FTF to hold ordinary general assembly on May 11

Tunis: The Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) has announced that its ordinary general assembly will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 9:00 am at a hotel in Gammarth, with the participation of the presidents of the national and regional leagues and clubs playing in Tunisia’s soccer Leagues 1 and 2, the first division of amateur soccer and the second division of amateur soccer for the 2023-2024 sports season.

The agenda includes the reading of the moral and financial reports, the presentation of the financial statements and the auditors’ reports and their ratification.

The Independent Electoral Commission of the Tunisian Football Federation had rejected all the lists of candidates for the elections to the federal executive committee for the 2024-2028 term on various grounds.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Rades, Hammamet venues of 7th Tunisian Open Masters, May 8-12

Tunis: The Tunisian Swimming Federation (French: FTN) will organise the 7th Tunisian Open Masters on May 8-12.

This international tournament for swimmers aged 25 and over will be held in two venues, namely Rades (May 8-10) and Hammamet (May 11-12).

Some 300 swimmers from 20 countries will partake in this event, with several world champions including: France’s Nicolas Granger (3 times Best World Masters Swimmer, 62 world records, 24 world champion), Jean Claude Lestideau (France), Giulia Noera (Italy) and Linn Krogh Hansen (Norway).

Africa Aquatics President and world masters medalist Mohamed Diop (Senegal) is also taking part in this edition.

Samir Bouchlaghem, Amina Chenik, Kalthoum Yazidi and Karim Jenhani are among the Tunisian swimmers partaking in this event.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Internazionali BNL d’Italia: Jabeur exempted from 1st round

Tunis: World’s 9th, Tunisian Ons Jabeur will start competing in the 2nd round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia by taking on the winner of the match between US Sofia Kenin (world’s 58th) and Italian Lucia Bronzetti (48th).

Jabeur was exempted from the first round.

The Tunisian tennis player had lost in the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open to US player Madison Keys (20th).

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

WTA Rankings: Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur holds onto 9th spot

Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur held onto the 9th spot in the WTA rankings released Monday.

Jabeur was eliminated from the quarter-finals of the WTA Madrid Open after losing to US Madison Keys (20th) in three sets (6-0, 5-7, 1-6) on Tuesday.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Gymnastics: Rades to host African Qualifying Tournament, May 10-11

Tunis: Over 45 athletes from six countries, namely host Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, South Africa and Namibia, will partake in the African Qualifying Tournament for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games to be held on May 10-11 in Radés, said Tunisia Gymnastics Federation (French: FTGYM) Technical Director Nidhal Kaabachi.

Participating Tunisian athletes do not seek qualification for the Paris OG as the only one standing a chance to qualify, Louay Ayari, had recently suffered a health issue, preventing him from taking part in the competition, he told TAP.

Trampoline (singles and doubles) will be the only discipline in this African qualifying tournament. Fifteen female and male athletes will represent Tunisia.

“The championship is expected to be of high technical level”, he said, expressing the wish to see Tunisians on the podium, following in the footsteps of trio Rayène Makdouli, Fadi Ahmed and Ayoub Ben Yakhlef.

Wajdi Bouallegue was the only Tunisian gymnast to participate in Summer Olympics (in Athens in 20
04 and London in 2012).

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Temperatures expected to rise Monday

Tunis: The weather Monday is a bit cloudy in most regions, growing partly cloudy in the afternoon.

The wind is blowing south quite strong near coasts, light to moderate elsewhere then north in the north during the afternoon.

The sea is choppy to very choppy in the Gulf of Tunis and the Gulf of Hammamet, wavy to locally choppy elsewhere.

Temperatures are expected to rise with highs ranging between 26°C and 30°C near eastern coasts and heights and 32°C and 37°C elsewhere.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Inflation eases to 7.2% in April 2024 [Upd 1]

Tunis: Inflation eased in April 2024 to 7.2% from 7.5% in March, the National Institute of Statistics (French: INS) said.

Notwithstanding a 0.9% monthly consumer price rise in April 2024, this drop was driven by deceleration in the pace of price increases between April and March this year compared to the same period in 2023, reads an INS report on the consumer price index released Monday.

//Food prices grow 9.2%//

In April 2024, food prices edged up 9.2% year-on-year. This is the result of higher prices of coffee powder (+35%), sheepmeat (+25.5%, food oils (+21.4%), condiments (+17.4%), beef (14.3%) and fresh fish (+12.1%).

//Prices of manufactured goods, services post 7.1% rise//

The prices of manufactured goods grew 7.1% year-on-year pushed by higher prices of clothing products (+9.8%) and household maintenance products (+9%).

Likewise, service prices followed suit, posting a 5.6% year-on-year rise, fueled by restaurants, cafés and hotels charging higher service prices (+10.4%) and more costly health
services (+9.3%).

//Contributions to inflation//

Sector-based contributions to inflation show the manufactured goods and services groups had the largest contributions with 2.7% and 1.9%, respectively.

The non-food group with unregulated prices and the food group with unregulated prices are the biggest contributors according to the scheme-based analysis with 3.7% and 2.4%, respectively.

The food group with regulated prices reported the lowest contribution with 0.1%.

//Core inflation stands at 6.9%

Core inflation (excluding food products and energy) fell to 6.9% from 7% in March.

The prices of non-regulated products were up 7.9% on year-on-year basis. Those of regulated products posted a 4.7% rise.

The prices of non- regulated food products edged up 10% against 3.6% for food products with regulated prices.

//Consumer prices up 0.9% in April 2024//

Consumer prices grew 0.9% in April 2024 after reporting a 0.7% rise in March. This is the consequence of higher prices of food (0.5%) and clothing products

The month on month rise in food products was driven by poultry, sheepmeat, fresh fish and beef prices increasing 5.7%, 4.6%, 2.9% and 2.2%, respectively.

Meanwhile, vegetable prices dropped 4.5% and those of fresh fruits shrank 2.8%.

Prices of clothing products posted an upward trend in April 2024 as a result of winter sales coming to and end and Eid el Fitr feast (+6.3%).

Prices of clothing products rose 6.3%, while those of shoes and accessories were up 7.3% and 2.7%, respectively.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Locally stormy to sometimes heavy showers expected Tuesday and Wednesday (INM)

Tunis: Locally stormy showers are expected on Tuesday afternoon in western regions, gradually reaching eastern regions, and getting sometimes heavy in the north and cental-western regions, the National Institute of Meteorology (French: INM) said on Monday.

The weather is also expected to be rainy on Wednesday in most regions with a significant drop in temperatures. The wind will blow strong in the south.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

“Romena Tour in Testour” initiative to be launched on May 11

Tunis: The “Romena Tour in Testour” initiative designed to promote the city’s flagship fruit as a symbol of local identity will be officially launched next May 11.

This iniative is the result of a public-private collaboration between the Pomegranate Festival Association (French: AFG) and regional institutions under the ministries of agriculture, tourism and cultural affairs. The route will help attract more visitors throughout the year, reads a Project for Market Access of Typical Agrofood Products (PAMPAT) press release.

The aim is to showcase the pomegranate-related products and services through a set of experiences offered in agriculture, agrifood, gastronomy, tourism, handicrafts and leisure.

This innovative territorial marketing approach aims to promote local products and heritage by putting spotlight on pomegranates in all their facets.

This initiative, supported by the PAMPAT, is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and funded by the Swiss State Secretariat
for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Stock market gets off to a good start Monday

Tunis: The stock market got off to a good start on Monday. The benchmark index rose 0.2% to 9,142.9 points on very limited volume of TND 2.7 million.

TELNET was the session’s top performer. Shares in the engineering and technology consulting specialist rose 5.8% to TND 5.640, with TND 52,000 traded.

ATB shares also performed well during the session. Shares in the subsidiary of the Arab Bank Group rose by 4% to TND 2.880, attracting TND 116,000 in revenue.

Shares of Amen Bank topped the trading charts. The share of the financial arm of the PGI group ended the session in the green (+1% to TND 39.500), feeding the market with a capital of TND 929,000.

Ciments de Bizerte was the worst performer of the session. Traded at TND 1,000, the shares of the state-owned cement company fell by 4.3% to TND 0.670.

Euro-Cycles shares continued to bleed. The bicycle manufacturer’s shares fell by 2.3% to TND 11.410 in a sell-off. Trading in the stock was relatively light at TND 77,000.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisian companies urged to seize opportunities in Niger market

Niamey: “Tunisian companies are invited to seize the opportunities offered by the Niger market, particularly in such key sectors as agriculture, energy, water, health and real estate,” said Jamel Ksibi, president of the National Federation of Construction and Public Works Contractors, part of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA).

Speaking at the Niger-Tunisia Business Forum held in Niamey on Monday, he expressed the desire of Tunisian businessmen, especially young entrepreneurs, to invest in Niger and set up projects in the agricultural, health and construction and public works (BTP) sectors.

Noamen Hamdani, head of the commercial representation of the Export Promotion Centre (CEPEX) in Abidjan, pointed out that around 60 companies (excluding the service sector) export their products to Niger, but only 5 companies export on a regular basis.

These exports consist mainly of food products (couscous, flour, etc.) and mechanical and electrical products (cables, transformers, etc
.),” he said.

He went on to say that CEPEX was working to help Tunisian companies find a strategic partner to ensure the long-term future of Tunisian exports both to the Niger market and to other markets in sub-Saharan Africa.

Tunisian exports to the Niger market remain low, despite the existence of a number of opportunities,” he said. In 2023, they will amount to 20 million dinars, compared with 45 million dinars in 2021.

For his part, Niger’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Seydou Asman, pointed out that the Nigerien government intends to encourage the promotion and development of partnerships between Nigerien businessmen and their Tunisian counterparts in order to realise commercial opportunities and contracts and carry out industrial projects.

He underlined that the private sector will help to meet two major challenges: the massive creation of jobs for young people and the generation of substantial own resources for the development of basic infrastructures in the economic, health, energy, hydraulics,
hotel, education and access to information and communication technologies sectors.

The Niger Minister invited Tunisian companies to take advantage of the investment opportunities offered by Niger in all sectors of activity in order to establish win-win partnerships between the two countries.

He pointed out that Niger occupies a strategic position in Africa, being at the crossroads between North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

He went on to say that Niger is a multicultural and multilingual country whose social cohesion is based on the values of wisdom, solidarity and tolerance inherited from its past as a land of transit and mixing of populations.

For his part, President of the Niger Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Handicrafts, Moussa Sidi Mohamed, invited Tunisian companies to invest in Niger with confidence, saying that Niger’s business leaders are eager to forge fruitful and mutually beneficial partnerships.

Niger’s regulatory framework is conducive to investment and offers a wide range of opportunit
ies,” he added.

In 2022, trade between Niger and Tunisia reached $10.191 million in imports and $31 million in exports.

More than thirty Tunisian companies are taking part in a business mission to Niamey, Niger, from May 4 to 9, 2024, at the initiative of the National Chamber of Export Consultants (UTICA) and the Tunisia-Niger Development Economic Interest Group (GIE Tunisie Niger Développement), in collaboration with the Niger Ministry of Trade and Industry.

The main objective of this business mission is to increase the presence of Tunisian products in Niger and Nigerien products in Tunisia, and to promote exchanges of experts between the two countries.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisian, French, Italian and Moroccan Caisses de Dépôts scale up cooperation

Tunis: A permanent cooperation framework (PCF) has been set up to promote cooperation between the Tunisian, French, Italian and Moroccan Caisses de Dépôts.

Created following a meeting held on May 2 in Rome (Italy) between the CEOs of the four institutions, namely Nejia Gharbi (Tunisia), Eric Lombard (France), Dario Scannapiecco (Italy) and Khalid Safir (Morocco), this framework will provide a flexible and operational platform for discussion.

It will also provide an opportunity to share best practices in such key areas as urban development, adaptation to climate change, biodiversity protection, sustainable infrastructure development and financing projects led by start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), according to a press release from the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC).

It will also promote coordination with the entire financial ecosystem in the Mediterranean, whether national structures similar to the CDC or the main financial players involved in the Mediterranean, such as the Eu
ropean Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), national development agencies or various networks of investors, especially long-term investors, in order to ensure appropriate synergies between the various financial mechanisms.

At the 7th International Conference of Caisses de Dépôt, held in Abidjan in September 20-23, these four institutions launched a process to further develop cooperation.

“Their first meeting in Rome reflects the shared ambition of the four heads of the CDCs to find common solutions to the major challenges facing the Mediterranean region.

The region faces many challenges, first and foremost global warming, with temperatures rising 20% faster than the global average.

The Mediterranean’s unique marine and coastal biodiversity is under serious threat. Coastal erosion, rising sea levels, desertification, water stress, etc. are all phenomena that are already a reality for many countries in the region.

In addition to these environmental challenges,
there are social, economic and energy issues that have been exacerbated in recent years by the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

During the meeting, the officials took stock of the various initiatives to stimulate and promote investment in the Mediterranean, such as InfraMed.

In this context, they reaffirmed their institutions’ active contribution to efforts to protect ecosystems and adapt to climate change, and reiterated their commitment to putting financial innovation at the service of human potential by meeting the financing needs of start-ups and SMEs.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Citrus: Export revenues up 15.4% in 2009

Tunis: Tunisia’s export earnings from citrus fruit reached 29.4 million dinars by May 6, up 15.4% compared to the same period last year.

According to the Inter-Professional Fruit Grouping (GiFruits), 8506 tonnes of citrus fruit were exported during the current campaign, which runs from October 10, 2023 to May 6, 2024, compared with 7614 tonnes in the previous campaign.

Tunisian citrus fruit is mainly exported to France, a market which accounted for 90% of exports, equivalent to 7,708 tonnes, followed by Libya (620 tonnes), Qatar (86 tonnes) and the United Arab Emirates (47 tonnes).

The Maltese variety is the most popular on international markets. Tunisia exported 8,073 tonnes this season, including 142 tonnes of Clementines, 83 tonnes of Navels and 71 tonnes of organic Maltaises.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisian textile sector adopts roadmap for successful green transition

Tunis: The Tunisian textile sector has just drawn up a roadmap setting out the steps to be taken to ensure the success of its green transition.

The roadmap was drawn up by the technical committees set up to monitor the “Green Transition of Tunisian Textiles” project, an innovative initiative led by the Tunisian Textile and Clothing Federation (FTTH) to promote environmental sustainability in the Tunisian textile industry.

The initiative aims to recycle 90% of wastewater, reduce companies’ carbon footprints by 30%, use 100% renewable electricity, reduce textile waste by 50% and certify 100 textile companies to ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 standards, by 2030.

The roadmap, which sets out the guidelines for the sector’s green transition, follows the signing on May 2 of a memorandum of understanding between the Tunisian government, represented by the Ministry of Trade and Export Development, and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, represented by its embassy in Tunis and the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Devel
oping Countries (CBI), to support the transition to a green and circular Tunisian textile industry.

The rules governing access to the European market have been revised following the unveiling of the European Green Deal in December 2019, under which the European Union (EU) is taking a growing interest in the environmental impact of its consumption in third countries and is beginning to use the rules governing access to the European market as a lever in favour of its ecological transition.

Further rules and restrictions are planned for the near future. That’s why FTTH is working hard to comply with the standards and to take the path of sustainability and circularity in order to maintain and strengthen the position of Tunisian textiles on the European market.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Minister of Economy, CTFCI President discuss reforms needed to further improve investment and business climate

Tunis: The working meeting between Minister of the Economy and Planning, Feryel Ouerghi Sebai, and President of the Tunisian-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Khelil Chaibi, on Monday discussed the reforms needed to further improve the investment and business climate, particularly with regard to the simplification of procedures and transactions and the digitalisation of related services.

During the meeting, which took place at the ministry’s headquarters, the two sides underlined their shared interest in developing French investment in Tunisia in various sectors, particularly those with a promising future and high added value.

In the same context, the meeting also highlighted the importance and necessity of stepping up promotional efforts to promote Tunisia as a strategic investment destination in the Mediterranean and African regions, particularly for large industrial complexes.

French investment rank first among foreign investments in Tunisia, with 1,500 companies operating in various sectors and
providing around 150,000 jobs.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse