Professional Fellows Program

About the Program: The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for Economic Empowerment, Middle East and North Africa is a two-way exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders committed to strengthening their communities through social ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo On Tunisia’s Presidential Elections

October 15, 2019 I congratulate the Tunisian people, who turned out over the weekend to exercise their hard won right to vote.  We were impressed with Tunisia’s independent elections commission, which increased voter confidence in the electoral system. Citizens choosing their next President is a milestone on Tunisia’s path to democracy.  The U.S. looks forward ... Read More»

Alert – Review Travel Advisory for Tunisia U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia

Location:  Tunis The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Tunisia to review the Department of State’s  travel advisory for Tunisia .  Recent attacks have occurred against security forces in central Tunis.  Actions to take: Remain vigilant, especially in crowded areas. Avoid demonstrations. Monitor local media for updates.  Assistance: The U.S. Embassy is located in Berges du Lac, 1053 Tunis, ... Read More»

Launch Ceremony of an Anti-corruption Partnership Agreement between NCSC and ATCP: Remarks by Assistance Coordinator Sean Greenley

Good Morning Everyone, Sbe7 El Khir. I am delighted to be here with you today.  Mabrouk on successful and transparent elections and good luck on the second round of the presidential elections.  Tunisia’s success since the 2011 revolution continues to inspire people around the world.  As a representative of the United States here in Tunisia, ... Read More»

USAID Mashrou3i Supports Innovative Businesses and Adds Value to Tunisian Local Product!

Southern Tunisia is renowned for its dunes, palm oases and – most notably – its delicious dates. With the support of USAID Mashrou3i, agripreneurs like Mohamed Tahar Jaziri are finding innovative ways to process and add value to this important local product. Launched in April 2019, Jektis Agro offers a variety of date derivatives mainly ... Read More»

Request For Quote PR8507655 – Create a Video Conference Technology for a Meeting Room

Request For Quote PR8507655 – Create a video conference technology for a meeting room Participation request due date: October 18, 2019 Dear Prospective Offeror, The U.S Embassy in Tunis is seeking for a qualified service provider to create a video conference technology for a meeting room that complies with the international standards; this VCT system ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome’s Remarks at the PAM PACK AWARDS 2019 Ceremony

September 27, 2019 Good evening everyone; I am delighted to participate in this special awards ceremony.  I want to thank Minister of Industry Slim Feriani, the FHI360 team, and the distinguished winners of the PAM PACK Awards competition. The United States has been a strong supporter of Tunisia’s economic growth; in fact, a substantial portion ... Read More»

The Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program offers non-U.S. institutions the opportunity to host American academics or professionals to build expertise in a specific area.  The program strengthens ties between the host institution and the Fulbright Specialist’s home institution in the United States. Eligibility Requirements for Host Institutions Institutions that may be eligible to request a Fulbright Specialist ... Read More»

The Embassy Medical Unit Hosts the Nursing Leadership Forum

September 26, 2019 The forum’s purpose is to promote nursing professionalism, accountability, credentialing and standardization, and to incorporate evidence-based practice, thereby, strengthening nursing practice in Tunisia. Nursing leaders, professors, researchers, and students were invited to discuss the challenges in developing the nursing profession in Tunisia, brainstorm ideas for improvement, learn from one another, and to ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump to the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release United Nations Headquarters New York, New York September 24, 2019 PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, distinguished delegates, ambassadors, and world leaders: Seven decades of history have passed through this hall, in all of their richness and drama.  Where I ... Read More»

USAID Mashrou3i Celebrates the Launch of 8 Start-ups and the Creation of 140 New Jobs in Tozeur

Tozeur – 11 September 2019 In partnership with the Regional Business Center, USAID Mashrou3i organized a ceremony in Tozeur to celebrate the successful launch of 8 start-ups and the creation of around 140 new jobs in the region. The Mashrou3i Start Up Day, held at the Palm Beach hotel in Tozeur, brought together the Governor ... Read More»

Community Solutions Program 2020

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS PROGRAM (CSP) The Community Solutions Program (CSP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and implemented by IREX, provides community leaders from around the world with an intensive, professional development exchange program in the United States from August to December 2020. CSP fellows gain ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome’s Remarks  at Launch of Tunisia OECD Competition Assessment Report

Ambassador Blome’s Remarks  at Launch of Tunisia OECD Competition Assessment Report Tunis, September 18, 2019 Ladies and gentlemen, good morning!  Sabaah – El – Kheer! It is a pleasure to be with you this morning at the launch of the OECD Competition Assessment Review for Tunisia. I would like to extend my gratitude to Minister ... Read More»

Virtual Exchange Program Opportunity for University Students

In Fall 2019, the American Center will offer Soliya’s Connect Program for up to 12 Tunisian university students to participate in online video dialogue sessions with students from the United States, the Middle East, and other North African countries. During these sessions, you will explore key global issues with fellow group members through a series ... Read More»

International Day of Democracy

U.S Department of State Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State September 15, 2019 On this International Day of Democracy, we reflect on our nation’s unwavering commitment to the unalienable rights that create the foundation of our democracy.  In the United States, those rights are defined by respect for individual liberty and human dignity.  A ... Read More»

Atlas Corps Fellowship: MENA Entrepreneurship Initiative

The Atlas Corps Fellowship: MENA Entrepreneurship Initiative, a special initiative within the Atlas Corps Fellowship, is supported by the U.S. Government and is specifically looking to recruit emerging business professionals from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia for a 12-month professional fellowship in the United States. Fellows will increase their business acumen while serving in ... Read More»

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2020-2021

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2020-2021   Apply Now! The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program brings accomplished Tunisian scholars to the United States to conduct advanced research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and research at a U.S. university for a period of up to one academic year. Eligible applicants must: Have a doctoral degree or equivalent professional ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome’s Remarks at the 2019 Independence Day Celebration

September 6, 2019 Ambassador Blome’s Remarks at the 2019 Independence Day Celebration Ladies and gentlemen, Good evening and welcome! Thank you for joining us.  Thanks in particular for adjusting your schedules to allow us to host you on September 6 instead of July 4! I would like to thank in particular: His Excellency Kamel Morjane, ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Schenker’s Travel to Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, and Lebanon

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE Assistant Secretary Schenker’s Travel to Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, and Lebanon Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, David Schenker , will travel to Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, and Lebanon September 4-13 to discuss security and economic issues with government and civil society leaders. During his trip, Assistant Secretary Schenker will ... Read More»

Tunisia: CLDP Led a Workshop on Streamlining Handicrafts Exports

On August 21, the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in the framework of its MEPI-funded project, led a workshop on the different technical aspects of successfully exporting handicrafts for 100 local small and medium enterprises focusing on the production of artisanal products. The exercise included guidance on design for a foreign market, interaction with professional ... Read More»

Assistant Administrator Harvey Visits USAID Tunisia Mission

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MEDIA NOTE  Joint Statement by the United States of America and the Republic of Tunisia  U.S. SIGNS LANDMARK AGREEMENT WORTH UP TO ONE BILLION DINARS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF TUNISIA August 28, 2019 The U.S. Government’s development agency, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), signed a landmark five-year ... Read More»

USAID’s DEMT Mobilizes Rural Women for Tunisia’s Municipal Elections

Women in Tunisia, particularly rural women, face a number of challenges to civic and political participation. According to the National Institute of Statistics, 65 percent of Tunisian women living in rural areas drop out of school at an early age, contributing to an illiteracy rate of over 30 percent within this population. Illiteracy, along with ... Read More»

USAID Supports Tunisian Fashion Industry Through Digital Marketing

Abaya – a robe-like dress worn by some Muslim women – is typically imported by Tunisia from the Middle East. While researching online, Sabrine Hammami realized that she could match the price of these suppliers but offer better quality and customized designs. Through paid advertising on social media, Sabrine was already raising awareness of her ... Read More»

USAID Promotes Environment Friendly Businesses: Cement Tiles Success Story

Mariem Ben Abid founded Suddart in 2016. Her company produces environmentally friendly cement tiles for home decoration. Tiles are handmade, one at a time and filled with mineral color pigments and intricate patterns. They are produced in an environmentally friendly process, emphasizing recycling and low waste. This 100% women-operated company strives to develop a sense ... Read More»

Mashrou3i Celebrates Tunisia’s National Women’s Day with Special Feature on TV Show El Pitch

Mashrou3i Celebrates Tunisia’s National Women’s Day with Special Feature on TV Show El Pitch Lights, camera, pitch! Sunday 11th August, 9pm (UTC+1), El Hiwar Ettounsi – Tunisia Five Tunisian business women go head to head for the chance to win 30,000 TND in this special edition of El Pitch, sponsored by Mashrou3i. The new pitching ... Read More»

Visit of a Professional American Basketball League delegation in honor of Tunisian international NBA player Salah Mejri in Douar Hicher

August 2, 2019 – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Tunisia organized a visit of Tunisian international basketball player Salah Mejri to the Douar Hicher indoor sports hall to meet and support a group of youth and associations active in sports from the regions of Douar Hicher, Sousse and Jendouba. This visit was organized ... Read More»

Presidential Delegation to Tunis to Attend the Funeral of His Excellency Beji Caid Essebsi

The White House Office of the Press Secretary July 26, 2019 President Donald J. Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Tunis, Tunisia, to Attend the Funeral of His Excellency Beji Caid Essebsi, President of the Republic of Tunisia Today, President Donald J. Trump announced a Presidential Delegation to Tunis, Tunisia, to attend the funeral of His ... Read More»

Closing Ceremony of The Online E-Teacher Course “Teaching English to Young Learners”

Congratulations to the 12 Pedagogical Advisors who successfully completed the eight-week online E-Teacher course “Teaching English to Young Learners.”  The program was offered by George Mason University and funded by the U.S. Department of State.  The participants were selected by the Tunisian Ministry of Education, in coordination with the U.S. Embassy.  At the ceremony to present certificates ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui

Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Readout July 16, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met on July 16, 2019 in Washington, D.C., with Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui as part of the third U.S.-Tunisia Strategic Dialogue. Secretary Pompeo discussed U.S. shared counterterrorism objectives ... Read More»

2019 Investment Climate Statements

The Department of State announces the release of the 2019 Investment Climate Statements. Investment Climate Statements help U.S. companies make informed business decisions by providing the latest assessment of conditions in foreign markets on openness to foreign investment, legal regimes and transparency, industrial policies, protection of real and intellectual property rights, state-owned enterprises, responsible business ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Tunis Update

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Tunis Update July 1, 2019 The Embassy and its personnel will observe normal business hours on Tuesday, July 2nd.  U.S. citizens with concerns or questions about the security situation in Tunisia should review the Tunis Travel Advisory available at For additional information: U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia Address:  Berges du Lac, ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia U.S. Embassy Closed Monday, July 1st

Alert – U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia U.S. Embassy Closed Monday, July 1st Event:  Due to security concerns, the U.S. Embassy will be closed to the public on Monday, July 1st, except for emergency services. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia Address:  Berges du Lac, 1053 Tunis Phone number:  +216 71 107 000, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Tunis Update – June 27, 2019

Following consultations with the Tunisian government after today’s events, the U.S. Embassy is resuming normal activities effective immediately.  The Embassy will operate under normal hours on June 28.  The existing travel advisory for American citizens in Tunisia remains unchanged.  The U.S. Embassy encourages American travelers in Tunisia to register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ... Read More»

Mareth Municipal Council Integrates Disability Inclusion in Service Delivery

The municipal council of Mareth is the first newly elected council to receive training on the inclusion of people with disabilities in local affairs, and the mainstreaming of disability access in municipal projects. With the support of TADAEEM’s grants program, the “Association Culture Alternative,” in partnership with Mareth Municipality, works on facilitating the involvement of ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome at the Unveiling Ceremony of the 1001 Hands Mural at the Ibn Rachiq Cultural Center

Ambassador Blome participated in the unveiling ceremony of “A Thousand and One Hands.”  It is a ceramic mural on the side of the “Ibn Rachiq” Cultural Center in downtown Tunis.  This large mural is composed of 1024 individual tiles created by 600 Tunisians across the country, and was partly financed by the American Embassy and ... Read More»

The Second Session of the United States-Tunisia Joint Economic Commission

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE The Second Session of the United States-Tunisia Joint Economic Commission    June 14, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: The United States and Tunisia convened the second session of the Joint Economic Commission in Washington, D.C. on June 14.  ... Read More»

Launch of the Archaeological Site of Oudhna Restoration Project

In the presence of the Minister of Cultural Affairs, Mohamed Zine El Abidine, and Tunisian government and parliament representatives, Ambassador Blome launched the Oudhna archeological site restauration project.  The site located in the Ben Arous Governorate, and the project will restore the ancient cisterns and provide storage for ancient artifacts.  Work on the site, which ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome Visit to Djerba

May 21, 2019 – This year’s Lag B’Omer ceremony and Al Ghriba pilgrimage coincided with the month of Ramadan.  This was a strong example of religious coexistence and freedom of expression.  Ambassador Blome joined Tunisian government officials and other honorable guests at an Iftar offered by the Jewish community, a gesture emphasizing once again the ... Read More»

TADAEEM Hosts Mayors and Municipal Representatives to Share Lessons Learned and Ideas for Improvement

April 23, 2019 Working with 33 municipalities nationwide, the Tunisia Accountability, Decentralization, and Effective Municipalities (TADAEEM) project has prioritized services in 31 municipalities and implemented data collection in approximately half. Most partner municipalities chose to focus on solid waste management, public lighting or roads.   TADAEEM held its first regional workshops in Mahdia on April ... Read More»

AFRICOM Commander Engages with Tunisian Defense Officials

TUNIS, Tunisia – The top U.S. commander in Africa met with Tunisian defense leaders in Tunis this week to discuss security concerns in the region and opportunities for strengthening partnerships. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command, along with U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Donald Blome, engaged with the Tunisian minister of defense ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome Delivers Remarks at FATCA Signing Ceremony

Minister Chalghoum, I want to thank the Tunisian government, your colleagues here at the Ministry of Finance, and you personally for your assistance in finalizing this important agreement between our two countries.  I am delighted to be here today to sign the agreement on behalf of my government.  I look forward to seeing it entered ... Read More»

On the Occasion of Ramadan

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Pompeo May 5, 2019 On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I extend best wishes to Muslim communities at home and abroad for a blessed Ramadan. For many Muslims, this month is an occasion to focus on spiritual rejuvenation, kindness ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome’s Trip to Sousse and Monastir

The Ambassador’s visit to Sousse supported U.S. engagement and economic initiatives in the region. During his visit, he inaugurated the new location of Amideast Center, and a new factory of SARTEX, which produces American jeans in Tunisia for export to Europe. He also visited Tunisia’s first probation office, a pilot project designed to rehabilitate prisoners ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome’s Trip to Kebili and Tozeur

On April 16-18, 2019, Ambassador Blome visited Tozeur and Kibili, which he identified as important regions to demonstrate U.S. economic development and diplomacy support.  On the trip, he visited a number of beneficiaries of U.S. assistance, including the Kibili Municipality, a date farm, and a public school.  He also spoke to citizens of the region ... Read More»

American Artists Wow Crowds At Jazz Fest

Two American artists, the Roosevelt Collier Band and Peter Cincotti, participated in the Carthage Jazz Festival thanks to the support of the U.S. Embassy.  While in town for the festival, the artists also performed for a packed crowd at the American Center, and answered questions from Tunisians about life in the music business.  Peter Cincotti ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Supports Open Start up Tunisia (OST)

“Tunup” team, winners of Open Start up Tunisia (OST) of the third edition of the Fostering Entrepreneurship in Tunisian Higher Education project participated in Columbia’s Venture Competition in New York City 3-12 April 2019. The team composed of cross-disciplinary students, as well as their two coaches, pitched their idea of transforming the waste from harissa ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Tunisian Foreign Minister Jhinaoui

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Readout April 10, 2019 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met today with Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui in Washington, D.C.  The Deputy Secretary and the Foreign Minister committed to continuing the strong partnership between ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome’s Remarks in Medenine at Opening of INLUCC Regional Office

Thank you, Mr. President of the INLUCC and Mr. Governor. Ladies and Gentlemen, good morning and welcome. Thank you for inviting me to attend the inauguration of the regional office of the Anti-Corruption Authority (INLUCC) in the governorate of Medenine.  This is the opening of the second of five offices that the Embassy is supporting in interior regions. The United States collaborates with Tunisia ... Read More»

Job Fair for the Northwest

Hope in the forecast: Connecting Youth to Job Opportunities! USAID Tunisia JOBS and the University of Jendouba 4C (Center for Career Development and Certification) organized a Job Fair for the Northwest on April 4th in Jendouba. Economic activity in Jendouba is geographically spread out. Job seekers have a difficult time finding opportunities that are available, ... Read More»

OIG Fraud Alert – Local Vendor

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Inspector General continues to receive credible information that bad actors are targeting vendors overseas in an effort to defraud foreign businesses.  The current scheme, affecting posts in the Bureaus of Near Eastern and African Affairs, involves unknown individuals purporting to be contracting officials from Department posts who ... Read More»

“The US is the Top Export Country for Tunisian Handicrafts.” – Ambassador Blome

Chief of Staff Ferchichi, Director General Ben Halima, Representatives of partner organizations and artisans, Esteemed journalists, Hello and welcome.  I am delighted to be here to participate in the signing of the partnership agreement between the ONAT and Family Health International (FHI) 360.  I am also glad to be a part of this impressive Tunisian ... Read More»

El Mansoura Celebrates the Transformation of Informal Dumpsite to Local Park

Kebili residents of different ages, genders, and backgrounds celebrated the inauguration of El Mansoura park on March 10. Until recently, the park was an informal dumpsite but was transformed into a public green space by a group of volunteers from Kebili Municipality, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and regular citizens. Now children and families have a ... Read More»

USS Arlington Visits Tunisia

PRESS RELEASE Tunis, March 22, 2019 The United States Navy ship USS Arlington and its 1,063 crewmembers visited Tunisia this week (March 21-24, 2019).  The visit was part of the longstanding maritime partnership between Tunisia and the United States.  Tunisian Navy officers met with the ship’s captain and leadership, and Tunisian government officials and journalists ... Read More»

USAID’s Fiscal Reform for a Strong Tunisia (FIRST) Supports the Ministry of Finance capacity to use data for analysis of proposed fiscal reforms

FIRST trains the General Direction for Resources and Equilibrium (DGRE) in using the Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model. FIRST project is supporting the Tunisian Ministry of Finance (MoF) in enhancing its capacity to develop and deliver tax policy and other fiscal reforms. As such, the project has been training the MoF’s DGRE staff in using ... Read More»

USAID Fiscal Reform for a Strong Tunisia (FIRST) Supports the Ministry of Finance in Modernizing its Tax Admimnistration

USAID’S FISCAL REFORM FOR A STRONG TUNISIA (FIRST) supports the Ministry of Finance (MOf) in MODERNIZING ITS TAX ADMINISTRATION FIRST is providing support to the CIMF in its efforts to build an integrated tax information and payment collection system, thus enabling the rollout of e-services to improve the efficiency and transparency of tax administration and ... Read More»

Tunisia National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC March 19, 2019 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the Tunisian people on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of Tunisia’s independence. Tunisia’s impressive democratic transition continues to serve as an inspiration to the world. We ... Read More»

Women Entrepreneurs Forum

USAID and Tunisia JOBS organized the “Women Entrepreneurs’ Forum” on Wednes- day, March 6, 2019. The Forum celebrated In- ternational Women’s Rights Day, with the Min- ister of Vocational Training and Employment, His Excellency the United States Ambassador to Tunisia, the USAID Mission Director, and the Tunisia JOBS Chief of Party in attendance. The event ... Read More»


ACEA (Action Collaborative pour les Exportations Artisanales) is a project made possible by the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia, implemented by FHI 360 (a U.S.-based NGO), and in partnership with the National Office for Handicrafts ( ONAT ). It aims to strengthen the Medicinal and Aromatic Plant (MAP) value chain in the Northwest of Tunisia by developing exports of its ... Read More»

Launch of the Tunisian Feed Training Center

The Assistance Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia awarded to the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) a grant to establish – in partnership with INAT, the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, the U.S. Soybean Export Council, and Iowa State University – the Center for Feed Manufacturing in Tunisia.  This training facility will engage nutritionists and feed ... Read More»

Ambassador Speech at the Closing Event of the USAID Program “Sharekna”

Good morning and Welcome to everyone صباح الخير ومرحبا بكم جميعا I am very pleased to be here today.  As you all know, I am pretty new around here/I have just started working in Tunis, but I’ve already heard quite a bit lot about the Sharekna project.  I’m very grateful for the opportunity to see ... Read More»

Ambassador Remarks at the Women Entrepreneurship Forum

Ambassador Remarks at the Women Entrepreneurship Forum March 6, 2019 at the Movenpick Hotel in Gammarth Minister Ounissi, distinguished and honored guests, good morning. It is a pleasure to be with you today to celebrate your success. صباحَ الْخير السيّدة سيّدة الونيسي وزيرةْ التَكْوِين المِهْنِي والتَّشْغِيل؛ حَضَرَات الضُّيوف الْكِرام؛ سعيدٌ أنْ أَكُونَ بَيْنَكم اليوم لِلْاِحْتِفال ... Read More»

Tunisia Kicks off its National Waste Management Strategy with TADAEEM’s Assistance

The USAID Funded TADAEEM project supported Tunisia’s national strategy launch on construction waste management by providing support to the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment (MALE) and partner municipalities during the Megara international conference held in Tunis on October 25-26, 2018. The Megara conference drew a large group representing Tunisian, other African and European municipalities. ... Read More»

Young people in El Kef engage in sports and cultural activities, and explore the great outdoors

Between March and May 2017, thirty Youth Mappers* from El Kef spoke with 525 other young people about their challenges, their needs, and the opportunities for them in their community. These conversations highlighted local youth’s awareness of their marginalized situation and lack of available opportunities for them to participate in sports and cultural activities. To ... Read More»

Youth in Sidi Bouzid Are a Force for Change in Their Community

One Youth Mapper’s experience highlights how the USAID-funded Sharekna Project is working with young people and communities in Tunisia. Sodki, a job-seeking graduate from Souk Jedid, joined the USAID-funded Sharekna project as a Youth Mapper* in January 2018. He had seen the opportunity posted by local partner – Association des Ressources Naturelles et de Développement ... Read More»

Young People in Cité Ettadhamen Engage in Sports and develop Big Dreams for the Future

During Sharekna’s Community Youth Mapping process, a youth-led data collection and analysis process, young people from Cité Ettadhamen shared that they felt frustrated due to a lack of opportunities in their community, especially related to sports. Those activities that were available lacked basic materials and infrastructure, which resulted in a lack of commitment in young ... Read More»

Blind and Deaf Citizens Gain Access to Municipal Information for the First Time

There are over 240,000 persons in Tunisia with disabilities. In 2008, Tunisia ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, requiring the State to provide public information in accessible formats. However, TADAEEM’s Annual Investment Plan (PAI) municipal awareness campaigns were not reaching all Tunisians until the implementation of two groundbreaking initiatives. The project ... Read More»

Access Tabarka Visits North Africa American Cemetery

On Sunday, February 10, the North Africa American Cemetery opened its doors to the Access English Microscholarship Program students and teachers from Tabarka, during their day trip to the capital.  Students took a tour of the cemetery and learned more about the history of Tunisia and the USA in their common fight for freedom during World War II.  The ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome Welcomes English Conversation Course Participants

On February 22 at the American Center, Ambassador Blome introduced himself and the U.S. Embassy’s mission to a group of Tunisians who are participating in a Public Affairs-funded English Conversation Course that focuses on developing English language skills through discussion of U.S. government, economy, and culture.  During their visit, participants asked questions and heard first-hand ... Read More»

Tunisian Exchange Alumni Lead a Project on Environmental Protection 

On February 9 and 10, the Tunisian Blue Ambassadors (TBA) project organized a two-day workshop for a group of English Access Microsholarship Program graduates on themes related to marine and environmental protection and preservation in Tunis. The project – implemented by Notre Grand Bleu association and led by alumni of the Thomas Jefferson Program – ... Read More»

Motivated Municipal Staff Become Waste Management Change Agents

Mr. Mongi Khaldi is the official in charge of the municipal park in Kebili. He had been looking forward to retirement, now he is excited to be part of the team working to improve solid waste management in his municipality. Mr. Khaldi first encountered the TADAEEM project during the municipal staff training in May 2018, ... Read More»

TADAEEM Grants Promote Inclusive Local Government Decision-Making

Two local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) were awarded grants to promote the inclusion of marginalized groups in the decision-making process in four municipalities. The CSO Tounissiet will implement a 12-month project to support women’s political participation at local levels. Tounissiyet will mobilize communities in the municipalities of Gabes, Mareth, and Ghannouche to advocate for the ... Read More»

Faten Khalfallah – TechWomen Exchange program – 2015

Faten is the founder of “First Skills Club”, a non-profit organization that provides soft skill development and informal STEM education for kids and teenagers, with a special focus on robotics.  Her TechWomen exchange experience gave her the opportunity to intern with leading Tech companies – such as Mozilla and Autodesk – with which she collaborated ... Read More»

Kyane Kassiri – NESA UGRAD and Coca-Cola MENA exchange programs – 2014

As alumnus of NESA UGRAD and Coca-Cola MENA exchange programs, Kayane teamed up with a group of other U.S. Department of State programs alumni to apply for the Alumni Engagement and Innovation Fund (AEIF).  Their project idea was selected and the team managed to launch Young Tunisian Coders Academy (YTCA). As a coding training program, ... Read More»

Municipalities Vote to Adopt Service Delivery Improvement Programs

Nine municipalities have adopted the Service Delivery Improvement Programs (SDIPs) developed by TADAEEM experts in consultation with the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment. The SDIPs identify problem areas and a set of recommended interventions to address identified issues. TADAEEM carried out diagnostics in four domains for each prioritized service touching upon national policies, back ... Read More»

USAID Mashrou3i Success Story from Medenine– Slim ESSID – Spiruline BioMed

Entering professional life for Slim Essid has not been easy. After graduating from high school in Economics and Management in 2003, he started studying at the Rades Institute for Higher Technological Studies (ISET) which he gave up to become a seller of handicrafts in the city of Medenine. In 2007, he embarked on other professional ... Read More»

USAID Mashrou3i Success Story – Rym BELGUEYED – Eco Palme

Gabes, in Southern Tunisia, is a region renowned for its traditional production of dates. Rym Belgueyed, saw an opportunity in turning the waste from these date palm plantations into a blooming business. Before coming up with the idea for Eco Palm, Rym had experienced something many successful entrepreneurs have experienced: failure. After studying Chemistry, she launched an essential oils extraction business which ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tunis

Location:  Tunisia, countrywide Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Tunis reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security at all times. Actions to take: Review your personal security plans. Be aware of your surroundings. Monitor local news for updates. Maintain a high-level of vigilance. Take appropriate steps to enhance your personal ... Read More»

USAID Mashrou3i Success Story – Imane is Making her Mark on Tunisia’s Booming Handicrafts Sector!

USAID Mashrou3i Success Story – Imane is making her mark on Tunisia’s booming handicrafts sector! Inside a small warehouse in Ben Guerdane, a coastal town near the Libyan border, Imane Sayari is busy sorting an array of brightly colored pottery bowls and cups. The young entrepreneur who launched her handicraft business, Tendance Céramique, in 2017 ... Read More»

The Practical Guide to Franchise in Tunisia

A Practical Guide to Franchise that provides the basic tools and principles that entrepreneurs and investors need to obtain useful information on various aspects of franchise. This guide is part of the Tunisian-American cooperation. It contains a series of recommendations to deal with the specifics of the Tunisian market with respect to franchise. The guide ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo on the Passing of President George H. W. Bush

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2018   Devoted husband, loving father, steadfast friend, exemplary patriot: this is how I will always remember President George H. W. Bush. Whether he was serving in the skies over the Pacific during World War II, protecting America at CIA headquarters, or leading our nation ... Read More»

U.S. Policy on Iran

May 8, 2019 Secretary Pompeo warns Iran is violating Iraqi sovereignty U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Baghdad on May 7 to meet with Iraqi leaders. Speaking with reporters before and after his meetings, Pompeo expressed concern about Iran’s escalating activity within Iraq. “We don’t want anyone interfering in their country,” he said. May 8, 2019 Latest U.S. sanctions target Iran’s metal sectors President Trump signed an executive order ... Read More»

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 23, 2018 Violence against women is a global issue that affects millions of people annually. Every woman and girl deserves a life free from violence. The United States is committed to advancing gender equality and preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women ... Read More»

Tataouine: Abdelmagid RAKAZ – Plasta

Abdelmagid Rakkaz has just moved his plastic pipe business, Plasta, into a workshop on the outskirts of Tataouine. He proudly unrolls the new stock of plastic piping and carefully prepares the winding of the pipes, the centering and finally the labelling before delivering the order to one of his first customers. Abdelmagid enthusiastically reflects on ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on International Religious Freedom Day

Today we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act) into law. The IRF Act expanded U.S. foreign policy capabilities to promote and defend religious freedom around the world. It builds on our founding fathers’ firm conviction that the freedom of individuals to believe as they see ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tunis

Location: Tunis Event: Due to reports of a security-related incident, the U.S. Embassy has instructed its personnel to avoid travel to downtown Tunis. Actions to take: Avoid downtown Tunis and monitor local media for updates.  Assistance: U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia Address:  Berges du Lac, 1053 Tunis Phone number:  +216 71 107 000, 8:00 a.m. until ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Tunis

Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots! October 10, 2018   Embassies and consulates are not polling places. Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 6th. U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2018 ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks on Local Governance and Service Delivery

 AMBASSADOR’S REMARKS AT USAID – TADAEEM PROJECT CONFERENCE ON LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND SERVICE DELIVERY   Good morning, Minister Riadh al Mouakhar, Governors, mayors, and ladies and gentlemen, صباح الخير سيدي الوزير رياض المؤخر، السادة الوُلّاة، ورؤساء ورئيسات البلديات، السيدات والسادة، Thank you all for attending this important event to advance local government’s direct connection to ... Read More»

Imen Hamdi – Veterinarian

Imen Hamdi – Veterinarian KAIROUAN On a farm in Abida, in the region of Kairouan, there is an air of hopeful anticipation. Imen Hamdi, a young veterinarian, is calmly tending a cow in a stall which is about to give birth. Imen’s livestock veterinary services are greatly appreciated in the region and many farmers will ... Read More»

Mashrou3i Helps Five Young Entrepreneurs Tap Into the Solar Power Market

Mashrou3i Helps Five Young Entrepreneurs Tap Into the Solar Power Market and Transform Competition Into Cooperation KAIROUAN As the sun beats down brightly in Kairouan, you can see Tunisia’s huge potential for solar power. To expand the country’s renewable energy capacity, the Tunisian government is investing heavily in the sector. Many farmers have already received ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at the Closing Ceremony of CEED Tunisia

Minister of Finance Ridha Chalghoum, CEED Tunisia president Hichem Elloumi, Wafa, Sonia, Zeineb, Wajdi, and especially the CEED participants and entrepreneurs here today from Gabes, Medenine, Tunis, and Tataouine, good morning. I would like to thank you for being here today.  In just one year, this project has helped 100 entrepreneurs gain knowledge and coaching ... Read More»

Access English Students From Tabarka Visit Embassy

On Friday, August 24, 45 Access program students from Tabarka visited the Embassy’s American Center and met with an American diplomat for a discussion about the U.S. Embassy’s work in Tunisia and to answer students’ questions.  The students presented original poems, songs, and artwork in English and enjoyed an American-style spelling bee game with the ... Read More»

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: Religious Freedom Belongs to Everyone

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Op-ed in USA Today July 24, 2018  Religious Freedom Belongs to Everyone Around the world, religious minorities are persecuted and stripped of human rights. This is an issue many countries must work together to solve. Last month, Mohammad Salas, a member of the Iranian Gonabadi Sufi dervish community persecuted ... Read More»

Practical Guide to Exporting Tunisian Handicrafts to the United States

Are you an artisan? Are you looking to improve your strategy to export your handicraft products to the US?  This practical guide will provide you the essential tools and principles you need for exporting your handicrafts products. the practical guide to exporting Tunisian handicrafts to the United States is an initiative of the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), funded by the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubinstein’s Remarks at the 2018 Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day Ambassador Remarks كلمة السفير بمناسبة عيد الإستقلال   Good evening, everyone, and Happy 4th of July! سيَداتي وسادتي الأفاضل، مساء الخير ومرحبًا بكم! يشرّفني أنْ أقف بين ضيوف مِن أمثالكم، متميّزين مُلهمين لِمَن حولهم. وأودّ أنْ أشكر كلّ واحد منكم على تشريفنا بحضوركم احتفالنا هذا باستقلال الولايات المتّحدة. معالي رئيس مجلس نوّاب الشعب، ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo On the Occasion of Ramadan

 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO May 15, 2018 On the Occasion of Ramadan On behalf of the United States Department of State, I offer best wishes to Muslims around the world for a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. For those observing this month, it is a time of reverence, generosity, and spiritual introspection.  Ramadan is also a cherished ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tunis

Location: Tunis Event: Demonstrations are taking place in Tunis in response to the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel on May 14.  Some of these protests may have the potential to become violent. Actions to take: Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid crowds. Review your personal security plans.  Additional Information: ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador’s Remarks at the National Museum of Islamic Civilization and Art

Thank you to Minister of Culture Dr. Mohamed Zine El Abidine for your kind invitation to attend this ceremony and share this project with you.  And thank you also to Governor Hamdi for your warm hospitality in this significant and historic city.  Finally, I want to give my thanks to Mr. Faouzi Mahfoudh, General Director ... Read More»

U.S. Congratulates Tunisians on Municipal Elections

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 7, 2018 The United States congratulates the people of Tunisia on the country’s first-ever free municipal elections, which took place on Sunday. These elections represented an important step in the consolidation of its democracy. As Tunisia meets the democratic milestones set out in its constitution, the ... Read More»

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Remarks at Swearing-in Ceremony

Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Remarks  Ben Franklin Room Washington, DC May 2, 2018 This is truly humbling. Thank you very much, Mr. President, for those kind words. Thank you, Mr. Vice President, for being here today to honor me by swearing me in. Thank you, Ambassador Lawler. Ambassador Glendon, thank you so much for that ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at the Handicraft Fair

Minister Rekik, Director General Bin Halima, and representatives of partner organizations:  hello and welcome.  Thank you for inviting me to join you today and to participate in the signing of these three partnership agreements between the ONAT and FHI360, AmCham, and Creative Learning and its local partner, the International Institute for Human Development. Supporting the ... Read More»

Mashrou3i in Gabes – Mohamed Ibrahim, IDROLOG

Locating and exploring groundwater resources for irrigation and household use is a complex process, but 34 year old Mohamed from Gabes has turned this into a successful business. At 34 years old and despite the difficulties he has encountered, Mohamed Ibrahim successfully launched “IDROLOG”, a company specialized in coring and hydraulic prospecting that employs 4 ... Read More»

Mashrou3i in Gafsa – Ismael ZAYED:  Ben Zayed farm

At 27, Ismael Zayed has already established his reputation as a farmer in Gafsa, a region in central Tunisia where farming is a family tradition handed down from generation to generation. After graduating in Experimental Sciences in 2009 and Applied Geomatics in 2012, it would have been a natural next step for Ismael to move ... Read More»

Mashrou3i in Kebili – Feriel Touiti, Manager of the Business Center

Mashrou3i, a project implemented by UNIDO with support from USAID, the Italian Cooperation and the HP Foundation, works with partners in each of the project’s 14 target regions. In Kebili, in the South of Tunisia, Mashrou3i works together with the region’s Business Center to raise awareness of the project among aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. The ... Read More»

Mashrou3i in Tozeur – Amina Zaoui – “NINA BIO, Natural Cosmetics”

In 2017 at 29 years old, Amina Zaoui launched an artisanal soap and natural cosmetics business in Tozeur. After graduating in Medical Bio-technology in 2014, Amina chose to start her professional journey working in an agricultural project design office as a personal assistant. This experience enabled her to forge basics in entrepreneurship but remained far ... Read More»

Mashrou3i in Tozeur – Abdelhamid Baira Packaging unit, Digital and Offset printing

At only 27 years old, Abdelhamid Baira launched a packaging production unit and a digital and offset printing service in his hometown of Tozeur. In 2013, Abdelhamid gained a Businesses Administration and Management degree in Tozeur and then decided to move to Tunis to strengthen his skills. The same year, he started a Master’s degree ... Read More»

Tunisian Ministry of Finance Announces the Fiscal Reform for a Strong Tunisia Project

PRESS RELEASE : Joint Program: Ministry Of Finance / United States Agency For International Development (USAID) TUNIS, March 9, 2018 As part of the Ministry of Finance’s efforts to develop and modernize its tax administration system, an event was organized to announce the launching of the three-year- joint project between the Ministry and USAID. This project aims at ... Read More»

Voter Education for the Municipal Elections Started in Mahdia Thanks to the TIDD MEPI Funded Project

In the framework of its Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) funded project, the Tunisian Institute for Democracy and Development (TIDD) conducted its first voter outreach campaign in Mahdia on March 22.  The event gathered volunteers from the governorates of Beja, Kef, Seliana, Jendouba, Bizerte and Mahdia.  The activity took place in the medina of Mahdia ... Read More»

Creative Learning Launched a Three-day Training Workshop of 50 Tunisian Artisans

On March 26, the Export Capacity Building program launched a training for 50 Tunisian artisan entrepreneurs at the headquarters of the National Office of Handicraft (ONAT).  The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State in partnership with Creative Learning, the International Organization for Human Development (IDH), and the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry ... Read More»

We Youth Launched its MEPI Voter Education Campaign in Sfax

Thank you to the WeYouth team for their great work in launching the voter education campaign on March 21 in Sfax.  Through its Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) funded project, We Youth organized a field outreach activity in the Medina of Sfax to raise citizens’ awareness of the importance of participation in the upcoming municipal ... Read More»

On the Occasion of Tunisia’s National Day

Press Statement John J. Sullivan Deputy Secretary of State Washington, DC March 20, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of Tunisia’s independence. Tunisia’s impressive democratic transition continues to serve as an inspiration to the world. We commend the Tunisian ... Read More»

Collaborative Action for Handicraft Exports (ACEA) project by FHI 360: Northwest Cluster Meeting

Congratulations to Family Health International (FHI) 360 for completing their first event in the framework of the Collaborative Action for Handicraft Exports (ACEA) project funded by the U.S. Embassy in Tunis. The ACEA Project is promoting a collaborative system for the promotion of handicraft essential oils, dedicated to natural extracts in Northwest Tunisia.  The first ... Read More»

Ministry of Finance Trains Accountants on Electronic Tax Filing System “Téléliquidation”

The Ministry of Finance recognizes the importance of facilitating the process of filing taxes for medium and small companies in a fast, transparent and efficient manner through promoting the use of Electronic Tax Filing “Téléliquidation” nationwide. Accordingly, the Ministry of Finance, with support from the USAID-funded Fiscal Reform for a Strong Tunisia (FIRST) project, is conducting ... Read More»

Ministry of Finance Trains Officials on Diagnosing And Assessing of Tax Administration System

In its efforts to put in place a transparent, fair and inclusive tax administration system, the Ministry of Finance, with support from the USAID-funded Fiscal Reform For A Strong Tunisia (FIRST) project, led a training on March 5th and 6th, 2018 on the implementation of a Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT), which is a ... Read More»

Mashrou3i in Medenine – Slim Essid, Spiruline BioMed

Entering professional life for Slim Essid has not been easy. After graduating from high school in Economics and Management in 2003, he started studying at the Rades Institute for Higher Technological Studies (ISET) which he gave up to become a seller of handicrafts in the city of Medenine. In 2007, he embarked on other professional projects. 5 years of instability followed during which ... Read More»

Mashrou3i in Sidi Bouzid – Raja Hamdi, Managing Director of Business Center

Located in the central west of Tunisia, Sidi Bouzid is a region with a productive agricultural sector, but despite its wealth, employment opportunities for young people in industry and services remain very limited, especially for women. Raja Hamdi became the Managing Director of the Sidi Bouzid Business Center in 2014. The organization is focused on entrepreneurship development and sustainability through assistance and ... Read More»

Mashrou3i in Kairouan – Ines Mohdhi, PROSERVICES

At 37 years old, Ines Mohdhi launched her own business in 2017, a service unit dedicated to the cleaning and environmental management of Kairouan, which eventually will contribute to the creation of 8 permanent jobs. After graduating from high school, Ines got married and started a family. Alongside raising her children, she continued her studies in Kairouan and obtained a Master’s Degree ... Read More»

Mashrou3i in Kairouan – Ibticem Boujezza, Hairdressing & Beauty Salon Boujezza

Despite not having the chance to finish high school, Ibticem Boujezza is a very ambitious 32-year-old woman who has been active in civil society for many years. Through her involvement in women’s rights associations, she learned to assert herself and developed skills in handicraft, marketing, hairdressing and beauty. Today, Ibticem is proud to have launched her own hairdressing and beauty salon in ... Read More»

Mashrou3i in Kairouan – Anis Hamrouni Joined the UNIDO Entrepreneurship Program

Anis Hamrouni is the Director of Studies and Internships at the Institute for Higher Technological Studies (ISET) in Kairouan. Due to his personal enthusiasm and interest in the Mashrou3i project, ISET Kairouan became the first and largest academic partner to join the entrepreneurship program implemented by UNIDO and funded by USAID, the Italian Cooperation and the HP Foundation. “My experience with Mashrou3i ... Read More»

Ambassador Speaks at Star-Studded Closing Ceremony of Heros Build Project

On March 7, the El Makhzen Culturel Association organized the closing Ceremony of the Embassy –funded Heroes Build II project, at Cine Madart in Carthage. The project provided 10 young film students from throughout the country with expert training and equipment to make short documentaries or fictional films to illustrate their vision of Tunisia. The ... Read More»

Manel Bargaoui, Professional Fellows Program (PFP) 2017

As an English Language teacher, Manel is the first Tunisian who teaches English through sign language to deaf Tunisians. Her experience as a Professional Fellows Program (PFP) alumna inspired her to create the first English teaching book that uses sign language – entitled “Let’s handspeak English”- as a follow-up project. “Being the first and only ... Read More»

Connect Program Compact

The American Center at the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a virtual exchange program opportunity for qualified candidates. The deadline for registration is Thursday, March 8, 2018 at noon. In Spring 2018, the American Center will offer Soliya’s Connect Program Compact for up to 20 eligible and qualified university students to participate in online video ... Read More»

Bridging Cultures – Building Peace

On February 20, the U.S. Embassy in Tunis hosted American, Tunisian, and Moroccan experts who gave a seminar on “Bridging Cultures-Building Peace” for 40 Tunisian secondary and peace educators.  The event promoted peace, cultural and global awareness, and conflict resolution, including the following presentations: “The Oleander Initiative as a Model of Peace” – By Ray ... Read More»

Signature of Memorandum of Implementation for cooperation and coordination of the TADAEEM Project

On February 8, 2018, the USAID funded Tunisia Accountability, Decentralization, and Effective Municipalities (TADAEEM) Project and the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment (MALE) signed a Memorandum of Implementation for cooperation and coordination of activities in the framework of the TADAEEM Project. This Memorandum supports the decentralization process and aims to improve the quality of ... Read More»

Social Innovators for Tunisia Workshop Series

With rising global challenges for humans as well as the planet, the role of youth in developing new, creative, and innovative solutions has become even more important. The American Center and EL Space Social Innovation Hub have the pleasure to announce a new program, Social Innovators for Tunisia.  This series of 20 practical workshops will empower selected participants with social ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Rubinstein at the Ministry of Justice Donation Ceremony

Remarks by Ambassador Rubinstein at the Ministry of Justice Donation Ceremony   (As prepared) January 23, 2018   Good afternoon.  It is my great pleasure to visit the honorable Institute Superieur de la Magistrature, and to participate in this ceremony that exemplifies American and Tunisian cooperation.  I would like to thank Minister Jeribi for inviting me ... Read More»

We Youth Press Conference

In partnership with the U.S. Government Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), We Youth organization held a press conference on January 18 in Sfax to launch their We Vote project that aims to train 72 volunteers (two from each municipality) to 1) increase their knowledge about elections and learn how to effectively reach out to citizens ... Read More»

Security Reminders

Given the launch of the Department of State’s new Travel Advisory System today as well as the recent events throughout Tunisia, the U.S. Embassy in Tunis reminds American citizens residing in and visiting Tunisia to exercise caution, avoid demonstrations and crowds, and monitor local media for breaking events. You may find the Travel Advisory for ... Read More»

Public Affairs Supports The Fight Against Human Trafficking

With funding from a Public Affairs small grant, Not4Trade organization completed a project that offered two series of trainings on human trafficking for 20 youth from Jendouba, Bizerte, Tunis, Sousse, Kairouan Sfax, Sidi Bouzid, Gafsa and Medenine regions. Both trainings took place at La Marsa Youth Complex and lasted for five days, covering topics like ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder The U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia informs American citizens that due to protests occurring in Tunisia focused on the United States, the U.S. Embassy will be closing early on Friday, December 8, 2017. American citizens are reminded to review their personal security plans; remain aware of their ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

The U.S. Embassy in Tunis reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news for updates.  Maintain a high-level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.  ... Read More»

Students from Local Public School Visit the Embassy

On November 24, the Embassy received students from El Menzah 9 high school who presented their school, performed songs and acted a short roleplay. Students enjoyed chatting with the Embassy staff who answered their questions about exchange programs, embassy work, similarities and differences between the U.S. and Tunisia and Thanksgiving festivities. Students from El Menzah ... Read More»

Press Statement as Delivered by Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan

Tunis, November 18, 2017  Press Statement as Delivered by Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, Following Meeting with Senior Tunisian Government Officials to Discuss Political, Economic, and Security Cooperation     Thank you very much.  I am honored to be here in Tunisia and to have the opportunity to meet with President Caid Essebsi, ... Read More»

Teachers’ Workshop on November 14 at the American Center

To celebrate International Education Week, the English Language Teaching team in partnership with Tunisia TESOL held a workshop entitled “Assessment for Student Learning: Prospects of Implementation in the ELT Classroom” presented by Dr. Asmaa Maaoui, followed by a talk about fighting procrastination led by Irina Cordall.  The workshop was an opportunity for teachers to learn ... Read More»

Closing Ceremony of “TMC” Mentoring Program for Women Entrepreneurs in Technology

On November 4, WoLTech association held the closing ceremony of a U.S Embassy funded small grant project called “Tunisia Mentoring Council” (TMC).  TMC is a mentoring program that supports female entrepreneurs in technology. The project linked women leaders in technology with young women with project ideas for six months of regular mentorship and coaching sessions.  ... Read More»

Access Students from Jendouba Visit the Embassy

On Nov 1, U.S. Embassy in Tunisia received Access English Microscholarship Program students from Jendouba, who are learning English through this program funded by the Department of State. Students performed songs about compassion and freedom and showed how the Access program changed their lives. Students had interactive conversation with Public Diplomacy Officer, Public Affairs Counselor ... Read More»

Access Students from Djerba Visit the Embassy

On October 31, the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia received Access English Microscholarship Program students from Djerba, who are learning English through this program funded by the Department of State. Students performed their own poems and stories, and sang songs about peace and unity. They also expressed how the Access program changed their lives by helping ... Read More»

Songwriting Workshops Opportunity

The IRC is offering a songwriting workshop series for up to 30 qualified participants to try their hand at writing lyrics and music in a variety of forms. During these sessions, participants will consider social and cultural themes and listen to a range of music from folk to rock to show tunes. The deadline for ... Read More»

Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission at Tunisian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Forum

Good morning, Ambassador Rubinstein is presently out of the country, but sends his greetings and wishes for a successful Forum.  I am pleased to represent him at this important event, and would like to thank Minister Behi for his remarks and invitation. I look forward to hearing from the other distinguished speakers, as well. Supporting ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Rubinstein at MEPI Local Grants Kick-Off Ceremony

Formal Remarks MEPI Local Grants Kick-Off Ceremony October 6, 2017 Good morning everyone, I am delighted to be here to participate in this very special occasion.  I want to take a moment to thank Minister Ben Gharbia Minister for Relations with Constitutional Bodies, Civil Society and Human Rights, our local partners from around the country, ... Read More»

Embassy Celebrates World Teachers Day 

To celebrate the World Teachers’ Day on October 5, the Embassy organized an English conversation hour, facilitated by the English Language Fellow, a visiting American professor with a specialty in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) who spends the academic year in a Tunisian university.  The session was not only an opportunity for Tunisian participants to practice and ... Read More»

11th Workshop on Social Impact: Conceptualization and Evaluation Methods

The IRC at the U.S. Embassy collaborated with El Space to offer a series of monthly workshops on Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation. The topics were as follows: Introducing social innovation Introducing Social entrepreneurship The triple bottom line (Social innovation and the for-profit model) Inspiration (resources and success stories) Challenges and Ideation (social problem identification) Design Thinking for ... Read More»

Memoir Writing Workshops

The IRC organized a memoir writing workshop series with American author Laura Monagan. Participants met once a week for four weeks to learn new literary techniques, discuss examples from great literature, and improve their English skills. Week 1 : Generating Viable Ideas Selecting a viable memory Developing the arc of the story Establishing the setting: ... Read More»

Five Tunisians Connect in Silicon Valley for TechWomen 2017

Five Tunisians are among the one hundred women leaders from Africa, the Middle East and Asia in the fields of science and technology who are currently in the U.S. to spend five weeks as part of the #TechWomen #Exchange program. Through mentorships with U.S. women leaders in STEM fields, the TechWomen participants will gain access and opportunities to strengthen business ties and build stronger ... Read More»

IRC Screens a Documentary About High School Students at Risk

On September 15, the IRC screened the American Film Showcase documentary The Bad Kids, which chronicles one extraordinary school principal’s mission and follows her as she coaches three at-risk teens in California. The screening was followed by a facilitated discussion in English in which participants expressed admiration for the principal and a wish to see ... Read More»

IRC Explores Race and Gender Issues 

On September 13, the IRC screened the American Film Showcase documentary East Side Sushi, which follows a working-class Latina single mother who strives to become a sushi chef, but is unable to do so because she is the “wrong” race and gender. During a facilitated discussion in English following the screening, participants debated authenticity, the American Dream, ... Read More»

Tunisian Presidency Welcomes Exchange Alumni

On August 30, a group of Tunisian State Department exchange program alumni were joined by Ambassador Rubinstein and embassy staff in a meeting with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and his Youth and Diplomacy Advisors at the Presidential Palace.  During this meeting, alumni shared the results of their experiences in the United States on a ... Read More»

IRC Screens Documentaries about Gender Stereotypes

On August 25, the IRC screened extracts from two documentaries: Miss Representation, which exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and The Mask You Live In, which follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s ... Read More»

Know America! Who is “Rosie the Riveter”?

On August 11, the IRC organized an informative session on the role of Rosie the Riveter in America’s history, economy, and women’s rights movement. The session was a chance to learn interactively about the place of the U.S. in WWII, the economic effect of supporting the war effort, and women’s position in the workplace before, ... Read More»

Let’s Chat with Laura! Writing Your Own History

On August 3, the IRC continued its newly established bi-monthly English conversation hour that gives Tunisians the opportunity to visit the embassy and chat with an American native speaker of English. The topic was “Writing Your Own History” and participants discussed personal stories as well as the idea that history will be created by those who record their experiences ... Read More»

IRC Hosts a Conversation Hour on Engaged Citizenship in a Democracy

On July 20, the IRC organized an English conversation hour on engaged citizenship in a democracy. Conor McCormick Cavanagh facilitated the discussion with the participants about different ways to work toward a successful, inclusive society and country. The discussion points were rich and varied, touching upon strikes and protests, different tax paying systems, the right and the responsibility to ... Read More»

Tunisian Civil Society Organizations Announce Their Municipal Elections Observation Projects

TUNIS (Tuesday, July 18, 2017) – As part of its program to support the monitoring of domestic election efforts in Tunisia, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), along with its six partner associations, officially launched today six projects aimed at observing the different aspects of the municipal elections process. Chahed Observatory, Youth Without Borders (JSF), Ofiya ... Read More»

Embassy Reaches Exchange Candidates at Comic Con Tunisia, with Marvel Comics Artist David Mack

From July 7 to 9, the Embassy participated in the second edition of Comic Con Tunisia, where nearly eight thousand Tunisians in the comics, video gaming, and digital arts communities flocked to Le Kram Exhibition Center to connect, network and share their passion and interests. With the aim of promoting exchanges recruitment, supporting the nascent local animation ... Read More»

The 10th EFE Graduation Ceremony Celebrated the Placement of 288 Tunisians in 7 Companies

Education for Employment concluded its MEPI funded project entitled “Supporting Civic Responsibility and Private Sector Job Creation in Tunisia” with its 10th graduation ceremony to celebrate the graduation of 288 Tunisians who were placed in jobs in seven enterprises.  CDA Benjamin Moeling had the opportunity to meet with some of the graduates and wish them ... Read More»

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed’s Official Visit to Washington

Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed July 10, 2017 The Vice President met today with the Tunisian Prime Minister to reaffirm the United States’ support for Tunisia as it works to strengthen its security capacity, implement essential economic reforms, and continue developing its democratic institutions. The Vice President applauded the ... Read More»

English Language Summer Camp Launches in Bizerte

“Camp Discovery,” an English language summer day camp for 8-13 year-olds, implemented by AMIDEAST, kicked off on July 10 and will run for two weeks.  The camp is increasing English language skills and capabilities among economically-disadvantaged youth by immersing them in a summer day camp experience, exposing them to art, science, and other academic, cultural, ... Read More»

Improve Tourism Etiquette MEPI-funded Project Concluded with 49 Jobseekers Hired

Les Grandes Ecoles de Communication (GEC) held the closing ceremony of the “Improve Tourism Etiquette” MEPI funded project on June 29.  The project aims to improve customer service, communication soft skills, and tourism work etiquette in 100 degree-holding candidates seeking employment from 5 different cities (Tunis, Hammamet, Sousse, Jerba, and Tozeur).  The project also included ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubinstein’s Remarks at the 2017 Independence Day Celebration

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. It is a genuine honor for me to welcome you to this evening’s celebration of the 241st anniversary of the United States of America. سيِّداتي سادتي، يُشرّفُني حقّا  أنْ أرَحِّب بكم بيننا هذا المساء ونحن نحتفل بالذكرى المِئَتَيْن والـواحدَة والأربعين لاسْتقلال الولايات المتّحدة الأمريكية. أودُّ أنْ أسْتهِلَّ هذا الحفلَ بالترحيبِ ... Read More»

Launch of “Creativeناس “ Magazine

On June 22, the IRC held an event with the young team of the new Tunisian youth-led magazine “ Creativeناس “, a project initiated by American Corner Tunis in collaboration with the International Institute of Debate. The name is an English-Arabic wordplay, pronounced “creativeness” but meaning “creative people.”  During the session, we discussed mainstream and alternative ... Read More»

GIST Web Chat on Angel Investing

The IRC and American Corner Sousse hosted viewing parties for the GIST (Global Innovation through Science and Technology) web chat entitled De-Risking the Deal: Angel investing in Science & Tech Startups. The participants in both spaces submitted several questions revolving around the discussion points on Valuation, Angle Investing and minimizing the risk in that. One of their questions ... Read More»

Mashrou3i in Medenine: Abbes of 3DPROTOKSI

Abbes Ksiksi graduated as a mechanical engineer from the National Engineering School of Tunis (ENIT) when he was 23 years old. In 2015, after a few years working for multinational manufacturers of motors for roller shutters and car wiring, he was ready for a new challenge and resigned to devote himself to the field he ... Read More»

Mashrou3i in Sidi Bouzid – Zina of Arjouan Entreprise

In 2015, Zina launched her small business, “Arjouan”, a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) engraving and cutting workshop that offers customized decoration articles and tailor-made furniture to its customers. Based in the city center of Sidi Bouzid, Zina produces numerous items for local people and wholesalers and wishes to develop her market outside the governorate, in ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Rubinstein on Memorial Day

REMARKS BY AMBASSADOR RUBINSTEIN MEMORIAL DAY Monday, May 29, 2017 Colonel Skhiri, representatives of the Ministry of Defense, General Waldhauser, Ambassadors, members of the Military Attaché Corps, honored guests and the Wyoming National Guard Band. Thank you for being here today.  It is my honor to stand in front of you as we come together ... Read More»

BRCP collaborating with Shams Technology in Kairouan to hire new recruits

Shams Technology was created in 2013 and manufactures photovoltaic solar panels in the underdeveloped governate of Kairouan. Shams invested in cutting-edge assembly lines, however the company soon realized they were unable to find and recruit a qualified workforce. “Hiring isn’t an easy process,” explained Medji Kilani, CEO of Shams Technology, “It is complicated. As a ... Read More»

BRCP and Leoni company collaborating to hire new recruits

Leoni is a wiring system and cable technology company located in Messaadine, Sousse. Leoni originally approached BRCP for recruitment assistance. “We’re planning to hire around a hundred people with the collaboration of BRCP. We approached BRCP to help us organize recruitment in the regions, in the South, the North, and even here in Sousse,” explained ... Read More»

BRCP helping women in Kasserine to get a job in handicraft production

Lyemna Lassouadi has worked in the handicraft sector for more than twenty years. She is from the underdeveloped Kasserine governorate, an area suffering from high levels of unemployment, especially among women. “First I started working in my house,” said Lyemna, “I made some special things that were unique. So, I had this idea to make ... Read More»

BRCP and 4C at ISET Gabes collaborating to foster employability for students and recent graduates

Abir Mansouri graduated from the Higher Institute of Technology of Gabes (ISET Gabes) in June, 2015 with a major in financial accounting. She is one of many students who have benefited from the 4Cs, created and supported by the Business Reform and Competitiveness Project (BRCP). In partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific ... Read More»

BRCP helping La Badira Hotel training and hiring 43 new employees

Founded in 2015, La Badira is a luxury hotel offering the highest quality of service. As Tunisia’s tourism industry plunged into crisis following the terrorist attacks in 2015, many hotels in the Hammamet region where La Badira is located, closed their doors. La Badira management made the decision to stay open year-round, targeting local customers ... Read More»

BRCP collaborating with Jamotex company in Kasserine to hire skilled workers and improve productivity

Jamotex is a textile company created in 2013 in the underdeveloped region of Kasserine, in West Central Tunisia. “Initially, the idea was mine,” says Mohamed Mnasri, “My wife has a university degree, so we were able to get a loan and we started to work together.” Jamotex worked as a subcontractor for a single apparel ... Read More»

BRCP collaborating with Sicad Coala in Sidi Bouzid to improve productivity and hire new recruits

Founded in 1985 in the governorate of Sidi Bouzid, Sicad Coala manufactures heating, ventilation and air conditioning products. In addition to local markets, the company targets regional export markets in Algeria and Libya, where it faces strong competition. BRCP and Sicad Coala jointly designed a technical collaboration effort to help the company improve productivity while ... Read More»

BRCP working with Handicraft companies in Kasserine to train and hire local women

Limam Hermassi founded his small handicraft company over ten years ago, in the Feriana region in the economically disadvantaged Kasserine governorate. His specialty is Berber carpets, and Mr Hermassi is passionate about his work. “We make artisan products,” he said, “the word ‘art’ is already there. Handmade crafts need patience and love. We should love what ... Read More»

Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Talks: Impact Marketing

The IRC conducted a session on Impact Marketing led by Siwar Douss, the Marketing and PR Manager at Tunisian NGO Our Youth Our Hope.  The session was the 8th workshop of the Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Talks series, conducted in cooperation with the co-working space, El Space.  Storytelling was the focus of the session – as a digital tool and otherwise ... Read More»

PAS Supports Technovation National Pitch Competition for Young Women

The Technovation National Pitch gathered 22 teams representing 9 governorates from across Tunisia along with their mentors and parents to present their mobile applications before a panel of judges.  Ambassador Rubinstein delivered opening remarks, congratulating all of the teams on their work solving problems in their communities through the development of mobile apps.  PAS funded ... Read More»

Mashrou3i in Tataouine – Achref of Hasna Petrolum Services

Achref is originally from Tataouine, but moved to Tunis to study Electromechanical Engineering. After graduating in 2009 he worked in the private sector in the capital city. In 2012, he returned to his hometown and began to work on a feasibility study for ‘Hasna Petrolum Services’ with a focus on the treatment of drilling mud ... Read More»

High Schools Students from Ben Guerdan Visit the Embassy

The Embassy welcomed a group of students and teachers from the Ben Guerdan preparatory school.  The students presented a short skit about the history of their hometown from Tunisia’s independence until its revolution. Students met with Human Resources Officer Sue Orlebeke who talked about her home state, her career, and advised the students to follow ... Read More»

MEPI Student Leaders Alumni Met with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Representatives

A group of the 2016 MEPI Student Leaders alumni participated today in a meeting with the Chief of Staff and Directors Generals at the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Following the MEPI Capstone conference organized in Tunis last March 2017, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Ms. Majdouline Cherni, offered her Ministry’s support for the implementation ... Read More»

Students and Teachers from La Coupole Private School in Sfax Visit the Embassy

Students and teachers from La Coupole private school in Sfax were greeted by the Public Diplomacy Officer and English Language Teaching Coordinator. Students gave a short presentation about their school’s history, and performed a song and dance from a Broadway musical. Following their presentation, the students learned about the Embassy’s work and what a diplomat‘s ... Read More»

Public Affairs Section Hosts American Film Showcase Program Envoy Lesley Chilcott

The American Film Showcase program was back in Tunisia in May, this time with award- winning director and producer Lesley Chilcott and her thrilling and heartfelt documentary CodeGirl. The film focuses on high school girls developing smart phone applications to solve social issues, trying to better their communities through technology and collaboration. Lesley’s camera followed ... Read More»

Embassy Sponsors Conference to Combat the Red Palm Weevil

The Chargé kicked off a three-day international conference in Tunis on combating the red palm weevil, a global pest which threatens the country’s date palm orchards.  More than 60,000 Tunisian households depend upon the date harvest for their livelihood, and dates comprise Tunisia’s second most important cash crop, behind olives (making up 12% of the ... Read More»

Tunisia Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to southeastern Tunisia along the Libyan border as well as certain mountainous areas in the country’s west, due to the threat of terrorism.  This replaces the Travel Warning issued September 29, 2016. Terrorist attacks have previously targeted Tunisian government and security forces and popular ... Read More»

Mashrou3i in Gafsa – Zaineb of CarboTech Industry

One of the beneficiaries of this program, Zaineb Ben Belgacem from Gafsa. In early 2017, at only 24 years old, Zaineb launched her first company in Gafsa. “Carbotech” is an ambitious business specialized in coal design and manufacturing, which already provides employment to ten people, including qualified employees for the administration and workers trained in ... Read More»

MEPI Training Session in the Framework of its Project “Enhance the Tourism”

Les Grandes Écoles de Communication (GEC), in partnership with the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), organized a two week training session in the framework of its project “Enhance the Tourism.”  More than 36 job-seekers and professionals from the tourism sector in Sousse attended the trainings in communication, soft skills, and customer services.  We wish all ... Read More»

Post Celebrates World Intellectual Property Day with Focus on Branding

PAS and ECON organized a presentation entitled “You are Your Brand” to emphasize the power of branding to create a space for innovation. The presentation was targeted to start-ups, entrepreneurs, and SMEs, but also drew interest from law students interested in intellectual property issues. While the event focused primarily on trademarks, questions from the audience ... Read More»

Joint Statement of the U.S-Tunisia Trade and Investment Council

TUNIS, TUNISIA — The United States-Tunisia Trade and Investment Council met on April 21, 2017 in Tunis under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA).  Ambassador Mokhtar Chaouachi, Director General for Asia and the Americas in the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hosted the Council meeting, which is the seventh held since the TIFA ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubinstein Gave Remarks at the Ceremony For Launch of “All Against Child Labor in Tunisia” Project

Ambassador Rubinstein’s Remarks At Opening Ceremony For Launch of “All Against Child Labor in Tunisia” Project Hammamet, April 17, 2017 Good morning.  It is a great pleasure to be here with you today in beautiful Hammamet, and an honor to share the stage with such distinguished company as Minister Trabelsi, Minister Laabidi, and representatives from ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

Security Message for U.S. Citizens In light of the upcoming Easter holiday and recent terrorist attacks which targeted religious institutions in Egypt, U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to maintain a heightened state of alert, to avoid crowds and demonstrations, and understand that places of worship may be targets over the upcoming Easter holiday.  U.S. citizens ... Read More»

Embassy Participates in TEARN National Conference

As part of its support to ELT associations and activities in Tunisia, Public Diplomacy Officer Sarah Hennessey and English Language Teaching Coordinator Saida Jedidi Sfaxi attended the TEARN National Conference on Global Education in the Horizon of 2030 Building Peace and Democracy, on April 10-11 at Cites des Sciences. The Embassy Representatives met with TEARN ... Read More»

Embassy Hosts Students from Carthage Hannibal High School

Last week the Embassy welcomed a group of students and teachers from Carthage Hannibal public high school. The students introduced their school, performed a short play, sang a song and presented a show of traditional clothes from different countries.  Students met with Human Resources Officer Sue Orlebeke, who talked about her career as a diplomat, ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Assistance Coordination Richard Albright Visit to WES

In the framework of his visit to Tunisia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Assistance Coordination Richard Albright visited the Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability program headquarter at the Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability in Tunis.  The event was an opportunity to meet the WES Business Development Centers directors from Gafsa, Bizerte, Tunis, Kef and Sfax. ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Guidance for Residents and Visitors on Civil Disturbances in South Tunisia   The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens visiting or resident in Southeast Tunisia to ongoing reports of civil disturbances, strikes and protests, including in the Tataouine Governorate, which has resulted in clashes between police and protestors, blocked roads, and ... Read More»

DanceMotion USA brings Keigwin + Company, leaves behind memorable choreography and collaboration

In late March, American modern dance troupe Keigwin + Company visited Tunisia from New York City as part of the DanceMotion USA program, their final stop on a tour across Africa. The American company engaged in daily workshops with 35 professional Tunisian dancers, concluding with a collaborative performance at the El Halfaouine Tunisian National Theatre. ... Read More»

Pitching Session on “I Have a Project” Project

Education For Employment (EFE), in partnership with the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), organized a three-day pitching session on March 22-24, in the framework of its project “I Have a Project.” More than 30 talented Tunisian youth presented their project ideas to expert judges. We were very impressed by the excellent quality of many of ... Read More»

Elementary Students from Da Vinci School La Marsa Visit the Embassy

On March 17, the Embassy welcomed a group of students and teachers from Da Vinci Elementary school in La Marsa.  Dressed specially to celebrate the National Day of Traditional Clothing for a second day, they met with Economic Officer Cairo Jennings, English Language Teaching (ELT) Coordinator Saida Jedidi Sfaxi, and English Language Fellow (ELF) Natalie ... Read More»

Ambassador Daniel Rubinstein’s Remarks at MEPI Student Leaders Regional Conference

Thank you Bedis for the warm welcome and introduction; My thanks as well to the GOT officials who are here, Majdouline Cherni Minister of Youth and Sports, and Saida Ounissi, Secretary of State in charge of Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship And to the facilitators, mentors, university partners and Georgetown for coordinating this event; Good afternoon ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubinstein’s Remarks at Souk At-Tanmia Launch Ceremony

As prepared for delivery  Ambassador Remarks at Souk At-Tanmia Launch Ceremony Good morning everyone, I am delighted to be here to participate in this very special occasion.  I want to take a moment to thank Minister of Employment and Vocational Training Imed Hammami, our partners who participated in this project, and all of you for taking ... Read More»

Embassy Participates in Tunisia TESOL 4th International Conference

Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Stacy Barrios, Public Diplomacy Officer (PDO) Sarah Hennessey, and English Language Teaching Coordinator (ELTC) Saida Jedidi Sfaxi attended the Tunisia TESOL 4th International Conference on “Professionalism in ELT” on March 3 in Hammamet. The Embassy delegation met with the Tunisia TESOL President, Board members, members from across Tunisia, and conference participants ... Read More»

Workshop on Creating a Culture of Peace in the Classroom

The Information Resource Center hosted a workshop entitled “Creating a Culture of Peace in the Classroom” conducted by Leila Ben Said and Samia Wardane, a teacher visiting from Morocco.  The audience consisted of teachers of English and high school students.  Both teachers focused on creating a culture of peace in the classroom, discussing conflict resolution ... Read More»

High Schools Students From Monastir Visit the Embassy

The Embassy welcomed a group of students and teachers from Pioneer Preparatory school, Sahline Preparatory school and Teboulba Preparatory school in Monastir. They met with Economic Chief Katie Kiser, English Language Teaching (ELT) Coordinator Saida Jedidi Sfaxi and English Language Fellow (ELF) Natalie Monkemeier. Katie talked to the students about the education system in the ... Read More»

Ambassador Gives Remarks at EFE Graduation Ceremony

Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Imed Hammami EFE Tunisia CEO, Lamia Chaffai; Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening. I am very glad to be with you at this ceremony celebrating 172 new graduates; of whom 135 are with us.  As of today, you are starting your professional careers and embracing your hopes for a successful ... Read More»

PAS’s IRC Continues Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Series  

February 10:  The IRC hosted a workshop entitled “Challenges in Social Entrepreneurship.”  Ms. Fatma Mselmi, former participant in the Professional Fellowship Program and a consultant in economic development and technology transfer focused on the inclusive business model.  She discussed how this model functions as both a commercially viable model that could benefit low-income communities and ... Read More»

PAS’s IRC Joins Worldwide Non-Violent Activism Webinar

In celebration of Black History Month, IRC Tunis joined an interactive program on resilience and non-violent activism in the Black community to explore race relations as well as tensions between security and freedom of expression through non-violent protests. The program was conducted by Mr. Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League (NUL), the nation’s ... Read More»

Readout of President Trump’s Call with President Beji Caid Essebsi

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release February 17, 2017 Readout of the President’s Call with President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia to discuss Tunisia’s democratic transition and our counterterrorism partnership. President Trump praised Tunisia’s stability and security ... Read More»

TAAN Capacity Building Workshop

The Tunisian American Alumni Network (TAAN) organized on February 18 and 19, a capacity building workshop in Sfax for USG exchange program alumni from various programs representing several different regions of Tunisia. The workshop covered personal and professional development skills including communication skills, public speaking, debate, and argumentation. The second part of the workshop was ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at the Inauguration of AmCham’s new Center Chapter in Sousse

Ambassador’s Remarks   at the Inauguration of AmCham’s new Center Chapter in Sousse Good afternoon.  On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, I would like first to congratulate the extended family of AmCham Tunisia for opening this new chapter in the Center region, which I understand will cover Sousse, Mahdia, and Monastir.  Thanks to ... Read More»

“NEXT LEVEL” in Tunis

The Embassy Tunis Public Affairs Section sponsored a week long hip-hop workshop series “Next Level” – featuring four American hip-hop artists who worked with young aspiring Tunisian artists to share techniques and culture.  The visit culminated with a performance on February 12 and an “open jam” in which students and the audience of other local ... Read More»

Access Kick-off Conference

The U.S. Embassy launched the Access program on Feb 11-12 with 6 providers throughout Tunisia. The conference held on Feb 11-12, with the help of AMIDEAST, was a great opportunity for the providers and the teachers to learn more about the Access program, the reporting process and the students’ selection. The RELO Rebecca Smoak attended ... Read More»

The “Free to Rock” documentary film producers engage in a lively discussion with students

Following their European tour, Nick Binkley and Douglas Yeager, co-producers of the documentary film “Free to Rock,  landed in Tunisia where they were able to show their documentary at El Makhzen Cultural Center, the American Corner in Tunis, the IRC and the Tunis Film school.  Their film, focusing on the soft power of the Rock ... Read More»

MCC Visits Tunisia to Discuss Compact to Promote Inclusive Economic Growth

Millennium Challenge Corporation Visits Tunisia to Discuss Compact to Promote Inclusive Economic Growth for Tunisians   TUNIS, February 2, 2017 – A delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), led by Acting Vice President of Compact Operations Kyeh Kim, visited Tunisia this week to discuss the development of an MCC compact to reduce poverty and promote ... Read More»

Tunisian Fulbright Society Hosts Talk on English Teacher Training

The U.S. Embassy in collaboration with the Tunisian Fulbright Society (TFS) hosted a talk on English Teacher Training in Tunisia. Guest speakers included Abir Hmem, an English teacher and a second year student in the TESOL Master’s degree program at 9 Avril University, Stephen Sharpe, a Senior Teacher of Adults at British Council, and Saida ... Read More»

Menzah 8 Students Visit Embassy

The Information Resource Center received a group of students and their teachers from El Menzah 8 Pioneer high school. The students performed a short play on peace, presenting values such as solidarity, love, and volunteerism. The students met with Public Diplomacy Officer Sarah Hennessey, English Language Teaching Coordinator Saida Jedidi Sfaxi, and English Language Fellow ... Read More»

The IRC Hosts a Workshop on SMART Governance for Small and Medium Businesses

The IRC hosted a workshop on SMART Governance for Small and Medium Businesses, led by Imen Ameur, Governance Consultant and former Research Assistant at Harvard Kennedy School. The workshop focused on the governance models that Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) need as well as the managerial and technological  tools that could be used by SMBs ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at Launch of Machrou3i Phase II

As Prepared for Delivery Machrou3i (Phase II) Launch Event Remarks Minister Abdelkafi, Minister Ladhari, Minister Khalbous, Minister Hammami, distinguished guests, good afternoon. It gives me great pleasure to be here today to celebrate the launch of Phase II of Machrou3i, or “my project” in Arabic.  First and foremost, I would like to take the opportunity ... Read More»

American Teenage Coder, Sophie Houser Visit to Tunisia

Sophie Houser, 19-year old game developer, shared her success story with a variety of young audiences in ESPRIT (the private Institute of Engineering and Technology), the youth-led co-working space, El Space, and the American Corners in Tunis and Sousse. Through her motivational speeches, Sophie talked about her experiences in creating video games, including the challenges ... Read More»

Cheryl Miller Houser, Co-Director of the Documentary “Generation Startup” Visit to Tunis

As part of the American Film Showcase program, Cheryl Miller Houser visited Tunis to screen her documentary Generation Startup, which follows 6 recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit, Michigan. Screenings took place in the American Corner Tunis on January 17, in the IHEC (Institute of Higher Commercial Studies) ... Read More»

Columbia’s OpenStartUp Boosts Tunisia’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

The Deputy Chief of Mission Benjamin Moeling and PAO Stacy Barrios joined the Minister of Higher Education and representatives from Columbia University, BIAT bank, Africinvest and 17 Tunisian universities for the closing ceremony of the OpenStartUp Tunisia entrepreneurship mentoring program and competition. Sponsored by a university linkage grant from the Embassy, the program was designed ... Read More»

Award Ceremony for the Winning Teams of Technovation Competition 2016

In partnership with the U.S. Embassy, Technovation Tunisia, an initiative launched by a Techwomen alumna, organized an award ceremony for the winning teams of the 2016 Technovation competition. The event was also an occasion to launch the 2017 Technovation competition.  150 girls ages 10 to 18 attended the event along with their parents and mentors ... Read More»

The IRC Hosts a Webchat Entitled “How to Run Your Startup”

The IRC hosted a live interactive webchat on “How to Run Your Startup” as part of the Global Innovation in Science and Technology series.  The session, attended by young entrepreneurs, generated a lively interaction with two very successful U.S.-based entrepreneurs, namely Ray Crowell, CEO of Humble Impact, and Melissa Perri, founder of Produx Labs.  The ... Read More»

Tunisian Navy Receives Two U.S. Patrol Boats

REMARKS BY AMBASSADOR RUBINSTEIN CEREMONY FOR THE ARRIVAL OF 65’ PATROL BOATS TO THE MINISTRY OF DEFENSE Thank you for the warm welcome.   It is a great honor to be here with you, Minister Horchani, Amiral ATALLAH, assembled officers, Contre Amiral ATALLAH, assembled officers and sailors of the Tunisian Navy, and honored guests at this ... Read More»

A Roundtable Discussion on How to Be the Next Techwomen Leader

Women Leaders in Technology (WoLTech), an association founded by a group of Techwomen alumnae to support women in STEM fields, organized a round table discussion entitled “How to be the Next Techwomen Leader.” During the event, the WoLTech team introduced a group of Tunisian women working in STEM to the Techwomen program. The presentation was followed ... Read More»

Capacity- Building Training for Alumni

The Tunisian American Alumni Network (TAAN ) organized a capacity building training in Tunis on December 24th and 25th, 2016, attended by 21 Alumni representing diverse exchange programs and coming from different regions.  The participants had the opportunity to have an introduction to civic engagement through Alumni success stories. In addition to the leadership and ... Read More»

Workshop on Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the IRC

The 4th workshop, entitled “Inspiration in Social Entrepreneurship” happened in the IRC, continuing the series of monthly events on Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The workshop (organized by the IRC in cooperation with El Space ) attracted students mainly from Tunis Business School and ESPRIT who came on December 21st longing for inspiration. The main speaker, Saif Eddine Bouktir (who works much ... Read More»

The IRC Hosts the Leading actor Dominic Rains to Discuss BURN COUNTRY with Tunisian Film Students

Tunisian students of Audiovisuals, Cinema and Design from University of Carthage in Tunis were gathered to see the defining moments of the newly-released movie Burn Country. More importantly, the students had the rare chance to discuss the movie with the leading actor, Dominic Rains, and to learn from his experience and journey along the way ... Read More»

Film Director Cherien Dabis Discusses AMREEKA with Film Students in the IRC

Tunisian students of Audiovisuals, Cinema and Design from University of Carthage in Tunis were gathered to attend the screening of the 2009 Movie, directed by Cherien Dabis, AMREEKA, which is a drama centered on the trials and tribulations of a proud Palestinian Christian immigrant single mother and her teenage son in small town Indiana. The ... Read More»

Millennium Challenge Corporation Board of Directors Selects Tunisia for New Compacts

MCC Selects Tunisia for new compacts; recognizes Tunisian commitment to good governance, investments in its people, and economic freedom. Tunisia-specific selections from MCC announcement: WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 14 — At its quarterly meeting on December 13, 2016, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors selected Burkina Faso, Sri Lanka and Tunisia for new MCC compacts ... Read More»

Soccer Outfits Donation

Last Saturday was a special day at Hay Hlal stadium.  A team from Embassy Tunis and hundreds of kids from different neighborhoods celebrated the donation of 622 soccer outfits and 10 goalkeeper kits.  The U.S. Embassy donation supports young boys and girls from Hay Hlal, Douar Hicher, Jbal Jloud, Jbal Lahmar, Mnihla and Beb Laasal ... Read More»

Second Anniversary of the U.S.-Tunisia Science ‎& Technology Cooperation Agreement

Deputy Chief of Mission Benjamin Moeling and Khalil Amiri, Secretary of State to the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, celebrate the second anniversary of the U.S.-Tunisia Science ‎& Technology Cooperation Agreement by opening a research seminar between American and Tunisian researchers. Read More»

Ambassador Rubinstein Does the Hour of Code and the American Corner in Sfax follows Suit

Microsoft and MentorNations in Tunisia celebrate Computer Science Week and film a short promotional video with Ambassador Rubinstein doing the Hour of Code on December 2. The video did a wonderful job promoting the importance of coding for Tunisian youth. On December 10, the American Corner in Sfax (aka the Franklin Center) hosted two trainers ... Read More»

Remarks by Assistant Secretary of Commerce Arun M. Kumar at the Tunisia2020 Investment Conference

Remarks by Assistant Secretary of Commerce Arun M. Kumar at the Tunisia2020 Investment Conference U.S. EMBASSY TUNIS MARDI 29 NOVEMBRE 2016 Mr. President, Ministers,Your Excellencies, and distinguished representatives, thank you for the opportunity to join you today. As we approach the six year anniversary of Tunisia’s revolution, we must reflect upon the magnitude of the ... Read More»

A Role play simulation attracts new emerging young voices

Information Resource Officer Suzanne Miller conducted a role play simulation at the IRC and the three American Corners (Tunis, Sousse and Sfax, Sousse).  The simulation was entitled “International Refugee Crisis, Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance.”  More than 120 dynamic young students engaged in this role play resulting in a better understanding of how international negotiations ... Read More»

CEED Programs Graduate 16 Young Entrepreneurs

Ambassador Daniel Rubinstein and Mr. Glenn Rogers, USAID-Tunisia Representative, attended a graduation ceremony at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED), a Tunisian NGO that specializes in assisting young entrepreneurs. 16 entrepreneurs graduated from its Go to Market and Grow programs. The ceremony was also attended by several prominent individuals: Mr. Slim Chaker, Minister ... Read More»

Embassy Celebrates International Education Week 2016 at the American Corner Tunis   

EducationUSA Advisor Meriem Laabidi in collaboration with Public Affairs Section staff celebrated the IEW at the American corner.  The week program promoted the USG exchange programs by organizing info session about higher education in the U.S. and the Embassy exchange program, workshops on college trivia, graduate schools in Tunisia VS those in the U.S and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

Deputy Chief of Mission Benjamin Moeling and the State Secretary of Entrepreneurship and Vocational Training Saida Ounissi spoke with around forty Tunisian entrepreneurs at the U.S. Embassy Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration.  DCM Moeling emphasized the importance of entrepreneurship to Tunisia’s future and the Embassy’s commitment to supporting Tunisian innovators.  State Secretary Ounissi said the public ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Rubinstein on Veterans Day

REMARKS BY AMBASSADOR RUBINSTEIN ON VETERANS DAY Friday, November 11, 2016 General Harrington,Colonel-Major Adouni, Ambassadors, members of the Military Attaché Corps, esteemed veterans, honored guests. Good morning and welcome to our Veteran’s Day ceremony. I am honored to be here today on this hallowed ground to pay tribute to our veterans, including the 2,841 fallen ... Read More»

U.S. National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes Visit To Tunisia

  Ms. Jahana Hayes, U.S. 2016 National Teacher of the year and a special guest of the Embassy attended the 4th Tunisian Association of Teachers of English (TATE) International Conference.  She delivered, at its opening ceremony, a keynote address “Elevating the Teaching Profession.”  Ambassador Rubinstein was present and delivered welcome remarks, acknowledging the key role ... Read More»

Smithsonian-Tunisia Collaboration Workshop 2016

Representatives from the Smithsonian Institution visited Tunisia to conduct a workshop on cultural tourism, marketing, and security.  Organized in cooperation with Ministry of Tourism and Handcrafts and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, the workshop brings together experts from museums across Tunisia.    This workshop was the final stage of a project resulting from President Beji Caid ... Read More»

A Presentation in the IRC on E-Governance Sparks Debate

Former Fulbright Visiting Scholar Dr. Nizar Ben Neji gave a presentation on “e-government: The Legal, Institutional and Technical Frameworks,” highlighting its advantages and its shortcomings, particularly the legal components, which must keep up with rapid technological changes. He also demonstrated how to digitally sign an official document. Attendees discussed e-government in relation to preventing corruption ... Read More»

Educational Talk on “The status of English Language in Tunisia and the MENA region”

The U.S. Embassy in collaboration with the Tunisian Fulbright Society (TFS) hosted a panel entitled “English Matters in Tunisia and the MENA Region.” Guest speakers included Mohamed Khoutheir Khribi, Fulbright alumnus and Program Manager at ALECSO, Ms. Hela Nafti, Senior English Language Inspector and T-Earn President, and Ms. Boutheina Lassadi, university professor and Employment Consultant. The audience was comprised ... Read More»

IRC Hosts Second Social Entrepreneurship Workshop

The IRC held the second in a series of 12 events organized in cooperation with the co-working space El Space. Paco Llorente, one of the founding members of El Space, led an interactive workshop where he invited participants to identify ways of putting entrepreneurial projects at the service of society and social development.  Paco emphasized the ... Read More»

Ambassador Presents Award for Best Heroes Build Graffiti Mural

MC Rai drew hundreds of people to the El Mourouj Cultural Center Saturday night for the final Heroes Build concert.  In addition to MC Rai’s world music performance, Tunisian hip hop artist Artmasta entertained the crowd.   MC Rai’s set enamored the energetic audience, melding the bagpipe, ney, darbouka and kanun harmoniously with guitars and keyboard.  ... Read More»

Ambassador Presents Awards to Young Filmmakers

The Ambassador presented awards to six winners of two Public Affairs video contests.  The theme of the Martin Luther King, Jr. 2016 contest, which was promoted on social media, was volunteerism.  The creators of the three top short films came from Djerba, Monastir and Tunis.  The second contest was for film-school students,  who created short ... Read More»

Public Affairs Hosts Café Talk on Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship

Publich Affairs Section organized a debate between 10 civil society representatives, business people, experts in entrepreneurship and university professors on how to boost entrepreneurship opportunities to improve employability among youth in Tunisia. The event was organized with local NGO IIDebate and hosted by the Embassy’s IRC. Several USG initiatives – by PAS and USAID – ... Read More»

Cultural Affairs Officer Visits Gabes and Tozeur

U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer Greg McElwain met and spoke with over a hundred students and teachers during his visit to schools in Gabes and Tozeur. He shared information about the U.S. Department of State’s academic and professional exchange programs. The information sessions, which took place at the Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Gabes (ENIG), the ... Read More»

Democracy Ambassadors Supporting Municipal Elections

Tthe Will and Citizenship Organization (OVC)  launched its the “Ichrak” (Engaging) project. With the support of the U.S. Embassy and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and in partnership with Gabes Action association, OVC held an opening ceremony to introduce participants to the project, its partners, and relevant experts. Following the ceremony, OVC held a ... Read More»

Rahma Sghaier MENA Leaders For Change Program, 2013

MENA Leaders for Change (MLC) is an innovative regional leadership online State Department-sponsored program. The program combined online training with face-to-face workshops in order to create a cadre of skilled, connected, emerging young leaders (aged 18-35) from all across the MENA region. The intensive, fast-paced program included two online courses, ongoing online dialogues and periodic ... Read More»

Tunisian Scouts Organized a Forum on Combating Violent Extresmism and Radicalism

Tunisian Scouts and Girls Organization Youth organized a FORUM, funded by U.S. Embassy Tunis, where 150 youths discussed their new ten-year strategy with focus on the role of Scouts in combating violent extremism and radicalism. Eminent speakers, such as Minister of youth and Sport, Deputy Minister of youth, former Minister of Environment and famous celebrities ... Read More»

Monia Jendoubi, Communication and International Cooperation Manager, El-Gazala Technopark

Monia Jendoubi, Communication and International Cooperation Manager, El-Gazala Technopark Goldman Sachs 10,000 MENA Women Entrepreneurs, March 2015 10,000 Women is a global initiative supported by The Goldman Sachs Foundation that provides female entrepreneurs around the world with practical business education, business advising, and networking.  The program cultivates the leadership potential of women in the region, promotes ... Read More»

MC RAI Tours in Gabes and Tozeur

  On October 18-19, Tunisian-American musical artist MC Rai brought his unique fusion of classic Algerian rai and western music to Gabes and Tozeur. Taking the stage in Gabes Tuesday night, along with his band and several local musicians, MC Rai played for more than 500 attendees in the Place des Arts. His second concert, ... Read More»

Technovation Inspires Tunisian Girls to Make Change

The IRC organized an interactive session entitled Technovation: Girls Solving Community Problems Through Mobile Applications, led by Amel Ghouila, Technovation Regional Ambassador in Tunisia and TechWomen alumna. The session started with an overview of the program by the global director of Technovation, Madhavi Bhasin, who joined via Skype from San Francisco and who focused on ... Read More»

How Girls Lead to Advance Youth, Peace, Equality

In honor of the International Day Of The Girl, our MEPI Leader for Democracy Fellowship (LDF) participant Henda Maarfi , who is currently in the U.S., took part in the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) live webcast yesterday about How Girls Lead to Advance Youth, Peace, Equality‎. We are proud of Henda for representing Tunisia in the best way possible. We ... Read More»

Smithsonian Tunisia digital campaign

To support the development of Tunisian cultural tourism, the Smithsonian Institution in collaboration with the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism develops marketing plans and promotional materials for Tunisian cultural sites and the Bardo Museum. Star Wars Locations Native Story From ancient Berber homes to a manmade desert igloo, these are the iconic Star Wars’ sets you can visit in ... Read More»

Tunisian USDA Cochrane Fellows Receive Management Training

From September 18 to October 1, 10 Tunisian U,S, Department of Agriculture Cochrane Fellows received agricultural cooperative management training in Washington, D.C. and Minnesota.  The program, a USDA-University of Minnesota joint venture, gave the Fellows an overview of U.S. cooperative management systems, including government funding and policies.  The Fellows will use what they learned to ... Read More»

MEPI Program “Our Neighborhood Our Democracy”

On October 5th, Aimee Breslow, a Democracy & Governance Advisor for the Department of State, met with youth beneficiaries of Our Neighborhood Our Democracy , a program which is funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and implemented by the Jasmine Foundation.  The meeting was an opportunity for youth beneficiaries from disadvantaged areas in Tunis to share their ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary and Ambassador Attend MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference

Deputy Assistant Secretary John Desrocher and Ambassador Rubinstein attended the opening ceremony of the 2016 MENA-OECD  Ministerial Conference in Tunis .  The two-day event brought together ministers of international cooperation, trade, investment and public governance to discuss challenges facing the region, to explore ways to bolster economic growth and employment and to strengthen regional and international integration. Read More»

Ambassador Attends Alumni Reception

At a Public Affairs reception on Tuesday, Ambassador Rubinstein presented certificates of completion to Tunisians who recently returned from five exchange programs: Fulbright Visiting Scholars, Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, International Visitors Leadership Program and Global UGRAD. The event attracted around 22 participants, who had the opportunity to share their U.S. experiences with the Ambassador and ... Read More»

Mourad Ben Hassine Ben Ali, PhD: The Fulbright Visiting Scholarship Program

MOURAD BEN HASSINE BEN ALI, PHD: THE FULBRIGHT VISITING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, AUGUST 12, 2015 TO JUNE 30, 2016, BIOLOGY The Fulbright visiting scholar program made me realize how beautiful it is to travel and meet other people from different cultures. My stay at the University of Arkansas was very productive as a research scientist; I ... Read More»

Two Tunisian Musicians Shine in the OneBeat Program

Young Tunisian musicians Houyem Ghattas and Iskander Dridi joined 23 musical change makers from across the world to take part in take part in OneBeat , one of the U.S. Department of State’s musical diplomacy programs.  This year, OneBeat focuses on Musical Migrations, exploring how large movements of people have shaped music, and conversely, how music can encourage dialogue, peace ... Read More»

Ambassador Meets Professional Fellows Program Delegation

Ambassador Rubinstein met with representatives from Running Start, the Project on Middle East Democracy and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, NGOs that hosted Tunisian community leaders in the Professional Fellows Program (PFP).   Tunisians chosen for the program take part in a month-long fellowship in a service group, grassroots organization, advocacy group, federal ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks for TAEF-STTGO Signature Ceremony

I am delighted to be here today and I would like to thank our host, Mr. Adel Khalifa, for his warm welcome. Thanks to assistance from USAID and its partners, small and medium- size companies across Tunisia are working to develop and implement ambitious business plans that will attract investment and spark the creation of ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubinstein Visits Mahdia

On September 28, 2016, American Ambassador Daniel Rubinstein travelled to Kssour Essaf in Mahdia Governorate to highlight the United States Government’s commitment to supporting inclusive economic growth, competitiveness, and job creation throughout Tunisia. While in Mahdia, the Ambassador attended a ceremony marking the signing of a partnership agreement between the  Tunisian American Enterprise Fund  (TAEF) and the Société Tunisienne de Traitement ... Read More»

A Historical Overview of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

“Democratic Drama or Democratic Decline: Making Sense of the 2016 US Presidential Election.”  This captivating subject drew more than one hundred students from Tunis Business School (TBS) and the Sousse College of Arts and Humanities (FLSHS) to a talk and Q & A with political analyst and Washington Institute for the Near East Policy fellow Dr. Sarah Feuer . Dr. Feuer, whose opinions are not affiliated with ... Read More»

Dr. Sarah Feuer Examines the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Dr. Sarah Feuer, Political Scientist at the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy, gave a presentation titled “Democratic Drama  or Democratic Decline: Making Sense of the  2016 US Presidential Election.”  Before beginning her talk, she emphasized that the opinions she would be expressing were those of a private citizen and not those of the ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubinstein met with MEPI Student Leaders Returning from the 2016 Alumni Program

Ambassador Rubinstein recently met with MEPI Student Leaders returning from the 2016 Alumni Program. They shared stories and experiences from their 6 week training in the U.S. The participants were full of energy and had many promising ideas to change Tunisia for the better. The U.S. Embassy is committed to supporting young Tunisians working on ... Read More»

Expert in Drama Therapy Visits IRC

Dr. Robert Landy, Professor of Educational Theater and Applied Psychology at New York University, gave a presentation at the IRC entitled “Introducing Drama Therapy.” The session was moderated by Elyes Baccar, Artistic Director of the Human Rights Film festival. Dr. Landy showed the audience his play Standing Tall, devised for a group of students in ... Read More»

Tunisia’s First Comic Con Attracts 7,500

Organizers of the first Comic Con in North Africa, which was held September 2 to 4 in Tunis, said around 7,500 attended the weekend activities. Sponsored in part by the Embassy, Comic Con commemorated the 40th anniversary of the filming of the first Star Wars movie in Tunisia, but also attracted fans of cosplay, manga, ... Read More»

Embassy Joins ENIT Communication Week

U.S. Embassy representatives enjoyed taking part in the Communication Week organized by the Engineering School of Tunis (ENIT). Embassy staff talked to more than 200 students, sharing information about scholarships in the U.S. and the educational and cultural programs offered by the Embassy’s Information Resource Center. The ENIT students, who are just about to graduate, ... Read More»

Youth Impact: Peace Ambassadors In the Making

Congratulations to exchange alumni Mondher Tounsi and Ahlem Nasraoui for their peace initiative in Kasserine. To counteract the spread of violent extremism and the lack of opportunities for youth in Kasserine, Mondher and Ahlem have launched the Youth Impact project. Youth Impact is creating a network of strong and educated peace ambassadors who will launch ... Read More»

Pro. Bruhn Conducts Training Sessions for University Graduates in Language Village Nabeul

Dieter Bruhn, a teacher trainer and ESL instructor from the U.S. state of Colorado participated in Language Village Nabeul, an initiative of Tunisia’s  Ministry of Higher Education  which provides top English majors from universities throughout Tunisia the opportunity to take part in an English-language immersion program for two weeks. Bruhn conducted training sessions and workshops ... Read More»

Leaders: Can Tunisia Afford to Care About Climate Change?

Tunisia’s 2014 constitution has been called one of the most progressive in the world.  It has been praised for its provisions regarding the rights of the disabled, regarding healthcare, and most notably, regarding climate change.  Indeed, Tunisia is one of only three countries in the world to enshrine its commitment to climate stewardship in its ... Read More»

Mentoring Council Program

A group of TechWomen alumni launched an initiative to mentor Tunisian women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.  Through their Mentoring Council, TechWomen alumni hope to reproduce the mentoring component of their exchange program in a way that benefits women in their communities and areas of expertise. Read More»

“Draw My Science” Meets More Than the Expectation of its Audience

Two Sousse high-school students who created a YouTube series called “Draw My Science” visited the American Corner Tunis to share their videos with a  group of about 20 students.  Baha Lajmi and Fahd Baaziz use colorful drawings and simple language to create the Arabic-language videos, which explain scientific subjects to a young audience.    At ... Read More»

Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon Met with the “Heroes Build” Team

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon met with the core team of the U.S. Embassy funded project entitled Heroes Build  inTunis.  Heroes Build team members delivered a two-fold presentation: a general overview about the program and a video showcasing the series of completed graffiti tags and concerts.  The Under Secretary of ... Read More»

Of Many: A Chance for Interfaith Dialogue

The U.S. Embassy had the pleasure to visit the Gammarth Higher Institute of Audiovisual and Film Studies (ESAC) and the Higher School of Audiovisual and Design (ESAD) this week, where U.S. filmmaker Linda Mills, visiting Tunisia as part of the American Film Showcase (AFS) program, screened Of Many, her 30-minute documentary of the extraordinary friendship between an orthodox rabbi and an imam, both of whom serve as university chaplains ... Read More»

Political Team Trip to Zaghouan

As part of its ongoing outreach, Embassy Tunis’s political team traveled to Zaghouan on February 4 and met with Governor Anis Dhifallah, UTICA and UGTT representatives, and political party and civil society representatives.  Many of our conversations focused on the unemployment crisis in Tunisia and programs designed to help create jobs throughout Tunisia.  The Government ... Read More»

Political Team Trip to Siliana

Embassy Tunis’s political team traveled to Siliana on January 28 to meet with Governor Slim Tissaoui , and political party and civil society representatives to discuss the political and economic situation in the region and to express U.S. support for Tunisia’s continued democratic transition and economic development.   Discussions focused on Siliana’s economic development, the ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Guidance for Residents and Visitors on Civil Unrest

The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens visiting or resident in Tunisia to ongoing reports of civil disturbances and protests at a number of locations in the country, including in the greater Tunis area. The U.S. Embassy will continue to provide updates and guidance as appropriate to events. In view of these protests, U.S. citizens are ... Read More»

Embassy Hosted a Film Screening of GirlRising

The U.S. Embassy in cooperation with the Tunisian Education & Resource Network (TEARN), hosted a viewing of the feature film GirlRising for English teachers, followed by a debate moderated by TEARN President Hela Nafti.  The film portrays the life-changing journey of nine girls and launched a debate among teachers regarding the inequalities girls and young women face in certain parts ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubinstein’s Remarks at GIST

It’s an honor to be here today for the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (also known as GIST) DEMO Day.  The GIST initiative, a public private partnership led by the U.S. Department of State, has trained over 5,000 startups from emerging economies all around the world. It has connected millions of youth with entrepreneurship ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Supplemental Holiday Security Guidance, Tunisia Mall

Pursuant to the recent Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Tunisia that was published on Thursday, December 17, 2015 we wish to advise you that a report of unknown credibility indicates the possibility of a terrorist attack at the Tunisia Mall in Berges du Lac on Sunday, December 20, 2015.  We advise you to avoid ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Guidance and Revised Country Information

The Embassy of the United States in Tunis alerts U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Tunisia of the heightened security threat during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period.  The Department of State notes that threats to U.S. citizens may temporarily increase during holidays and anniversaries of significant events.  Further, as described in various media ... Read More»

Embassy Donates Books at “Fun with English Day”

Tunisia TESOL organized a “Fun with English Day,” which was attended by more than 100 children.  Activities included language learning sessions using games, storytelling, drawing, cooking and singing.   The Embassy donated books, which English Language Teaching Coordinator Saida Jedidi Sfaxi distributed to the children.   Photo Album Read More»

Celebrating International Women’s Day

  To mark International Women’s Day, the U.S. Embassy Deputy Political and Economic Counselor Auden Mckernan and Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) A. Heather Coyne led a roundtable discussion with a group of Tunisian activists for women’s issues. They debated the pace of women’s progress in the U.S. and Tunisia, ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion Reported in Central Tunis

Social media, local news, and U.S. Embassy police contacts confirm an explosion on a police bus on Avenue Mohammed V between Iraq Street and Saudi Arabia Street, adjacent to the Tunisian Central Bank.  According to media reports, there are multiple deaths and injuries.  U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid central Tunis, including the ... Read More»

RELO Visit to CREFOCs and Access classes

Regional Language Officer (RELO) Rebecca Smoak visited Tunis November 15th – 23rd. During her visit, Ms. Smoak conducted three workshops in CREFOC s in El Omrane, Tozeur and Gabes. Subjects included developing higher order thinking skills, problem solving, application of learning, critical thinking and time management.  Ms. Smoak also visited Access classes in Gabes, Gafsa and ... Read More»

Celebrating 75 Years of Exchange Programs!

The U.S. Embassy kicked off International ‪Education‬ Week ‎IEW2015‬ with a celebration of 75 years of State Department exchange programs.Ambassador Rubinstein spoke to an audience of leaders from the education field, including Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and IVLP alumnus Chiheb Bouden; Director General of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Higher Education ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Malinowski Speeks to Students at Ibn Sharaf University

Following their participation in last Friday’s Strategic Dialogue, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Dr. Dafna Hochman Rand paid a visit to Ibn Sharaf Institute in Tunis on Saturday where they had the opportunity to speak with ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the Republic of Tunisia and the United States of America

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC  At the second Strategic Dialogue today in Tunis, Foreign Minister Taieb Baccouche and Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed the strategic importance of the partnership between Tunisia and the United States. They discussed Tunisia’s bold economic reform agenda and Tunisia’s commitment to protect hard-won freedoms in the face ... Read More»

Senior U.S. Officials Meet with Tunisian Civil Society Ahead of Strategic Dialogue

As the second US-Tunisia Strategic Dialogue got underway in Tunis, senior U.S. and Tunisian government officials met on November 12th with representatives of Tunisian civil society in a dialogue hosted by the NGO Search for Common Ground. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski and USAID Assistant Administrator for the ... Read More»

“Fun with English” Day

TESOL Tunisia organized a “Fun with English” day consisting of language learning sessions for children of all ages and abilities, using games, storytelling, and songs. The children in attendance were eager to learn, and many already possessed excellent English skills. The U.S. Embassy donated books to all participants; English Language Coordinator Saida Jedidi Sfaxi was on ... Read More»

International Day of the Girl: Celebrating Girls Today and Girls of the Future

On Saturday October 17th, the American Embassy celebrated the International Day of the Girl at the American Corner Tunis. A panel of three speakers shared their stories of the work they are doing to empower girls in Tunisia and around the world. Amie Williams, Executive Director and Co-Founder of GlobalGirl Media, Ahlem Nasraoui, founder of ... Read More»

The Journey of the 2015 Tunisian TechWomen Has Begun!

The journey of the 2015 Tunisian TechWomen has begun! Seven participants from all over Tunisia attended a pre-departure orientation at the U.S. Embassy in September. TechWomen alumna Amel Ghouila, with the help of other alumnae, walked them through different phases of the program and shared tips on how to make their participation more fruitful. Having ... Read More»

Fighting the Red Palm Weevil — Dr. Mark Hoddle Shares His Expertise

Dr. Mark Hoddle, Entomologist and Director of the Center for Invasive Species Research at the University of California Riverside, shared his experience with Tunisian peer researchers on how the red palm weevil, considered to be the world’s most serious palm pest, was eradicated from Southern California.   Dr. Hoddle highlighted that the success of the ... Read More»

Attention Alumni! Have YOU Joined TAAN – Tunisian American Alumni Network Yet?

On Friday September 18th more than 100 U.S. program alumni and supporters gathered to celebrate the launch of the Tunisian American Alumni Network (TAAN.) This umbrella network, open to all alumni of U.S. government-sponsored programs, will give each alumnus in Tunisia the opportunity to be involved, network, volunteer and give back to their communities with ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. citizens: Road Closure and Embassy Public Services on Friday, September 11

The Embassy of the United States in Tunis alerts U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Tunisia to the publicly reported closure of Avenue Habib Bourguiba, a main downtown artery, until Monday, September 14 for security reasons.  The Ministry of the Interior has also announced a ban on all demonstrations for security reasons, citing threats against ... Read More»

‪‎Jazz‬ Chants: Carolyn Graham Presents a Unique Way to Teach ‎English‬

The U.S. Embassy IRC and the ELT Coordinator, with the Cooperation of the New Horizon Center, organized a workshop last week—Teaching English Language through Jazz Chants. Guest speaker Carolyn Graham conducted the workshop which included Inspectors, English teachers and students. Ms. Graham introduced the audience to the creative pedagogical method she has been using for ... Read More»

Two Tunisian Teachers Ready to Participate in the TEA Program in the U.S.

The U.S. Embassy ELT Coordinator conducted a pre-departure orientation today for two English teachers who were selected to participate in the 2015 Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA).  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, this six-week professional development program gives the participating teachers a combination of academic seminars and hand-on classroom experience. The two ... Read More»

AS for NEA Anne Patterson, AS for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski Visit Tunisia

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson and Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski will travel to Tunis, Tunisia. Their visit will highlight U.S. support for Tunisia’s democratic government as it promotes prosperity, security, and human rights for all Tunisians. Assistant Secretaries ... Read More»

Launch of the Tunisia E-Business Network Platform

Deputy Chief of Mission Kathleen Hanson gave remarks at the July 24 launch of the Tunisia E-Business Network. The U.S. government awarded the Tunis Chamber of Commerce a grant of $250,000 to create and launch this digital web-based platform for Tunisian exporters to facilitate international trade transactions in Mediterranean and global markets. The Tunisia e-Business ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Terrorist Attack in Tunisia

The U.S. Embassy wishes to alert U.S. citizens to a terrorist attack in Tunisia around the Kantaoui area at the Imperial Riu Marhaba and Soviva hotels in Sousse. The U.S. Embassy reiterates our standing guidance that U.S. citizens in Tunisia should exercise caution when frequenting public venues that are visited by large numbers of foreigners, ... Read More»

Richard Hinman Remarks at “The Women Security Officer: Reality and Aspirations”

Richard Hinman, Director of Tunis Office of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) gave opening remarks at a conference on the theme, “The Woman Security Officer: Reality and Aspirations.” The event was organized by the Tunisian National League of Female Police Officers and the International Center for ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Jake Walles was a Guest Speaker at the Inauguration of Smart Center at Tunis Business School

“It is through programs like this partnership that Tunisia can help its talented youth become more competitive internationally, attract international firms, and build a brighter future for all Tunisians.” Ambassador Jake Walles Ambassador Walles gave remarks at the inauguration of the Smart Center at Tunis Business School (TBS). The Smart Center, a partnership between AmCham ... Read More»

Baseball Equipment Donation to Baseball and Softball Federation

  Ambassador Walles donated earlier today a variety of ‪‎baseball equipment to youth training centers affiliated with the Tunisian Federation of Baseball and Softball. The event, which was held at the Municipal stadium in ‪‎Megrine, featured the presence of the Federation President Saber Jlajla and many baseball fans such as MP Ali Belakhoua. Following the ... Read More»

Career Development Centers Train Job-seeking Graduates as School Year Ends

As the academic year comes to an end, Career Development Centers (CDCs) supported by the #USAID Tunisia’s Business Reform and Competitiveness Project (BRCP) are undertaking activities to assist graduating students to find jobs. This week the CDCs at Higher Education Technical Institutes (ISETs) in Rades, Zaghouan, and Nabeul held Career Days. Keejob, a major web-based ... Read More»

Remarks by President Obama and President Caid Essebsi of Tunisia after Bilateral Meeting

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. PRESIDENT OBAMA: It is a great pleasure to welcome back President Caid Essebsi to the Oval Office. We had the opportunity to meet early in the aftermath of the political transition that had begun in Tunisia. And it was very gratifying to hear about the ... Read More»

Workplace Success Program Graduation Ceremony

Erin Tariot, Foreign Assistance Coordinator at U.S. Embassy Tunis, gave remarks on the evening of May 20 at a graduation ceremony for participants in the Workplace Success Program, a program administered by the NGO Education for Employment (EFE) with support from the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).  The Workplace Success Program aims to bridge Tunisia’s ... Read More»

Kerry, Tunisian Minister Marzouk on U.S.-Tunisia Agreement

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. REMARKS Secretary of State John Kerry And Tunisian Minister for Political Affairs Mohsen Marzouk Blair House MODERATOR: His Excellency Mohsen Marzouk, Minister-Advisor in Charge of Political Affairs, and the Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State, will now sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Discusses Tunisia’s Economic and Commercial Future at Business Roundtable Event

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joined Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisian government officials, and American business leaders for an open dialogue on how to strengthen Tunisia’s economy and on how the country can translate its remarkable political transition into sustainable economic progress. Secretary Pritzker highlighted the importance ... Read More»

The U.S. Stands Ready to Help Tunisia Realize Its Democratic Promise

Washington Post Opinion By Barack Obama and Béji Caïd Essebsi Barack Obama and Béji Caïd Essebsi are, respectively, the presidents of the United States and Tunisia.  Amid the turmoil that so often dominates the headlines, it can be tempting to think that all of North Africa and the Middle East is gripped by disorder.  But in Tunisia, where ... Read More»

Recent U.S. Deliveries Increase Ministry of Defense’s Mobility

At a meeting on May 12, U.S. Ambassador Jake Walles informed Minister of Defense Farhat Horchani about the recent delivery to the Tunisian military of 52 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, also known as HMMWVs, and a 65-foot patrol boat. The Tunisian Navy will use the boat manufactured by SAFE Boats International to improve the ... Read More»

Statement by the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ira Forman on Lag B’Omer Pilgrimage in Djerba, Tunisia

I am honored to attend this year’s Lag B’Omer pilgrimage in Djerba, a historic center of North African Judaism.  Since entering the role of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism for the United States Government in 2013, I have visited many Jewish communities, including across Europe and South America. I am always heartened by ... Read More»

Remarks at the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference in Tunisia by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today delivered the keynote address at the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference in Tunis, Tunisia. The conference brought together more than 300 international participants from the business community, civil society and governments to explore the economic potential of North Africa. In her remarks, Secretary Pritzker discussed the United States’ support ... Read More»

Microsoft Tounes Ta3mal Trainings

If you have ever considered using a Career Development Center (CDC), located in one of nine universities throughout the country, you might be happy to know that its highly trained staff just received a specialized course on using the Microsoft Tounes Ta3mal Website. That means when students visit the center, counselors can work with them ... Read More»

Transforming Tunisians with Disabilities into Civil Society Leaders

Through the Leadership and Empowerment for Action on Disability (LEAD) Initiative, Handicap International in partnership with MEPI and their local partner “Le Collectif Tunisien pour La Promotion des Droits des Personnes en Situation de Handicap,” is training more than 1,000 Tunisian civil society advocates in Tunisia’s 24 governorates. The overarching goal of LEAD is to ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken Press Statement

I am honored to be here today to represent the Government of the United States and to reiterate our commitment to and support for the government and people of Tunisia. I just had a good meeting with Prime Minister Essid. Before that, I sat down with Foreign Minister Baccouche, Minister of Interior Gharsalli, Minister of ... Read More»

USAID “Find Jobs” Project in Jendouba

Assisting the youth of Tunisia to find jobs is an ongoing mission of the USAID Business Reform and Competitiveness project. In addition to the job fairs it has been sponsoring, the USAID project is working closely with Centers for Career Development (CDC) at targeted universities throughout the country. Most recently, the team visited Jendouba University, ... Read More»

Radio Show Advice Program “Carriëre”

Do you listen to the radio station Express FM in #Tunisia?  If you are looking for a job, you might find helpful advice through the Express FM radio show “Carriere” (Career).  The USAID Business Reform and Competitiveness Project has teamed up with the daily, 30-minute show to offer listeners information once a week on some ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Awareness Reminder for Tunisian Independence Day and Following the Bardo Museum Attack

The U.S. Embassy Tunis informs U.S. citizens of the importance of increased vigilance in light of the March 18 attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis and of Tunisian Independence Day on Friday, March 20. Tunisian security forces will continue to maintain a high state of vigilance. The U.S. Embassy reiterates our standing guidance that ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Security Situation at Bardo Museum and Surrounding Area

The U.S. Embassy wishes to alert U.S. citizens to an ongoing security situation around the Bardo Museum in downtown Tunis.  The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid the Bardo Museum and surrounding vicinity, which includes the parliament. U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution and avoid areas where large gatherings may occur.  Even demonstrations ... Read More»

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation OPIC, Tunisian Banks Sign Agreement to Support Small Medium-size Enterprises

TUNIS, (TAP) – The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US Government’s development finance institution, on Thursday, signed a USD 50 million guarantee agreement with three Tunisian banks. Under this agreement, signed on the sidelines of the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference (IEU) held Thursday in Gammarth, OPIC will provide a 70% guarantee of the principle ... Read More»

Excerpts from Prime Minister Habib Essid Remarks at the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference

GAMMARTH (TAP) –  Prime Minister Habib Essid had, Thursday in Gammarth, on the fringes of the opening of the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference (IEC) a series of meeting with U.S. senior officials who take part in the conference. In a statement to the media, Habib Essid asserted that these meetings turned on the economic co-operation ... Read More»

Excerpts from President Beji Caid Essebsi Remarks at the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference

TUNIS (TAP) – “ Tunisia needs support to initiate structural reforms that can sometimes be painful,” said President Beji Caid Essebsi. Speaking at the closing of the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference, he stressed that this event is a major opportunity for Tunisia which has already made significant political progress and needs now to usher in ... Read More»

Secretary Pritzker Meets with Government Officials, Business Leaders, and Entrepreneurs to Discuss Ways to Improve Economic Opportunity

To demonstrate the United States’ commitment to Tunisia’s transition to democracy, and to underscore the reforms needed to attract investment, generate economic growth, and create jobs in the country, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker led a delegation to Tunisia this week. In addition to offering a keynote address at the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference, ... Read More»

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Announces Public-Private Partnership to Strengthen Entrepreneurship in Tunisia

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the launch of Regional Investments to Support Entrepreneurship (RISE), a public-private partnership aimed at promoting trade and investment between Tunisia and the United States, increasing market access, improving commercial rule of law and strengthening entrepreneurship. Secretary Pritzker announced the new platform during her keynote address at the ... Read More»

Tunisia Press Conference Opening Remarks: Statement Prepared for Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to meet with President Caid Essebi and Prime Minister Essid.           The message I delivered to them was simple: the United States supports Tunisia’s transition to democracy, and is committed to strengthening our partnership with the country’s new government.  Since the days of the revolution, Tunisia ... Read More»

Tunisia’s Moment: Fulfilling the Revolution’s Promise with Economic Reform

The whole world watched the story unfold: just over four years ago, a new era in Tunisia’s history began with a single act of defiance by a young vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi. Mohamed was frustrated by a lack of opportunity for business owners, workers, and entrepreneurs. He felt held back by a tradition of rampant ... Read More»

March 5th Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference

The U.S. Department of State, the American Chamber of Commerce in Tunisia (AmCham Tunisia), and Partners for a New Beginning – North Africa Partnership for Economic Opportunity (PNB-NAPEO) are pleased to announce an Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference that will be held in Tunis on March 5, 2015.  The theme of this Conference will be “building ... Read More»

USAID Helps Women Launch Their Businesses

USAID’s Business Reform and Competitiveness project (USAID BRCP) provides technical support to small and medium enterprise to facilitate economic growth in Tunisia.  Recently, it worked with ENDA, Tunisia’s largest microenterprise organization, to enable its members to qualify for credit and help with their business needs.  Oftentimes, it is difficult for women to enter the formal ... Read More»

Bridge Between Employers and Jobseekers

Tunisia has tremendous competitiveness potential and a well-educated workforce. At the same time it continues to experi-ence high unemployment. The USAID Business Reform & Competitiveness Project in Tunisia is addressing this challenge through a series of job fairs nationwide, connecting workers to potential jobs and creating a bridge between employers and jobseekers. The project provides ... Read More»

Arrival Ceremony for the Tunisian Air Force’s Second C-130J & Announcement of Tunisia’s Purchase of Eight UH-60M Helicopters

At a ceremony on Thursday, January 8, attended by U.S. Ambassador Jake Walles, Minister of Defense Ghazi Jeribi, and Brigadier General Bechir Bedoui, the Tunisian Air Force welcomed the arrival of their second C-130J aircraft and announced their decision to purchase eight armed UH-60M helicopters. In 2010, Tunisia signed a contract to purchase two C-130J ... Read More»

First Women Debate Tournament in Sousse

As part of its effort to promote women’s rights in Tunisian society through its project Empower To Lead, WeYouth organized the first Women Debate Tournament last week in Sousse. The tournament gathered 32 female activists from different parts of the country to debate women’s rights and the status of women in Tunisia. In addition to ... Read More»

EducationUSA and U.S. Embassy Tunis Employees Talk About How to Pursue Higher Education in the U.S.A.

EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State-supported network of hundreds of student advising centers around the world. Each year, EducationUSA advisers provide millions of international students with accurate, comprehensive, and current information about how to apply to U.S. colleges and universities. Karen Bauer, the Regional Educational Advising Coordinators (REAC) for North Africa and the Middle ... Read More»

Transfer of Night Vision Devices to the Tunisian Armed Forces

At a ceremony on Friday, November 7 attended by U.S. Ambassador Jake Walles, Minister of Defense Ghazi Jeribi, and Brigadier General Bechir Bedoui, the U.S. Embassy transferred Night Vision Devices valued at nearly $2 million to the Tunisian Armed Forces, highlighting the strong and growing strategic partnership between the United States and Tunisia. At the ... Read More»

Lebanese American Writer, Artist, and Actress Leila Buck Conducted a Workshop at the Youth Complex in Sfax

Lebanese American writer, artist, and actress Leila Buck conducted a workshop at the Youth Complex in Sfax for primary school teachers on the role of performing arts in education.  Fifty-five teachers enthusiastically participated in the interactive event, conducted in Arabic and French.  A participatory approach enabled attendees to grasp the importance of dramatic arts education in ... Read More»

Ambassador Anne W. Patterson Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Remarks at: “Invest in Tunisia: Start-up Democracy”

Good afternoon. Prime Minister Joma’a, Prime Minister Valls, colleagues.  It’s an honor to address all of you today. Tunisia is succeeding in this transition thanks to its commitment to political consensus at home and economic engagement with the world.  We would like to commend Tunisia for the strategic, sector-by-sector approach it is taking to attract ... Read More»

Donation of Patrol Boats to the Tunisian Navy

At a ceremony on Thursday, August 28 attended by U.S. Ambassador Jake Walles, Minister of Defense Ghazi Jeribi, and Vice Admiral Mohamed Khamassi, the U.S. Embassy presented two new 44-foot patrol boats to the Tunisian Navy, highlighting the United States’ strong and growing strategic partnership with Tunisia. These two vessels donated to the Tunisian Navy ... Read More»

Joint Statement of the U.S.-Tunisia Council on Trade and Investment

The United States-Tunisia Trade and Investment Council met on June 16, 2014, in Tunis to engage in an ongoing process toward increased trade and investment integration between the two economies, following up on discussions on that subject between President Obama and Prime Minister Jomaa in April.  Led by Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and ... Read More»

Chris Stevens Youth Network in Tunisia

Approximately 30 students and teachers from throughout Tunisia attended a workshop organized by TEARN ( Tunisian Education and Resource Network ) in Hammamet. The workshop was sponsored in part by the Chris Stevens Youth Network and featured presentations by teachers and students on projects they had developed throughout the year. The workshop celebrated the conclusion of projects that included an ... Read More»

United States Signs $500 million Loan Guarantee Agreement with Tunisia

Today, the United States and Tunisia signed a loan guarantee agreement which will allow Tunisia to access up to $500 million in affordable financing from international capital markets.  The loan guarantee underscores the United States’ commitment to the people of Tunisia and their democratic transition. The loan guarantee agreement is designed to support Tunisia as ... Read More»

Ambassador Walles’s Remarks at CEED Launch Event

Good morning.  Minister Larbi, Madame Elghoul, distinguished guests. I am pleased to be with you today at the launch of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development.  CEED, as it is known, will provide Tunisian entrepreneurs with the funds, training, and networking opportunities they need to get their businesses up and running.  I am very ... Read More»

U.S.-Tunisia Joint Statement on Strategic Partnership

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary In their meeting today at the White House, President Obama and Prime Minister Jomaa reaffirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Tunisia. The two leaders discussed the historic progress made in Tunisia as its political and civil society leaders have worked together to advance Tunisia’s ... Read More»

U.S.-Tunisia Strategic Dialogue

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 3, 2014 Today, the United States and Tunisia launched the first-ever U.S.-Tunisia Strategic Dialogue. The Dialogue focused on areas in which the United States and Tunisia can expand their relationship to address challenges facing Tunisia: economy and investment, security, and governance and partnerships. Deputy Secretary of ... Read More»
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