Statement by Secretary Pompeo On the Occasion of Ramadan

 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO May 15, 2018 On the Occasion of Ramadan On behalf of the United States Department of State, I offer best wishes to Muslims around the world for a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. For those observing this month, it is a time of reverence, generosity, and spiritual introspection.  Ramadan is also a cherished ...
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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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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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Voter Education for the Municipal Elections Started in Mahdia Thanks to the TIDD MEPI Funded Project

In the framework of its Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) funded project, the Tunisian Institute for Democracy and Development (TIDD) conducted its first voter outreach campaign in Mahdia on March 22.  The event gathered volunteers from the governorates of Beja, Kef, Seliana, Jendouba, Bizerte and Mahdia.  The activity took place in the medina of Mahdia ...
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Creative Learning Launched a Three-day Training Workshop of 50 Tunisian Artisans

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

Thank you to the WeYouth team for their great work in launching the voter education campaign on March 21 in Sfax.  Through its Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) funded project, We Youth organized a field outreach activity in the Medina of Sfax to raise citizens’ awareness of the importance of participation in the upcoming municipal ...
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Collaborative Action for Handicraft Exports (ACEA) project by FHI 360: Northwest Cluster Meeting

Congratulations to Family Health International (FHI) 360 for completing their first event in the framework of the Collaborative Action for Handicraft Exports (ACEA) project funded by the U.S. Embassy in Tunis. The ACEA Project is promoting a collaborative system for the promotion of handicraft essential oils, dedicated to natural extracts in Northwest Tunisia.  The first ...
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Ministry of Finance Trains Accountants on Electronic Tax Filing System “Téléliquidation”

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

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

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

With funding from a Public Affairs small grant, Not4Trade organization completed a project that offered two series of trainings on human trafficking for 20 youth from Jendouba, Bizerte, Tunis, Sousse, Kairouan Sfax, Sidi Bouzid, Gafsa and Medenine regions. Both trainings took place at La Marsa Youth Complex and lasted for five days, covering topics like ...
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Closing Ceremony of “TMC” Mentoring Program for Women Entrepreneurs in Technology

On November 4, WoLTech association held the closing ceremony of a U.S Embassy funded small grant project called “Tunisia Mentoring Council” (TMC).  TMC is a mentoring program that supports female entrepreneurs in technology. The project linked women leaders in technology with young women with project ideas for six months of regular mentorship and coaching sessions.  ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission at Tunisian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Forum

Good morning, Ambassador Rubinstein is presently out of the country, but sends his greetings and wishes for a successful Forum.  I am pleased to represent him at this important event, and would like to thank Minister Behi for his remarks and invitation. I look forward to hearing from the other distinguished speakers, as well. Supporting ...
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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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Embassy Reaches Exchange Candidates at Comic Con Tunisia, with Marvel Comics Artist David Mack

From July 7 to 9, the Embassy participated in the second edition of Comic Con Tunisia, where nearly eight thousand Tunisians in the comics, video gaming, and digital arts communities flocked to Le Kram Exhibition Center to connect, network and share their passion and interests. With the aim of promoting exchanges recruitment, supporting the nascent local animation ...
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The 10th EFE Graduation Ceremony Celebrated the Placement of 288 Tunisians in 7 Companies

Education for Employment concluded its MEPI funded project entitled “Supporting Civic Responsibility and Private Sector Job Creation in Tunisia” with its 10th graduation ceremony to celebrate the graduation of 288 Tunisians who were placed in jobs in seven enterprises.  CDA Benjamin Moeling had the opportunity to meet with some of the graduates and wish them ...
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Improve Tourism Etiquette MEPI-funded Project Concluded with 49 Jobseekers Hired

Les Grandes Ecoles de Communication (GEC) held the closing ceremony of the “Improve Tourism Etiquette” #MEPI funded project on June 29.  The project aims to improve customer service, communication soft skills, and tourism work etiquette in 100 degree-holding candidates seeking employment from 5 different cities (Tunis, Hammamet, Sousse, Jerba, and Tozeur).  The project also included ...
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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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Public Affairs Section Hosts American Film Showcase Program Envoy Lesley Chilcott

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

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

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

In the framework of his visit to Tunisia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Assistance Coordination Richard Albright visited the Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability program headquarter at the Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability in Tunis.  The event was an opportunity to meet the WES Business Development Centers directors from Gafsa, Bizerte, Tunis, Kef and Sfax. ...
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DanceMotion USA brings Keigwin + Company, leaves behind memorable choreography and collaboration

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

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

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

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

The Ambassador hosted an August 19 lunch for Dallas Maverick Salah Mejri , the first Tunisian to play in the NBA; his former Tunisian coach; and representatives of NBA-Africa and Mejri’s SM50 Foundation. After the lunch, Mejri held a press conference at the Embassy to announce the three basketball clinics his foundation organized in Tunis, Nabeul and ...
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American Idol Star Melinda Doolittle Charms Tunisian Audiences

Singer Melinda Doolittle, a finalist on American Idol’s sixth season, performed at festivals in Sousse, El Jem and Sfax during the first week of August.   Doolittle, her four-member band and three back-up singers wowed audiences with a rousing 90-minute set of classic American R&B, soul and jazz.  One highlight was the singer’s cover of Britney ...
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MEPI Implementing Partner Empowering Women in Sfax

On July 27th, ‪‎MEPI implementing partner Free Women Association organized a cultural evening as part of its “Woman in Local Governance” project for the beneficiaries of the ‎Sfax region.  This gathering highlighted the importance of active participation by women in governance, with a special focus on the local level.  During the event female beneficiaries, some ...
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MEPI Student Leaders candidates are now in the U.S.

Congratulations to the 15 Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders candidates who are now in the United States!  The students are attending classes in six of the best universities in America.  Recently they celebrated Eid and shared the beauty of their Tunisian culture with colleagues and friends at their respective campuses.  We wish all ...
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ACYPL Delegation Visits Embassy

An American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) delegation, which is on a two-week tour of Tunisia and Morocco to deepen their knowledge of international relations, visited the Embassy. Chargé d’affaires Kathleen Hanson and Political Section Chief Auden Mckernan briefed them on recent political developments and fielded questions from the group on a wide range ...
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Spreading the Culture of Tolerance and Countering Violent Extremism

The Tunisian Scouts, a scouting organization for boys and girls ages seven and up and the largest youth organization in Tunisia, hosted a conference in partnership with the Ministry of Religious Affairs focused on combating extremism and radicalism. More than 150 participants including 100 Scouts, 20 imams, local community leaders, government representatives including the Governor ...
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Tunisia TESOL Conference

Public Affairs Officer Michael Macy gave opening remarks at the Tunisia TESOL Conference. He emphasized the Embassy’s support of English education and teachers, highlighting several State Department programs that provide teachers opportunities to better understand the U.S. educational system. Myrtis Mixon, a professor at the University of California, gave a plenary session on how to ...
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Political Team Trip to Siliana

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