Kobe Para Athletics Championships (day-2): Soumaya Boussaid wins bronze in 1500m T13

Tunis: Tunisian Soumaya Boussaid Saturday bagged bronze in women’s 1500m T13 (4: 34.74) at day-2 events of Japan’s Kobe 2024 Para Athletics World Championships (May 17-25).

Tunisia’s medal tally rose to 4 (1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze).

Sixteen Tunisian para athletes are taking part in this 11th edition. They are Raoua Tlili, Walid Ktila, Raja Jebali, Rouay Jebabli, Soumaya Boussaid, Ahmed Ben Moslah, Yosri Ben Jemaa, Yassine Guennichi, Nourhène Haj Salem, Béchir Akoubi, Jihène Azaiez, Amanallah Tissaoui, Saida Naili, Mohamed Nidhal Khlifi, Samar Ben Kaalab and Maroua Brahmi.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Gabes: Fifteen pupils in Ghannouch suffer suffocation and fainting by gas emissions from industrial zone

Tunis: Fifteen students at the Ibn Rochd high school in Gannouch (governorate of Gabes) on Saturday suffered suffocation and fainting due to gas emissions that spread into the region from the industrial zone next to their school, a civil protection source told TAP.

They were rushed to the Gannouch basic health centre and to the Gabes teaching hospital for treatment.

This incident recalls similar cases that occurred previously in Bouchema and Chott Sidi Abdel Salam, which, like the town of Ghannouch, are two regions adjacent to the industrial zone of Gabes, where residents constantly complain about the air pollution caused by the Tunisian Chemical Group (GCT) plants.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Irregular migration: Search underway for 23 missing persons

Tunis: Joint National Guard and Coast Guard units are actively searching for 23 missing people from various Tunisian regions who had taken part in irregular migration attempts ten days ago off the coast of the town of Korba (Nabeul Governorate).

These attempts were carried out on the evening of May 3 and 4, the National Guard said in a press release on Saturday.

The families of the missing had informed the coast guard authorities in Béni Khiar, in the governorate of Nabeul, of the missing on May 14-15, according to the same source.

As soon as they were informed, National coast guard units deployed all the necessary rescue resources to find the missing. The search is still underway.

Security Guard units in Korba arrested 5 people involved in organising this irregular migration operation, including two women. Two search warrants were issued in this case, including one against the organiser of the operation.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Deadline for presidential election should not exceed October 23, 2024, says ISIE Board member

Tunis: The deadline for holding the presidential election should not exceed October 23, 2024, according to the constitutional deadlines, said member of the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) Board Najla Abrougui.

The announcement of the official date of polling day for this election depends on the writ of election issued by the President of the Republic at least three months before the end of the presidential term, she added.

The calendar for the presidential election will be drawn up in the next few days, Abrougui told TAP on Saturday, underlining that the constitutional and legal deadlines remain open.

She explained that as the authority has full jurisdiction over the elections, even out of the electoral period (set at two months and 22 days), it will monitor anything that could question the integrity and transparency of the electoral process, and will deal with all offences and excesses, which will be referred to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, she said.

In another connection, Abrougui ind
icated that the ISIE is endeavouring to amend regulatory decision no. 2014-20 of August 8, 2014, laying down the rules for election campaign funding, its procedures and modalities, as part of efforts to combat foreign funding and suspicious funds or funds from unknown sources for individuals, political parties and media outlets.

“The grounds of professional secrecy or banking secrecy will not be accepted by the ISIE,” she pointed out, deeming that the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank, the Financial Analysis Commission and the banks are obliged to provide all the data requested by the electoral authority as part of its work to combat suspicious funds.

The ISIE’s regional offices will begin updating the electoral register on May 20, and the ISIE will continue the automated registration process for citizens.

A new mobile application will be launched in the next two weeks to give citizens access to all election-related information and make it easier to update or check their polling place, she added.

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Sfax military training center receives, on May 22, its first class of enlisted soldiers

Tunis: The Military Training Center of the Sfax Air Base will receive, on May 22, the first promotion of soldiers engaged for the benefit of the Air Force, Commander of the Center, Colonel Khaldoun Achour.

Women represent between 15 to 17% of this first promotion of committed soldiers who will be trained at the Sfax Air Base, Col. Achour told journalists during a visit held by the National Defence Ministry for the benefit of a group of journalists, at this military base.

Created on December 25, 1978, this center was initially based in Bizerte, at the Kharrouba Air Base. In 2022, it was relocated in the Sfax Air Base to receive the first promotion of corporal students, who graduate in October 2023.

The center provides military and physical training for student corporals who are often be assigned to the air force, administrations and common services, the same source adds.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

“Unit 14 of Sfax Air Base is pioneer in training of pilot officers” (Statement)

Tunis: Unit 14 at Sfax Air Base has the most advanced equipment and has great capabilities in training pilot officers, said commander of the Unit, Colonel Salem Rezgui,

The Staff Command and the National Defense Ministry, as part of their 2030 vision, are working to broaden the horizons of cooperation between this unit and African countries in terms of air military training, Col. Rezgui told reporters during a visit organized, on Friday, by the National Defence Ministry for the benefit of a group of journalists to this military base.

Col. Rezgui, added that cooperation agreements have been signed with several African countries whose officials have taken note of the enormous capabilities of the Air Unit, created on July 31, 1984.

The main mission of this unit is to provide basic training to pilot officers regardless of their specialty (airline pilots or fighter pilots).

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Geopark project launched in Kef

Tunis: The geopark project in Kef was launched on Saturday as part of the activities of the 34th session of the “Mayou” Festival (May 18-19), organised by the “Association de sauvegarde et de développement de la Médina du Kef.”

The announcement related to the establishment of the Museum of Man and Earth, the first nucleus of the geopark project in Kef, classified as an ecological heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Geology expert Mustapha Belhaj Ali pointed out that the governorate of Kef has one of the richest human and natural heritages in the world, making it ideal for hosting a world-class geopark capable of boosting the region’s economic development.

Some 35 geological sites will be selected from among 70 spread across all the delegations with a view to establishing the geopark, he pointed out, adding that the management of each site requires special attention and the involvement of citizens in the upkeep aspect.

Source: Agence Tunis Afriqu
e Presse

Tunis hosts 1st National Vocational Training Forum, May 21-22

Tunis: The 1st National Vocational Training Forum will be organised by the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training on May 21-22, at the City of Culture in Tunis.

The event aims to promote vocational training as an essential vector for economic growth.

Under the theme: “Harnessing Vocational Training for Employability and Entrepreneurship,” the forum seeks to highlight the prospects and opportunities offered by vocational training in terms of employment and economic development.

By bringing together key players from the public and private sectors, civil society and technical and financial partners, this strategic event aims to achieve the following objectives: Promote vocational training and the career opportunities it offers, particularly among young Tunisians; enhance collaboration and partnerships between the economic fabric and public and private vocational training institutions to increase the employability of graduates; and raise public awareness of the importance of vocational training in the
context of ecological transition, digitalisation and artificial intelligence.

The Forum will feature interactive panels bringing together experts, government representatives, business leaders and young talent to debate the strategic challenges facing vocational training in Tunisia.

Among the key themes to be addressed are the changing job market and the need for trades and skills in the context of the energy and ecological transition, public-private partnerships to boost the effectiveness of training programmes, the encouragement of entrepreneurship and digitalisation in vocational training.

At the same time, a career fair will provide a unique platform for some fifty vocational training learners to represent more than 20 promising careers and specialities.

Young people will also have the opportunity to attend workshops hosted by professionals, to learn more about vocational training opportunities and the realities of the job market, and to equip themselves with soft-skills for employability.

Besides, a
space will be reserved for professionals from the training system and their partners for meetings on two topical themes: “Circular migration and mobility partnerships” and “Vocational guidance for young people.”

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Rain expected in north and west, temperatures slightly up

Tunis: The weather Saturday is sometimes very cloudy with raln expected in the north and the west.

Rain and hailstorms are expected in the west during the afternoon then gradually in east later in the day and during the night.

The wind is blowing south, light to moderate then east during the afternoon in the north and east- central areas, growing relatively strong during the night in the south with local sandstorms.

The sea is rough to choppy and temperatures are slightly up with highs ranging between 26°C et 32°C IN eastern coasts and 33°C and 39°C elsewhere, reaching 41°C in the south with local Sirocco winds .

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Agricultural investments in private sector dip 55% to TND59,766 million end of March 2024 [Upd 1]

Tunis: Agricultural investments in the private sector fell 55% to TND59,766 million at the end of March 2024 compared to the same period last year (TND 134, 041 million), figures released Friday by the National Observatory of Agriculture show.

Approved investments include TND 24.61 million in own funding ( 41. 17% of overall investments), TND 14.22 million in loans (23.78%) , TND 20.95 million in grants (34.3% of total investments).

All sources of funding trended downwards in the period between Q1 of 2023 and Q1 of 2024. Own funding and loans dropped 60% and 45%, respectively, while grants dipped 52.3%.

The number of investment operations plunged 28% to 1,348 at the end of March from 1,882 during the same period in 2023.

The geograghic breakdown of investments demonstrates central western regions have the lion’s share (31%), followed by the northwest and the southeast (22%), the central eastern regions (12%) and the southwest (7%).

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia participates in International Forum on “Towards South: European Strategy for New Geopolitical Season in Mediterranean”

Tunis: Tunisia attended the third edition of the International Forum on “Towards the South: European Strategy for a New Geopolitical, Economic and Socio-cultural Season in the Mediterranean” held May 17-18 in Sorrento, Southern Italy.

Two hundred participants took part in the event, including ministers of energy, politicians, economic decision-makers and business leaders from over 30 countries.

Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy Fatma Thabet Chiboub told a workshop held on the sidelines of the forum which addressed the theme of ” the New Energy Vision of the South” international oil and gas price instability and insecure supply are the main challenges for energy importers amid international geopolitical conflicts.

Tunisia, she said, adopted an energy strategy by 2035 which meets current exigencies and is designed to foster transition from the conventional system of production and consumption towards a sustainable energy model premised on the diversification of clean energy sources, such as Green hydrog

The strategy revolves around the consolidation of energy efficiency in all sectors, notably transport, to manage energy demand and introduce changes in the consumption behaviour.

Chiboub also had a talk with Algerian Energy Minister Mohamed Arkab. The talk focused on energy partnership, in particular, and ways to develop cooperation in the sector of mines and fertilisers. This in addition to scaling up trade and technical cooperation and the exchange of experiences and expertise.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia willing to scale up cooperation with UNDP

Tunis: Prime Minister Ahmed Hachani underscored Tunisia’s willingness to scale up cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), at the 1st meeting of the high-level strategic steering committee for the portfolio of projects on administration and good governance, held on Friday, in the presence of UNDP Resident Representative in Tunisia Céline Moyroud.

The bilateral cooperation programme is intended as a lever for socio-economic development over the period 2023-2027, according to a Prime Ministry press release issued on Saturday.

It aims to restore public confidence in State institutions, identify sectors capable of creating new jobs, guarantee decent living conditions for Tunisians and a propitious and transparent business climate, and achieve the goals of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030.

As a framework for partnership between the Tunisian government, the UNDP and a number of partners and donors, this new programme is based on an integrated approach aimed at meeting the challenges of so
cial and economic development.

Hachani also commended the efforts exerted by the team at the UNDP office in Tunisia to scaled up cooperation and establish the pillars of effective administration and good governance in Tunisia.

The strategic guidelines for the implementation of the new portfolio for 2024 were examined during the meeting.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse