US Supports New Youth Employability Office in Zarzis

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

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Prime Minister Mechichi meets with Ambassador Blome

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

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Ambassador Blome met with Tunisian Minister of Communication Technologies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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34th Annual Joint Military Commission

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Remarks at El Aouina PPE Donation Ceremony

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

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Ambassador Remarks at Medical Equipment Donation to Tunisia Ceremony

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

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Official Statement Memorial Day 2020

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

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$25 million Grant for Covid-19 Prevention and Response

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

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

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

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U.S. Ambassador Blome meets Interior Minister in Tunis

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

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

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

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USAID Administrator Mark Green Visits Tunisia

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

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Highlights From The Prosper Africa Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Blome’s Visit to Jendouba

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

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Tunisian and Libyan Fulbright Alumni Gather in Djerba  

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

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

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

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Ambassador Blome in Sfax

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

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

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

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

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

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Assistant Administrator Harvey Visits USAID Tunisia Mission

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

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

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

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Launch of the Archaeological Site of Oudhna Restoration Project

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

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Ambassador Blome Visit to Djerba

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

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Ambassador Blome Delivers Remarks at FATCA Signing Ceremony

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

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Ambassador Blome’s Trip to Sousse and Monastir

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

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Ambassador Blome’s Trip to Kebili and Tozeur

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

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

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

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

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

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Women Entrepreneurs Forum

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

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

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

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Ambassador Remarks at the Women Entrepreneurship Forum

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

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Ambassador Blome Welcomes English Conversation Course Participants

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

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