King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre Leading Health Sector Transformation in Saudi Arabia

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre Leading Health Sector Transformation in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Harvard University — Eight years into Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia has made significant strides with digital innovations and enhanced access to quality care. Strategic investments in infrastructure, technology, and talent, have led to advancements revolutionizing patient care delivery and elevating the standards of healthcare locally. These efforts have notably raised the average life expectancy, reduced mortality rates, and enhanced overall well-being across the Kingdom.

Central to these achievements, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC), renowned for its specialized care and treatments across critical fields such as oncology, cardiology, organ transplantation, and genetics has positioned itself as a leader in specialized patient care, taking the charge towards a brighter, healthier future for the Kingdom. Through its commitment to pioneering digital health initiatives, comprehensive educational programs, and novel research endeavors, it is reshaping the local landscape, and setting new standards of efficiency and accessibility.

In an era defined by technological advancements, and with the Kingdom’s push towards digitalization, KFSH&RC stands at the forefront of digital health integration among its local peers, leveraging cutting-edge telemedicine services, virtual consultations, and AI-driven tools such as the ANFAL AI System that transforms patient outcomes through predictive insights and personalized care, ensuring the best outcomes for patient satisfaction.

KFSH&RC’s digital health initiatives extend to addressing broader health threats through technologies such as Whole Genomic Sequencing (WGS) and Advanced Radiation Therapy. The hospital has also pioneered organ transplantation by performing the world’s first fully robotic liver transplant and introduced to the region innovations like the Harmony Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve (TPV), enhancing patient recovery and experience. These technologies facilitate personalized treatment plans and improve the accuracy and speed of medical diagnostics, contributing significantly to the elevation of patient care standards and a sustainable, resilient healthcare infrastructure in line with the objectives of the Health Sector Transformation Program.

KFSH&RC continues to push the boundaries of medical research addressing pressing health challenges and contributing to Saudi Arabia’s public health landscape, with discoveries like the PfAP2-MRP gene crucial for malaria treatment and the identification of the new Riyadhensis bacteria strain. These discoveries have not only improved diagnostic accuracy but also facilitated early interventions, ensuring timely and effective patient support, in line with the national objectives to reduce chronic disease prevalence.

These comprehensive efforts are supported by KFSH&RC’s robust educational initiatives, which prepare the next generation of medical professionals through training programs and international collaborations.

Recognized by ‘Brand Finance’ in 2024 as the most valuable healthcare brand in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East for the second consecutive year, placing 9th in Saudi Arabia and 28th in the Middle East. Additionally, KFSH&RC stands out as the only hospital worldwide to be ranked among its country’s top ten most valuable brands.

About King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC):

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC) stands as a leading healthcare institution in the Middle East, envisioned to be the optimal choice for every patient seeking specialized healthcare. The hospital boasts a rich history in the treatment of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, organ transplantation, neurosciences, and genetics.

In 2024, “Brand Finance” ranked King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre as the top academic medical centre in the Middle East and Africa, and among the top 20 globally for the second consecutive year. Additionally, in 2024, it was recognized as one of the leading global healthcare providers by Newsweek magazine.

As part of Saudi Vision 2030, a royal decree was issued on December 21, 2021, to transform the hospital into an independent, non-profit, government-owned entity, paving the way for a comprehensive transformation program aimed at achieving global leadership in healthcare through excellence and innovation.

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Curia and Carterra Partner on Biologics Symposium to Further Biotechnology Research in the Pacific Northwest

Curia & Carterra Biologics Symposium

Biologics symposium slated for May 31 in Seattle, WA

ALBANY, N.Y. and SALT LAKE CITY, May 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Curia, a leading contract research, development and manufacturing organization and Carterra Inc., the world leader in label-free high throughput antibody and small molecule drug discovery, today announced their partnership in hosting a high-throughput biologics symposium slated for May 31 at the Residence Inn at Marriott in Seattle, Washington.

The purpose of the collaboration is to promote the rising biotech focus within the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S and Canada. The symposium will bring together all levels of scientific leadership from the biotech and pharma communities.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Carterra to organize this antibody discovery symposium, bringing the Pacific Northwest biotech community together and sharing the latest advances in antibody discovery,” said Steve Lavezoli, Vice President of Biologics at Curia. “We are also looking forward to sharing our optimal, high-quality and accelerated antibody discovery workflows to first-to-human antibody discovery, development and clinical manufacturing. Antibodies discovered and/or engineered with Curia’s platform technology are in the clinic and we have over 230 successful antibody discovery campaigns performed for the biotech community.”

Speed, scientific expertise and efficiency can surmount the high attrition rates of early antibody discovery and achieve first-to-market delivery of new therapeutics. The symposium will highlight Curia’s technology platform and integrated services with a focus on the development of enhanced mouse systems for antibody generation and high-throughput single B cell screening. The combination of next generation sequencing (NGS) and rapid recombinant production of milligram to gram quantities of purified monoclonal antibody (mAb) significantly accelerates identification of development candidate leads.

Since 2017, Carterra has been selling its powerful LSA® high-throughput biosensor to analyze and characterize antibodies using Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR). With the launch of its LSAXT platform last year, Carterra now offers products that can perform small molecule analysis as well as antibody discovery. The LSA platform has been profiled in several peer-reviewed papers in Science, Nature and Cell, detailing the path of multiple therapeutics entering clinical trials. At the symposium, several leading scientists in biopharma will be sharing their insights into their specific areas of drug discovery and will highlight the transformative impact of integrating HT-SPR technology, AI/ML and other new technologies.

“We are excited to be partnering with Curia on our symposium. Carterra symposia are scientific events that we host each year throughout the U.S. and Europe,” stated Chris M. Silva, Vice President of Marketing and Product at Carterra. “These symposia help us to share the latest technology advancements and important data generated from the workflows of scientists using Carterra’s label-free platforms. Coming to the Pacific Northwest is an opportunity to create a deeper understanding of the technology in pharma and biotechs in this region.”

Click here to RSVP for the event. Registration is required as seating is limited.

About Curia:
Curia is a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) with over 30 years of experience, an integrated network of 27 global sites and over 3,500 employees partnering with Biopharmaceutical customers to bring life-changing therapies to market. Our biologics and small molecules offerings span discovery through commercialization, with integrated regulatory and analytical capabilities. Our scientific and process experts and state-of-the-art facilities deliver best-in-class experience across drug substance and drug product manufacturing. From curiosity to cure, we deliver every step to improve patients’ lives. Visit us at curiaglobal.com.

About Carterra, Inc.:
Carterra, Inc. is a privately held company. Its HT-SPR technology provides large-molecule and small-molecule drug discovery customers with screening and characterization throughput and functionality that scales with omics-level applications, condensing months of work down to days. Our solutions have enabled multiple therapeutics and breakthrough research and helped academic and translational researchers and biopharmaceutical companies in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, and more.  Carterra is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has Customer Experience Centers in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Boston, Manchester, England, and Munich, Germany. Carterra products are available in Asia-Pacific and Oceania through our exclusive distributor, Revvity. To learn more, visit www.carterra-bio.com or connect with us on LinkedIn or X (Twitter).

Curia Contact Information:
Viana Bhagan
+1 518 512 2111
corporatecommunications@CuriaGlobal.com

Carterra Media Contact:
Cheri Salazar
(408) 594-9400
csalazar@carterra-bio.com

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Curia and Carterra Partner on Biologics Symposium to Further Biotechnology Research in the Pacific Northwest

Curia & Carterra Biologics Symposium

Biologics symposium slated for May 31 in Seattle, WA

ALBANY, N.Y. and SALT LAKE CITY, May 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Curia, a leading contract research, development and manufacturing organization and Carterra Inc., the world leader in label-free high throughput antibody and small molecule drug discovery, today announced their partnership in hosting a high-throughput biologics symposium slated for May 31 at the Residence Inn at Marriott in Seattle, Washington.

The purpose of the collaboration is to promote the rising biotech focus within the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S and Canada. The symposium will bring together all levels of scientific leadership from the biotech and pharma communities.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Carterra to organize this antibody discovery symposium, bringing the Pacific Northwest biotech community together and sharing the latest advances in antibody discovery,” said Steve Lavezoli, Vice President of Biologics at Curia. “We are also looking forward to sharing our optimal, high-quality and accelerated antibody discovery workflows to first-to-human antibody discovery, development and clinical manufacturing. Antibodies discovered and/or engineered with Curia’s platform technology are in the clinic and we have over 230 successful antibody discovery campaigns performed for the biotech community.”

Speed, scientific expertise and efficiency can surmount the high attrition rates of early antibody discovery and achieve first-to-market delivery of new therapeutics. The symposium will highlight Curia’s technology platform and integrated services with a focus on the development of enhanced mouse systems for antibody generation and high-throughput single B cell screening. The combination of next generation sequencing (NGS) and rapid recombinant production of milligram to gram quantities of purified monoclonal antibody (mAb) significantly accelerates identification of development candidate leads.

Since 2017, Carterra has been selling its powerful LSA® high-throughput biosensor to analyze and characterize antibodies using Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR). With the launch of its LSAXT platform last year, Carterra now offers products that can perform small molecule analysis as well as antibody discovery. The LSA platform has been profiled in several peer-reviewed papers in Science, Nature and Cell, detailing the path of multiple therapeutics entering clinical trials. At the symposium, several leading scientists in biopharma will be sharing their insights into their specific areas of drug discovery and will highlight the transformative impact of integrating HT-SPR technology, AI/ML and other new technologies.

“We are excited to be partnering with Curia on our symposium. Carterra symposia are scientific events that we host each year throughout the U.S. and Europe,” stated Chris M. Silva, Vice President of Marketing and Product at Carterra. “These symposia help us to share the latest technology advancements and important data generated from the workflows of scientists using Carterra’s label-free platforms. Coming to the Pacific Northwest is an opportunity to create a deeper understanding of the technology in pharma and biotechs in this region.”

Click here to RSVP for the event. Registration is required as seating is limited.

About Curia:
Curia is a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) with over 30 years of experience, an integrated network of 27 global sites and over 3,500 employees partnering with Biopharmaceutical customers to bring life-changing therapies to market. Our biologics and small molecules offerings span discovery through commercialization, with integrated regulatory and analytical capabilities. Our scientific and process experts and state-of-the-art facilities deliver best-in-class experience across drug substance and drug product manufacturing. From curiosity to cure, we deliver every step to improve patients’ lives. Visit us at curiaglobal.com.

About Carterra, Inc.:
Carterra, Inc. is a privately held company. Its HT-SPR technology provides large-molecule and small-molecule drug discovery customers with screening and characterization throughput and functionality that scales with omics-level applications, condensing months of work down to days. Our solutions have enabled multiple therapeutics and breakthrough research and helped academic and translational researchers and biopharmaceutical companies in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, and more.  Carterra is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has Customer Experience Centers in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Boston, Manchester, England, and Munich, Germany. Carterra products are available in Asia-Pacific and Oceania through our exclusive distributor, Revvity. To learn more, visit www.carterra-bio.com or connect with us on LinkedIn or X (Twitter).

Curia Contact Information:
Viana Bhagan
+1 518 512 2111
corporatecommunications@CuriaGlobal.com

Carterra Media Contact:
Cheri Salazar
(408) 594-9400
csalazar@carterra-bio.com

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Eying opportunities to forge partnerships with Canadian companies


JENDOUBA: The potential and resources of the governorate of Jendouba in various fields were the subject of a presentation by Governor Samir Kouka on Wednesday as he received Canadian Ambassador to Tunisia Lorraine Diguer.

The latter told TAP that her visit was part of efforts to explore investment opportunities in the Tunisian regions, notably in the north-western governorates, with a view to forging relations of cooperation, partnership and trade between Tunisian and Canadian companies.

The diplomat affirmed that relations between Tunisia and Canada have developed especially in projects related to the exploitation of new technologies, as well as programmes targeting young people and women wishing to invest in their local environment.

She expressed her country’s willingness to support partnership relations with Tunisia and to provide further assistance to economic players and investors in various fields, notably agriculture, industry, the environment, training, services and projects likely to be affected b
y climate change.

During her visit, the Canadian ambassador learned more about the activities of the Al-Baraka Agricultural Development Group in Tabayniya (Ain Draham delegation), which specialises in the processing of forestry products and the distillation of vegetable oils, the Béni Mtir spa, the vocational training centre and the sugar factory in Jendouba.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Burkina: A major vaccination campaign against poliomyelitis from May 10 to 13

The ministry in charge of health announced a national vaccination campaign against poliomyelitis from May 10 to 13 for the first round and from June 7 to 10, 2024 for the second round, i.e. 4 days for the 2 passages and an additional day for areas with strong security challenges.

According to the health authorities, this vaccination will concern approximately 5,217,000 children under 5 years old (0 to 59 months) and will be coupled with screening for malnutrition in children aged 6 to 59 months.

According to health authorities, the anti-polio vaccination follows the discovery of cases of polio in Burkina on March 25, 2024.

For the health advisor at the Directorate of Prevention through Vaccination, Vouanda Somé, ‘poliomyelitis is an extremely contagious disease. The disease has no curative treatment and the only way to fight this disease is prevention and vaccination.

The health advisor to the directorate of prevention through vaccination, Vouanda Somé, spoke on Monday in Ouagadougou during an advocacy wo
rkshop with members of the health monitoring unit. This meeting brought together journalists, activists, bloggers, health authorities and technical and financial partners.

According to Mr. Somé, all children are affected by this polio vaccination regardless of the child’s vaccination status.

He specified that the first round of this campaign will be coupled with the screening of malnutrition in children aged 6 to 59 months for early treatment at health facility level.

To achieve the objectives of the campaign, the health advisor invited administrative, political, customary, religious authorities, parents of children and all stakeholders to get involved so that no child escapes vaccination.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Recruitment of police officers: The government grants quotas to VDP, VADS and FDS spouses who fell in combat

The government has granted quotas to Volunteers for the Defense of the Homeland (VDP), Assistant Security Volunteers (VADS) and spouses of the Defense and Security Forces (FDS) who fell to the fighting, in the recruitment, through direct competition, of more than 2000 police officers by 2024.

The government authorized ‘the recruitment through direct competition of ten (10) police commissioners, twenty (20) police officers and two thousand (2,000) non-commissioned police officers, including fifty (50) females’, Wednesday’s council minutes said.

According to the same source, ‘quotas will be granted to Volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland (VDP), Deputy Security Volunteers (VADS) and spouses of the Defense and Security Forces (FDS) who fell on the battlefield. “.

The government has also authorized for the year 2024, the recruitment through professional competitions of 20 Police Commissioners and 50 Police Officers.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Togo’s media regulator is in Burkina Faso

The Secretary General of the High Audiovisual and Communication Authority (HAAC) of Togo, Simwaque Doug-Ba Piniwé is in Ouagadougou, for a working and friendship visit with the Higher Council of Communication of Burkina.

The High Authority for Audiovisual and Communication (HAAC) of Togo, represented by its Secretary General, Simwaque Doug-Ba Piniwé, has been in the Burkinabe capital since May 6, 2024 for a working and friendship visit with the Higher Council of communication of Burkina Faso.

On the occasion, Simwaque Doug-Ba Piniwé, was received in audience this Tuesday, May 7, 2024, by the president of the Superior Council of Communication (CSC), Idrissa Ouédraogo.

The Secretary General of the HAAC also had a session of exchanges and sharing of experiences with a CSC team made up of members of the College of Advisors, the chief of staff, the Secretary General, project managers and project managers. studies.

Before his return to Togo, Mr. Simwaque Doug-Ba Piniwé plans a working session with the technical
directors of the CSC and a visit to the monitoring center.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: The government declares the construction of a school education establishment in Ouagadougou of ‘urgent public utility’

The government has declared the project to build a post-primary and secondary education establishment in the Bonheur-ville district located in sector 31 of the commune of Ouagadougou to be of urgent public utility. At a cost of 285.26 million FCFA, this infrastructure will be built in an area where the nearest existing establishments are located more than 10 km away.

The report of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday indicates that the government adopted ‘a draft decree declaring of urgent public utility, the project to construct a post-primary and general secondary education establishment in Bonheur-ville in sector 31 in district n°7 of the commune of Ouagadougou for the benefit of the Ministry of National Education, literacy and the promotion of national languages’

Likewise, newly divided areas are faced with a lack and/or insufficiency of educational infrastructure to cover all levels of education.

‘This is the case of Bonheur-ville which does not have a public general secondary education establishment
. The closest establishments are the mixed high schools of Gounghin and municipal Venegré, all located more than 10 km from the area,’ laments the document.

Faced with this situation, this project to build a general education establishment has been initiated, he adds.

The land concerned by the construction of this establishment is located in the land reserve forming parcel 00, lot 38, section 882 with an area of ????approximately 34,575 m2, he specifies.

In order to allow the project to be carried out, it seems wise for the State to carry out an urgent expropriation of assignees in view of the certain public utility, mentions the report.

‘The overall cost of the project is estimated at 285,262,000 CFA francs, financed by the State budget, fiscal year 2024,’ he specifies.

The adoption of this decree allows the expropriation of the said land for reasons of public utility with a view to the construction of a post-primary and general secondary establishment in Bonheur-ville, concludes the document.

Source:
Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: The government declares the construction of a school education establishment in Ouagadougou of ‘urgent public utility’

The government has declared the project to build a post-primary and secondary education establishment in the Bonheur-ville district located in sector 31 of the commune of Ouagadougou to be of urgent public utility. At a cost of 285.26 million FCFA, this infrastructure will be built in an area where the nearest existing establishments are located more than 10 km away.

The report of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday indicates that the government adopted ‘a draft decree declaring of urgent public utility, the project to construct a post-primary and general secondary education establishment in Bonheur-ville in sector 31 in district n°7 of the commune of Ouagadougou for the benefit of the Ministry of National Education, literacy and the promotion of national languages’

Likewise, newly divided areas are faced with a lack and/or insufficiency of educational infrastructure to cover all levels of education.

‘This is the case of Bonheur-ville which does not have a public general secondary education establishment
. The closest establishments are the mixed high schools of Gounghin and municipal Venegré, all located more than 10 km from the area,’ laments the document.

Faced with this situation, this project to build a general education establishment has been initiated, he adds.

The land concerned by the construction of this establishment is located in the land reserve forming parcel 00, lot 38, section 882 with an area of ????approximately 34,575 m2, he specifies.

In order to allow the project to be carried out, it seems wise for the State to carry out an urgent expropriation of assignees in view of the certain public utility, mentions the report.

‘The overall cost of the project is estimated at 285,262,000 CFA francs, financed by the State budget, fiscal year 2024,’ he specifies.

The adoption of this decree allows the expropriation of the said land for reasons of public utility with a view to the construction of a post-primary and general secondary establishment in Bonheur-ville, concludes the document.

Source:
Burkina Information Agency

The Central-East Regional Directorate of Communication visits Paglayiri radio station in Zabré

The Central-East Regional Directorate of Communication visited yesterday, Wednesday, May 8, 2024, Paglayiri radio in Zabré.

The Central-East Regional Communications Directorate visited the Paglayiri community radio in Zabré in the Boulgou province on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. The objective of this visit according to the Regional Director of Communication, Jean Louis Ouédraogo, is to discuss with radio managers in order to understand the difficulties they encounter in the exercise of their functions.

» It is also an opportunity for us to have information on the radio’s staff and equipment. We will put all of this in a report that we will send to the Ministry of Communication. This allows him to know you better and possibly to plan better in terms of support,’ he continued, suggesting that they were really happy to be at Radio Paglayiri in Zabré.

As for the director of Radio Paglayiri, Jean-Pierre Boussim, he admits to being the happiest because these outings of the heads of regional services galvanize them mo
re and allow them to expose all the difficulties they encounter on a daily basis.

After the interview phase, the regional communications director, accompanied by the head of the media development department, Hamidou Zoungrana and Abdoul Kader Ouédraogo (another collaborator), visited the various radio installations. The visit was marked by a note of satisfaction, suggested the regional director and his colleagues.

As a reminder, the delegation before the visit to Paglayiri radio in Zabré, had visited the municipal radio and Horizon Fm Boulgou radio in Garango on the same day.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Ukraine authorizes the recruitment of prisoners for its army, in exchange for an amnesty

Ukrainian deputies adopted a bill on Wednesday authorizing certain prisoners to lead the fight against Russia, in exchange for an amnesty, according to several European media.

With its numbers decimated in the fighting against Russia, Ukraine received legal authorization to recruit prisoners to go to the front. MP Olena Chouliak, from Volodymyr Zelensky’s party, clarified on Facebook that this measure will only concern voluntary detainees, and will not be applicable for convictions for serious crimes, including murder, sexual violence or attacks on national security, reports the Swiss Radio and Television (RTS).

According to this MP, the text was adopted by 279 votes in favor at second reading.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

AES Women’s Alliance appeals to international community

The Alliance of Women of the States of the Sahel, Burkina Faso section held a general assembly on May 4, 2024 in Ouahigouya during which it launched an appeal called ‘Ouayougui boole’ to the International community.

‘We women, united within the Alliance of Women of the States of the Sahel, are aware of our role, our capacities and our power to change the course of history. On this May 4, 2024, we make the commitment to ensure the survival of our nations, the manifest refusal to continue to accept any form of domination and mark our fierce support for the current march of total liberation of our three countries.

This is in substance the appeal launched on May 4, 2024 in Ouahigouya by the Alliance of Women of the States of the Sahel, Burkina Faso section.

According to the spokesperson of the Alliance, Habiba Sawadogo, the women decided to dry their tears to sharpen their weapons, namely the formidable power hidden under their femininity.

‘Throughout the history of humanity, the power of women is undeniable.
Through the Alliance, we will implement strategies and actions to educate and sensitize children and communities in the truth, to an awakening of patriotic consciousness,’ she indicated.

And to continue that they are ready to support the authorities of the three countries because the era of the triumphal march of the whole of Africa has dawned.

This general assembly served as a framework for launching the activities of the Alliance. During this meeting, the women mobilized the sum of eighty-three (83,000 FCFA) thousand CFA francs to support the peace effort.

The Sahel Women’s Alliance is an association that was created in March 2024. And its members affirm their support for the transitions underway in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Sfax to host 14th session of Mediterranean Agriculture and Agri-Food Industries Exhibition from May 15 to 19


SFAX: The 14th session of the Mediterranean Agricultural and Food Industries Exhibition (SMA MEDFOOD’), will take place from May 15 to 19 at in Sfax, on the theme “A Developed Agricultural Economy in a Changing Global Climate”. The event will be attended by nearly 120 exhibitors of various nationalities.

At a press conference held, on Thursday, President of the 14th session of the SMA MEDFOOD’, Khaled Abdelhedi, underlined that this major economic event will offer customers a rich and diversified program including scientific seminars and interactive workshops.

«Major companies and institutions will represent a real showcase about the extent of the development of agricultural products and agri-food industries in Tunisia and abroad, with the participation of almost 120 exhibitors, some of them are from Italy, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Syria and Jordan, Algeria, Libya and Iraq,» he pointed out.

The exhibition constitutes a showcase to highlight agricultural equipment and supplies of all kinds as well as the food
industries of organic agriculture and in addition to the activities and services of the agricultural sector.

The event will also be marked by the participation of community companies.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Civil Society representatives stage sit-in to denounce European migration-related policies


Tunis: Several Civil Society representatives on Thursday staged a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Delegation of the European Union to Tunisia to denounce “the European migration policy.”

Spokesperson for the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) Romdhane Ben Amor said that the sit-in is a protest against the policies of European countries who are using what he described as “a policy of extortion” against southern Mediterranean countries.

This protest movement seeks to encourage European countries to stop the “inhumane policies and the security approach adopted to address migration issues,” he specified, adding that “the EU must undertake to open secure migration corridors guaranteeing the movement of migrants to solve this issue.”

“Tunisia will be the only land access route for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa seeking to reach Europe,” he pointed out, referring to reports that “European countries north of the Mediterranean are considering signing migration agreements with some ne
ighbouring countries south of the Mediterranean.”

Activist and migration expert Khaled Tababi said for his part, the sit-in aims to put an end to cooperation agreements on migration between Tunisia and European countries, indicating that the protesters call for the need to guarantee safe migration.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Civil Society representatives stage sit-in to denounce European migration-related policies


Tunis: Several Civil Society representatives on Thursday staged a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Delegation of the European Union to Tunisia to denounce “the European migration policy.”

Spokesperson for the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) Romdhane Ben Amor said that the sit-in is a protest against the policies of European countries who are using what he described as “a policy of extortion” against southern Mediterranean countries.

This protest movement seeks to encourage European countries to stop the “inhumane policies and the security approach adopted to address migration issues,” he specified, adding that “the EU must undertake to open secure migration corridors guaranteeing the movement of migrants to solve this issue.”

“Tunisia will be the only land access route for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa seeking to reach Europe,” he pointed out, referring to reports that “European countries north of the Mediterranean are considering signing migration agreements with some ne
ighbouring countries south of the Mediterranean.”

Activist and migration expert Khaled Tababi said for his part, the sit-in aims to put an end to cooperation agreements on migration between Tunisia and European countries, indicating that the protesters call for the need to guarantee safe migration.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse