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  • What does Gulf crisis have to do with Tunisian women?

    TUNISIA, 2018/01/19 At the same time as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) refused to allow Tunisian women under the age of 30 — or women carrying Tunisian passports — to board Emirates airline flights on Dec. 22, chaos broke out in airports around the world, as women were stranded everywhere from Dubai to Hong Kong and men refused to leave their female traveling companions behind. Because of pre-existing tensions between the two nations, the UAE bypassed typical protocol and did not inform Tunisian authorities ahead of time. Reactions from the Tunisian public were swift and furious, with the #NoWomenNoFly and #TunisiaDisciplinestheUAE hashtags trending on Twitter, inclunding calls to boycott Emirates airline.
  • What does Gulf crisis have to do with Tunisian women?

    TUNISIA, 2018/01/19 At the same time as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) refused to allow Tunisian women under the age of 30 — or women carrying Tunisian passports — to board Emirates airline flights on Dec. 22, chaos broke out in airports around the world, as women were stranded everywhere from Dubai to Hong Kong and men refused to leave their female traveling companions behind. Because of pre-existing tensions between the two nations, the UAE bypassed typical protocol and did not inform Tunisian authorities ahead of time. Reactions from the Tunisian public were swift and furious, with the #NoWomenNoFly and #TunisiaDisciplinestheUAE hashtags trending on Twitter, inclunding calls to boycott Emirates airline.
  • Cairo taps World Bank to mediate Ethiopian dam dispute

    EGYPT, 2018/01/19 Egypt is awaiting Ethiopian and Sudanese reaction to its proposition that the World Bank mediate negotiations on the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Egypt wants the World Bank to serve as a neutral party in the country's lengthy but fruitless negotiations with Ethiopia and Sudan over the dam's construction. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry proposed the idea during a Dec. 26 conference with his Ethiopian counterpart in the latter country's capital, Addis Ababa.
  • Egypt moves to tame lawless e-commerce sector

    EGYPT, 2018/01/19 Egypt's e-commerce sector greatly expanded over the course of 2017. According to a statement issued by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Improvment(UNCTAD) Dec. 27, Egypt expects to double its e-commerce by 2020 under a national strategy by the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Data Technology and UNCTAD. The ministry is working to promote electronic transactions in rural areas and improve high-speed broadband services there. The joint effort aims to modernize Egypt’s Post Authority, bolster the legal and regulatory framework for e-commerce, build trust in online payments, encourage government employees to use e-procurement and strengthen training and apprenticeships in areas like online store management, digital marketing and data analytics.
  • EBRD grants Tunisia 160 mln loan for railways upgrade

    TUNISIA, 2018/01/16 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Improvment(EBRD) has granted Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens (Sncft) a 160 million euro loan to boost capacity on the railway network to address overcrowding on trains and improve service reliability and quality. This financing will contribute to the upgrade and realignment of the existing Tunis-Kasserine railway line with added energy saving benefits. In addition, the Suburban Southern coastal (Sahel) rail line between the towns of Moknine and Mahdia will be doubled and electrified and six modern electric trains purchased, with consequent energy savings and reduction of carbon emissions by 14,000 tonnes each year. The improvements aim to relieve pressure on Tunisia's motorway network by 10 million vehicles per kilometre per year by 2021.
  • Moroccan agricultural exports get boost from World Bank

    MOROCCO, 2018/01/16 Morocco was the major fruit and vegetable exporter towards Spain in 2017, the association of Spanish agricultural producers said Tuesday. Last year Moroccan fruit and vegetable exports to Spain grew by 36% over 2016, reaching a price of 462 million euros. And the sector is to get new impetus following the recent approval by the World Bank of a 200 million dollar loan to strengthen the agrifood price chain.
  • Meeting in Bari on typical Mediterranean products

    JORDAN, 2018/01/16 Tibio-Med aims to study the typical products of the Mediterranean region and promote and protect local specialities in the nations along the southern shore. The two-day event on Monday and Tuesday has been funded by the ministry for agriculture and coordinated by the Institute for Services for the Agricultural and Food Market (ISMEA) and is taking place at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute (CIHEAM) in Bari.
  • Scores of migrants missing in Mediterranean: Libyan Navy

    LIBYA, 2018/01/15 Between 90 and 100 migrants were missing next their makeshift boat sank in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, the country's navy said late Tuesday. The inflatable boat was carrying additional than 100 people at the same time as it went down, according to navy spokesman Ayoub Kacem, who said rescuers had saved just 17 people, inclunding some women.
  • Tunisian government announces reforms after week of unrest

    TUNISIA, 2018/01/15 Tunisia's government on Saturday announced an increase in aid to the needy and improved health care as part of social reforms following a week of unrest triggered by austerity measures. Social Affairs Minister Mohamed Trabelsi told reporters that monthly aid to needy families would rise from 150 dinars (50 euros) to between 180 and 210 dinars (60 and 70 euros).
  • Côte d’Ivoire transport upgrades to ease congestion and boost connectivity

    ABIDJAN, 2018/01/13 A multi-pronged approach to urban transport development should relieve congestion in Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital Abidjan, with the upgrades as well set to improve domestic and regional trade links. In late October the rehabilitation of one of the city’s major arteries, the Boulevard de Marseille, broke ground. The project involves upgrading and widening the 13.4-km boulevard and improving connectivity with associated roads, inclunding the Boulevard Valéry-Giscard-d'Estaing, the major thoroughfare in the city’s south.