Sidi Bouzid: awareness activities under Men Committed to Equality project

Sidi Bouzid: Awareness-raising activities are continuing in the governorate of Sidi Bouzid under the project Men Committed to Equality.

The project was launched by a civil society organisation, Ladies First, and financed by Expertise France, the French international technical cooperation agency.

The project, put in motion in June 2023, is running over eighteen months, President of Ladies First Hayat Latif told TAP. It is designed to strengthen the principle of gender equality by embracing a new methodology premised on the positive masculinities approach.

Several training sessions targeting the teaching staff, youth workers, youth centres and civil society activists had been organised, Hayat Latif further said. Digital awareness campaigns had been launched to bolster the good practices of positive masculinity and present experiences in this area.

Men Committed to Equality fits within Equality Generations programme carried out with the support of the French Development Agency (AFD).

Source: Agence Tunis A
frique Presse

Turtle released into sea in Beja after four months of care

Tunis: The nesting of sea turtles on Zouara beach and other beaches in the Republic indicates the good health of the Tunisian sea, Environment Minister Leila Chikhaoui Mahdaoui said on Sunday.

Speaking to TAP, the minister, who witnessed the release of a turtle into the Zouara sea in Béja, pointed out that the increase in the number of sea turtles shows that the environmental situation is conducive to the reproduction of this species.

She underlined the importance of sea turtle nesting on Zouara beach, not only from an ecological point of view, but also for tourism, adding that this event will help promote the region as an eco-tourism destination.

The minister underscored the need to preserve this species, which is under serious threat from plastic waste at sea, the main cause of death (45%).

In this connection, she pointed out that beach clean-ups began a month ago, calling on summer visitors to cooperate.

The release of the turtle is part of a process that began several years ago to turn Zouara into a
nesting site. The first release of baby turtles on this beach actually took place in June 2021.

Head of the marine turtle centre at the National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies researcher Olfa Chaieb highlighted the major role played by this species in strengthening the marine ecosystem.

She added that “the turtle released today was named after its saviour, the fisherman Ahmed, and that it has been for four months for a fractured shell.”

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Number of hirees under technical cooperation reach 933 up to April 2024

Tunis: The number of Tunisian skilled workers recruited overseas as part of technical cooperation reached 966 up to April 2024.

The paramedical sector was in the lead with 375 paramedics recruited overseas, data published by the Tunisian Agency for Technical Cooperation (ATCT) show.

As such, the overall number of Tunisian hirees overseas reached 25,663, with the education sector having the highest number (9,372), followed by the health sector (8,109).

Canada was the top destination for Tunisian skills, with 210 recruits, followed by Germany (203) and Gulf, European and African countries.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

African Petanque Championships: Tunisian Khaled Boughriba snatches gold in precision shooting

Tunis: Tunisian Khaled Boughriba Saturday bagged gold in precision shooting as part of the 9th edition of the African Petanque Championships in Morocco (June 6-9 ) after defeating his Cameroonian opponent in the final.

His countrywoman Mouna Béji took silver after losing to Moroccan Soukaina Gourar.

The national women’s team, made up of Mouna Béji, Asma Belli, Ahlem Hadj Hassan and Ameni Letaief, cruised past Benin’s to the final (13-3).

The national men’s team (Khaled Boughriba, Mejdi Hammami, Lassaad El May and Sofien Ben Brahim) eased into the final after a 13-3 win over Morocco.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Africa Fencing Championships: Gold for Tunisia in Senior Team Men’s Saber

Tunis: The Tunisian fencing team, led by captain Fares Ferjani, won gold in the Senior Team Men’s Saber, after beating their Egyptian counterparts (ranked 6th worldwide) by a score of 45-43 at the Africa Fencing Championships, hosted by Morocco.

The Tunisian team includes Fares Ferjani, Ahmed Ferjani, Amenallah Hmissi and Mohamed Aziz Charni.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Rothesay Open Nottingham/R of 16: Ons jabeur opens against Colombian Osorio Serrano

Tunis: Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur (world No.9) will be up against Colombia’s Osorio Serrano ( No.77) on June 10, in the round of 16 of at the Rothesay Open Nottingham in England.

Two-time Wimbledon finalist Ons Jabeur headlines the entry list in Nottingham.

She won two grass-court titles, first at 2021 Birmingham and then 2022 Berlin.

She’s joined by Grand Slam champions Emma Navarro, Barbora Krejcikova and Sofia Kenin.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Petanque-Africa Championships: Tunisian women’s team claim gold

Tunis: The Tunisian women’s petanque team claimed gold in the final of Africa Championships, beating their Moroccan counterparts (B) 13-3 on Sunday in Marrakech, Morocco.

Tunisia’s team, made up of players Mouna Béji, Asma Belli, Ahlem Hadj Hassan and Ameni Letaief, had beaten the Beninese team in the semi-final 13-3.

For their part, the men’s team, comprising players Khaled Boughriba, Mejdi Hammami, Lassaad El May and Sofien Ben Brahim, settled for silver after losing the final to Senegal 2-13.

Tunisian Khaled Boughriba Saturday bagged gold in precision shooting, after defeating his Cameroonian opponent in the final.

His countrywoman Mouna Béji took silver after losing to Moroccan Soukaina Gourar.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Weather cloudy Sunday, highs range between 27°C and 44°C

Tunis: The weather sunday is partly cloudy in most regions. Highs range between 27°C and 36°C in the north and 37°C and 44°C elsewhere, with local sirocco winds.

The wind is blowing east in the north and south in the midland and the south, relatively strong to strong near coasts, western heights and in the south with local standstorms, and light to moderate elsewhere.

The sea is choppy to very choppy in the north, a bit choppy to choppy and locally very choppy in eastern coasts.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Fostering Tunisian-Polish trade relations

Tunis: Polish officials, companies and businessmen will take part on June 12 in an economic event aimed at laying the foundations for the establishment of trade relations between Polish companies and their Tunisian and African counterparts.

The event, which will be organised by the Polish Embassy in Tunis as part of efforts to expand economic exchanges with Tunisia and Africa, on the fringes of the Financing Investment and Trade in Africa – FITA2024, will offer an opportunity to show Poland’s economic and export potential, according to the embassy.

Polish companies active in various sectors, notably agricultural machinery, health products, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, dairy products, construction, infrastructure, information technology and renewable energy, will take part in the event.

Speeches will be given by the Polish Development Bank and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency, as well as legal counsels.

Tunisia is Poland’s 6th economic partner in Africa and 7th in the Arab world. Poland is seeking
to increase its exports of industrial materials to Tunisia, notably in the aluminium industry.

For its part, Tunisia is endeavouring to increase its agricultural and food exports and attract more tourists and investors.

By the end of 2024, the number of Polish visitors to Tunisia is expected to reach about 300,000, up by 70,000 compared with 2023.

Tunisia is hosting the 7th edition of the international conference ‘Financing Investment and Trade in Africa – FITA2024’ on June 11-12, 2024, which will be attended by over 60 countries and more than a thousand businessmen and foreign officials from various continents.

The event, which will be held under the high patronage of President of the Republic Kaïs Saïed, is organised at the initiative of the Tunisia Africa Business Council (TABC), on the theme: “Strengthening local transformation and technology transfer for sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa.”

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Sete Sóis Sete Luas travelling festival of Mediterranean and Portuguese-language music back in Tunisia

Tunis: After its first stop in Tunisia in 2013, the Sete Sóis Sete Luas or ‘Seven Suns Seven Moons’ travelling festival of Mediterranean and Portuguese-language music, the fruit of Italian-Portuguese cooperation in 1993, is back this year in Testour and Marsa with three evenings of Portuguese fado, a popular urban song from Portugal included on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The first stage of this festival, designed to be organised outside the capital, will be held in the picturesque town of Testour (June 10), followed by performances in Tunis (June 11 and 12) at the Agora space, in Marsa.

The concert will feature singer Soraia Branco, a promising Portuguese Fado voice accompanied by Rui Poço on Portuguese guitar and João Domingo on guitar.

The event is organised by the Portuguese Embassy, the Camões Institute (dedicated to promoting the Portuguese language and culture), the Testour municipality and the Agora space.

The Festival Sete Sóis Sete Luas was started in
1993 and it is now a project promoted by a Cultural Network composed by 30 towns from 12 different countries: Brazil, Cape Verde, Croatia, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.

The Festival Sete Sóis Sete Luas, that in 2023 will celebrate its 31st edition, develops its projects mainly in the area of popular, ethnic, traditional music and the plastic arts, always involving important personalities of the European and Mediterranean cultures.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Roundtable meeting on cultural creative industries in French-speaking countries on June 12

Tunis: “Cultural Creative Industries and Creative Entrepreneurship in French-speaking countries” is the theme of a rountable meeting set to be held on June 12 in Tunis, the Directorate-General of Economic and CulturaL Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad said in a press release.

The event, held on the sidelines of the Tunisia Investment Forum, comes as the Tunisian presidency of the 18th Francophonie Summit (November 2022) is drawing to a an end and France is gearing up to the next summit in Villers-Cotterêts/Paris next October.

The theme is picked as part of the complementarity of interests of the two summits, namely the digital industry, creativity and entrepreneurship.

The rise over the recent years of major Asian and English-speaking actors in cultural creative industries and the rapid technological evolution are key challenges for French-speaking business operators but also new opportunities of cross development and exchange, stimulation of innovation, the devel
opment of human capital in the service of creation, culture and education.

An opening session and two panels followed by a debate are on the agenda. Incentives instituted for the sector, its employability as well as related training and incubation opportunities will be discussed.

Debates will be moderated by Tunis International Center for Digital Cultural Economy Director General Saloua Abdelkhalek and run by experts in cultural creative industries as well as representatives of startups and creative ecosystem actors in the French-speaking space.

The aim is to demonstrate that the digitisation of the economy and the development of IT, mainly AI, are the engine of the major transformation of cultural creative industries that can play a key role in strengthening Francophonie, deepening economic integration and better addressing the needs of enterprises in the French-speaking world.

The event is organised in collaboration with Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA), the TICDCE, International Organisation
of the Francophonie (OIF), the French embassy and the Group of Francophone Ambassadors (GAF) chaired by the embassy of Canada.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Weather very windy Sunday evening

Tunis: The weather will be partly cloudy in most regions on Sunday evening.

Temperatures will range between 23°C and 26°C in the north and midland, and between 29°C and 35°C in the south.

The wind will blow north in the north, midland and near coasts and south in the south, relatively strong to locally strong in midland, south and eastern coasts and light to moderate elsewhere.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse