Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Yael Lempert met with Foreign Minister Jerandi

Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Yael Lempert met with Tunisia’s FM Jerandi to discuss bilateral & regional issues, including the food security crisis caused by Putin’s war against Ukraine. She reiterated U.S. support for the Tunisian people and the need for a political & economic reform process representing diverse Tunisian voices. Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Lempert’s Travel to Morocco and Tunisia

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Media Note May 10, 2022 Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Yael Lempert will travel to Marrakech, Morocco and Tunis, Tunisia from May 10-14. The Acting Assistant Secretary will accompany Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland at the Ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to ... Read More»

Request For Quote : PA-Equipment for the Cybersecurity Center ISET’COM-Donation

Request For Quote PA-Equipment for the Cybersecurity Center ISET’COM-Donation Offers due date: May 20th   2022 – 10:00am The U.S Embassy in Tunis is seeking the purchase of PA-Equipment for the Cybersecurity Center specifications as per attached detailed. Your quotation must be submitted in a sealed envelope (financial bids along with the product data sheet) marked “Quotation Enclosed” to ... Read More»

Chargée d’Affaires Natasha Franceschi hosts iftar for TechWomen and TechGirls

Chargée d’Affaires Natasha Franceschi hosted an iftar at her residence for six distinguished TechWomen and TechGirls representing Tunisia’s future generation of leaders in STEM fields. These program participants gained mentorship experiences, developed their skills through workshops, and engaged with America’s most innovative tech professionals during their three-week programs in the United States. We are proud ... Read More»

I WATCH and U.S. Embassy Strengthen Citizen Access to Information

Chargée d’affaires, a.i. Natasha Franceschi joined the I-Watch team for the closing ceremony of the “Upstream Access to Information” project.  Through 350 partnerships with municipalities and 24 associations across Tunisia, this U.S. government project funded through the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) provided Tunisians with greater access to information and increased transparency. “Projects like “Upstream Access to Information” showcase the ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

As Muslims in the United States and around the world conclude the month of Ramadan and celebrate Eid al-Fitr, Jill and I extend our warmest wishes to all who are celebrating this joyous occasion. Eid marks the completion of a holy month dedicated to devotion and reflection, when families and communities come together to celebrate ... Read More»

Statement by Ned Price, Spokesperson

State Department Press Briefing April 26, 2022 Spokesperson Ned Price The United States is deeply concerned by the Tunisian President’s decision to unilaterally restructure Tunisia’s Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE). A genuinely independent Election Authority is critical, given its constitutionally mandated role in Tunisia’s upcoming referendum and parliamentary elections. The United States has consistently ... Read More»

Earth Day 2022

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State As we celebrate the 52nd annual Earth Day, we are able to reflect on the past year as the period when we gained momentum in our global commitment to foster a healthier planet. This Administration has made the climate crisis a foreign policy priority by working to scale up ... Read More»

Submit Feedback to Improve the U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

Calling all stakeholders from the private sector, academia, civil society & affected communities: Help us improve the U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct and promote economic, environmental, and social progress!   Leading companies know high standards are good for business. So how can U.S. businesses promote respect for human rights and workers’ rights ... Read More»

Violence in Jerusalem

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON APRIL 15, 2022 The United States is deeply concerned by the violence in Jerusalem today on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.  We call on all sides to exercise restraint, avoid provocative actions and rhetoric, and preserve the historic status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.  We urge Palestinian and Israeli ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome Meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs Othman Jerandi to Mark the End of His Tenure

Ambassador Donald Blome met yesterday with Minister of Foreign Affairs Othman Jerandi to mark the end of his tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia. Ambassador Blome expressed his appreciation for the warm welcome he received from the Tunisian government and people and thanked Minister Jerandi for the close bilateral cooperation on regional and international issues. ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Impact of Russia’s War Against Ukraine

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York April 5, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. Let me also start by thanking UAE and Ambassador Nussebeh for her successful presidency during the month of March. Madam President, as you begin your Security Council presidency, I want to thank the ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome Meets With President Kais Saied To Mark The End Of His Tenure As U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia

Ambassador Donald Blome met today with Tunisian President Kais Saied at Carthage Palace to mark the end of his tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia. During the meeting, Ambassador Blome said he was honored to represent the United States in Tunisia over the past three years, where he had the opportunity to enhance the historic ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome Meets With Prime Minister Bouden To Bid Farewell At The End of His Tour in Tunisia

Ambassador Donald Blome met today with Prime Minister Najla Bouden to bid farewell at the end of his tour in Tunisia. During the meeting, Ambassador Blome said he was privileged to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia over the past three years and expressed appreciation for the warm welcome he received from the Tunisian government ... Read More»

Statement by Ned Price, Spokesperson

STATE DEPARTMENT PRESS BRIEFING March 31, 2022 Spokesperson Ned Price The United States is deeply concerned by the Tunisian President’s decision to unilaterally dissolve the parliament and reports that Tunisian authorities are considering legal measures against members of parliament.  We have consistently communicated to Tunisian officials that any political reform process should be transparent and inclusive, and undertaken in ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Natasha Franceschi Attends EFE Graduation Ceremony

Deputy Chief of Mission Natasha Franceschi joined the Minister of Vocational Training and Employment Nasreddine Nsibi at a graduation ceremony to celebrate 250 youth from Beja, Jendouba, Siliana, Gabes, Medenine, and Tataouine who successfully completed technical and soft skills training through Education For Employment Tunisia and secured jobs with 23 different employers. The U.S. Embassy is proud to ... Read More»

Under Secretary Zeya’s Visit to Tunisia

Office of the Spokesperson Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Uzra Zeya visited Tunisia on March 23-27, where she underscored the importance of strengthening democracy in Tunisia and implementing an inclusive political and economic reform process, in coordination with political parties, unions, and civil society. Over the course of her visit, Under Secretary Zeya ... Read More»

The United States, Germany, and Tunisia Mark Completion of the Tunisian Border Security Project – Phase 2

March 29, 2022–U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Donald Blome and German Ambassador Peter Pruegel joined Minister of National Defense Imed Memmiche today at Remada Barracks to mark the completion of the second phase of the Tunisian Border Security Project (TBSP). The project aims to strengthen Tunisia’s border security capabilities to counter terrorism and cross-border smuggling threats. This project, valued at over USD100 million, was launched ... Read More»

Op-ed by G7 and EU Ambassadors to Tunisia on the Russian War of Aggression against Ukraine

Op-ed by G7 and EU Ambassadors to Tunisia on the Russian War of Aggression against Ukraine Russia’s war against Ukraine is sowing death and destruction. The most vulnerable of Ukrainian civilians are suffering the direct consequences of Russian attacks on their cities. The political and economic fallout of this blatant aggression will be felt far ... Read More»

Statement on the Passing of Madeleine K. Albright

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 23, 2022 Madeleine Albright was a brilliant diplomat, a visionary leader, a courageous trailblazer, a dedicated mentor, and a great and good person who loved the United States deeply and devoted her life to serving it. She was also a wonderful friend to many, including me. ... Read More»

Tunisia National Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 20, 2022 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the Tunisian people on the 66th anniversary of their nation’s independence and the 11th anniversary of the Tunisian revolution. The bonds between our two countries are based on shared values ... Read More»

Welcoming the International Court of Justice’s Order Directing the Russian Federation to Immediately Suspend Military Operations in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MARCH 16, 2022 The International Court of Justice today issued a significant ruling in Ukraine’s case against the Russian Federation under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The ruling clearly and unequivocally ordered Russia to immediately suspend the military operations Russia commenced last ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Supports Tunisian Women’s Economic and Social Empowerment

As we celebrate Women’s Month, we renew our commitment to supporting women’s economic and social empowerment. U.S. Embassy Chargée d’Affaires Natasha Franceschi joined Mayor of Tunis Souad Abderrahim and Governor Kamel Fekih to inaugurate two refurbished public spaces in the historic Medina funded by USAID – US Agency for International Development as part of the Femme Medina program. Chargée d’Affaires Franceschi visited ... Read More»

February Alum of the Month – Malek Sebri – Student Leaders Program (2018) 

February Alum of the Month – Malek Sebri – Student Leaders Program (2018)  Empowering youth in rural areas is no longer a dream. Sharing Malek Sebri’s story not only inspires future MEPI Student Leaders Program applicants, but it is also a lesson in perseverance for all Tunisian youth. We invite you to dream while reading it. In a recent interview with the MEPI Coordinator, Malek shared “from a young age, I had always been passionate about education. I always wondered how my life would have been different if I had not had the chance ... Read More»

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Erica Thibault Announced the Six Winners of the OST Pitching Competition

We are proud to support young entrepreneurs who are key to Tunisia’s economic future! Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Erica Thibault announced the six winners of the Open Startup Tunisia (OST) pitching competition. In addition to joining a week-long immersion program at Columbia University, these emerging entrepreneurs will participate in the international Columbia Venture Competition where they ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome Visited to Borj Lella Restaurant

At the end of his trip to Jendouba last week, Ambassador Donald Blome returned to Borj Lella , a local restaurant and artisanal cheese producer where he met with owner Zied Ben Youssef to learn about how U.S. support helped this small business mitigate the pandemic’s economic impact. Through USAID – US Agency for International Development support, Zied Ben Youssef has been able to ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome Meets With Regia Pharma In Jendouba

Ambassador Donald Blome met with Mounir Ennabli, the owner of Regia Pharma in Jendouba, a U.S.-supported business on the frontline of the pandemic as a medical gown and PPE manufacturer. Through USAID, the United States is helping Regia Pharma implement a training and programs leading to job creation and an increase in sales by 700,000 ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome Visits SMSA El Amen A USAID Funded Project

Businesses like SMSA El Amen in Jendouba demonstrate the tremendous potential for growth and employment in Tunisia’s private sector, especially in the agricultural sector. During his trip, Ambassador Donald Blome met with the team at SMSA El Amen in recognition of the vital role the 320-member cooperative plays in Tunisia’s economy. Through USAID, the United ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the United Nations General Assembly Vote Condemning Russia’s Aggression Against Ukraine

Today, for the first time in 40 years, the United Nations Security Council convened an Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly under the Uniting for Peace mechanism in response to Russia’s unprovoked, unjustified, and unconscionable war on Ukraine. This extraordinary move by the United Nations demonstrates the extent of global outrage at Russia’s horrific ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome Meets With Access Alumni In Tabarka

While in Tabarka this week Ambassador Blome had a great discussion with a group of Access alumni who shared their hopes and dreams for the future.  Through the U.S. Embassy’s Access English Microscholarship program, students across Tunisia are improving their English as they develop leadership skills and learn the importance of civic engagement.   Since 2004, ... Read More»

United States Funds First of Its Kind Fishing Simulator in Tunisia

Ambassador Blome traveled to Tabarka to visit the Professional Training Center for Fishing to see its new fishing simulator, which is the first of its kind in Tunisia.  The simulator was purchased by the U.S. Embassy as part of the $5 million FARMER project, which is working with the Agency for Training and Agricultural Extension ... Read More»

Additional Measures Against the Russian Financial System

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 28, 2022 In coordination with our allies and partners, the United States is taking further measures today against the Russian financial system in response to Russia’s continuing premeditated war against Ukraine. Unwavering in our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, we will continue to act ... Read More»

RFQ 19TS8022Q0001 – Telephone Mobile Services

Dear Prospective Contractor, Please find RFQ  regarding the Telephone Mobile Services for US Embassy Tunis, Tunisia. If you are interested to attend the Pre-proposal Conference as mentioned in this Cover Letter , please send the names and the ID Card copies to following email addresses, no later than Thursday March 3, 2022: chakrounl@state.gov ladharia@state.gov ___________________________________________________________ Please see below Question from a potential bidder ... Read More»

The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 27, 2022 Our partnership with the people of Ukraine is steadfast and enduring, and we are focused on Ukraine’s urgent humanitarian needs as an important part of our response to Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack.  It is with the welfare of ordinary Ukrainians in mind ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Further Restrictive Economic Measures

We, the leaders of the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States condemn Putin’s war of choice and attacks on the sovereign nation and people of Ukraine. We stand with the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people in their heroic efforts to resist Russia’s invasion. Russia’s war represents an ... Read More»

Joint Statement Following a Vote on a UN Security Council Resolution on Russia’s Aggression Toward Ukraine

United States Mission to the United Nations New York, New York February 25, 2022 Joint Statement Following a Vote on a UN Security Council Resolution on Russia’s Aggression Toward Ukraine The following is a joint statement as delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, on behalf of Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, ... Read More»

Additional Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 26, 2022 Ukraine is a sovereign, democratic, and peace-loving nation. The United States and Ukraine have been partners since Ukraine declared its independence from the Soviet Union more than 30 years ago. After Russia invaded and partially occupied Ukraine in 2014, the United States intensified efforts ... Read More»

Imposing Sanctions on President Putin and Three Other Senior Russian Officials

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 25, 2022 The United States is inflicting unprecedented costs on President Putin and those around him for their brutal and unprovoked assault on the people of Ukraine.  We are united with our allies and partners in our commitment to ensure the Russian government pays a severe ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on Russia’s Unprovoked and Unjustified Attack on Ukraine

THE PRESIDENT:  Sorry to keep you waiting.  Good afternoon.  The Russian military has begun a brutal assault on the people of Ukraine without provocation, without justification, without necessity. This is a premeditated attack.  Vladimir Putin has been planning this for months, as I’ve been — as we’ve been saying all along.  He moved more than ... Read More»

Statement by President Biden on Russia’s Unprovoked and Unjustified Attack on Ukraine

The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will ... Read More»

Entrepreneurs Are Critical to Unlocking Economic Growth and Jobs Across Tunisia

Op-Ed by Donald Blome, U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Entrepreneurs Are Critical to Unlocking Economic Growth and Jobs Across Tunisia As I traveled around Tunisia the last three years, some of my most memorable interactions have been with entrepreneurs whose drive and passion for innovation is a constant reminder of the country’s tremendous potential.  These Tunisians are ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy in Tunisia launches a “Heritage Project” In partnership with the Tunisian Scouts

We’re excited to announce our new partnership with the Tunisian Scouts to inspire youth to value and protect Tunisia’s rich cultural heritage! Today, Ambassador Donald Blome joined the Chairman of Tunisian Scouts, Mohamed Ali Khiari to launch the U.S. Embassy-funded Tourath project that will benefit Scouts across Tunisia.  Through the Tourath project more than 70,000 Scouts will earn cultural heritage merit badges by volunteering ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome Visits the Royal Plants Project in Haouria

Ambassador Blome recently traveled to Haouria to meet with the team at Royal Plants, a small business that benefited from U.S. government assistance through USAID’s JOBS program.  Royal Plants is doing its part to help Tunisia’s economy rebound and create new jobs by expanding production and improving the quality of seedlings sold to Tunisian farmers ... Read More»

The United States partners with ATB to launch a $35 million loan program to support small businesses across Tunisia  

Press Release February 17, 2022 February 17, 2022— U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome joined the CEO of the Arab Tunisian Bank (ATB), Ahmed Rjiba, to launch a $35 million loan program to increase access to finance for Tunisian small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) across the country. The program will expand and accelerate commercial lending to ... Read More»

Notice: Fraudulent Sites and Services

USAID/Tunisia has become aware of fraudulent online links and sites that use our logo and name to offer the service of facilitating a USAID grant application for a fee. All such sites, organizations, and links are not authorized by USAID and are illegally using our logo and name to defraud individuals and businesses seeking USAID assistance. USAID, authorized partners, consultants, and intermediaries, do not ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome’s Remarks at the Kick-off of Open Start-Up Tunisia Bootcamp

Good evening, everyone.  It is my pleasure to join you tonight to officially kick-off the OSTX National Competition, organized jointly by Open Start-Up Tunisia and Columbia University in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. I’d like to acknowledge our partners including Houda Ghozzi, founder of Open Start-up Tunisia, Dario Vasquez representing Columbia University and ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome Meets With Minister of Communication Technologies Nizar Ben Neji

Ambassador Blome met with Minister of Communication Technologies Nizar Ben Neji. During the meeting, the Ambassador and the Minister discussed shared technology development priorities and areas for possible cooperation. Ambassador Blome highlighted the critical role of trusted vendors in helping Tunisia achieve its digital aspirations, particularly in the realm of 5G technology and secure information ... Read More»

Joint statement by the Ambassadors of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Union

The  Ambassadors of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Union in Tunisia are deeply concerned about the announcement of the intention to unilaterally dissolve the Supreme Judicial Council whose mission is to ensure the sound functioning of the justice system and respect for its independence.  A transparent, ... Read More»

STATE DEPARTMENT PRESS BRIEFING

STATE DEPARTMENT PRESS BRIEFING February 7, 2022 Spokesperson Ned Price The United States is deeply concerned by Tunisian President Saied’s calls to dissolve the Supreme Judicial Council, and the reported barring of employees from entering the Supreme Judicial Council. An independent judiciary is a core element of an effective and transparent democracy. It is essential ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome Meets Female Entrepreneurs in Kairouan

Female entrepreneurs are driving economic growth and creating new job opportunities across Tunisia! That’s why Ambassador Donald Blome visited Bahia cosmetic and Groupement La Mère des Villes in Kairouan to meet with entrepreneurs receiving support from the U.S government. USAID – US Agency for International Development is helping more than 15,000 talented entrepreneurs increase sales, expand their markets and create sustainable employment opportunities in ... Read More»

The United States Injects USD $50 Million into Tunisia’s Tourism Sector with the Visit Tunisia Project

U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome joined the Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts Mr. Mohamed Moez Belhassine today at the Sbeitla archeological site in Kasserine to launch the $50 million Visit Tunisia project funded by the U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Visit Tunisia is a five-year project designed to help Tunisia’s ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome Visits Kasserine Pass Memorial

U.S. Ambassador Blome visited the Kasserine Pass Memorial today where he laid a wreath in honor of U.S. troops who lost their lives in 1943 at the Battle of Kasserine Pass.  In mid-February 1943, German forces pressed into the American-held Kasserine Pass, sparking the first major engagement between the Allied and Axis forces in North Africa during World War II. Thanks ... Read More»

MEPI Alum of the Month: An Ardent Advocate for Youth and Local Development

Our first featured alum in 2022 is Ahmed Missaoui, a social and political activist who participated in the U.S. Embassy’s Leaders for Democracy Fellowship (LDF) and International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Ahmed is currently a municipal councilor in Sfax and President of the district of Sidi Mansour.     Ahmed has worked on several youth engagement initiatives, such as the BuildUp Tunisia project, which built the capacity of young entrepreneurs, and the Tunisia Accountability and Political Participation project, which improved young people’s involvement in the Tunisian elections. Both projects were funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). The embassy admires his active participation and involvement ... Read More»

U.S. Donated Over 2.8 million COVID-19 Vaccines to Tunisia Since July 2021

More Tunisians will be protected from COVID-19 thanks to the United States’ delivery today of over 300,000 additional doses of Pfizer vaccines. Since July, the United States has proudly donated over 2.8 million vaccines to the Tunisian people.  In addition to life saving vaccines, the U.S. government has provided Tunisia with more than $46 million in COVID-19 support, since March 2020.  We remain committed ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome Meets With Minister of Interior Taoufik Charfeddine

Ambassador Donald Blome met with Minister of Interior Taoufik Charfeddine to discuss recent counterterrorism efforts and ongoing security cooperation projects reflecting the shared goal of developing an effective citizen-focused police force. The Ambassador also stressed the importance of respecting the fundamental rights and freedoms of all citizens.  Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome Meets Minister of Transportation Rabie Al Majidi

Ambassador Donald Blome met today with Minister of Transportation Rabie Al Majidi to discuss opportunities for future collaboration in the transport sector. They agreed on the importance of enhancing Tunisia’s ports to promote Tunisian exports and thereby create new job opportunities. Aside from U.S. government assistance, Ambassador Blome discussed with Minister Al Majidi how the ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome Meets With Minister of Economy And Planning Samir Saied

Ambassador Donald Blome Met With Minister of Economy And Planning Samir Saied yesterday to discuss shared economic priorities and bilateral cooperation. Ambassador Blome reiterated the importance of continued constructive economic dialogue with Tunisian stakeholders, international financial institutions, and partners including the United States. He emphasized U.S. commitment to promoting economic prosperity and job creation throughout ... Read More»

The United States Launches USD $5 million Medical Research Partnership Between University of Sfax and Johns Hopkins University 

U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome joined Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Moncef Boukthir today for the signing of the USD $5 million Tunisian Health Center for University Research Excellence & Sustainability (CURES) project. The U.S. government-funded agreement between the University of Sfax and Johns Hopkins University will support the creation of a modern research and ... Read More»

Public Affairs Officer Erica Thibault Attended The Launch of a Unique Food Diplomacy Project, Ahlan 2.0

Public Affairs Officer Erica Thibault traveled to Sousse this week for the launch of a unique food diplomacy project, Ahlan 2.0, implemented in partnership with the Tunisian organization at The New Medina. This innovative cultural project will include a series of residencies and workshops that will invite prominent American chefs to experience Tunisia’s rich culinary ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome Meets With Prime Minister Najla Bouden Romdhane

Ambassador Donald Blome met with Prime Minister Najla Bouden Romdhane yesterday and reiterated strong support for the longstanding partnership between Tunisia and the United States, and for the aspirations of the Tunisian people for an effective, democratic, and transparent government that protects rights and freedoms. The Ambassador stressed the importance of ensuring a broadly inclusive ... Read More»

MEPI Alum of the Month: North African Region’s Youth Ambassador for Peace for the African Union 

We’re closing the year with our final MEPI Alumna of the Month, Khouloud Ben Mansour. After participating in the MEPI Student Leaders Program in 2017, Khouloud had the opportunity to take part in several other programs and to participate in trainings and conferences at an international level.    “I believe that the MEPI Student Leaders Program has offered me so many advantages and knowledge in a way that shaped my skills to be ready for the professional world,” Khouloud told ... Read More»

Security Alert: Possible Demonstrations in Tunisia

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tunis – December 16, 2021 – Possible Demonstrations in Tunisia  Location: Tunisia Event:The U.S. Embassy in Tunis reminds U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness, especially if there are political demonstrations. U.S. citizens in Tunisia are encouraged to review the Department of State travel advisory for ... Read More»

President Saied’s Announcement of Reforms in Tunisia

STATEMENT BY NED PRICE, SPOKESPERSON  December 14, 2021  We welcome President Saied’s announcement of a timeline outlining a path for political reform and parliamentary elections, and look forward to a reform process that is transparent and inclusive of diverse political and civil society voices.  The United States supports the aspirations of the Tunisian people for an effective, ... Read More»

Heads of Mission joint statement on Tunisia: 10 December 2021

As the Heads of Mission of the Embassies of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the Delegation of the European Union in Tunisia, we strongly support the people of Tunisia in their pursuit of effective, democratic, and transparent governance. We reaffirm the importance of socio-economic stability in order to provide for ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Maintains its’ Commitment to Advancing Gender Equality and Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence

Acknowledging the threats of gender-based violence (GBV) and the pressing need to have well-trained lawyers to assist victims, the U.S. Embassy’s Assistance Unit worked with the American Bar Association Rule of Law (ABA ROLI) to implement the Safety and Women Advancement (SAWA) project to develop a network of lawyers to provide rapid legal assistance to women at low cost. ABA ... Read More»

U.S. Donates 301,860 Doses of The Pfizer Vaccine

We welcome the arrival of a new shipment of 301,860 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Tunisia this morning, bringing the total to 2.3 million doses delivered since July. We are proud to work side by side with the Tunisian people and government to fight this global pandemic. The United States’ vaccine donation was provided ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia

Location: Tunisia, countrywide. Event:  On December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will implement a one-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers over age two coming to the United States.  Regardless of vaccination status or nationality, any individual coming to the United States must show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the ... Read More»

New American Cultural Space “Toni Morrison”

University of Carthage Higher Institute of Languages (ISLT) to dedicate a new American cultural space named in honor of novelist and Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison. The new space provides Tunisian students with a state-of-the-art technology suite that offers students and faculty direct access to English language resources, information on educational opportunities, exchanges, and innovative ... Read More»

 On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE DECEMBER 2, 2021 On December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the United States remains steadfast in our commitment and resolve to advance the human rights of persons with disabilities at home and around the world.  We urge foreign governments to engage persons with disabilities in the democratic process, to combat discrimination and abuse, counter prejudice, ... Read More»

MEPI Alum of the Month: Young Social Entrepreneur Promoting Socioeconomic Development and Environmental Sustainability  

Our featured MEPI Alum of the Month of November is Leyth ben Jeddou, 2019 Student Leaders Program alum. Leyth is a 23-year-old entrepreneur who continuously demonstrates passion, commitment, and creativity in his various endeavors. He launched his career by working in strategic marketing for three years before successfully co-founding three start-ups, two of which are social start-ups. Leyth’s experience throughout the MEPI Student Leaders program allowed him to acquire the ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Africa and the Middle East Eric Meyer Meets With Minister of Finance Sihem Boughdiri

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Africa and the Middle East, Eric Meyer, traveled to Tunis, Tunisia on November 21. During his visit, the Deputy Assistant Secretary met with senior government officials, including Minister of Finance, Sihem Boughdiri, and Central Bank Governor, Marouane Abassi. During the meetings, the Deputy Assistant Secretary noted the importance ... Read More»

U.S. Donates 336,000 Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Doses

Providing safe, effective, and free vaccines is a key component of the United States’ commitment to combating the COVID-19 pandemic in Tunisia and globally. Today, we delivered 336,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccine doses in support of Tunisia’s national COVID-19 vaccination goals. Since July, the United States has directly donated over 2 million COVID-19 vaccines to ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Tunisian President Saied

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Tunisian President Saied READOUT NOVEMBER 21, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with President Kais Saied to discuss recent developments in Tunisia, including the formation of the new government and steps to alleviate the economic situation. The Secretary encouraged a transparent ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Commemorates Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, we honor the service and sacrifice of American veterans on behalf of our nation. Today, Ambassador Donald Blome was joined by Director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Kelly McKeague during a commemoration ceremony at the North Africa American Cemetery in Tunis to pay tribute to over 2,800 fallen American soldiers, sailors, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia

Location: Worldwide: Event: On October 25, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy.  This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us.  Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling ... Read More»

The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Afghanistan

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 28, 2021 As part of our enduring commitment to the people of Afghanistan, the United States announced today nearly $144 million in humanitarian assistance to those affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis. This assistance brings the total U.S. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Women Affairs Launched a Joint Working Group on E-Commerce

The U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Women Affairs launched a joint working group on October 21 to strengthen women’s participation in the Tunisian economy, focusing on e-commerce. The working group, which includes representatives from the government, the private sector, and international experts will develop actions to improve the e-commerce legal framework and to incentivize ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Lempert’s Trip to Tunisia and Libya

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Yael Lempert visited Tunisia and Libya October 19-21.  During her trip to Tunisia, Acting Assistant Secretary Lempert met with Tunisian government officials, including Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi, welcoming Tunisia’s newly formed government and reiterated that the U.S. looks forward to the establishment of a broadly inclusive ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome and Embassy Staff Congratulate Tunisia88 Members on their Great Performance

Congratulations to Tunisia88 on hosting another great concert! Ambassador Donald Blome and our embassy team enjoyed a lively performance led by these inspiring and talented young musicians from across Tunisia. The U.S. Embassy is a proud Tunisia88 partner, which is giving more than 20,000 young Tunisians in all 24 governorates the opportunity to explore their ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome’s Participation in Health Sector Governance in Tunisia: Opportunities and Challenge Roundtable

U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia, Donald Blome and the Tunisian General Director of Health, Abderrazak Bouzouita, participated in a roundtable discussion with Tunisian experts and officials, on October 21, focused on enhancing the performance of the health sector. The roundtable is part of the $5 million U.S. Embassy-funded “SAHA” project, focused on improving transparency and efficiency ... Read More»

MEPI Alum of the Month: LDF Alumna Fiercely Advocates for Women Empowerment 

Our Second Alumna to be featured on the MEPI Alum of the Month is Amira Marzouk, a Leaders for Democracy Fellow (LDF) and an International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) alumna.  Amira is a former member of Tunisian parliament, and the Pan African Parliament, where she was the only Tunisian woman representative from 2012 to 2014. Amira was also a member of an observation election mission in different African countries, and she served as the Ambassador of the ... Read More»

State Department Press Briefing On the Formation of a New Government

STATE DEPARTMENT PRESS BRIEFING October 12, 2021 Spokesperson Ned Price We congratulate Tunisia on the formation of a new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Bouden Romdhane. The new government, which includes 10 female ministers, is a welcome step forward towards addressing the significant economic, health, and social challenges facing the country. We look ... Read More»

Diversity Visa Program 2023

Registration for the 2023 Diversity Visa Lottery can be completed at https://dvprogram.state.gov/ . There is no fee to enter. DV instructions also are available on the Department of State’s public webpage at  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/diversity-visa-program-entry/diversity-visa-instructions.html . Remember to print and retain your online confirmation page after completing your DV entry so you can check your entry status. Read More»

State Department Press Briefing On The Infringements On Freedom Of The Press And Expression

STATE DEPARTMENT PRESS BRIEFING October 7, 2021 Spokesperson Ned Price We are concerned and disappointed by recent reports from Tunisia on infringements on freedom of the press and expression and the use of military courts to investigate civilian cases. It is essential for the Tunisian government to uphold its commitments to respect human rights as ... Read More»

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Erica Thibault, Inaugurates USAID-funded Femme Medina Program

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Erica Thibault joined the Mayor of Tunis, Souad Abderrahim, to inaugurate the USAID-funded Femme Medina program. This $500,000 USD initiative will support 11 activities in the Medina, Bab Souika, Sidi El Béchir, and Bab Bhar districts, implemented in partnership with the Office of the Mayor of Tunis. Through Femme Medina, ... Read More»

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Erica Thibault, Inaugurates a $2 Million UNODC-Led Prisoner Rehabilitation Program

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Erica Thibault, and State Attorney, Imed Derouiche, inaugurated a $2 million UNODC-led prisoner rehabilitation program designed to reduce recidivism in Tunisian prisons using internationally recognized best practices. This project will utilize “Nelson Mandela Rules,” which honors the legacy of the late President of South Africa and human rights champion, Nelson ... Read More»

State Department Spokesperson Ned Price on Tunisia

STATE DEPARTMENT PRESS BRIEFING SEPTEMBER 24, 2021 Spokesperson Ned Price “We share the Tunisian people’s goal of a democratic government that is responsive to the country’s needs as it battles economic and health crises.  We are concerned that transitional measures are continuing without a clear end.  President Saied should appoint a prime minister to form a ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome met with Acting Minister of Economy, Finance, and Investment Development Syhem Boughediri Nemsia

Ambassador Donald Blome met with Acting Minister of Economy, Finance, and Investment Development Syhem Boughediri Nemsia to discuss joint U.S.-Tunisia initiatives focused on generating jobs as Tunisia recovers from COVID-19 and creating more economic opportunities for Tunisians across the country, particularly among youth. The Ambassador and Minister also discussed Tunisia’s current financial situation and prospects ... Read More»

Remarks by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. United States of America New York, New York September 21, 2021 Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, my fellow delegates, to all those who dedicate themselves to this noble mission of this institution: It’s my honor to speak to you for the first time as President of the United States. We meet ... Read More»

U.S. Navy Seabees and Marines Support to Tunisian Navy in Combating COVID-19

U.S. Navy Seabees and Marines worked closely with Tunisian Navy engineers to construct a two-room medical facility at the regional hospital in Tabarka as part of the 2021 Phoenix Express Exercise. The new facility will increase the hospital’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and address future healthcare needs in the region. Ambassador Donald ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome Visited Small Businesses in Tabarka and Beja

The United States is committed to supporting Tunisia’s businesses and economic growth. Ambassador Donald Blome visited small businesses in Tabarka and Beja where he met with Tunisian entrepreneurs and oversaw how USAID grants and technical assistance are helping these businesses mitigate the pandemic’s long-term economic effects. The United States is providing $70 million to more than ... Read More»

Counselor Chollet’s Meeting with Tunisian Foreign Minister Jerandi

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Counselor of the U.S. Department of State Derek Chollet and Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi met today in Tunis to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.  Counselor Chollet and Foreign Minister Jerandi emphasized the productive U.S.-Tunisian bilateral relationship, particularly on security ... Read More»

United States Donates Almost Two Million Vaccines to Tunisia Since July 2021

Tunis, September 13, 2021 –The United States delivered today 187,960 additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Tunisia through the COVAX mechanism, bringing the total U.S. donated vaccines to Tunisia to almost two million vaccines since July 2021. These vaccines are part of our ongoing partnership with the people of Tunisia to defeat this devastating pandemic and reflect the strength of the ... Read More»

United States Donates Additional 687,960 Pfizer Vaccines to Tunisia

Tunis, September 10, 2021 – Keeping to our commitment of leading the global fight against COVID-19, the United States is delivering 687,960 additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Tunisia through the COVAX mechanism. The first tranche of the vaccines, constituting of almost 500,000 doses arrived in Tunisia today, to be followed by the remaining doses on Monday, ... Read More»

PR10227183 : Furniture dormitory

The U.S Embassy in Tunis is seeking the purchase of Furniture dormitory as per the list https://tn.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/List-of-Furniture-Dormitory-1.xlsx. Your quotation must be submitted in a sealed envelope (financial bids along with the product data sheet) marked “Quotation Enclosed” to the following address (please use the attached spreadsheet as the financial offer): https://tn.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/lot-2-1.pdf American Embassy Tunis, Ref: RFQ PR10227183 ... Read More»

The G7 Ambassadors in Tunisia issued the following statement on 6 September

‘We, the Group of Seven, reaffirm our ongoing commitment to partnership with Tunisia as it develops the political and socio-economic structures needed to respond to the legitimate demands of its people for a better standard of living and honest, effective and transparent governance. We urge a swift return to a constitutional order, in which an ... Read More»

U.S. Congressional Delegation Led by Senators Chris Murphy and Jon Ossoff Met President Kais Saied

U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) led a congressional delegation during a visit to Tunisia on September 4-5. Members of the delegation met with President Kais Saied at Carthage Palace. They also met with representatives of Tunisian civil society organizations and members of parliament. During these exchanges, Senators Murphy and Ossoff underscored that the ... Read More»

Statement by the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 30, 2021 The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS strongly condemns the attacks that occurred in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26, 2021. We grieve for the loss of Afghan and British civilians, and American service members at the hands of Daesh/ISIS terrorists. The tragic loss of life is only ... Read More»

SECRETARY BLINKEN On the Occasion of World Humanitarian Day

On the Occasion of World Humanitarian Day PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 19, 2021 On World Humanitarian Day, we recognize and honor all of the humanitarian aid workers who have sacrificed so much – including, for too many of them, their lives — to answer the call to protect and support the world’s most vulnerable populations. We ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Situation of Women and Girls in Afghanistan

Joint Statement on the Situation of Women and Girls in Afghanistan MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 18, 2021 This statement has been co-signed by Albania, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, European Union, Honduras, Guatemala, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Senegal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.  ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Afghanistan

Joint Statement on Afghanistan MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 15, 2021 This statement was initially released on August 15. The list below reflects the signatory countries as of August 16:  Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on Afghanistan

Remarks by President Biden on Afghanistan AUGUST 16, 2021   East Room 4:02 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon.  I want to speak today to the unfolding situation in Afghanistan: the developments that have taken place in the last week and the steps we’re taking to address the rapidly evolving events. My national security team and I ... Read More»

Readout from NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on Senior Administration Officials Travel to Tunisia

Readout from NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on Senior Administration Officials Travel to Tunisia AUGUST 13, 2021 Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer, joined by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood, traveled to Tunis and met today with President Kais Saied of Tunisia. During the visit, he delivered a message ... Read More»

Readout by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with President Kais Saied of Tunisia

July 31, 2021 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke today with President Kais Saied of Tunisia. In an hour-long discussion, he conveyed President Biden’s strong support for the people of Tunisia and for Tunisian democracy based on fundamental rights, strong institutions, and a commitment to the rule of law. In this spirit, the call focused on the ... Read More»

Arrival of One Million Doses of Moderna Covid-19 Vaccines Provided by the United States to Tunisia

Tunis, July 30, 2021 – Today, the United States delivered one million doses of the Moderna vaccine to Tunisia through the COVAX mechanism, as part of our ongoing partnership with the people of Tunisia to defeat this devastating pandemic.  These one million doses help fulfill the White House global vaccine sharing allocation plan announced on June 21, 2021, that prioritized an allotment ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Osman Ayfarah of Al Jazeera

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE THE SHERATON HOTEL KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT JULY 29, 2021 QUESTION: Secretary Blinken, thank you for joining us. SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good to be with you. QUESTION: At the moment, all eyes are on Tunisia. We know you had a conversation with the Tunisian President Kais Saied. So what did you say to him, if I ... Read More»

MEPI Helps Tunisian Citizens and Businesses Combat COVID-19

The MEPI funded FinTech Catalyst project helps Tunisian startups address the fintech needs of local corporations through targeted training, mentoring and coaching. Thanks to the project, the participants adapted their solutions to help Tunisians and corporate partners mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through technological innovation. Dqlick: Dqlick developed an online health benefits platform that automates insurance reimbursements for policyholders and insurance companies. By digitizing the insurance reimbursement process, this technology mitigates the impact of the ... Read More»

FinTech Catalyst: Finance Meets Technological Innovation 

The MEPI funded FinTech Catalyst project helps Tunisian startups address the fintech needs of local corporations through targeted training, mentoring and coaching.  Implemented by the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF), in partnership with CEED Tunisia, the project works with Tunisian corporate partners to identify their fintech needs and then selects Tunisian startups with the potential to address those needs. Thus far, four selected startups have created 11 innovative fintech solutions, which have been purchased by the project’s local ... Read More»

U.S. Donation of 310 Oxygen Cannisters Over One Million Liters to the Ministry of Health

The U.S. Embassy in Tunisia, in coordination with the U.S. military’s  U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) , provided 310 oxygen cannisters containing over one million liters of oxygen to the Tunisian Ministry of Health. “The United States is here to support the people of Tunisia during this serious health crisis. This oxygen donation is a symbol of the strong partnership ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Tunisian President Kais Saied

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 26, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:  ‎ Secretary Antony J. Blinken spoke with Tunisian President Kais Saied today. The Secretary underscored the United States’ strong partnership and continued support for the Tunisian people as they face the dual challenges of an economic crisis and the ... Read More»

Situation in Tunisia

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is closely monitoring developments in Tunisia.  We have been in contact with Tunisian government officials to stress that solutions to Tunisia’s political and economic troubles should be based on the Tunisian constitution and the principles of democracy, human rights, and freedom.  We have been clear in ... Read More»

U.S. Supports Anti-Corruption Program

In support of Tunisian efforts to promote accountability and transparency, the Court of Accounts convened a workshop on good governance in the public sector, as part of the U.S. Embassy-funded Anti-Corruption Program and in partnership with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). The stakeholders discussed the achievements of 10 years of reforms in fighting ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Donates 5,000 English Language Books to 52 Primary Schools Across Tunisia

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Erica Thibault joined Secretary General of the Ministry of Education Hedi Hamdaoui and Director of International Cooperation Mehdi Ezzine today for a book donation ceremony at the Ministry headquarters. In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the U.S. Embassy donated about 5000 English language books to be distributed to 52 ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Honors the Dedication and Sacrifices of the Healthcare Professionals at Abderrahman Mami Hospital

In lieu of our National Day festivities, U.S. Embassy Tunisia honored the dedication and sacrifices of the healthcare professionals at Abderrahman Mami Hospital who are on the frontline fighting COVID-19. Ambassador Donald Blome and the U.S. Embassy community conveyed our deepest respect for their professionalism, compassion and selflessness. Read More»

Millennium Challenge Corporation Op-ed

July 1, 2021 Yesterday, the Board of the United States Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) unanimously approved a nearly $500 million USD Compact for Tunisia.  This represents in effect a doubling annual U.S. economic assistance to Tunisia, and a major investment in Tunisia’s future. The MCC is a collaboration.  The United States and Tunisia have worked ... Read More»

MCC’s Board Approves nearly $500 Million for Tunisia Compact

Washington, D.C., June 30, 2021— The Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Board of Directors met on June 30 and voted unanimously to approve a $498.7 million compact with the Government of Tunisia to strengthen Tunisia’s transportation, trade, and water sectors. The MCC-Tunisia Compact, a five-year grant program, includes projects designed to make trade with Tunisia easier ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman’s Engagements with Tunisian Government Officials and Civil Society Leaders

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 25, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman held a virtual meeting with Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi to discuss the U.S.-Tunisian bilateral relationship. They discussed promoting democracy, protecting human rights, addressing economic challenges, and working together to respond to the ... Read More»

U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Donation to Tunisia

On June 22, the U.S. government announced the direct donation of vaccine doses to Tunisia as a demonstration of the strength of the U.S.-Tunisia bilateral relationship.  The United States is sharing COVID-19 vaccine doses with Tunisia to help save lives and restore economic opportunities across the country. On June 3, the Biden-Harris Administration announced its framework ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome Inaugurates New Agriculture Center in Takelsa as Part of $5 Million FARMER Project

Ambassador Remarks Good morning. I am delighted to be in Takelsa today to support hard-working Tunisian farmers from across the country.  I would like to thank Acting Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries Mohamed Fadhel Kraim and AVFA for their partnership in implementing the embassy’s five-million-dollar FARMER program. The Takelsa Center is an impressive example of farmers and small businesses working ... Read More»

African Lion 21 exercise wraps up in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal

TAN TAN, Morocco – African Lion, U.S. Africa Command’s premier joint annual exercise, successfully wrapped up its 17th iteration in Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal, June 18. Military leaders from the United States, African, European and NATO partners attended the closing ceremony held in one of the exercise training locations in Tan Tan, Morocco. “I would ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Allocation Plan for 55 Million Doses to be Shared Globally

These doses are the remaining part of the 80 million President Biden pledged to allocate by the end of June Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing the distribution list for 55 million of the 80 million doses of America’s own vaccine supply President Biden has pledged to allocate by the end of June in service ... Read More»

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Features Tunisia

Saturday, June 26, 1700 Tunis Register Here:   Placemaking, Collective Care, and Culture: A Conversation with Global Practitioners | Smithsonian Folklife Festival (si.edu) Join the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on Saturday, June 26, at 1700 Tunis for “Placemaking, Collective Care, and Culture: A Conversation with Global Practitioners.” Cultural entrepreneurs Soraya Hosni, Nairi Khatchadourian, and Mark Gonzales share their approaches to cultivating creativity and reviving economies in Tunisia and Armenia.  Soraya Hosni and ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome Met Foreign Minister Jerandi

Ambassador Blome met Foreign Minister Jerandi on June 18 to discuss U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman’s virtual visit to Tunisia, ongoing U.S. COVID assistance, USAID’s $50 million cultural tourism project and the MCC-Tunisia Compact, the U.S. government’s nearly $500 million USD investment to promote Tunisia’s economic growth. Read More»

General Hokanson Visit to Tunisia Highlights U.S. National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the State of Wyoming

General Daniel R. Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, traveled to Tunisia June 15-16, 2021 to further enhance bilateral security and cooperation between the United States and Tunisia through the U.S. National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the State of Wyoming. As part of the visit, General Hockason and Ambassador Blome held meetings with ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome’s Remarks at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Tunisian Scouts’ International Training and Camping Center in Bordj Cedria

Thank you to the Tunisian Scouts Organization for this opportunity to meet with you today. – Ms. Sihem Ayadi, Minister of Youth, Sports and  Professional Integration, – Mr. Ali Said, Governor of Ben Arous, – Mr. Nizar Magri, Mayor of Hammam Chatt and – Mr. Wahid Labidi, Chairman of the Tunisian Scouts Organization I am very ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome Met Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi

Ambassador Donald Blome met with Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi yesterday to discuss the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Tunisia Compact, projected to provide approximately $500 million in U.S. assistance to support economic growth throughout Tunisia. The Ambassador and Prime Minister also discussed the United States’ support for efforts to secure additional COVID-19 vaccines for Tunisians. Read More»

African Lion 21 Eexercise Kicks off in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal

AGADIR, Morocco – African Lion, U.S. Africa Command’s premier joint annual exercise, kicks off in Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal for its 17th iteration June 7. With 7,800 participants from nine nations and NATO, African Lion is U.S. Africa Command’s largest exercise. The training is focused on enhancing readiness for U.S. and partner nation forces. “African ... Read More»

U.S. Donation of Escort Vehicles to the Ministry of the Interior

Good afternoon, Mr. Head of Government, UNOPS Country Director, and Ministry of Interior colleagues. I am pleased to be here today to attend this donation ceremony, which is the first major delivery in an overall program to improve the capacity of the Ministries of Interior and Justice to safely process and adjudicate terrorism-related offenses in ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing, Announcing Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses to be Shared Globally

FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Unveils Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing, Announcing Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses to be Shared Globally As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at home and work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for ... Read More»

On Pride Month

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 1, 2021 During this year’s Pride Month, we celebrate an important message: “You are Included.” The diverse experiences, perspectives, and contributions of the State Department community make our institution stronger and advance the goals of American diplomacy. Out of many, we are one. The Department has ... Read More»

Memorial Day 2021

Today on Memorial Day, Ambassador Donald Blome joined Brigadier General Aida T. Borras, the Deputy Commanding General of the United States Army Southern European Task Force – Africa at the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia to pay tribute to the 2,841 fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen buried here, and the ... Read More»

Exercise Phoenix Express Concludes in Tunisia

EL AOUINA, Tunisia   U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa (NAVAF) Director of maritime partnership program, Rear Adm. Jeffrey S. Spivey joined Tunisian Minister of Defense Brahim Bertegi and U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia, Donald Blome in marking the successful completion of the 16th multinational maritime exercise Phoenix Express 2021 (PE21) in Tunisia on May 28, 2021.  ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on the First Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder

Today, in the Oval Office, I met with George Floyd’s family. Although it has been one year since their beloved brother and father was murdered, for the family – for any family experiencing a profound loss – the first year can still feel like they got the news a few seconds ago. And they’ve had ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s Visit to the Middle East

Following up on our quiet, intensive diplomacy to bring about a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, I have asked my Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, to travel to the Middle East this week. During his trip, Secretary Blinken will meet with Israeli leaders about our ironclad commitment to Israel’s security. He will continue our Administration’s efforts ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo, and Amman

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo, and Amman May 24-27, 2021. Secretary Blinken is undertaking this trip at the request of President Biden. He will first travel to Jerusalem, where he will meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, and other senior ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on the Middle East

THE PRESIDENT:  Folks, I’ve just spoken with Prime Minister Netanyahu.  Earlier today, I spoke with President Al Sisi of Egypt. And Minister — Prime Minister Netanyahu informed me that Israel has agreed to a mutual, unconditional ceasefire to begin in less than two hours.  The Egyptians have now informed us that Hamas and the other ... Read More»

2020 Report on International Religious Freedom: Tunisia

Executive Summary The constitution declares the country’s religion to be Islam. The constitution also declares the country to be a “civil state.” The constitution designates the government as the “guardian of religion” and obligates the state to disseminate the values of “moderation and tolerance.” It prohibits the use of mosques and other houses of worship ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Tunisian Foreign Minister Jerandi

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Tunisian Foreign Minister Jerandi READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 17, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Tunisian Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi.  The Secretary and the Foreign Minister expressed their concern about the violence in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza. ... Read More»

Readout of Vice President Kamala Harris Call with President Kais Saied of Tunisia

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke today with President Kais Saied and reaffirmed the strong U.S. commitment to Tunisia.  They discussed the importance of the longstanding friendship between the United States and Tunisia.  The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of democratic institutions, the rule of law, and fighting corruption. The Vice President underscored the United States’ ... Read More»

Violence in Jerusalem

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MAY 7, 2021 The United States is extremely concerned about ongoing confrontations in Jerusalem, including on the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount and in Sheikh Jarrah, which have reportedly resulted in scores of injured people. There is no excuse for violence, but such bloodshed is especially disturbing now, coming ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Tunisia Supporting the Inclusion of Vulnerable Communities (IDMEJ)

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Office of Assistance Coordination and the United States Embassy in Tunisia announce a $4million Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to empower vulnerable communities in Tunisia by promoting social and institutional reforms that grant greater access to resources for victims of gender-based violence (GBV) and people with disabilities. The first objective ... Read More»

Health Alert: New Quarantine Policy for International Arrivals to Tunisia

The U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia is providing an update on government-mandated COVID-19 mitigation measures, including new requirements for travelers entering Tunisia.  U.S. citizens should refer to the Embassy’s COVID-19 Information Website for regular updates about COVID-19 in Tunisia. New COVID-19 quarantine and testing measures: Effective May 3, all arriving international passengers are required to complete a mandatory ... Read More»

Health Alert: Updated Tunisian COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

The U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia is providing an update on the government-imposed COVID-19 mitigation measures as well as entry requirements for travelers coming to Tunisia or going to the United States.  U.S. citizens can also refer to the regularly updated Embassy COVID-19 website for more information.  Updated COVID-19 mitigation measures: Effective April 18, 2021, the Government of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Supports Transportation Sector

Ambassador Donald Blome met today with Minister of Transportation Moez Chakchouk to discuss opportunities for future U.S. investment in the transportation sector. They also discussed finalizing the U.S.-Tunisia joint Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact which is anticipated to offer close to $500 million in U.S. assistance. The compact will support economic growth and prosperity for ... Read More»

Memorandum of Understanding Between the U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Interior to Bolster Bilateral Security Cooperation

Ambassador Donald Blome and Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining our two countries’ shared security strategy. The MOU provides a framework to discuss the United States’ security assistance programs with Tunisia and further expands cooperation in the areas of counterterrorism, border security, police training, and institution building. “Today is a ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Supports Handicrafts Sector in Tunisia

U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome joined the Director General of ONAT, Faouzi Ben Halima, and the ACEA team on April 8 for the first virtual craft fair in Tunisia that gave talented and innovative artisans from across Tunisia access to international buyers through the CraftExports online platform. Today’s event is part of the U.S. Embassy’s 15.6 ... Read More»

U.S. Donates Two Mobile Negative-Pressure Isolation Hospitals to “Mongi Selim” Hospital in La Marsa

Ambassador Donald Blome and Minister of Health Faouzi Mehdi visited Mongi Slim Hospital today to review construction of the first of two field hospitals donated by the United States to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The mobile, negative-pressure isolation hospitals offer 30 beds each and provide additional space for the safe testing, isolation, and treatment ... Read More»

Health Alert: Updated Tunisian COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

April 8, 2021 The U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia is providing an update on the government-imposed COVID-19 mitigation measures as well as entry requirements for travelers coming to Tunisia or going to the United States.  U.S. citizens can also refer to the regularly updated Embassy COVID-19 website for more information.  Updated COVID-19 mitigation measures: The Government of Tunisia ... Read More»

U.S. Donates Hygiene and Cleaning Supplies to All Schools in Tunisia

Ambassador Blome joined Minister of Education Fethi Sellaouti at the Zoubaier Turki College in Laaouina today to celebrate the donation of hygiene and cleaning supplies through UNICEF to all schools across Tunisia. These supplies will help keep children healthy and ready to learn. This $5.7 million project is part of the U.S. government’s COVID-related support ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome Inaugurates USAID at Refurbished Youth Center in Le Kram

Ambassador Donald Blome joined Acting Minister of Youth and Sports and Professional Integration, Sihem Ayadi, Governor of Tunis, Chedly Bouallegue, and Mayor of Le Kram, Fathi Layouni to inaugurate the newly refurbished Youth Center in Le Kram. USAID funded the modernization of this space to provide the youth of Le Kram with more recreational activities ... Read More»

Tunisia Receives First Direct Purchase of Pfizer Vaccines in Africa

Ambassador Donald Blome joined Minister of Health Faouzi Mehdi and the Tunisia Country Manager of the American pharmaceutical firm Pfizer, Walid Lakhdar, at Tunis-Carthage Airport today to receive the first installment of a total 2 million Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine doses for Tunisia purchased under a direct bilateral agreement with the company. Tunisia was the first ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Celebrates Women’s History Month with Tunisia’s Women Mayors 

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Ambassador and Mrs. Blome received Mayor of Tunis Ms. Souad Abderrahim, Mayor of Carthage Ms. Hayet Bayoudh, and Mayor of La Goulette Ms. Amel Limam along with members of the U.S. Embassy.  Ambassador Blome reiterated U.S. commitment to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment both at home and around the ... Read More»

Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Health to Support Governance in the Health Sector

U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome joined the Minister of Health Faouzi Mehdi today for the launch of the $5 million USD SAHA project. In partnership with CIPE, the SAHA project supports the Ministry’s efforts to improve the management of public hospitals, strengthen the pharmaceutical supply chain and provide training opportunities to Tunisian health professionals across the ... Read More»

Celebrating International Women’s Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 8, 2021 Every year on March 8th, the United States joins the world in recognizing International Women’s Day by celebrating the leadership, strength, and courage of women and girls. The United States recognizes the reality that the equitable participation of women in social, political, and economic ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Commemorates the First Anniversary of the Sacrifice of Major Taoufik Missaoui

Ambassador Donald Blome joined Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi in commemorating the first anniversary of the sacrifice of Major Taoufik Missaoui who sacrificed his life in the March 6, 2020 terrorist attack in front of the US Embassy in Tunis. During the ceremony, Ambassador Blome offered heartfelt condolences to Major Missaoui’s family as they grieve their difficult loss ... Read More»

60th Anniversary of the Peace Corps 

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 1, 2021 Today, we mark the 60th anniversary of the United States Peace Corps and celebrate the volunteers and staff who have served in communities around the world, representing American values and ideals.  Established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, the Peace Corps showcases America ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome Attended the U.S. Embassy-funded project “The Democracy Awakening Toolkit” Ceremony

U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome joined the Minister Education, Fethi Sellaouti, the President of the Independent High Authority for Elections, Nabil Baffoun, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) during a ceremony to celebrate the “Democracy Awakening Toolkit” that IFES produced as part of the U.S. Embassy-funded project.  “The Democracy Awakening Toolkit” was produced and distributed throughout primary, preparatory and secondary schools in ... Read More»

General Christopher G. Cavoli, U.S. Army Commander for Europe and Africa Visited Tunis to Discuss Preparations for the African Lion

The U.S. Embassy is honored to welcome Gen. Christopher Cavoli, U.S. Army Europe and Africa Commander and Maj. Gen. Andrew Rohling, U.S. Army Europe and Africa Deputy Commander to Tunisia this week. The Generals discussed bilateral security cooperation with their Tunisian counterparts and visited the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, the resting place of ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at the Improving Court Administration Program Closing Ceremony

  Ambassador Donald Blome and Acting Minister of Justice Hasna Ben Slimane celebrated the success of our five-year cooperation program “Improving Court Administration.”  This $2.5 million program helped build Ministry of Justice (MOJ) technical and logistical capacities in eight model courts across Tunisia in Ariana, Bizerte, Kef, Sousse, Tozeur, Gafsa, Kef, and Tunis.  Thanks to this successful cooperation between our ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome Met Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi

Ambassador Donald Blome met Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi today to discuss U.S.-Tunisia bilateral cooperation, including the upcoming Millennium Challenge Corporation compact and the United States’ support to Tunisian efforts to secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Tunisian people. The Ambassador stressed the United States’ unwavering commitment to fostering inclusive economic growth and sustaining Tunisia’s success as ... Read More»

Putting Human Rights at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 24, 2021 The United States is committed to a world in which human rights are protected, their defenders are celebrated, and those who commit human rights abuses are held accountable. Promoting respect for human rights is not something we can do alone, but is best accomplished ... Read More»

U.S. Government Provides $4 million USD in Equipment to Hospitals Nation-wide for COVID-19 Response

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is donating to the Government of Tunisia $4 million of critical laboratory and case management equipment that will increase the capacity of hospitals across Tunisia in responding to COVID-19. Working in partnership with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the U.S. Government ... Read More»

Tunisian “Skills 21” Team Selected for Entrepreneurship Festival at Columbia University

On February 12, nine startups led by over 50 students from across Tunisia pitched their ideas for innovative start-ups in the  5th edition of the Open Start Up (OST) Tunisia. The winning team “Skills 21”, developed a digital platform that matches university students and young professionals with Tunisia’s leading startups and corporations.  The “Skills 21” ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome Met With Tunisian Minister of Tourism Habib Ammar

Ambassador Donald Blome met today with Tunisian Minister of Tourism Habib Ammar to reaffirm continued U.S. support for the tourism industry. During the meeting, Ambassador Blome highlighted our close cooperation and highlighted USAID’s $50 million project in support of alternative tourism in Tunisia as a means of countering the effect of the pandemic on this ... Read More»

Assistance Unit Project “Impact Finance” Creates an Investment Group to Catalyze Capital Funds 

The Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC), Redstart Tunisia, a newly-launched business incubator, and Damya, a network of female angel investors, signed an agreement to create an investment group to catalyze capital funds for high-growth small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the interior regions of Tunisia. Under the agreement, FSVC will provide technical and operational support to help structure the investment group, recruit prospective investors, and build ... Read More»

Launch of Tunisia’s First Higher Education Teacher Training Partnership with Columbia University

The U.S. Embassy, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Columbia Global Centers Tunis, and Columbia University Teachers College are proud to announce the launch of a two-year, $500,000 (1.375.000 TND) university linkage to build the capacity of Tunisian educators and support young learners throughout Tunisia. Through this initiative, Columbia University and the ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on America’s Place in the World

U.S. Department of State Headquarters Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Secretary, it’s great to be here with you.  And I’ve been looking forward a long time to be able to call you “Mr. Secretary.” Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s an honor to be back at the State Department under the eyes of ... Read More»

Creative Musical Connections: Workshops with U.S. and Tunisian Musicians in Partnership with U.S. NGO Planet Arts 

Connect – hangout – interact and join a collaborative music industry conversation From February to June 2021, the U.S. Embassy is proud to support a creative collaboration with U.S.-based NGO Planet Arts.  Join us for a gathering of musicians, producers and educators from the United States and Tunisia to share ideas, methods and experiences in ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: President Biden to Sign Executive Actions Restoring America’s Place in the World

The Biden-Harris Administration is placing diplomacy back at the center of United States’ foreign policy. U.S. international engagement to be grounded in American values, working in partnership with allies and focused on strengthening international institutions. Today, President Biden is sending a message loud and clear to the rest of the world: America is back. Since taking ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Protests in Tunisia

U.S. citizens in Tunisia are encouraged to review the Department of State travel advisory for Tunisia due to recent demonstrations throughout the country, primarily in downtown Tunis. The Department of State’s travel advisory for Tunisia recommends that U.S. citizens avoid demonstrations and crowds, monitor local media for breaking events, and be prepared to adjust travel plans. Actions to Take: ... Read More»

Small Businesses in El Kef  Double their Sales  with U.S. Embassy Support

In September 2020, the Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC), in partnership with the Chambers of Commerce (CoC) of Beja, Gabes and Gafsa, selected 30 businesses to benefit from a U.S. Embassy funded small grants program. The program helps businesses to improve sales  and  recover from losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In December 2020, FSVC and the Beja CoC reported that two businesses in El Kef were ... Read More»

Assistance Unit’s Project Launches the First Online Platform to link Municipalities, Deputies, and Civil Society

On January 27, the Tunisian Accountability and Political Participation (TAPP) project successfully launched the first online platform designed to enhance communication between municipal councils, deputies and civil society.  With support from the U.S. Embassy’s Assistance Unit, the “Eselni” digital platform has created a participatory space where citizens can debate, advocate, and voice concerns about issues ... Read More»

U.S. Donation Ceremony of Critical COVID-19 PPE Equipment to Hospitals in Ben Guerdane and Remada

Chargé d’Affaires Gregory LoGerfo met with Minister of Health Faouzi Mehdi to reaffirm U.S. support for Tunisia’s efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.  The meeting was followed by a donation ceremony of critical COVID-19 PPE equipment to hospitals in Ben Guerdane and Remada, including thousands of locally procured protective suits, blouses, glasses, shoe covers, and ... Read More»

Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION The United States was built on a foundation of religious freedom and tolerance, a principle enshrined in the United States Constitution.  Nevertheless, the previous administration enacted a number of Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations that prevented certain individuals from entering the United States — first from primarily ... Read More»

Letter to His Excellency António GuterresLetter to His Excellency António Guterres

His Excellency Mr. António Guterres Secretary-General United Nations New York Excellency: This letter constitutes a retraction by the Government of the United States of the letter dated July 6, 2020, notifying you that the Government of the United States intended to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO), effective July 6, 2021.  The United States ... Read More»

Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

The United States Capitol January 20, 2021 THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages America has ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo on the 10th Anniversary of the Revolution in Tunisia

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO January 14, 2021  10th Anniversary of the Revolution in Tunisia On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the Tunisian people on the 10th anniversary of Tunisia’s revolution. Our partnership is strong, dating back centuries to ... Read More»

Attention All Travelers to the United States

**ATTENTION ALL TRAVELERS TO THE UNITED STATES**  Effective January 26, 2021, all air passengers (U.S. citizens, U.S. legal permanent residents, and foreign nationals) departing from a foreign country to the United States will be required to show proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.  The negative pre-departure test ... Read More»

Health Alert: New Tunisian Confinement Measures and CDC COVID Test Requirement for Travel to the United States

Please note that the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia will be closed on Thursday, January 14, 2021 and Monday, January 18, 2021 in observance of Tunisian and U.S. Federal holidays.  New COVID-19 mitigation measures:  On January 12, the Government of Tunisia announced the following: A four-day nationwide lockdown will take place from Thursday, January 14 through Sunday, ... Read More»

US Supports New Youth Employability Office in Zarzis

U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome joined the Minister of Industry, Energy and Mines Salwa Sghayer in inaugurating Education for Employment (EFE)’s new office in Zarzis, Tunisia, which will help graduates from throughout the south launch their careers. As part of the ceremony, EFE signed new partnership agreements with key private sector and employment stakeholders including the Zarzis ... Read More»

Prime Minister Mechichi meets with Ambassador Blome

Ambassador Donald Blome met Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi on January 7 to discuss U.S.-Tunisia bilateral cooperation, including the upcoming Millennium Challenge Corporation compact, new USAID activities focused on tourism and energy and the continued partnership on counterterrorism and border security efforts.   With Tunisia marking the tenth anniversary of the revolution, the Ambassador stressed the United States’ unwavering commitment to catalyzing inclusive economic growth and sustaining Tunisia’s ... Read More»

Secretary Barrett and General Harrigian’s visit Demonstrate Tunisia is a Key Partner

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett and General Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, traveled to Tunisia January 5-6 to discuss key policy initiatives with counterparts focused on strengthening the U.S.-Tunisia partnership. Secretary Barrett and General Harrigian met with Tunisian Air Chief, Brigadir General Mohamed Hajem, and Tunisian Defense Minister, ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome met with Tunisian Minister of Communication Technologies

On December 30, U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Donald Blome met with Tunisian Minister of Communication Technologies Mohamed Fadhel Kraiem to discuss Tunisia’s ITC strategy and ongoing collaboration in the sector.     Since 2011, the United States has provided nearly $2 billion in foreign assistance to strengthen Tunisia’s economy and security and support its young democracy.  That ... Read More»

Embassy Project Partners with U.S. Based Company to Train Entrepreneurs on Patenting 

As part of its intellectual property (IP) support for start-ups, the U.S. funded Promise project partnered with Montgomery Mcraken, a U.S. Based IP firm, to deliver training on patenting in the United States.  The training focused on patenting processes, practices and regulations in the U.S. market.  Tunisian start-ups ENOVA Robotics, Majesteye, Moove, Lifeeye and Qualifour, operating in ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy Supports Essential Oil Artisans to Export to France

Mabrouka Athimni, president of the women cooperative GDA El Baraka, who, with the support of the U.S. funded Collaborative Action for Handicrafts Exports (ACEA) project, has successfully obtained the ECOCERT Organic Group certification. The ECOCERT certification represents a major breakthrough that will allow GDA El Baraka to export their products by completing their first export ... Read More»

Smart 5G Decisions Today Can Preserve the Security and Privacy of all Tunisians

Smart 5G Decisions Today Can Preserve the Security and Privacy of all Tunisians Op-Ed by Donald Blome, U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia The United States and Tunisia have an enduring partnership, based on shared interests and, more importantly, shared values.  10 years ago, Tunisians stood up for freedom, democracy and the dignity of every individual.  Since ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Tunis Update on COVID-19 Prevention Measures and Travel Requirements

Please note that the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia will be closed on Thursday, December 24, 2020; Friday, December 25, 2020; and Friday, January 1, 2021 in observance of U.S. Federal holidays.   Curfew and Movement Restrictions in Tunisia through January 15, 2021:  The Government of Tunisia extended the nationwide curfew, which will remain in effect from ... Read More»

The US Embassy Supports Tunisia’s Civil Society Through New Electronic Platform

As part of the U.S. Embassy’s Assistance Unit (AU) $5.6 million  “Increasing Accountability in Tunisia” project in partnership with the National Center for States Courts (NCSC), the Ministry of Relations with Civil Society and the NCSC signed an agreement on December 15 to establish an electronic platform for civil society organizations (CSOs). This platform will ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome’s Remarks at the the Sfax Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Webinar

U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome joined the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Sfax, Ridha Fourati, the Director General, Ikram Makni, and a group of Sfaxian business owners during a webinar to discuss U.S. economic support and investment in Sfax and throughout Tunisia. The U.S. Embassy in Tunis has a long-standing partnership with the Sfax Chamber of Commerce aimed ... Read More»

Souk At-Tanmia Initiative Supports More Than 80 Entrepreneurs Through Its COVID-19 Support System

On December 2nd, U.S Ambassador Donald Blome joined British Ambassador Edward Oakden, Minister of the Economy, Finance and Investment Promotion Ali Kooli and  African Development Bank (AfDB) Director-General of North Africa, Muhammad Al-Azizi, , in a virtual meeting.  The event was part of AfDB’s Souk At-Tanmia project to celebrate more than 80 entrepreneurs who won competitions to develop new technologies or ... Read More»

International Human Rights Day

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo December 10, 2020 On International Human Rights Day, the United States celebrates the rights and freedoms enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This day has a special resonance for Americans, as the United States was the ... Read More»

Launch of Femmedina in Tunis: Approaches and Tools to Create Inclusive Cities

Tunis, Brussels, 2 December 2020 – Cities Alliance and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will launch the Women of the City (Femmedina) initiative, supported by the United States Agency for International Development with an amount of $500,000. The initiative is implemented in cooperation with the Municipality of Tunis to rethink how public ... Read More»

Public Diplomacy-Annual Program Statement 2022

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. MISSION IN TUNISIA, PUBLIC DIPLOMACY GRANT PROGRAM Annual Program Statement for Fiscal Year 2022 ending September 30, 2022. Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Mission in Tunisia Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-Tunisia-FY22-01 CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Deadline for Applications: See Application deadlines section Email: PASTunisSmallGrants@state.gov The U.S. Mission in Tunisia’s Public Affairs ... Read More»

Remote Courts

The United States is proud to partner with Tunisia’s Ministry of Justice to strengthen Tunisia’s judicial institutions through Remote Courts.  This $2 million, four-phase, nationwide project represents the strength of the bilateral relationship and reflects the ways the U.S. and Tunisia cooperate to support the Tunisian people’s democratic ambitions and to strengthen the nation’s rule-of-law. ... Read More»

U.S. bio-pharmaceutical company Pfizer donated eight state-of-the-art respirators to the Tunisian Ministry of Health

U.S. bio-pharmaceutical company Pfizer has just donated eight state-of-the-art respirators to the Tunisian Ministry of Health as part of an ongoing effort to help Tunisia combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These respirators will provide hospitals in Kasserine, Nabeul, Sousse, Tunis, and Zaghouan additional capacity in providing critical healthcare services to patients.  We applaud Pfizer’s generous donation. Read More»

U.S. Embassy Exchange Programs Virtual Open Day (videos)

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first virtual “Open Day” to talk about U.S.-funded exchange programs! For anyone who missed the Live event or would like to watch it again, please follow the links below to the Facebook Live recordings. Special thanks to our Tunisian alumni who participated with us, as well as ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome Met with Minister of Industry, Energy and Mines, Salwa Sghaier

Ambassador Donald Blome met with the Minister of Industry, Energy and Mines, Salwa Sghaier.  They discussed aspects of bilateral economic cooperation and means of strengthening this cooperation, especially in the fields of energy, renewable resources, and industry. Ambassador Blome reaffirmed the United States’ continued support for Tunisia’s economy through enhancing the competitiveness of industrial institutions, ... Read More»

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

U.S. Department Of State Office Of The Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement By Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson November 1, 2020 A free press is essential to an informed citizenry. A vigorous press can, for instance, expose corruption, shine a light on human rights abuses, and provide the public essential information during crises. In many places, journalists fulfilling this necessary role risk attacks by authoritarian regimes and criminal organizations seeking to clamp down ... Read More»

Three Tunisian Start-ups Successfully Complete the Endeavor Scale-up Program

Within the framework of the U.S. funded Promise Tunisia project, Endeavor’s Scale-up program was launched on March 19 to support emerging Tunisian entrepreneurs. The program offered a combination of group and individual sessions to help entrepreneurs clarify their vision and strategy and strengthen their fundraising capabilities. During the five-month program, the entrepreneurs benefited from 46 hours of one-on-one mentoring and ... Read More»

Joint Statement of the United States, the Republic of Sudan, and the State of Israel

October 23, 2020 President Donald J. Trump, Sudanese Chairman of the Sovereignty Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke today to discuss Sudan’s historic progress towards democracy and opportunities to advance peace in the region. After decades of living under a brutal dictatorship, the people of ... Read More»

Special Briefing via Telephone With Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker

U.S. Department of State The Dubai Regional Media Hub For Immediate Release Special Briefing via Telephone David Schenker Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs October 22, 2020 Moderator:  Thank you.  Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Dubai Regional Media Hub.  I would like to welcome our participants dialing in from ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Brokers a Historic Peace Agreement Between Israel and Sudan

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release October 23, 2020 “They are choosing a future in which Arabs and Israelis, Muslims, Jews, and Christians can live together, pray together, and dream together, side by side, in harmony, community, and peace.” President Donald J. Trump STRIKING ANOTHER HISTORIC AGREEMENT: President Donald J. ... Read More»

The United States Supports the Agriculture Industry through the Successful Implementation of the Training Center for Feed Manufacturing 

Joint Press Release U.S. Embassy in Tunis and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries  The United States Supports the Agriculture Industry through the Successful Implementation of the Training Center for Feed Manufacturing October 22, 2020 U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia, Donald Blome, and the Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, Akissa Bahri, joined members of the Tunisian National Institute for ... Read More»

The United States Mobilizes More Than US$31 Million to Support 13,000 Tunisian Small Businesses, in Partnership with Boabab and Advans

Tunis, October 20, 2020 The United States government, through the U.S. International Development Agency (USAID), is partnering with leading microenterprise institutions Baobab Tunisie and Advans Tunisie to provide financing to more than 13,000 Tunisian micro and small enterprises and women-owned businesses in underserved regions across Tunisia. USAID Tunisia JOBS, in partnership with Boabab and Advans ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia

Location:  Tunis, Tunisia Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Tunis is providing an update on regional curfews and COVID-19 in Tunisia. Tunisia COVID-19 Information: To curb the spread of COVID-19,  as of October 8, the Government of Tunisia has enacted a 15-day curfew in Greater Tunis (which includes the governorates of Ariana, Ben Arous, Manouba, and ... Read More»

34th Annual Joint Military Commission

October 6-7, 2020 marks the 34th annual Joint Military Commission (JMC), an event symbolic of the strong and enduring partnership between the United States and Tunisia which dates back to the Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1797. This year’s JMC at the Ministry of Defense Officers’ Club was attended by Minister of Defense Brahim ... Read More»

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper Remarks at the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia

https://cdn.dvidshub.net/media/video/2009/DOD_108004403/DOD_108004403-1920x1080-6221k.mp4   (As Delivered) Thank you all for joining me this afternoon. I want to thank also The United States Embassy Tunis for hosting us today, and I want to thank the American Battle Monuments Commission for dedicating and maintaining these hallowed grounds. It is an honor to be here with you in the North Africa ... Read More»

Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper’s Visit to Tunisia

U.S. Secretary of Defense, Dr. Mark T. Esper, visited Tunisia on September 30, 2020.  During his visit, Secretary Esper met with Tunisian President Kais Saied at Carthage Palace.  Secretary Esper expressed his appreciation for the longstanding friendship between the United States and Tunisia, dating back to the countries’ first agreement of friendship and trade in 1799. ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in the 2020 Elections

United States Election Day is November 3, 2020.  If you are planning to submit your absentee ballot, now is the time! To vote in the 2020 U.S. elections from Tunisia: Receive and complete your ballot:  States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office.  Please complete your ballot as ... Read More»

Handover Ceremony of Medical Donation to the Ministry of Health

The U.S. Government, through a USAID-UNICEF partnership, presented the Tunisian Ministry of Health today with the first 25,000 of 100,000 COVID-19 test kits to increase the Ministry’s ability to conduct tests to contain the spread of the pandemic. When the pandemic reached Tunisia last March, the U.S. Government through USAID, committed $25 million to support the ... Read More»

Ambassador Blume Remarks at the Ceremony of the Handover of a Medical Donation to the Ministry of Health

Dr.  Faouzi El Mehdi, Minister of Health, Ms. Marilena Viviani, Country Representative & UN Resident Representative, colleagues, and guests. Good morning. It is my great honor and pleasure to be with you today. When the pandemic reached Tunisia last March, the U.S. Government through USAID, committed $25 million to support the Government of Tunisia’s immediate ... Read More»

Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony

White House Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony with President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE’s Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani. Remarks by President Trump, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Minister bin Zayed, and Minister Al Zayani at the Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony September ... Read More»

U.S. Africa Command Commander Gen. Stephen Townsend Visit to Tunisia

The U.S. Africa Command Commander Gen. Stephen Townsend met, during his visit on September 9, with key Tunisian leadership, including Tunisian President Kais Saied and Tunisian Minister of Defense, Ibrahim Bartagi. He, also, attended a PPE donation ceremony held by the Tunisian Ministry of Defense, where both, Commander Gen. Stephen Townsend and Ambassador Donald Blome, ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia

COVID-19 Update and Travel Advisory Reminder U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia September 11, 2020 Location:  Tunis, Tunisia Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Tunis reminds U.S. citizens to review the travel advisory and is providing an update on COVID-19 in Tunisia.  Security Reminder:  In light of the September 5 terrorist attack targeting Tunisian national guard officers in ... Read More»

Ambassador Remarks at El Aouina PPE Donation Ceremony

(as prepared) Brigadier General Ferjani and colleagues from the Department of Military Health, Good Morning. The unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 continue to affect us all. General Townsend and I here to reaffirm U.S. commitment in working hand in hand with the Tunisian government to reinforce Tunisia’s COVID-19 prevention and response efforts. During my recent visits ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

The accord reached between the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on August 13, 2020, is a courageous step toward a more stable, integrated, and prosperous Middle East. The accord inverts traditional thinking about the way to address the region’s problems and challenges, focusing on pragmatic steps that have tangible, practical outcomes. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia

COVID-19 Information Last updated:  09/03/2020 Tunisia-Specific Information: The Tunisian Observatory for New and Emerging Diseases (ONMNE) provides regular COVID-19 updates on their official Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ONMNE/ . As of September 3, the Tunisian Ministry of Health had confirmed 4,196 cases of COVID-19. The governorates of Gabes, Kef, Ben Arous, Kairouan, Sousse, and Tunis currently have the ... Read More»

Press Briefing on United Arab Emirates-Israel Relations with Senior Advisor Jared Kushner

U.S. Department of State Special Briefing via Telephone Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States August 17, 2020 Moderator:  Good afternoon to everyone from the Department of State’s London Media Hub.  I’d like to welcome our participants dialing in from the Middle East and from around the world for this on-the-record press ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia

Location:  Tunis, Tunisia Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Tunis is providing an update on COVID-19 in Tunisia. Tunisia Country-Specific Information: The Tunisian Observatory for New and Emerging Diseases (ONMNE) provides regular COVID-19 updates on their official Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ONMNE/ . As of August 16, the Tunisian Ministry of Health has confirmed 2,314 cases of COVID-19, with ... Read More»

Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release August 13, 2020 President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates spoke today and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Has Secured a Historic Deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to Advance Peace and Prosperity in the Region

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release August 13, 2020 “Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity—in this region, and in the world.  Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Tunisian President Saied

Readout Office of the Spokesperson August 8, 2020 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Tunisian President Kais Saied about matters facing the United Nations Security Council.  Secretary Pompeo and President Saied also discussed ways to advance the bilateral partnership. Read More»

MEPI Alumnus Organizes a Waste Collection Initiative in the Governorate of Nabeul 

As part of the MEPI Day of Service, MEPI Leadership for Development Fellowship (LDF) alumnus, Anis Mimech, organized a cleaning campaign of Lebna beach in the governorate of Nabeul. Anis and his10 volunteers also carried out an awareness campaign for the visitors of the beach to educate them on the importance of cleaning up after themselves and protecting the environment. This initiative is an effort to strengthen the culture of volunteering, and the spirit of ... Read More»

Brian Hook, Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor, discusses U.S. -Tunisia cooperation and leadership on the UN Security Council

Brian Hook, Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to Secretary Pompeo, discusses U.S. -Tunisia cooperation and leadership on the United Nations Security Council. Good morning. I want to begin by wishing all Tunisians a very happy Republic Day, which I understand you will be celebrating on July 25. It is a pleasure to be ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Tunisian Foreign Minister Erray

 READOUT July 14, 2020 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Tunisian Foreign Minister Erray The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Noureddine Erray to discuss strengthening our cooperation on the United Nations Security Council, maturing the U.S.-Tunisia bilateral relationship, and ... Read More»

COVID -19 Response Plan:  ACEA Artisans Make First Online Sales with Improved Packaging  

In March 2020, the U.S. funded Collaborative Actions for Handicrafts Exports (ACEA) artisans were eagerly anticipating the opportunity to participate in the Handicraft Production Fair (Salon de la Création Artisanale). They were prepared to sell a wide range of Wiki Pam products featuring newly esigned attractive ackaging. Additionally, thanks to the training and coaching provided by ACEA, the artisans acquired the necessary set of business skills to sell their products at the ... Read More»

MEPI Alumna Works for Social and Political Empowerment of Youth

Leaders for Democracy Fellowship (LDF) alumna, Amira Marzouk is no stranger to active civic and political engagement.  Her journey started in 2012, where she was elected as member of  the Pan African Parliament and served as a member of the Human Rights Commission.  Having acquired a rich international background from her law studies, she worked within the investigation committee in Sudan and South Sudan. Amira was the only woman ... Read More»

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Embassy Local Partner Mobilizes Youth to Counter COVID-19 In an effort to support the Tunisian government’s efforts to fight COVID-19 pandemic, through its Tunisian Accountability and Political Participation (TAPP) project Action Positive organization mobilized volunteers to perform a host of community service projects. Participants conducted large-scale operations to sterilize public spaces in the delegates of ... Read More»

The 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report – Tunisia

The Government of Tunisia does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore Tunisia remained on Tier 2. These efforts included an increase in investigations of alleged traffickers and an increase ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Guidance on the June 27 Re-Opening of Tunisian Air, Land, and Sea Borders

The Government of Tunisia (GOT) has lifted most of the COVID-19 confinement measures.  Please note that the GOT’s re-opening is subject to revision if the Ministry of Health (MOH) observes a significant increase of COVID-19 cases. Guidance for the Re-Opening of Tunisian Air, Land, and Sea Borders The Tunisian government has announced preliminary guidance for ... Read More»

Press Statement by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State on Syria Caesar Act Designations

Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Press Statement by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State June 17, 2020   More than six years ago, the brave photographer known as Caesar shocked the world by smuggling out of Syria the photographic proof that the Assad regime was torturing and executing many thousands ... Read More»

Tunisia JOBS Helps A PPE Manufacturer Acquire Raw Materials During COVID-19

Created in 2010, Consomed is a manufacturing company specialized in developing and producing single-use personal protective equipment and sterile surgical linens for the healthcare sector. The company is based in Kairouan and collaborates with healthcare practitioners to ensure that its devices and equipment provide the maximum level of protection. Consomed has CE, ISO 9001, and ISO 13485 ... Read More»

Ambassador Remarks at Medical Equipment Donation to Tunisia Ceremony

Thank you Brigadier General Ferjani and the Department of Military Health for allowing me to join this very important event. While we all continue to face unprecedented challenges as a result of COVID-19, Tunisia has been extremely successful in combatting and preventing its spread.  I hope to see Tunisia continue on this trajectory, and that ... Read More»

Tunisian Youth Lead COVID-19 Response – Oumaima Dhahri

Oumaima Dhahri, a youth participant in the USAID – US Agency for International Development sponsored Ma3an Tunisia project, decided to put her abilities to use to help her country’s response to the spread of COVID19. Wanting to help keep Tunisians safe and reduce the shortage of medical equipment across the country, Oumaima from Sidi Bouzid, volunteered ... Read More»

The Assistance Unit Provides Iftars for 520 Needy Families and 165 Medical Staff

Following the Embassy’s efforts to respond to the economic challenges caused by COVID-19, the Political Section’s Assistance Unit, in collaboration with its partners FHI360, Education for Employment, the Financial Services Volunteer Corps, Action Positive, and Rawafed association, within their respective projects “Collaborative Actions for Handicrafts Exports”, “Supporting Job Creation for Young Tunisians from Marginalized Communities “, ... Read More»

Official Statement Memorial Day 2020

It is an honor to participate in the commemoration of one of America’s most solemn of holidays – Memorial Day.  Every year, the United States takes pause on this day to remember all our military members who gave their lives in defense of our freedom, and this year has added significance as it coincides with ... Read More»

Assistance Unit Project Raises the Number of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Applying for the Start-up Act Label.

The US Embassy in Tunis Office has partnered with the Tunisian Ministry of Technology of Communication and Digital Transformation and Smart Capital, the Startup Tunisia operator, to raise awareness about the goals of the Start-up Act across Tunisia. The much-awaited Startup Act has been launched officially since 2019 and is offering a new and unique legal framework with a series ... Read More»

COVID-19 Response: The EFE Foundation Launches the National Initiative “Sa7ti.tn” With the Support of the U.S. Embassy in Tunis

The Education for Employment (EFE) Foundation and its local Tunisian affiliate launched a national initiative “Sa7ti.tn,” as part of the national effort to combat COVID-19. Aimed at all hospital, medical and paramedical staff, www.sa7ti.tn is a free online training platform dedicated to the care of COVID-19 patients. This project, carried out in collaboration with the ... Read More»

Assistance Unit Funded Project Assists Violence Against Women Hotline Operators During Confinement

Because of the increased Gender-Based Violence reports during confinement, the Safety and Women’s Advancement (SAWA) program promptly responded to the Minister of Women Affairs’ request to support online coaching of Violence Against Women (VAW) hotline operators. SAWA organized individual and group coaching sessions with 17 hotline operators. The sessions covered practical topics such as stress ... Read More»

2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Tunisia

Executive Summary Tunisia is a constitutional republic with a multiparty, unicameral parliamentary system and a president with powers specified in the constitution. During the year the country held parliamentary and presidential elections in the first transition of power since its first democratic elections in 2014. On October 6, the country held open and competitive parliamentary ... Read More»

USAID / Ministry of Local Affairs Effort to Equip All Municipalities With Sanitation Gear

In coordination with the Ministry of Local Affairs, the US Government is buying sanitation kits for municipal trash collectors and janitors in 151 of Tunisia’s 350 municipalities (nearly half of all municipalities in Tunisia) through its local governance USAID program TADEEM – Tunisia Accountability, Decentralization, and Effective Municipalities. Five other donors (France, Switzerland, EU, UNDP, ... Read More»

MEPI Alumnus Mobilizes Civil Society Volunteers and Government Officials to Counter COVID-19

MEPI Leaders for Democracy (LDF) alumnus and Head of District of Sidi Mansour, Ahmed Missaoui, leveraged his leadership skills and network to unite different stakeholders in his district to perform a host of community service projects. Ahmed coordinated with local civil society organizations, municipality staff, and volunteering citizens to procure sterilization equipment and to conduct ... Read More»

MEPI Alumna Produces and Donates 150 3D Printed Face Masks

2018 MEPI Student Leaders alumna, Nadia Assidi, collaborated with a group of young engineers from Kasserine to produce 150 3D printed face masks. With the support from the governor’s office, local citizens, and the local university of Kasserine, Nadia was able to acquire all the necessary equipment and access to 3D printers. Nadia and her ... Read More»

U.S. Congress Representatives Train Tunisian Deputies on COVID-19 Crisis Management 

Within its MEPI funded project to support political parties in Tunisia, the International Republican Institute (IRI) organized in cooperation with the House Democracy Partnership a third virtual exchange between the U.S. Congress and Tunisian Members of Parliament. The session focused on crisis management and the role of legislators in addressing the challenges of COVID-19 in ... Read More»

$25 million Grant for Covid-19 Prevention and Response

Today, Ambassador Donald Blome notified the Tunisian government that the United States Government has committed an additional $25 million grant of bilateral Economic Support Funding to strengthen the Government of Tunisia’s urgent COVID-19 prevention and response efforts. Funding will be used to support: National laboratory capacity focused on increasing testing capacity across the country  Infection prevention ... Read More»

Readout of Ambassador Blome’s Call With Tunisia’s Minister of Finance, Mohamed Nizar Yaiche

In an April 14 call, Ambassador Blome and Tunisia’s Minister of Finance, Mohamed Nizar Yaiche, discussed the latest disbursement of IMF funds and the government’s efforts to support the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ambassador Blome assured the Minister that the United States is ready to consider all options to support Tunisia during this difficult ... Read More»

TAPP Project Launches an Online ChatBot to Educate about COVID-19

A group of Tunisian youth from Sfax and Nabeul participating in the Assistance Unit funded Tunisian Accountability and Political Participation (TAPP) project, designed a chatbot application on Facebook Messenger. The chatbot contains all the general information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, it provides advice to users, and answers the most frequently asked questions and ... Read More»

MEPI Partner Conducts COVID-19 Crisis Trainings 

The International Republican Institute held three online trainings under its MEPI Strengthening Trust & Accountability in Tunisia program on crisis communication. A group of young activists, representatives of local governments and political parties, as well as public health experts participated in those trainings and learnt how to use proper crisis communication strategies to support the ... Read More»

MEPI Project Dedicates a Newsletter to Inform Citizens about Municipal Safety Measures 

MEPI-funded Nebni.tn project devoted its newsletter to benchmark and cover the safety practices that the municipalities of Medenine are adopting in light of the current crisis. The newsletter will serve as an informative tool to keep local citizens updated on new procedures and measures undertaken by their municipalities. It will also enable the citizens to ... Read More»

Inmates Produce 750 Masks a Day Thanks to U.S. Embassy Support

Tunisia’s Directorate General of Prison and Rehabilitation (DGPR) confirmed that, in an effort to contain the coronavirus, the seven prison facilities that have a tailor vocational program are producing medical masks using sewing machines donated by the U.S. Government. More than 750 protective masks are assembled daily based on the required health standards and issued ... Read More»

U.S. Company Cisco Contributes to COVID-19 Response

U.S. Company Cisco Contributes to COVID-19 Response:  American tech company Cisco donated video-conference equipment to government agencies to work remotely during the lockdown to ensure continuity of operations. Cisco offered a video-conference station for the Strategic Health Operation Center at the Ministry of Health (MoH), connecting it to eight remote sites in the country. Read More»

MEPI Alumnus Raises 75 Donations for COVID-19 in Two Hours 

During the MEPI Day of Service on April 4, Leaders for Democracy alumnus Wajdi Hamza launched Citizen-Gov initiative. Through this initiative, he hosted a Zoom call to advocate for solidarity in the face of a crisis, and to encourage people to give donations to the 1818 fund created by the Ministry of Health. Over 75 ... Read More»

U.S. PROVIDES 1.7 MILLION DINARS ASSISTANCE TO TUNISIA TO RESPOND TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

For Immediate Release April 03, 2020 TUNIS – The United States Government has committed $600,000 (approximately 1.7 million dinars) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Tunisia from the Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious Infectious Diseases at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The United States is providing these funds to the World Health ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Blome meets Interior Minister in Tunis

(TAP) – Interior Minister Hichem Mechichi met, on Wednesday in Tunis, U.S. ambassador in Tunis, Donald Blome. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the Tunisian-US cooperation, particularly in the areas of counter-terrorism, training and education, as well as issues of common interest, a statement of the Interior Ministry said. The two sides stressed the ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated:  03/07/2021 Update on Policy Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination for Travel to the U.S. ***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Updates on Special Flights Leaving Tunis, Tunisia on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 to the United States

Confirmation emails for seats on special chartered flights for U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents departing Tunis Carthage International Airportarranged by the Department of State and U.S. Embassy Tunis were sent today, March 26, 2020.  Unless you have received an email from Embassy Tunis confirming your seat on a flight, you are not guaranteed a seat.  ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome and Assistant Secretary Cooper Open American Pavilion of the Djerba Airshow

Remarks of the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, R. Clarke Cooper Sabah alkhyr! I am honored and thrilled to join you all today here at the very first Tunisia International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition. Tunisia is a strong partner of the United States, and we are proud to stand with you. We salute ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Gregory LoGerfo Remarks at FSVC Conference

Tunis, February 28, 2020 Good evening everyone.  I am proud to join you to celebrate the tremendous success of the Financial Services Volunteer Corps in Tunisia.  I would like to thank Andrew Spindler – the CEO of FSVC – for the kind invitation and to his team for putting together this terrific event. On behalf ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Tunisian Prime Minister Fakhfakh

March 2, 2020 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh.  Secretary Pompeo congratulated Prime Minister Fakhfakh on forming a new government.  The Secretary expressed his commitment to continuing the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Tunisia with Prime Minister Fakhfakh’s government and strengthening economic and commercial ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper Travels to Mauritania, Algeria, and Tunisia

U.S Department of State Media Note Office of the Spokesperson February 26, 2020 Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper travels to Mauritania, Algeria, and Tunisia February 27-March 4, 2020, to expand U.S. security cooperation and defense trade that enhances our shared security across Africa and the Maghreb. In Mauritania February 27-28, ... Read More»

DFC CEO Adam Boehler Named Executive Chairman of Prosper Africa

DFC, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation February 20, 2020 WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald J. Trump has selected U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler to serve as Executive Chairman of Prosper Africa. Announced in 2018,  Prosper Africa  is a U.S. Government-led initiative which aims to substantially increase two-way trade and investment between the ... Read More»

USAID Administrator Mark Green Visits Tunisia

USAID Administrator Mark Green Meets the President of the Republic, Kais Saaied On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, the President of the Republic, Kais Saied, received the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mark Green.  Mr. Green was on a working visit to Tunisia from February 16 to 18 as part of ... Read More»

The United States Announces Assistance To Combat the Novel Coronavirus

Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo February 7, 2020 This week the State Department has facilitated the transportation of nearly 17.8 tons of donated medical supplies to the Chinese people, including masks, gowns, gauze, respirators, and other vital materials.  These donations are a testament to the generosity of the American people. Today, the United States ... Read More»

Highlights From The Prosper Africa Conference

Tunis – February 6, 2020 “Prosper Africa and the Joint Economic Committee demonstrated our commitment  to strengthening the U.S.-Tunisia economic relationship and helping Tunisia become a gateway to Africa for U.S. firms.” – Ambassador Donald Blome, speaking at the Prosper Africa opening ceremony. U.S.-Tunisia Joint Economic Commission (JEC) At the third session of the U.S.-Tunisia ... Read More»

U.S.-Tunisia Joint Economic Commission (JEC)

U.S.-Tunisia Joint Economic Commission (JEC) Statement by the Republic of Tunisia and the United States of America At the third session of the U.S.-Tunisia Joint Economic Commission (JEC) held today, Friday the 7th of February, in Tunis, Tunisian Minister of Trade Omar Béhi and U.S. Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Joseph Semsar ... Read More»

USAID and the United Bank for Africa Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Advance the Two-Way Trade and Investment Goals of Prosper Africa

Tunis, Tunisia 06 February 2020 U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Prosper Africa initiative is partnering with the United Bank for Africa (UBA) to increase two-way trade and investment between the United States and the nations of Africa.   This partnership ensures businesses are equipped with the technical and financial tools they need to ... Read More»

PROSPER AFRICA: SPEAKERS AND SCHEDULE CONFIRMED

Tunis, Tunisia 06 February 2020 Tony Elumelu, Nigerian philanthropist and entrepreneur, Chairman of the United Bank for Africa group, and founder of the largest African philanthropic initiative devoted to supporting entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the Prosper Africa conference, taking place February 6, 2020, in Tunis, Tunisia. The Prosper ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission LoGerfo Remarks at Enactus Reception

Good evening everyone.  I am delighted to participate in Enactus’s first global summit, celebrating the accomplishments of entrepreneurs from 27 countries.  I would like to thank Minister of Education and Interim Minister of Higher Education, Hatem Ben Salem, Minister of Tourism and Interim Minister of Transport, René Trabelsi, Enactus Global CEO Rachael Jarosh, and Enactus ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome’s Remarks at the Fourth Edition of Open Start Up Tunisia

Good evening, everyone. It is my pleasure to join you for the closing ceremony for the fourth edition of Open Start Up Tunisia. First, I would like to acknowledge many contributions that have made OST4 a success. To the organizing committee led by Houda Ghozzi, you have a built a model of entrepreneurship education that ... Read More»

PROSPER AFRICA: REGISTRATION OPEN

Tunis, Tunisia 06 February 2020 Registration is now open for the U.S. Embassy and American Chamber of Commerce of Tunisia’s conference promoting Prosper Africa  at this link: http://seminr.site/ . Prosper Africa, the U.S. government initiative to increase trade and investment between the United States and Africa, will provide a greater connection between the U.S. and African ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tunis – January 7, 2020 – Heightened Middle East Tensions

Location: Tunisia Event: Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the U.S. Embassy in Tunis strongly encourages U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness.  While we are not aware of specific, credible threats against U.S. citizens in Tunisia at this time, travelers to and in Tunisia ... Read More»

PROSPER AFRICA: Promoting Trade and Investment Between the United States and Africa

Tunis, Tunisia  06 February, 2020 Prosper Africa, a U.S. government initiative to increase trade and investment between the United States and Africa, will launch in Tunisia with a conference sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America and the American Chamber of Commerce of Tunisia. The event will take place at the Laico ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome Remarks for Education for Employment (EFE)’s Graduation Ceremony

Good evening everyone; I am delighted to participate in this graduation ceremony, celebrating the 132 Tunisian youth who have been trained and placed in jobs through the U.S. embassy’s Education for Employment project.  I would like to thank the Interim Minister of Vocational Training and Employment, Tawfik Rajhi, Maitre Donia Ellouz and the entire Education ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome’s Visit to Jendouba

December 4-5, 2019 Ambassador Blome visited the Governor of Jendouba, Mr. Ali Marmouri, as well as the Mayor and other Tunisian government representatives of the region.  This was followed by a press conference, in which he stressed that the U.S. is seeking to develop bilateral cooperation and boost the regional partnership in several sectors, especially ... Read More»

Tunisian and Libyan Fulbright Alumni Gather in Djerba  

In support of the Fulbright alumni network, AMIDEAST Tunisia organized a conference for around 100 Fulbright alumni from Tunisia and Libya, November 22-25. The conference strengthened the Fulbright alumni community of the North Africa region, allowed Tunisian and Libyan alumni to develop leadership and community engagement skills, and facilitated innovative and cross-sectoral solutions to community ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy Celebrates International Education Week

As part of the U.S. Embassy’s International Education Week celebration , the Embassy organized a roundtable with the Columbia University Global Center (CGC) in Tunis, to discuss International Cooperation and the Future of Education in Tunisia. Thank you to U.S. State Department Near Eastern Affairs Press and Public Diplomacy Deputy Director Alica Lejlic, officials from the Ministries of Education ... Read More»

Access Students of Tunisia Visit the Embassy

The U.S. Embassy was pleased to receive the Access English Microscholarship Program students from Boussalem, Djerba, Tataouine and Monastir who are learning English through this U.S. Department of State funded program. Ambassador Donald Blome had an interactive conversation with students from Tataouine and answered their questions about the Embassy and the United States. The students shared ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome’s Remarks at the Launch of the El Jem Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Project

This morning we are celebrating one of Tunisia’s greatest treasures – El Jem – as well as the strong and growing U.S.-Tunisian partnership on cultural heritage preservation.  The El Jem grant is – in fact – the seventh Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation project in Tunisia.  Some of you may remember that we launched a ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome in Sfax

Ambassador Blome made his first official trip to Sfax this week.  While in town, he met with Governor Anis Oueslati, the President of the University of Sfax and the heads of 19 other educational institutions based in Sfax. Ambassador Blome also had dinner with members of the local AmCham chapter, and visited students and classes ... Read More»

CES 2020, Las Vegas, January 7-10, 2020

Dear Friends, The U.S. Embassy Tunis and AmCham Tunis are pleased to announce CES®2020, which is the largest tradeshow and marketplace for consumer technology!  This spectacular event will take place January 7-10, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  We invite you to join the Tunisian delegation to this annual trade event. About CES CES is the ... 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»

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 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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I need to pay for the program? What are the costs? If you are selected as a finalist, Legacy International and the United States Department of State will cover all costs associated with your international travel, visa, and basic living costs in the United States. Am I eligible to apply? Please see eligibility requirements ... 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

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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

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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»

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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 travel.state.gov. 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

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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

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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»

“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»

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»

Ambassador Inaugurates New Projects at the National Authority for Anti-Corruption (INLUCC)

Good morning everyone. I am delighted to be here to participate in this special event.  I want to thank our fantastic host, Mr. Chawki Tabib, as well as our local and international partners, the media, and each of you for taking the time to join us for this signing ceremony. As you know, corruption distorts ... 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»

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»