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 ...
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U.S.-TUNISIA JOINT MILITARY COMMISSION

THURSDAY, MAY 03, 2018 Opening Remarks by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Alan Patterson  Thank you Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi and members of the Tunisian Armed Forces for giving me and my team a very warm welcome this week for the 32nd U.S.-Tunisia Joint Military Commission in Tunis.  This is my first visit ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Signature of Memorandum of Implementation for cooperation and coordination of the TADAEEM Project

On February 8, 2018, the USAID funded Tunisia Accountability, Decentralization, and Effective Municipalities (TADAEEM) Project and the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment (MALE) signed a Memorandum of Implementation for cooperation and coordination of activities in the framework of the TADAEEM Project. This Memorandum supports the decentralization process and aims to improve the quality of ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Rubinstein at the Ministry of Justice Donation Ceremony

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

Remarks by Ambassador Rubinstein at OpenStartUp – Tunisia Competition Closing Ceremony January 19, 2018 Good evening!  We are proud of our support for this linkage project between Columbia University and the OpenStartUp-Tunisia competition over the last two years. Entrepreneurship is important not just for its ability to grow jobs and innovation, but for a more ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Rubinstein at MEPI Local Grants Kick-Off Ceremony

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

Mr Slim Chaker Minister of Health, Honorable Company representatives, Distinguished Guests, السيّد سْليم شاكر وزير الصِحّة مُمَثّلو الشركة الكِرام أيّها الضيوف الكِرام مساء الخير I am delighted to join this evening’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development graduation reception.  I want to thank CEO Wafa Makhlouf for her warm welcome and for inviting me. إنّه لَمِنْ دواعي سروري ...
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Tunisian Presidency Welcomes Exchange Alumni

On August 30, a group of Tunisian State Department exchange program alumni were joined by Ambassador Rubinstein and embassy staff in a meeting with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and his Youth and Diplomacy Advisors at the Presidential Palace.  During this meeting, alumni shared the results of their experiences in the United States on a ...
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Ambassador Rubinstein’s Remarks at the 2017 Independence Day Celebration

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

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

The Technovation National Pitch gathered 22 teams representing 9 governorates from across Tunisia along with their mentors and parents to present their mobile applications before a panel of judges.  Ambassador Rubinstein delivered opening remarks, congratulating all of the teams on their work solving problems in their communities through the development of mobile apps.  PAS funded ...
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Ambassador Rubinstein Gave Remarks at the Ceremony For Launch of “All Against Child Labor in Tunisia” Project

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

Thank you Bedis for the warm welcome and introduction; My thanks as well to the GOT officials who are here, Majdouline Cherni Minister of Youth and Sports, and Saida Ounissi, Secretary of State in charge of Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship And to the facilitators, mentors, university partners and Georgetown for coordinating this event; Good afternoon ...
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Ambassador Rubinstein’s Remarks at Souk At-Tanmia Launch Ceremony

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

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

On July 28, Ambassador Daniel Rubinstein attended the closing ceremony of the 10th anniversary of the Language Village Nabeul hosted by the Minister of Higher Education Chiheb Bouden. The graduates presented several performances including dancing, singing, drama, painting and poetry written by the participants themselves. The Ambassador delivered brief remarks where he acknowledged the LVN ...
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Ambassador Rubinstein’s Remarks at Education for Employment Event

On July 21, Ambassador Rubinstein participated in a breakfast discussion organized by Education for Employment Tunisia (EFE) and the National ICT Business Federation in the framework of a project funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) to enable employment-skills training and conduct job placement and business and social entrepreneurship programs. The event focused on the ...
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Ambassador Welcomes Exchange Programs Returnees

Ambassador Rubinstein welcomed the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) family to the U.S. Embassy for a special reception.  He was joined by newly-minted YES alumni, just back from their year as exchange students in the U.S.  Alumni regaled the Ambassador and other Embassy staff with stories of their host families, recollections of their ...
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Ambassador Opens TJSP Alumni Conference

Ambassador Rubinstein gave opening remarks at the Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program (TJSP) Alumni Conference.  He reminded Alumni, hailing from all 24 governorates, that they truly represent the nation, and that they will play crucial roles in developing Tunisia’s economy and nurturing its young democracy. The Ambassador also highlighted the success of three alumni who have ...
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Tunisia Signs $500 million Loan Guarantee Agreement with the U.S.

Agreement with the United States Today, Tunisia signed a loan guarantee agreement with the United States that will allow Tunisia to access up to $500 million in affordable financing from international capital markets, delivering on President Obama’s discussions with Tunisian President Caid Essebsi in May 2015.  The loan guarantee underscores the United States’ enduring commitment ...
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U.S. Equipment Donation to Tunisian Ministry of Defense

    Local Media Coverage on the United States donation of  jeeps, communications technology and small aircraft to Tunisia.   TVs Wataniya 1 Nessma TV Al Hiwar Attounsi Attassia TV TNN Radios Mosaique FM Express FM Shems FM Jawhara FM Online Media Webdo lorientlejour.com ca.reuters.com ara.reuters.com Hakaek Online Tunisie Telegraph Kapitalis Tunivisions Sabah
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Ambassador’s Speech to South Mediterranean University (SMU)

  AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY President Triki, Thank you for inviting me to be part of your Ambassadors’ Guest Speakers Program.  I am very honored to be here with you, your distinguished faculty and your students. It’s always a pleasure to speak to students because I know I’m speaking to Tunisia’s future scholars, leaders and entrepreneurs.  ...
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Ambassador Rubinstein Visit to Sfax

Ambassador Rubinstein made his first official trip to Sfax. After calling on Governor Chaouat, Ambassador Rubinstein met with several members of Parliament, had lunch with members of the local American Chamber of Commerce and visited the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Sfax (CCI-Sfax). He then hosted a roundtable with members of several different civil ...
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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 ...
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Celebrating Culture and Inter-faith Dialogue in the Tunis Medina

Ambassador Rubenstein visited El Makhzen cultural center in the Tunis Medina, where he was interviewed by Al Wataniya TV and joined an audience of Tunisian actors, actresses, students and teachers for a screening of the American Film Showcase documentary Of Many. Director Linda Mills participated in a lively post-film discussion about the role that art ...
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Access Tabarka Graduates meet the Ambassador

Access Tabarka graduates paid a visit to the Embassy where they met with Ambassador Daniel Rubinstein, Public Diplomacy Officer Sarah Hennessy and ELT Coordinator Saida Jedidi Sfaxi. The students shared their accomplishments and community involvement during their two years of Access, as well as how they improved their English through cultural activities and field trips. ...
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Tunisian Alumni: Coding for change!

The U.S. Embassy hosted the Young Tunisian Coders Academy (YTCA) at the Information Resource Center (IRC.) YTCA to teach young students the Scratch programming language, introducing basic programming fundamentals and giving them the basic programming skills to create their own interactive stories, games and animations. Thirteen students ages 9 to 16 years old from Tunis ...
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Ambassador Rubinstein at AmCham Tunisia’s Lunch Discussion“Challenges of the Tunisian Economy”

……From his side, Ambassador Rubinstein expressed his gratitude of being among AmCham Members in a Monthly Lunch Debate for the first time in his mandate. Talking about the Economic Challenges is Tunisia, His Excellency argued that the U.S. Government recognizes that the Government of Tunisia has taken concrete steps toward Economic reforms, but additional action ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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