summit presents a unique opportunity for cybersecurity vendors and solution providers to connect with a targeted audience of senior IT decision-makers from government departments and State Owned Enterprises. Showcase your cybersecurity expertise, build brand awareness, and generate leads by becoming a sponsor.

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Registration for the Public Sector Cybersecurity Summit is now open. Secure your spot at this essential event and join us in exploring the critical role of public-private collaboration in building cyber resilience.

For more information on the Public Sector Cybersecurity Summit, please visit the event website at www.publicsecurity.co.za.

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Bit cloudy in most regions


Tunis: The weather Wednesday is a bit cloudy in most regions, getting partly cloudy during the night.

Highs are ranging between 20°C and 26°C in the north, coastal regions and in the midland and between 26°C and 31°C elsewhere.

The wind is blowing light to moderate, getting relatively strong over northern coasts and in the south.

The sea is generally a bit choppy to choppy in northern coasts.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Bizerte mobile bridge reopens to port traffic


BIZERTE: Bizerte mobile bridge was reopened to port traffic on Tuesday night, maintenance manager Badie Boujemaa told TAP.

Five vessels were permitted to leave Bizerte-Menzel Bourguiba port, in addition to one vessel which docked, Boujemaa further said. A second bridge raising operation took place at dawn on Wednesday.

Director of Public Works in Bizerte Om Ezzine Tamni told TAP on Tuesday the decision to reopen the mobile bridge was made following the examination of the preliminary report on the evaluation of the consequences of the Italian cargo ship Ekmen Sky’s March 4 collision with the mobile bridge.

The vessel Ekmen Sky is currently the subject of conservatory arrest pending payment of a preliminary amount of TND 3 million, awaiting an exact evaluation of the material damages incurred by the bridge.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

2023 warmest year on record (WMO)


Tunis: The year 2023 was the warmest year in 174 years, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said in its annual report on the state of the global climate, released Tuesday, sounding a “global red alert”.

The WMO report confirmed that 2023 was the warmest year on record, with the global average near-surface temperature at 1.45 °Celsius (with a margin of uncertainty of ± 0.12 °C) above the pre-industrial baseline. It was the warmest ten-year period on record.

‘Never have we been so close – albeit on a temporary basis at the moment – to the 1.5° C lower limit of the Paris Agreement on climate change.’ said WMO Secretary-General Celeste Saulo.

‘The WMO community is sounding the Red Alert to the world,’ she added.

Record-breaking temperatures in Tunis last summer

Extreme heat affected many parts of the world. Some of the most significant were in southern Europe and North Africa, especially in the second half of July. Temperatures in Italy reached 48.2 °C, and record-high temperatures were reported in T
unis (Tunisia) 49.0 °C, Agadir (Morocco) 50.4 °C and Algiers (Algeria) 49.2 °C.

The WMO also said records were also broken for ocean heat, sea level rise, Antarctic sea ice loss and glacier retreat.

Global average sea-surface temperatures (SSTs) were at a record high from April onwards, with the records in July, August and September broken by a particularly wide margin.

The Mediterranean Sea experienced near complete coverage of strong and severe marine heatwaves for the twelfth consecutive year, reported the World Meteorological Organisation.

In 2023, global mean sea level reached a record high in the satellite record (since 1993), reflecting continued ocean warming (thermal expansion) as well as the melting of glaciers and ice sheets. The rate of global mean sea level rise in the past ten years (2014-2023) is more than twice the rate of sea level rise in the first decade of the satellite record (1993-2002), said the report.

Furthermore, Antarctic sea-ice extent reached an absolute record low for the sa
tellite era (since 1979) in February 2023 and remained at record low for the time of year from June till early November. The annual maximum in September was 16.96 million km2, roughly 1.5 million km2 below the 1991-2020 average and 1 million km2 below the previous record low maximum.

Glaciers suffered the largest loss of ice on record since 1950. In Switzerland, glaciers have lost 10% of their remaining volume in the last two years.

‘Sirens are blaring across all major indicators… Some records aren’t just chart-topping, they’re chart-busting. And changes are speeding-up,’ said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

Renewable energies, the only hope

For the WMO, renewable energies remain a glimmer for hope, calling for the entry into force of the Nationally Determined Contributions in a context where greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.

The organisation also stressed the need to increase investment in the fight against climate change six-fold to reach $9,000 billion by 2030. The aim is
to stay within the 1.5° Celsius target set by the Paris Agreement. “The cost of inaction is higher than the cost of climate action,” warns the WMO.

Over the period 2025-2100, if nothing is done to stay within the Paris Agreement target, the total cost of inaction will be $1,266 trillion – more than 12 times the world’s current annual GDP.

According to the WMO, global climate-related financial flows almost doubled in 2021-2022 compared to 2019-2020, but represent only 1% of global GDP.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Municipalities: 60 urban development plans approved in various regions


TUNIS: Sixty urban development plans have been approved across various municipalities in different governorates of the country, pursuant to the provisions of the government decree of November 25, 2020, the Ministry of Public Works announced in a press release on Wednesday.

The decree sets out the procedures for coordination between the central administrations, the ministry’s external services, public companies and institutions, and municipalities in the preparation or revision of urban development plans and their approval.

In addition, a team from the central administration, chaired by Director General of Urban Planning, Abderrazek Chiha, has been tasked by Minister of Public Works and Housing, Sarra ZaSfrani, with monitoring the preparation or revision of urban development plans. This team is also responsible for making regular visits to all regions of the country to attend meetings between representatives of municipalities, stakeholders and governors.

The purpose of these meetings is to examine the studi
es of the urban development plans and the difficulties hindering their progress, with a view to speeding up their approval.

To this end, the Ministry of Public Works has called on all municipalities to speed up the completion of studies on these urban plans “in order to stimulate investment, achieve sustainable development and improve the urban landscape”.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

CMF issues guidelines on appointment of independent directors to avoid conflicts of interest


Tunis: The College of the Financial Market Council (CMF) has issued a set of reading guidelines in order to overcome difficulties in the application of certain provisions of General Decision 20 of March 20, 2020, which establishes the criteria and procedures for the appointment of independent members of the board of directors and the supervisory board, as well as the representative of minority shareholders.

According to a press release issued by the CMF on Tuesday, the guidelines issued by the college, which met on January 30, 2024, concerned the prohibition of service providers, suppliers or customers of the company concerned from standing for election as independent members of the board of directors and the supervisory board and as representatives of minority shareholders.

In the case of suppliers and customers, the CMF Board specified that the prohibition applies to a customer or supplier that is “significant to the company or its group” or “for which the company or its group represents a significant pro
portion of the business”. Thus, the materiality of the relationship must be related to the size of the volume of business with the company in question.

This prohibition applies to “consultants and other service providers who are bound by a service contract entered into directly or indirectly with the company (or group), either by themselves or through an intermediary”.

“The assessment of independence or conflict of interest must take into account the nature of the contractual relationship that the candidate has with the company, meaning whether it is an ongoing relationship or simply a one-off provision of services,” the Board pointed out.

In all the above cases, the assessment of whether the relationship with the company or its group is material or not, as well as the question of independence and/or conflict of interest, must be discussed by the board of directors or the supervisory board and the quantitative and qualitative criteria used to make this assessment (continuity, economic dependence, exclusivi
ty, etc.) must be included in the application submitted to the CMF”.

With regard to the provision prohibiting any person exercising a professional activity directly or indirectly related to the financial market and/or the dissemination of financial or other information (set forth in Articles 5.8 and 17.7) from standing for election to the aforementioned positions, the CMF clarified that this prohibition should be understood as “not exercising a professional activity directly or indirectly related to the financial market and/or the dissemination of financial or other information at the time of the application”.

As a reminder, a minority shareholder is any shareholder who individually holds no more than 0.5% of the capital and institutional investors holding individually no more than 5% of the capital.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Weather partly cloudy in north of Tunisia on Wednesday night


Tunis: The sky will be partly cloudy in the north and little cloudy in the rest of the regions on Wednesday night, said the National Institute of Meteorology (INM).

Temperatures will be between 13°C and 17°C in the north and center, and between 18°C and 23°C degrees in the south.

The wind will blow from the east. It will be strong near the northern and southern coasts with local sand storms, and weak to moderate elsewhere.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

BCT has no objection to creation of postal bank, representative tells parliament


Tunis: The position of the Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT) is not intrinsically opposed to the creation of a postal bank, but such an undertaking requires careful prior study to ensure that the conditions for its success are met and to address any potential problems in advance,” a representative of the BCT reiterated during a hearing of the parliamentary finance and budget committee.

The BCT representative argued for the inclusion of the Financial Inclusion Law in a comprehensive framework and integrated strategic vision, stressing that the main purpose of the law is to establish a new governance structure for financial access.

For her part, the representative of the Ministry of Finance reiterated that the aforementioned law is in line with the reform programme aimed at revitalising the national economy and improving the business climate.

According to the official, this programme refers to the results of a study conducted by the ministry in 2018, which revealed that the rate of financial inclusion in Tunisia
remains low due to the mismatch between supply and demand, the high cost of financial services and the lack of financial literacy.

She also recalled the development of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy for the period 2018 to 2022, the main objectives of which were to promote financial inclusion by increasing access to electronic payment accounts and their use.

The strategy also aims to establish responsible micro-insurance, offering proximity services tailored to the needs of low-income populations and very small, small and medium-sized enterprises, and to implement a diversified refinancing system adapted to the needs of micro-financial institutions.

She said the draft law under consideration embodies the main results of this strategy and aims, in particular, to combat financial exclusion by improving the legal and institutional framework in order to increase the access of vulnerable groups and small enterprises to financial services tailored to their needs, to stimulate development, to create emp
loyment opportunities and to combat various forms of marginalisation and exclusion.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

FM receives copy of credentials of Turkey’s new ambassador in Tunis


Tunis: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad Nabil Ammar on Tuesday received Ahmet Misbah Demicran, who handed him over a copy of his credentials as Turkey’s new ambassador in Tunis.

The meeting was an opportunity to commend the long-standing friendship relations binding the two countries and reaffirm the joint commitment to further foster and diversify them in cooperation and partnership fields in mutual respect for the will of the two countries’ leaderships and peoples, reads a Foreign Ministry press release.

Nabil Ammar wished the new ambassador success in his mission, expressing the ministry’s readiness to offer all the necessary support to this success.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Commemoration of Independence Day: Between history and lessons for today


Tunis: Tunisians are commemorating on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, the 68th anniversary of independence. 68 years since they have succeeded in throwing off the colonial yoke, regaining full and complete sovereignty and becoming masters of their own destiny.

The date of March 20 is therefore an opportunity to remember with deep emotion the courage and bravery of the former activists who fought for decades to purge the country of an enemy who, unwittingly, had managed to seize control of the country and enslave its population by manu militari.

The French protectorate began in 1881 and lasted until 1956. For the record, this regime of trusteeship was the result of the Treaty of Bardo signed at the time between the French government and Mohamed Sadok, the last bey of the Husseinite dynasty in Tunisia. This ten-article treaty put an end to Tunisia’s independence.

Tunisia’s contemporary history will never forget the pioneering role played by Tunisia’s intellectual elite in the struggle against the French colonial
power, notably by rallying a unified and coherent public opinion in support of a national liberation project.

Indeed, it was a huge challenge to take up in a Tunisian society predominantly traditional, inert, passive and immersed in illiteracy and ignorance. A society where “tribalism” and “regionalism” were more than just a right.

And yet, it was this same weakened society that served as the cradle and breeding ground for a brave armed resistance that opposed head-on the hegemony of the colonial power, which showed little concern for the Tunisians’ legitimate demands for independence and emancipation.

//The aspiration to independence: a popular demand negotiated under fire//

All sections and factions of the Tunisian people indeed played a part in the battle to liberate the country, Professor of Contemporary and Modern Political History at the University of Manouba, Abdellatif Hannachi told TAP.

Without much risk of error, he said, intellectuals and political elite spearheaded the popular uprisings again
st the injustices and stratagems of the French colonists.

They used their words, their pens and other peaceful means to mobilise crowds, stir consciences and worry the colonial authorities.

Such mobilisation paved the way for the rise of “violent” armed resistance, the genesis of which was encouraged by an international context shaped by the creation of the UN, the San Francisco Conference of 1945 and the Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, all texts which established the right of peoples to liberation as a sacrosanct principle governing the international scene.

Although this idea was so dear to the minds of Tunisian intellectuals, the demand for independence was not, paradoxically, at the forefront of the priorities of trade union and political activism at the time.

The sole concern of the political and trade union leaders was to press the colonial administration to improve the country’s economic and social conditions.

It was not until 1946, more precisely the holding of the independence congress, that
the idea of demanding independence took shape and rose from the ashes to become a strategic and ideological choice and a demand that was eagerly sought by Tunisians.

This was when members of the former Free Destourian Party, the Tunisian General Labour Union, the Zeitounian movement and a host of judges decided to embrace the demand for independence, which henceforth became the focal point of the national movement’s aspirations and projections.

The colonial authorities’ intransigence and recourse to violent repression against the growing protest movement since 1952 were factors which dictated the need to organise armed resistance in order to force the French colonial authorities to respond to the Tunisians’ demands, Hachani pointed out.

Tunisia was a pioneer in adopting armed resistance as a means of combating foreign occupation,” he considered, adding that the domino effect helped trigger changes throughout the region.

This is how the armed resistance of January 1952 became a “role model” for many people
s in the region who still aspired to freedom and independence. For example, the Algerian revolution of 1954 and the Egyptian revolution of July 1952.

//Independence Day: History “revisited” by ideology//

Professor of history and political analyst Abdellatif Hannachi spoke about the “ideological” diversions taken by the debates launched in Tunisia after the 2011 revolution on the concept of independence.

He sharply criticised in this regard, the reckless “negationists” who hold to the idea that there is no longer any question of independence in Tunisia or of a protocol relating to it.

To dispel the intellectual imbroglio in which a fringe of the Tunisian elite has been struggling, Hannachi underlined the key role played by historians in the “academic and scientific unravelling” of this issue, which is often subject to excessive ideological manipulation.

The professor decried the relentless attempts by some to downplay this key event in Tunisia’s contemporary history, and even to erase it from the collecti
ve memory of Tunisians, pointing out that this trend is not new, but rather has continued unabated for several years.

He considered that it is necessary to go beyond the festive and commemorative dimension of independence, calling in this connection to make the most of this historic “moment” to draw up an “objective assessment” of the achievements since independence and to find out where we stand in relation to the demands defended by the national liberation movement.

With this in mind, he underlined that the debate on independence should not be reduced to the merely picturesque dimension of a flag flying here and there or a territorial border being drawn in dotted lines.

Rather, it should focus on other, far more crucial issues, such as the public development policies to be adopted and the socio-economic choices and orientations to be taken in order to encourage the creation of national wealth and guarantee the well-being of citizens.

Until the 1980s, he said, independent Tunisia had achieved a great dea
l in various fields and sectors.

Since then, however, these socio-economic gains have been steadily eroded, raising many questions about their relevance and future.

It is therefore crucial, Professor Hannachi considered, to seize the opportunity provided by the commemoration of independence to openly question the new prospects and directions for the country’s future.

It is also an ideal opportunity to decipher the gaps and shortcomings so as to build a better future for Tunisia based on national constants that guarantee the social well-being of all its citizens.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Speaker of Arab Parliament congratulates Tunisia on Independence Day


Tunis: Speaker of the Arab Parliament Adel bin Abdulrahman AlAsoomi congratulated Tunisia- leadership, government, parliament and people – on Independence Day, and expressed sincere wishes for further progress and prosperity to the Tunisian people.

“This anniversary is dear to our hearts as it stands as the symbol of the struggle of the Tunisian people and their fight for their land,” he added.

He also commended the achievements made by the Republic of Tunisia under the leadership of President Kais Saied and wished continued security and stability for Tunisia and its noble people, reads a statement published on Wednesday.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

ARP: Independence Day commemorates regained sovereignty and tenacity of people committed to freedom and dignity


Tunis: The date of March 20, 1956 is a milestone in the history of contemporary Tunisia and will remain forever engraved in the memory of all Tunisians. It is the date of the proclamation of the country’s independence and the act of emancipation of a people who are now masters of their own destiny.

Sixty-eight years later, Independence Day is still proudly observed. It commemorates the sovereignty regained and the tenacity of a people committed to the principles of freedom and dignity.

To mark the occasion, the Assembly of People’s Representatives paid tribute to the resistance fighters and builders of modern Tunisia, hailing their patriotism, self-sacrifice and dedication to building a modern State and a developed society.

The parliament called in a statement issued on Wednesday on Tunisians to remember the fighters who sacrificed themselves for the liberation of the homeland and the struggle for sovereignty.

The Independence Day observance this year coincides this year with the first anniversary of the
establishment of the Assembly of People’s Representatives on March 13, 2023, and its commitment to a reform process that began on July 25, 2021, in a bid to consolidate Tunisia’s achievements and support its development in compliance with the principles of the new Constitution of 2022.

“The Assembly’s achievements so far carried out in coordination between the legislature and the executive encourage us to forge ahead on this path and redouble our efforts to meet the current challenges, in the best interest of our country,” reads the same source.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Habib Bourguiba Avenue revives on Independence Day after removal of barriers


Tunis: Traffic resumed Wednesday on the entire Habib Bourguiba Avenue in Tunis following the decision to remove the barriers and barbed wire around the Interior Ministry headquarters.

The move coincides with Independence Day celebrations.

Interior Minister Kamel Feki told reporters on Habib Bourguiba Avenue on Tuesday that “the removal of the barriers is the demand of all Tunisians,” noting that Tunisia’s security situation and the need to guard against terrorist acts had required the Interior Ministry to take these precautions.

“Today, the road is closed to these terrorists and Habib Bourguiba Avenue has regained its usual momentum, pending the opening of all the places that have restricted the movement of Tunisians and prevented the use of sidewalks and vital areas,” he said.

The Tunisian flag that adorns the Ministry of the Interior seems to have regained its brightness today, inviting joy and signalling the departure of the terrorist threat, one of the passers-by told the TAP correspondent.

During th
is month of Ramadan, the regulars of the avenue celebrated the removal of the barriers, wires and security reinforcements deployed on Habib Bourguiba Avenue, which has regained its status as a vital artery and open space for all pedestrians, vehicles, cyclists and shop owners on both sides of the avenue.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Civil Character Observatory and Soumoud Coalition reject agreement between gov’t and Qatar Fund for Development


Tunis: The National Observatory for the Defence of the Civil Character of the State and the Soumoud Coalition have denounced the approval of the agreement with the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) by the Parliamentary Committee for External Relations, International Cooperation and the Affairs of Tunisians Abroad and its submission to the plenary session.

In a joint statement issued on Wednesday under the title “No to undermining of Tunisia’s sovereignty” on the 68th anniversary of the independence of Tunisia, the two NGOs affirm that this agreement constitutes a real threat to Tunisia’s sovereignty and call for its immediate cancellation.

They warned against the privileges outlined in the agreement, which “serve the interests of the Qatari fund at the expense of national interests”, such as the right to own land without prior authorisation from the Tunisian authorities, to employ foreigners and to transfer foreign currency abroad without any conditions or restrictions.

The Observatory and the Coalition re
called that this “colonialist agreement” was signed between the Ennahdha-led government and the Qatari fund on June 12, 2019, and was met with widespread opposition from civil society and a significant number of MPs.

The parliamentary committee for external relations, international cooperation and the affairs of Tunisians abroad, on March 18, adopted the organic law on the approval of an agreement between the Tunisian government and the Qatar Fund for Development to establish a fund office in Tunisia.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse