Ethiopia, India Keen to Exploit Their Chemical Industry PotentialRelatively strong wind near coasts and locally in south

Addis Ababa: State Minister of Industry, Hassen Mohammed stressed the need for exploiting Ethiopian and Indian comparative advantages in the chemical industry and trade through cooperation.

A forum that aimed at creating cooperation between Ethiopian and Indian chemical manufacturers, buyers as we as sellers was held.

Given the government’s priority, the country has been becoming an attractive destination for chemical trade.

In this regard, Ethiopia’s chemical industry is diverse and demands chemicals for food, beverage and textiles.

Speaking at the occasion, the state minister said that the forum was vital to open doors for cooperation between the two countries and the development of the manufacturing sector.

Moreover, the growing business partnership between the Indian chemical industry and the Ethiopian market will be a big step forward, Hassen indicated.

Besides, strengthening the economic ties between Ethiopia and India, the forum intended to adjust the imbalance between Indian chemical products an
d Indian exporters in the Ethiopian chemical market, he revealed.

Finally, the state minister stated that the discussion will increase the market linkages of the two countries by strengthening partnerships and creating mutual relations.

India is the second largest foreign investment in Ethiopia following the east African nation has been a favorite destination for Indian companies.

More than 650 Indian companies are registered with Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC), it was indicated.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Tunis: Partly cloudy during the night in most regions.

The wind is blowing south relatively strong near coasts and locally in the south, light to moderate elsewhere.

Highs are ranging during the night between 14 and 19 °C in the north, coastal regions and on heights and between 20 and 23 °C elsewhere.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Police custody of journalist Mohamed Boughalleb extended by 48 hours (Lawyer)


Tunis: The Public Prosecutor to the Tunis Court of First Instance on Sunday decided to extend the police custody of journalist and columnist Mohamed Boughalleb by 48 hours, lawyer Anas Kaddoussi told TAP, giving the case a criminal nature.

The crimincal nature of the case gives rise to the possibility of prosecuting the journalist under Decree-Law 54 of September 13, 2022 on combating crime related to information and communication systems, the same source said.

The Public Prosecutor decided on March 22, 2024 to place journalist Mohamed Boughalleb in police custody for 48 hours following a complaint lodged against him by an official of the Religious Affairs Ministry for defamation on social networks.

President of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) Zied Dabbar pointed out for his part, that the use of Decree-Law 54 to try Tunisian journalists is unacceptable, especially in light of Decrees 115 and 116 regulating offences committed by the press or any other means of publication.

He further und
erlined that the prosecution of Tunisian journalists is intended to “undermine freedom of expression” and “silence critical voices.”

The SNJT on Sunday staged a sit-in in front of the Court of First Instance in support of journalist Mohamed Boughalleb and in protest against Decree-Law 54 and what it describes as “unjust prosecutions” of journalists.

The protest included journalists and a number of political and artistic figures.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Thirty irregular migration attempts foiled


Tunis: Thirty irregular migration attempts were foiled by the coast guard units of the centre.

614 migrants two of whom were Tunisians and the others of sub-Saharan origin were rescued and two bodies were fished out.

The national coast guard units in Sfax and the rapid intervention division arrested 22 wanted persons, including organisers and intermediaries of irregular migration operations, the national guard general directorate said in a press release on Sunday.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Individual wanted for terrorism, arrested in Sidi Bouzid


Tunis: An individual wanted for terrorism and sentenced to 4 years in prison was arrested by a joint unit of the National Guard intelligence and the Sidi Bouzid counter-terrorism division.

This individual was the subject of 10 arrest warrants for involvement in public law cases, reads a National Guard General Directorate press release on Sunday.

The Public Prosecutor ordered to take the necessary measures againts him.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Spanish Ambassador Underscores Imperative of Further Collaboration with EthiopiaSheperd wounded in landmine explosion on Mount Mghila

Addis Ababa: Spain’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Guillermo Antonio Lopez Mac-Lelan highlighted stronger existing cooperation between the two countries and emphasized further collaboration in various fields.

Recall the newly appointed Spanish Ambassador to Ethiopia presented his credentials to President Sahlework Zewde on 14th March 2024.

During the occasion, the ambassador conveyed a message of friendship from the Spanish government and His Majesty, King Philippe VI to President Sahlework.

It was stated that the massage underscores the positive spirit of the bilateral relationship between Ethiopia and Spain.

Approached by ENA, the newly appointed ambassador noted that Spain and Ethiopia have been enjoying a very good relationship and his country is actively supporting Ethiopia’s development endeavors.

More importantly, Ambassador Mac-Lelan expressed the commitment of Spain to further consolidate its cooperation with Ethiopia in the spheres of women empowerment, environmental protection and healthcare.

‘We
are working together on women’s empowerment in various regions. We are also seeking collaboration in the field of specialized healthcare in different hospitals around Ethiopia, and finally in our common fight against climate change,’ he elaborated.

Moreover, the ambassador sees tremendous potential between Ethiopia and Spain for expanded cooperation in the global arena.

‘I think we have many things to work on, especially at the United Nations (UN) level that would be instrumental to improving the system of international governance,’ he said, adding, ‘And also as a member of the European Union, we can play our role for having a more integrated approach in our relationships.’

The ambassador recalled that the long-standing relationship between the two countries goes back decades, noting Spain’s presence in Ethiopia since the early 1960s

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Tunis: A sheperd in his early thirties suffered wounds when a landmine exploded on Sunday in the closed military zone of Mount Mghila, on the side of Ain Zayan in the delegation of Sbiba (governorate of Kasserine), eyewitnesses told TAP.

He was taken to the Kasserine local hospital, they said.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Macky Sall praises the Senegalese electoral systemEthiopian Hosts Iftar Dinner Program for Muslim Community, Diplomatic RepresentativesOver 500 Tunisians hired under technical cooperation in first 2 months of 2024

The President of the Republic, who fulfilled his civic duty on Sunday at the Thierno Mamadou Sall Center, hoped that the Senegalese ‘would be able to go vote and return peacefully’ home, stressing that Senegal had ‘ a proven electoral system’.

”I hope that all our compatriots can go and vote and return home peacefully knowing that we have a proven electoral system,” he declared as he left office 3 of the Thierno Mamadou Sall center, in the commune of Fatick.

‘All the candidates are represented in the polling stations, as are representatives of the autonomous national electoral commission (CENA),’ he added.

He noted that ‘it is at the end of the vote, this evening that the results will be published in front of each polling station and just after that the departmental vote counting commissions will take action (…)’. And the Constitutional Council will give the final results, he continued.

Macky Sall, who is not a candidate for his own succession, recalled that it is neither up to a candidate nor a camp to
proclaim the results.

”Tonight the polling stations will speak and reflect the choice of the Senegalese. We hope that this choice will be the best for the Senegalese,” he said, accompanied by his wife the First Lady, Marième Faye Sall.

Macky Sall, in power for 12 years, is not running for a new term after serving two at the head of the country.

He said he was ‘moved’ to sacrifice his duty as a citizen on this presidential election day.

He thanked the people of Senegal for their support during the 12 years he spent at the head of the country.

The Senegalese are going to the polls this Sunday to elect a new President of the Republic, the final stage of an electoral process whose implementation with forceps has tested the institutional foundations of the country like never before.

In total, 7,371,890 voters are called to the polls to elect the successor of Macky Sall, in power for 12 years and who is not running for a new mandate after having served two at the head of the country.

Nineteen candidates in
cluding one woman are in the running for the vote.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Addis Ababa: The Ethiopian Airlines Group hosted an Iftar Dinner program for Muslim community and diplomatic representatives tonight in the capital Addis Ababa.

Iftar, held at the Skylight Hotel, brought together dignitaries from various embassies, diplomatic missions and the Muslim community residing in the capital as well as prominent figures of the Muslim community and government officials.

Accordingly, the Iftar program was attended by Ethiopian Airlines Group leadership, including CEO Mesfin Tasew, Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council President Haji Ibrahim Tofa, government officials and diplomats.

The Iftar Dinner program hosted by Ethiopian Airlines, the largest network operating carrier in Africa to express its appreciation for the Muslim faithful and commitment to fostering interfaith cooperation, it was learned.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Tunis: Some 505 Tunisians have been hired overseas as part of technical cooperation since the beginning of the year and up to the end of February 2024, some 40% of whom work in the paramedical sector.

A slight drop in recruitment has been recorded compared with 549 hired in the same period last year, according to statistics released by the Tunisian Agency for Technical Cooperation (ATCT).

Germany is the main destination for Tunisian skills in this field, with 115 hirees, followed by Canada with 92. The remainder is divided between the Arab Gulf countries and certain European and African countries.

During this period, the ATCT received 30 recruitment offers for Tunisian skills, notably from Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, Canada and France, compared with 14 offers during the same period last year.

The number of applicants for work overseas reached 23,000, a large proportion of them from the education sector and the electrical, mechanical and electronics industries, while the number of guest workers an
d experts exceeded 25,000.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

FIFA 2024 Series Winsunited Cup – Tunisia concede defeat to Croatia 4-5 on penalties


TUNIS: Tunisia’s national soccer team were eliminated in the semi-finals of the Egypt Capital Winsunited Cup, part of the FIFA 2024 Series, after losing to Croatia on penalties (4-5, 0-0 after regular time).

In the other semi-final, Egypt beat New Zealand 1-0 in Cairo on Friday night.

Croatia and Egypt will meet in the final next Tuesday. Tunisia will play New Zealand for third place on the same day.

The starting line-up for Tunisia was as follows: Bechir Ben Said (Aymen Dahmane 90’+4), Wajdi Kechrida, Oussema Haddadi, Hamza Jelassi, Dylan Bronn, Ali Abdi, Nader Ghandri, Aissa Laidouni, Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane, Hamza Rafia (Letaief 63′) and Elias Achouri (Jaziri 87′).

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Basketball – Pro A Championship phase day 3 results


TUNIS: Results of Tunisia’s basketball Pro A Championship phase day-3 games played on Saturday night.

Ben Ammar, La Goulette:

ES Goulette – US Monastir 69-73

Rades:

C. Africain – ES Sahel 83-51

Ben Miled, Kairouan:

JS Kairouan – ES Rades 79-68

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Handball Elite Championship phase – day 3 results


TUNIS: TUNIS, March 23 (TAP) – Results of Tunisia’s elite Handball Championship phase day-3 games played on Saturday night.

Group A

CS Sakiet Ezzit – Esperance ST 26-31

EBS Béni Khiar – ES Sahel 27-24

Group B

EM Mahdia – C Africain 32-31

US Témimienne – SC Moknine 33-28

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Miami Open: Jebeur Knocked out in 2nd round


Tunis: Tunisia’s world No.6 Ons Jabeur was knocked out of the Miami Open, after conceding defeat on Saturday to Elina Avanesyan (world No.65) in three sets (1-6, 6-4, 3-6).

This is yet another early exit for Jabeur, who nonetheless managed to hold onto the 6th spot in the WTA rankings.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Memorial Paolo Aloja International Regatte: Tunisian Khadija Krimi bags gold


Tunis: Tunisian rower Khadija Krimi bagged the gold medal in the Lightweight Women’s Single Sculls as part of the 2024 Memorial Paolo Aloja International Regatte, held in Italy (March 22-24).

Sarra Zammali and Hela Belhaj Mohamed finished 5th and 6th, respectively, in the same event.

Krimi has already qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

African Games: Tunisia finish 5th with 88 medals


Tunis: Tunisia finished the 2024 African Games ranking 5th in the medal count with 88 medals (22 gold, 27 silver and 39 bronze).

The Taekwondo took the lead with 12 medals (9 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze), followed by judo with 16 medals (6 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze), tennis 6 medals (3 gold, 0 silver and 3 bronze).

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisian Habib Cherif elected President of African Confederation of Underwater Activities


Tunis: President of the Tunisian Federation of Subaquatic Activities and Life Saving (FTASSA) Habib Cherif has been elected President of the African Confederation of Underwater Activities for the 2023-2025 term, the FTASS said on Sunday.

Cherif is currently partaking in works of the 46th General Assembly of the World’s Underwater Federation (CMAS), held on March 21-24 in Monaco.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Ethiopia, India Keen to Exploit Their Chemical Industry Potential


Addis Ababa: State Minister of Industry, Hassen Mohammed stressed the need for exploiting Ethiopian and Indian comparative advantages in the chemical industry and trade through cooperation.

A forum that aimed at creating cooperation between Ethiopian and Indian chemical manufacturers, buyers as we as sellers was held.

Given the government’s priority, the country has been becoming an attractive destination for chemical trade.

In this regard, Ethiopia’s chemical industry is diverse and demands chemicals for food, beverage and textiles.

Speaking at the occasion, the state minister said that the forum was vital to open doors for cooperation between the two countries and the development of the manufacturing sector.

Moreover, the growing business partnership between the Indian chemical industry and the Ethiopian market will be a big step forward, Hassen indicated.

Besides, strengthening the economic ties between Ethiopia and India, the forum intended to adjust the imbalance between Indian chemical products an
d Indian exporters in the Ethiopian chemical market, he revealed.

Finally, the state minister stated that the discussion will increase the market linkages of the two countries by strengthening partnerships and creating mutual relations.

India is the second largest foreign investment in Ethiopia following the east African nation has been a favorite destination for Indian companies.

More than 650 Indian companies are registered with Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC), it was indicated.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency