Wednesday 13 December 2017
(AFP (eng) 12/06/17)
These Tunisian women have some sauce, pooling their resources and a seasoned culinary expertise handed down the centuries from mother to daughter. Their secret? Harissa -- the spicy hot pepper paste used to add zing to dishes traditionally prepared in North Africa's Maghreb region. These days, when Najoua Dhiflaoui prepares harissa, it is no longer just for her family. She and another 150 women are now making money by producing and even exporting their ancestral savoir faire. Harissa, made from sun-dried chilli peppers, freshly prepared spices and olive oil to both preserve and soften its heat, is added to most dishes in restaurants in Tunisia, and is also popular abroad. In 2013, a group of...
(AFP (eng) 11/24/17)
Tunisia's energy minister has appeared before a judge on graft suspicions, a judicial source said Friday, the latest high-ranking official to face allegations amid a crackdown in the North African state. Khaled Kaddour -- whose portfolio covers the lucrative energy and mining sectors -- was brought before an investigating judge on Thursday but the interrogation was postponed to December 4 after a request from his lawyer, the source told AFP. Kaddour -- a former oil executive who has only been in the job since September -- is suspected of "administrative and financial corruption" inside his ministry, the source said.
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
A total of 6.11 million tourists have visited Tunisia by Nov. 10 in 2017, up 24 percent from last year, Tunisian Minister of Tourism Salma Elloumi said Thursday. "We hope for more tourist traffic in the last month of this year, as tourism revenues have reached 929 million euros (1.1 billion U.S. dollars)," Elloumi said in a parliamentary session. The number of overnight stays has reached 11 million, against 9 million during the same period of 2016, she added. According...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/14/17)
KIGALI (Reuters) - The global airline industry has $1.2 billion blocked in nine dollar-strapped African countries, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Monday. The global commodities price crash that began in 2014 hit economies across Africa hard, particularly big resource exporters such as Angola and Nigeria. Low oil and mineral prices have reduced government revenue and caused chronic dollar shortages and immense pressure on local currencies. The fiscal slump has meant governments have not allowed foreign airlines to...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/10/17)
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia’s trade deficit widened to 23.5 percent year-on-year in the first 10 months of 2017 to 13.210 billion Tunisian dinars ($5.28 billion), a record level, the State Statistics Institute said on Friday. The growing deficit is one of the main problems facing the government of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed. The deficit was 10.710 billion dinar in the same period last year and it was 12.6 billion dinar in all of 2016. ($1 = 2.5037 Tunisian dinars)
(Xinhuanet 10/25/17)
Tunisia's national carrier Tunisair reported a 22% increase in the number of passengers abroad from January to September 2017, compared with the same period last year, a source from the Tunis Stock Exchange said on Tuesday. About 2,730,000 passengers went abroad from January to September this year, a 22% increase compared with the same period last year, the source said. The increase is mainly due to the growth of irregular flights, 6,256 hours of flight during the third quarter of...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/17)
Rent-a-room giant Airbnb said Tuesday that it had provided accommodation for 1.2 million visitors to Africa over the last year -- double the previous year as tourism expands across the continent. The website now offers more than 100,000 accommodation options in Africa, global public affairs director Chris Lehane said on a visit to Johannesburg. "It's an incredibly rich and diverse continent, an incredibly dynamic place, certainly a big part of our future," Lehane told AFP. Airbnb was founded in 2008...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/17/17)
TUNIS (Reuters) - The number of foreign tourists in Tunisia has risen by 24 percent so far this year, official data showed, indicating that a vital industry crippled two years ago by Islamist attacks on holidaymakers is recovering. Tourism accounts for about 8 percent of Tunisia’s gross domestic product, provides thousands of jobs and is a key source of foreign currency, but has struggled since two deadly militant attacks in 2015. A total of 5.55 million foreign tourists visited the...
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
Tunisia plans to export 200,000 tons of olive oil in 2017/2018 after production more than doubled last year's harvest, the National Office of Oil of Tunisia announced on Monday. The office's chief executive officer, Chokri Bayoudh, said that Tunisia would become the world's second largest exporter of this product after Spain. During the season 2014/2015, Tunisia outperformed Spain, ranking top among world olive oil exporters. Tunisian olive oil, known for its good quality, is exported to 54 markets, particularly the...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Dakar (Senegal) - The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration. AfDB President Adesina will receive...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is set to accelerate to 3.4 percent next year, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday, citing Nigeria's recovering oil and agricultural sectors. The IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook report that the region would grow by 2.6 percent this year after 1.4 percent in 2016. "Growth is expected to rise gradually," it said, while noting that the rate would be uneven and "barely above population growth". GDP in the west African powerhouse Nigeria...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Tunis (Tunisia)- Les Rencontres Africa - Tunis 2017 opened Thursday in the Tunisian capital on the theme: "Solidarity, Sustainable and Beneficial Cooperation between Africa and France", APA's special correspondent reports from the venue. Opening the forum, in the presence of his counterparts from Burkina Faso and France, the head of the Tunisian government, Yousef Chahed, stressed the responsibility of African business leaders in the development of the continent, at a time when the world, particularly Africa, needs “much more solidarity...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Rabat (Morocco) - Tunisia's Lilia Hachem Naas has been named as the new Director of the North African branch of the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Africa. The appointment of Ms. Hachem Naas who boasts of a 20-year career with the United Nations came into effect on 2 October. Prior to joining the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), she was head of the Arab countries' bureau at the International Trade Center (ITC) in Geneva since 2013. During her tenure, she managed to strengthen the strategic position of the organization in Arab countries by significantly expanding the portfolio of projects...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT.N) plans to spend $50 million over the next five years to add 100 hotels to its chain in Africa, it said on Thursday, joining other chains keen to tap growing business and international travel on the continent. One property will open in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by the end of this year and another in the Rwandan capital Kigali in 2018, it said in a statement. There was 11 percent growth in...
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa about $237 million since 2015, according to a study released Friday, as authorities increasingly implement planned disruptions. At least 12 countries have had internet shutdowns, often before elections or when protests erupt, with mobile internet networks most recently suspended in Togo during opposition demonstrations. "Internet disruptions, however short-lived, undermine economic growth, disrupt the delivery of critical services, erode business confidence, and raise a country’s risk profile," the CIPESA report said. The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) released its...
(Bloomberg 09/27/17)
Studio 189, a label founded by actress Rosario Dawson and fashion executive Abrima Erwiah, is reinvesting in its African roots. It’s hard enough to build a fashion brand, let alone an empire. Rare is the person who makes a mission of using fashion to build communities. Such is the case with Studio 189, a label founded by longtime friends Abrima Erwiah (formerly a marketing executive at Bottega Veneta) and Rosario Dawson (an enduring star most recently seen in Netflix’s Marvel...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/26/17)
Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd said on Tuesday it won a contract worth $240 million to provide a wide array of defense electronic systems to an unnamed country in Africa. The contract, which will be carried out over a two-year period, is comprised of Directed Infra-red Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems to protect aircraft from shoulder fired missiles, based on passive infrared systems, and includes missile warning systems, radio and communication systems, land systems, mini-unmanned air systems and helicopters upgrade.
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
African first ladies and activists hailed progress that some governments on the continent are making on gender equality. They met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We used to have 23 percent female representation in parliament but, with the stroke of a pen it went up to 48 percent. So, we managed to double our female representation with that decision,” said Namibia’s first lady Monica Geingos at a roundtable invitation-only event co-hosted by the...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia plans cut its budget deficit to 4.9 percent of gross domestic product in 2018, down from about 6 percent expected in 2017, as fiscal reforms take effect, the economic reforms’ minister said on Wednesday. The North African country is under pressure from the International Monetary Fund and its partners to speed up reforms to create jobs and cut its deficit after its vital tourism sector was hit by deadly militant attacks in 2015. “Next year’s budget...
(Xinhuanet 09/19/17)
Tunisia's debt rate has reached 66.9 percent of GDP by the end of July this year, a six percent increase compared with the rate of 60.9 percent in June last year, Tunisian Ministry of Finance said on Monday. According to the latest figures, Tunisia's external debt represents more than two thirds of the total public debt of the country. The external debt reached 43.8 billion dinars (18 billion U.S. dollars) in July this year, representing an increase from the 34.4...

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