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AfDB, Entreprenarium launch master classes for 200 women entrepreneurs

The African Development Bank, as part of its Initiative to Support Access to Women in Africa (AFAWA), in partnership with Entreprenarium, has launched training sessions for 200 women entrepreneurs in Côte d’Ivoire. Masterclasses in business management and financial planning will be conducted by Entreprenarium at the Bank’s premises, benefiting 100 women entrepreneurs. A second masterclass […]

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Tunisia to receive $500 million Saudi loan

Saudi Arabia will give Tunisia a $500 million loan at a favorable interest rate, Reuters reported on Wednesday. According to Nourredine Ben Ticha, an advisor to the president, Tunisia will announce in a few days important deals with Saudi Arabia, including a loan with low interest rate, agreements on investment and other important details. Tunisia […]

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Tunisia: UN Human Rights chief welcomes equal inheritance bill

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday said the Tunisian Cabinet’s approval of draft inheritance equality bill is a significant step towards gender equality in the North African nation. The bill to equalize inheritance between men and women is among the most hotly debated of a raft of proposed social reforms, […]

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Tunisia: Rights groups sound alarm about ‘brutal, humiliating’ tests on gay men

Human Rights Watch and local Rights groups in Tunisia on Tuesday said anal tests and phone searches are being used to identify gay men in Tunisia. According to civil society organizations, more than 70 gay men were jailed by Tunisian authorities last year. Mounir Baatour, lawyer and president of the Tunisian LGBT association “Shams”, said […]

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G20 Compact: Germany pledges €243 billion for Africa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week met 11 African heads of state, international organizations and corporate leaders to promote a program launched last year to encourage private investment in Africa. The G20 Compact with Africa was open to all African countries but so far only 11 have joined: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, […]

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Tunisia adopts law against racism

Tunisia has recently passed an anti-racism law criminalizing racial discrimination with offenders risking jail terms and fines. Under the law, anyone utters a racist comment can be sentenced to one month in jail and a fine of $350, while those found guilty of inciting hatred, making racist threats, spreading and advocating racism or supporting a […]

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Tunisia to raise salaries of civil servants

The Tunisian government has reached an agreement with the powerful trade union center, General Union of Tunisian Workers, UGTT, to raise salaries of civil servants. The move comes after the union has threatened to start a series of strikes from October 24. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed government’s decision to raise salaries may provoke a disapproval […]

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Tunisian President Extends State of Emergency

Tunisian President and Nidaa Tounes party leader Beji Caid Essebsi last weekend announced the extension of the state of emergency for another month. The decision to extend the state of emergency was made after Essebsi on Friday discussed with Interior Minister Hisham al-Furati and Defense Minister Abdul Karim al-Zubaidi the country’s security situation. The state […]

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IMF disburses $245m loan tranche to Tunisia

The International Monetary Fund last weekend approved the payment of a $245 million loan tranche to Tunisia as the North African nation is making urgent economic reforms, Reuters reported. Under a deal reached in 2016, IMF was to assist Tunisia with a four-year loan program worth about $2.8 billion, tied to economic reforms aimed at […]

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Tunisia: Torrential floods Kill 4, sweep away homes, cars

Torrential rains and flash floods have killed at least four people and carried away homes, cars, chunks of roads and bridges in Cap Bon, a peninsula in north-eastern Tunisia. Tunisia’s National Institute of Meteorology said the storm dumped 200 mm of rain on Nabeul and up to 225 mm in the city of Beni Khalled, […]

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