Resilience and Non-violent Activism in the Black Community

In celebration of Black History Month, the Information Resource Center (IRC) at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis is pleased to invite you to an Interactive program on resilience and non-violent activism in the Black community to explore race relations as well as tensions between security and freedom of expression through non-violent protests. The program will be conducted by Mr. Marc Morial,

Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund 2017 Opens Soon!

The Department of State’s Alumni Division invites you to submit funding requests for projects as part of the 2017 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF)! Between March 2 and 30, projects of up to the amount of $25,000 should be submitted by teams of at least four alumni, and according to the list of specific themes. Background: The Department of State

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

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

“NEXT LEVEL” in Tunis

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

The IRC hosts its 5th workshop on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The IRC hosted on Friday its 5th workshop on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship entitled “Challenges in Social Entrepreneurship.”  Ms. Fatma Mselmi, former participant in the professional fellowship program and a consultant in economic development and technology transfer, focused on the inclusive business model as a commercially viable model that could benefit low-income communities and how this model could be applied

2017 Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tunis is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA). This program will provide two Tunisian full-time secondary school teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge of the United States. TEA brings

The Information Resource Center Hosts Next Level Hip-Hop Program

The IRC hosted four American performers who are in Tunis on the week-long Next Level hip-hop program.  The group–an MC, a DJ, a beatmaker and a dancer—began workshops for members of Tunisia’s hip-hop community at the Maison des Jeunes in La Marsa on Monday.  On Wednesday, the hip-hop artists held a session at the IRC and discussed making art and

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

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

MCC Visits Tunisia to Discuss Compact to Promote Inclusive Economic Growth

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

Information Session on EducationUSA in the IRC

EducationUSA adviser in Tunisia, Mariem Laabidi, provides information about finding the right university fit. Session filmed live at the Information Resource Center, US Embassy Tunisia.” Finding the Right Fit: Choosing the U.S. University That’s Right For You – PART I Finding the Right Fit: Choosing the U.S. University That’s Right For You – PART II   Finding the Right Fit:

2017 TechGirls Program

2017 TechGirls Program This Application is free of charge and may be duplicated Application Deadline: March 18, 2017 Program Description: TechGirls is an international exchange program designed to empower young girls from the Middle East and North Africa to pursue careers in science and technology. The program provides approximately 28 teenage girls, ages 15-17, from select countries in the Middle

Tunisian Fulbright Society Hosts Talk on English Teacher Training

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

Menzah 8 Students Visit Embassy

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

Primary students from l’Integrale school visit the Embassy

The English Language Teaching Coordinator (ELTC) and the English Language Fellow (ELF) met with a group of students from the 3rd and 4th grade from the l’Integrale school in Le Kram.  The ELF and ELTC conducted a storytelling session with students, including a story told by a native speaker, introducing students to new vocabulary words and a new narrative. The

The IRC Hosts the Second Workforce Development and Youth Employability Workshop

The IRC hosted the second Workforce Development & Youth Employability workshop led by Professor Ethel Hong Badawi, from George Washington University.  The workshop focused on the difference between a cover letter and a personal statement and how to use them in the appropriate context.  The workshop was attended by 26 young students or young job seekers who are working on

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

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

Ambassador’s Remarks at Launch of Machrou3i Phase II

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

Technovation Competition 2017

Technovation challenge,  the World Largest Competition for Girls in Tech Purpose: Technovation is a competition for young girls that started in 2010 in California in the US aiming to close the gender gap for women in technology and business. Over the course of the program young women all over the world will be creating solutions to issues in their community – no

American Teenage Coder, Sophie Houser Visit to Tunisia

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

The International Writing Program For Young Writers at the University of Iowa

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce : The International Writing Program For Young Writers at the University of Iowa July 1 – July 15, 2017 Application Deadline: February 28, 2017 Purpose: Between the Lines is a component of the International Writing Program (IWP) that brings young writers, aged 16-19, to the University of Iowa for creative writing study and cultural interaction. Program:

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

As part of the American Film Showcase program, Cheryl Miller Houser visited Tunis to screen her documentary Generation Startup, which follows 6 recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit, Michigan. Screenings took place in the American Corner Tunis on January 17, in the IHEC (Institute of Higher Commercial Studies) on January 18, in ESPRIT

Columbia’s OpenStartUp Boosts Tunisia’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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

MEPI: A New Accelerator and Business Growth Initiative for Tunisian Business Women Called WESUp

WES is excited to announce a new accelerator and business growth initiative for Tunisian business women called WESUp. Contact your local WES Center to learn more about the initiative. WES-Up, offers women entrepreneurs a path to business growth. Through one-on-one coaching, technical assistance, strategic growth planning and networking opportunities, women entrepreneurs will reach new markets, forge partnerships, develop products or services, and

Award Ceremony for the Winning Teams of Technovation Competition 2016

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

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

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

The IRC hosts the Co-Director of the film Generation Startup

The IRC organized a viewing party of the documentary film Generation Startup which centered on the struggles and triumphs of 6 recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit, Michigan. The film screening, attended by young business students and entrepreneurs, was followed by a lively discussion with the film’s Co-Director, Cheryl Miller Houser.

Tunisian Navy Receives Two U.S. Patrol Boats

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

A Roundtable Discussion on How to Be the Next Techwomen Leader

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

Defining Its Own Democracy: Tunisia and the Way Forward

Defining Its Own Democracy: Tunisia and the Way Forward Daniel H. Rubinstein United States Ambassador to Tunisia Though I came to Tunisia as Ambassador in the Fall of 2015, my relationship with the country and its people actually began in the late 1990s. In some ways, the Tunisia I returned to in 2015 is the one I knew years before—the

Capacity- Building Training for Alumni

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

2017 MEPI Local Grants Annual Program

The Office of Assistance Coordination’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Program seeks single-country proposals for its Local Grants Program. The Local Grants Program serves as the MEPI Program’s most direct means of supporting organizations in the Middle East and North Africa. Generally, these awards are designed to:  Strengthen civil society;  Support constructive advocacy and civic activism;  Support citizens’ efforts to

Workshop on Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the IRC

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

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

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

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

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

Millennium Challenge Corporation Board of Directors Selects Tunisia for New Compacts

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

Soccer Outfits Donation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Role play simulation attracts new emerging young voices

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

CEED Programs Graduate 16 Young Entrepreneurs

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

Embassy Celebrates International Education Week 2016 at the American Corner Tunis   

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

U.S. Embassy Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

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

Remarks by Ambassador Rubinstein on Veterans Day

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

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

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

The Normality of Informality in Trade and Its Impacts

Dr. Sami Bensassi, from Birmingham Business School, gave a presentation at the IRC on the economics of informal trade.  After outlining how smuggling is defined under both U.S. and the Tunisian law, he assessed informal trade through two case studies, then took a closer look at the consequences.  The audience showed an interest in knowing the cost of informal trade

Smithsonian-Tunisia Collaboration Workshop 2016

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

A Presentation in the IRC on E-Governance Sparks Debate

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

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

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

IRC Hosts Second Social Entrepreneurship Workshop

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

Ambassador Presents Award for Best Heroes Build Graffiti Mural

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

Ambassador Presents Awards to Young Filmmakers

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

Public Affairs Hosts Café Talk on Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship

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

Cultural Affairs Officer Visits Gabes and Tozeur

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

Democracy Ambassadors Supporting Municipal Elections

Tthe Will and Citizenship Organization (OVC)  launched its the “Ichrak” (Engaging) project. With the support of the U.S. Embassy and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and in partnership with Gabes Action association, OVC held an opening ceremony to introduce participants to the project, its partners, and relevant experts. Following the ceremony, OVC held a training session for 40 youth

Rahma Sghaier MENA Leaders For Change Program, 2013

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

Tunisian Scouts Organized a Forum on Combating Violent Extresmism and Radicalism

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

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

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

MC RAI Tours in Gabes and Tozeur

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

Technovation Inspires Tunisian Girls to Make Change

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

Tunisian Exchange Female Alumni Take Part of #DadsAndDaughters Social Media Campaign

“I didn’t run for President so that the dreams of our daughters could be deferred or denied. I didn’t run for President to see inequality and injustice persist in our time. I ran for President to put the same rights, the same opportunities, and the same dreams within the reach for our daughters and our sons alike.” President Obama To

How Girls Lead to Advance Youth, Peace, Equality

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

Smithsonian Tunisia digital campaign

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

Tunisian USDA Cochrane Fellows Receive Management Training

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

MEPI Program “Our Neighborhood Our Democracy”

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

Deputy Assistant Secretary and Ambassador Attend MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference

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

Ambassador Attends Alumni Reception

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

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

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

Two Tunisian Musicians Shine in the OneBeat Program

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

Ambassador Meets Professional Fellows Program Delegation

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

Ambassador’s Remarks for TAEF-STTGO Signature Ceremony

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

Ambassador Rubinstein Visits Mahdia

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

Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018)

The annual DV Program makes Immigrant visas available to persons meeting simple, but strict, eligibility requirements: Receipt of a high school diploma (or evidence that you have completed a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education), or A minimum of two years’ experience within the past five years in a job that requires at least two years of training. Applicants

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

“Democratic Drama or Democratic Decline: Making Sense of the 2016 US Presidential Election.”  This captivating subject drew more than one hundred students from Tunis Business School (TBS) and theSousse College of Arts and Humanities (FLSHS) to a talk and Q & A with political analyst and Washington Institute for the Near East Policy fellow Dr. Sarah Feuer. Dr. Feuer, whose

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

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

President Beji Caid Essebsi Visit to New York (September 19-23, 2016)

Secretary of State Kerry and President Beji Caid Essebsi in an Open Dialogue (September 21, 2016) President Obama Delivers Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum (September 21, 2016) U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and East African Leaders Agree to Business Commitments in New York (September 21, 2016) FACT SHEET: U.S.-Africa Cooperation on Trade and Investment Under the Obama Administration

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

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

Expert in Drama Therapy Visits IRC

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

Tunisia’s First Comic Con Attracts 7,500

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

Embassy Joins ENIT Communication Week

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

Youth Impact: Peace Ambassadors In the Making

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

Marc Lynch Discusses Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East

Marc Lynch, Professor of Political Science at George Washington University, gave a talk at the Information Resource Center (IRC) that centered around his latest book The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East. Dr. Lynch provided an in-depth analysis of the changing political landscape in the Middle East following the Arab Spring and discussed the rationale behind

Tunsian NBA Star Salah Mejri’s Press Conference in the Local Press

TVs  Al Wataniya, Nessma TV, Attessia TV Online Media Salah Mejri launches a big program to recruit talent. TAP The Cultural Affairs Officer at US Embassy: “There is willingness to step up sport cooperation for the benefit of Tunisian youths.” TAP. Basketball skills clinics for youth in Tunisia with the NBA collaboration net,  afn360.com  .lapresse.tn  alchourouk.com gnet.tn, assabah.com.tn  babnet.net tn-news.com news24.com.eg 

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

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

Leaders: Can Tunisia Afford to Care About Climate Change?

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

Heroes Build Initiative Media Coverage

Online media l’Economiste maghrebin: Tunisia : Launch of the contest sociocultural project “Heroes Build” (French) Kapitalis:  9oum Ebni : Young cleanse and beautify their neighborhoods (French) Tunis Afrique Press (TAP): Heroes Build” initiative organized by El Makhzen Cultural Association and the U.S. Cultural Center (Arabic) Print media Assabah:  A Call to action to rebuild the country (Arabic) Assarih:  Mohamed Ali Ben

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

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

Of Many: A Chance for Interfaith Dialogue

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

Tunisian Musician Amira Knani’s Journey to New York

We are happy to sponsor Tunisian musician Amira Knani’s journey to New York, where she will receive the 2015 @International Youth Piano Competition’s Second Prize at Carnegie Hall. Our U.S. Public Affairs Counselor Michael Macy congratulated Amira on her success and encouraged her to keep developing her impressive talent.

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

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

Security Message Update for U.S. Citizens: Curfew Imposed

The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens in Tunisia to ongoing reports of civil disturbances and protests at a number of locations in the country, including in the greater Tunis area. The Government of Tunisia has imposed an 8:00pm to 5:00am curfew across the country until further notice, starting the evening of Friday, January 22, 2016. The U.S. Embassy will continue

Embassy Hosted a Film Screening of GirlRising

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

Ambassador Rubinstein’s Remarks at GIST

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrating International Women’s Day

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

Roundtable on Combating Gender-based Violence

  On December 9, representatives from the Ministry of Women, Family, and Children; the Ministry of Justice; the Ministry of Social Affairs; the Association of Tunisian Judges; and the Center of Arabic Women for Training and Research met at the IRC to discuss efforts to combat gender-based violence with members of the diplomatic community. Panel members emphasized the important role

Skype Press Conference With Salah Mejri, the First Tunisian Player in the NBA

The Embassy hosted Tunisian sports journalists at a Skype press conference with Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri, the first Tunisian player in the NBA. The Jendouba-born Mejri signed with the Mavericks on July 30 and played his first NBA game on October 28. He fielded questions about his first month in the NBA, discussed his experiences with the Tunisian National

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

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

RELO Visit to CREFOCs and Access classes

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

Celebrating 75 Years of Exchange Programs!

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

Assistant Secretary Malinowski to Students at Ibn Sharaf Univ. The U.S. stands with Youth & Reformers for the Long Haul

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

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

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

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

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

“Fun with English” Day

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

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

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

The Journey of the 2015 Tunisian TechWomen Has Begun!

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

Statement by the President Congratulating the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Recipients

On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet on winning the Nobel Peace Prize.  This brave coalition of workers, industry, lawyers and human rights advocates is an inspiring reminder that lasting peace and security can only be achieved when citizens are empowered to forge their own future and that democracy is both possible and necessary in

Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Nobel Peace Prize for the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

I congratulate Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet for their selection as winners of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. This extraordinary honor recognizes the critical role civil society organizations played following the Tunisian revolution — by preserving national unity and constructing a political process that led to both a constitution and free and fair national elections. As assassinations and street protests roiled

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

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

MEPI Alumus Joins UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board

Mabrouk to our Access Alumnus and current MEPI Tomorrow’s leader fellow at the American University in Cairo, Amir Ben Ameur, for being elected as an Advisor for post-conflicts at the UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board. A total of 93,000 votes were cast to elect the sixteen new members of the UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board. Twelve youth, 6 men and 6 women,

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

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

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

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

Nada Makhlouf Speaks About Her Participation in Between the Lines (BTL) Program

Embassy staff had the opportunity to meet with Nada Makhlouf, who recently returned from the Between the Lines (BTL) program. This program brings young writers, aged 16-19 to the U.S. for two weeks of intensive creative writing workshops and cultural exchange. The workshops are held at the University of Iowa. According to Nada, “The BTL Program was a turning point

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

The U.S. Embassy IRC and the ELT Coordinator, with the Cooperation of the New Horizon Center, organized a workshop last week—Teaching English Language through Jazz Chants. Guest speaker Carolyn Graham conducted the workshop which included Inspectors, English teachers and students. Ms. Graham introduced the audience to the creative pedagogical method she has been using for more than 25 years. She

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

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

Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson, Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor Tom Malinowski Visit Tunisia

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

Launch of the Tunisia E-Business Network Platform

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

The United States and the United Arab Emirates Today Launched The Sawab Center

The United States and the United Arab Emirates today launched The Sawab Center,* the first-ever multinational online messaging and engagement program, in support of the Global Coalition Against Daesh. U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel and UAE Minister of State Anwar Gargash participated in the launch event in support of the millions of

Congressional Tunisia Caucus Co-Chairs, Reps. Schweikert and Hastings, Condemn Terrorist Attack in Sousse, Tunisia

Congressman David Schweikert: “Joyce and I extend our deepest sympathies to the victims of today’s senseless violence in Sousse, Tunisia and condemn in the strongest terms this act of terrorism. Today’s attack is against democracy as a whole.” “Time and again, the Tunisian people have stood up against terror for the universal values that generations of our people have defended.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baseball Equipment Donation to Baseball and Softball Federation

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

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

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

Miss Tunisia Celebrates Tunisian-American Day in Washington

The Tunisian Community Center hosted a celebration of Tunisian-American Day on May 30 in Washington.  Tunisia’s ambassador to Washington, Faycal Gouia, was guest of honor at the event, which featured a gala dinner with traditional Tunisian specialties and Tunisian music.  Also present at the event was Miss Tunisia 2015 Rawia Jebali and Miss Tunisia 2014 Wahiba  Arres.  A highlight of

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

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

Workplace Success Program Graduation Ceremony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Microsoft Tounes Ta3mal Trainings

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

Transforming Tunisians with Disabilities into Civil Society Leaders

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

Arafet Ben Marzou Travels the U.S. West Coast on a Whike

The U.S. Embassy in Tunis has teamed up with Exploralis Tunisia to support a unique sports diplomacy initiative. On February 23, 2015, Arafet Ben Marzou embarked on a three-month solo expedition by bike along the West Coast of the United States. Arafet’s incredible journey began in Los Angeles in the U.S. state of California and will end in May in

Terrorist Designation of Ali Ouni Harzi

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC The Department of State has designated Ali Ouni Harzi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. The consequences of this designation include a prohibition against U.S. persons engaging in transactions with Ali Ouni Harzi and

Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken Press Statement

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

USAID “Find Jobs” Project in Jendouba

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

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Leads Congressional Delegation to Tunisia

Statement at Bardo Museum, Tunis Democracy has many enemies, but it has more friends.  That is why we are here today, as friends of Tunisia’s young but important democracy.  The United States has been a friend of Tunisia for more than two hundred years, and that friendship has never been stronger.  Inspired and encouraged by the historic achievements of Tunisia

Radio Show Advice Program “Carriëre”

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

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

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

Attack on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release March 18, 2015 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s deadly terrorist attack at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, where gunmen killed 19 people and wounded more than 20 others.  We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the victims’ families and loved ones. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 5th Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference

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

USAID Helps Women Launch Their Businesses

USAID’s Business Reform and Competitiveness project (USAID BRCP) provides technical support to small and medium enterprise to facilitate economic growth in Tunisia.  Recently, it worked with ENDA, Tunisia’s largest microenterprise organization, to enable its members to qualify for credit and help with their business needs.  Oftentimes, it is difficult for women to enter the formal sector without meeting certain legal

Bridge Between Employers and Jobseekers

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

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

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

Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Caid Essebsi of Tunisia

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. President Obama called President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia today to congratulate him on his victory in Tunisia’s first presidential election under its new constitution. The President commended Tunisians for the spirit of peaceful compromise that has prevailed throughout their historic democratic transition of the last four years. He underscored

Statement by Secretary Kerry on Tunisia’s Presidential Election

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson On behalf of the government and people of the United States, I would like to congratulate President-elect Beji Caid Essebsi on his victory and the Tunisian people on the successful completion of their process to elect a new government under the constitution adopted last January.  Tunisia has provided a shining example to

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Presidential Election in Tunisia

President Obama congratulates President-elect Beji Caid Essebsi on his victory and the people of Tunisia on the successful conclusion of the first presidential election under the new constitution, a vital step toward the completion of Tunisia’s momentous transition to democracy.  The United States looks forward to working closely with President-elect Caid Essebsi and the new government as they work to

First Women Debate Tournament in Sousse

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

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

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

Secretary Kerry on Tunisia’s Presidential Election

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. I congratulate the Tunisian people on today’s presidential election. This historic moment has come about due to the strong commitment by Tunisians from across the political spectrum to democracy and the rule of law. With a continued emphasis on political and social cooperation and consensus-building, Tunisia’s democratic path will remain

Transfer of Night Vision Devices to the Tunisian Armed Forces

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

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

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

Statement by Secretary Kerry on Parliamentary Elections in Tunisia

I join President Obama in congratulating the Tunisian people on the success of yesterday’s legislative elections. We welcome this important step to form a democratically elected Parliament and to build the foundation for a democratic, secure, and prosperous future. This milestone in Tunisia’s transition to democracy exemplifies why Tunisia remains a beacon of hope, not only to the Tunisian people,

Statement by the President on Parliamentary Elections in Tunisia

On behalf of all Americans, I congratulate the people of Tunisia on the democratic election of a new parliament – an important milestone in Tunisia’s historic political transition.  In casting their ballots today, Tunisians continued to inspire people across their region and around the world, as they did during Tunisia’s 2011 revolution and with the adoption of a new constitution

Message from Secretary Kerry

I deeply regret that I’m not able to join you today in Tunis, but I want you to know how strongly I support the goals and objectives of this “Invest in Tunisia” Conference.  Tunisia has made remarkable progress in the past year: the ratification of a democratic constitution that respects universal rights; the installation of a new government committed to

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

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

Donation of Patrol Boats to the Tunisian Navy

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

Government of Tunisia Issues $500 Million Bond with U.S. Guarantee

Today, the Government of Tunisia closed on its offering of a $500 million sovereign bond issuance guaranteed by the United States of America, acting through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). As President Obama noted during the April 2014 visit of Tunisian Prime Minister Joma’a to Washington, this loan guarantee is only one part of our assistance, which aims

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

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

Chris Stevens Youth Network in Tunisia

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

United States Signs $500 million Loan Guarantee Agreement with Tunisia

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

Ambassador Walles’s Remarks at CEED Launch Event

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

Fact Sheet on Obama’s Framework for Investing in Tunisia

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary April 4, 2014 The United States strongly supports the Tunisian people and their progress toward a future of economic prosperity that strengthens civil society, empowers women and youth, and solidifies the foundation of democracy. Since the January 2011 revolution, the United States has committed more than $400 million to support Tunisia’s transition,

U.S.-Tunisia Joint Statement on Strategic Partnership

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

U.S.-Tunisia Strategic Dialogue

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

Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Formation of New Tunisian Government

The ratification of a new democratic constitution and the installation of an independent government to lead the country towards new elections are historic milestones in Tunisia’s democratic transition. Three years ago this month, Tunisians inspired the world when a brave fruit vendor sparked a revolution that set the country on a path to democracy.  While Tunisia’s transition to democracy is

Statement from the Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State Ratification of the new Tunisian Constitution

We are encouraged that Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly voted to ratify Tunisia’s new constitution on January 26. A strong constitution, reached through consultation and debate, is the foundation of a thriving democracy. This is a historic moment for the people of Tunisia and represents a significant achievement as Tunisia continues in its political transition. The debates, discussions, and compromises throughout

Statement from U.S. Embassy: Designation of Ansar al-Shari’a in Tunisia as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

On January 10, 2014, the Department of State announced the designations of Ansar al-Shari’a in Tunisia, along with two separate groups in Libya as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.  In addition, the Department of State has also designated Seifallah Ben Hassine, the leader of Ansar al-Shari’a commonly known as “Abou Iyadh,” as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. These designations reflect our

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