Ambassador’s Remarks on Local Governance and Service Delivery

 AMBASSADOR’S REMARKS AT USAID – TADAEEM PROJECT CONFERENCE ON LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND SERVICE DELIVERY   Good morning, Minister Riadh al Mouakhar, Governors, mayors, and ladies and gentlemen, صباح الخير سيدي الوزير رياض المؤخر، السادة الوُلّاة، ورؤساء ورئيسات البلديات، السيدات والسادة، Thank you all for attending this important event to advance local government’s direct connection to ...
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Imen Hamdi – Veterinarian

Imen Hamdi – Veterinarian KAIROUAN On a farm in Abida, in the region of Kairouan, there is an air of hopeful anticipation. Imen Hamdi, a young veterinarian, is calmly tending a cow in a stall which is about to give birth. Imen’s livestock veterinary services are greatly appreciated in the region and many farmers will ...
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Mashrou3i Helps Five Young Entrepreneurs Tap Into the Solar Power Market

Mashrou3i Helps Five Young Entrepreneurs Tap Into the Solar Power Market and Transform Competition Into Cooperation KAIROUAN As the sun beats down brightly in Kairouan, you can see Tunisia’s huge potential for solar power. To expand the country’s renewable energy capacity, the Tunisian government is investing heavily in the sector. Many farmers have already received ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at the Closing Ceremony of CEED Tunisia

Minister of Finance Ridha Chalghoum, CEED Tunisia president Hichem Elloumi, Wafa, Sonia, Zeineb, Wajdi, and especially the CEED participants and entrepreneurs here today from Gabes, Medenine, Tunis, and Tataouine, good morning. I would like to thank you for being here today.  In just one year, this project has helped 100 entrepreneurs gain knowledge and coaching ...
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Practical Guide to Exporting Tunisian Handicrafts to the United States

Are you an artisan? Are you looking to improve your strategy to export your handicraft products to the US?  This practical guide will provide you the essential tools and principles you need for exporting your handicrafts products. the practical guide to exporting Tunisian handicrafts to the United States is an initiative of the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), funded by the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). ...
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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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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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Mashrou3i in Gabes – Mohamed Ibrahim, IDROLOG

Locating and exploring groundwater resources for irrigation and household use is a complex process, but 34 year old Mohamed from Gabes has turned this into a successful business. At 34 years old and despite the difficulties he has encountered, Mohamed Ibrahim successfully launched “IDROLOG”, a company specialized in coring and hydraulic prospecting that employs 4 ...
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Mashrou3i in Gafsa – Ismael ZAYED:  Ben Zayed farm

At 27, Ismael Zayed has already established his reputation as a farmer in Gafsa, a region in central Tunisia where farming is a family tradition handed down from generation to generation. After graduating in Experimental Sciences in 2009 and Applied Geomatics in 2012, it would have been a natural next step for Ismael to move ...
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Mashrou3i in Kebili – Feriel Touiti, Manager of the Business Center

Mashrou3i, a project implemented by UNIDO with support from USAID, the Italian Cooperation and the HP Foundation, works with partners in each of the project’s 14 target regions. In Kebili, in the South of Tunisia, Mashrou3i works together with the region’s Business Center to raise awareness of the project among aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. The ...
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Mashrou3i in Tozeur – Amina Zaoui – “NINA BIO, Natural Cosmetics”

In 2017 at 29 years old, Amina Zaoui launched an artisanal soap and natural cosmetics business in Tozeur. After graduating in Medical Bio-technology in 2014, Amina chose to start her professional journey working in an agricultural project design office as a personal assistant. This experience enabled her to forge basics in entrepreneurship but remained far ...
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Mashrou3i in Tozeur – Abdelhamid Baira Packaging unit, Digital and Offset printing

At only 27 years old, Abdelhamid Baira launched a packaging production unit and a digital and offset printing service in his hometown of Tozeur. In 2013, Abdelhamid gained a Businesses Administration and Management degree in Tozeur and then decided to move to Tunis to strengthen his skills. The same year, he started a Master’s degree ...
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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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Mashrou3i in Medenine – Slim Essid, Spiruline BioMed

Entering professional life for Slim Essid has not been easy. After graduating from high school in Economics and Management in 2003, he started studying at the Rades Institute for Higher Technological Studies (ISET) which he gave up to become a seller of handicrafts in the city of Medenine. In 2007, he embarked on other professional projects. 5 years of instability followed during which ...
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Mashrou3i in Sidi Bouzid – Raja Hamdi, Managing Director of Business Center

Located in the central west of Tunisia, Sidi Bouzid is a region with a productive agricultural sector, but despite its wealth, employment opportunities for young people in industry and services remain very limited, especially for women. Raja Hamdi became the Managing Director of the Sidi Bouzid Business Center in 2014. The organization is focused on entrepreneurship development and sustainability through assistance and ...
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Mashrou3i in Kairouan – Ines Mohdhi, PROSERVICES

At 37 years old, Ines Mohdhi launched her own business in 2017, a service unit dedicated to the cleaning and environmental management of Kairouan, which eventually will contribute to the creation of 8 permanent jobs. After graduating from high school, Ines got married and started a family. Alongside raising her children, she continued her studies in Kairouan and obtained a Master’s Degree ...
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Mashrou3i in Kairouan – Ibticem Boujezza, Hairdressing & Beauty Salon Boujezza

Despite not having the chance to finish high school, Ibticem Boujezza is a very ambitious 32-year-old woman who has been active in civil society for many years. Through her involvement in women’s rights associations, she learned to assert herself and developed skills in handicraft, marketing, hairdressing and beauty. Today, Ibticem is proud to have launched her own hairdressing and beauty salon in ...
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Mashrou3i in Kairouan – Anis Hamrouni Joined the UNIDO Entrepreneurship Program

Anis Hamrouni is the Director of Studies and Internships at the Institute for Higher Technological Studies (ISET) in Kairouan. Due to his personal enthusiasm and interest in the Mashrou3i project, ISET Kairouan became the first and largest academic partner to join the entrepreneurship program implemented by UNIDO and funded by USAID, the Italian Cooperation and the HP Foundation. “My experience with Mashrou3i ...
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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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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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Tunisian Civil Society Organizations Announce Their Municipal Elections Observation Projects

TUNIS (Tuesday, July 18, 2017) – As part of its program to support the monitoring of domestic election efforts in Tunisia, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), along with its six partner associations, officially launched today six projects aimed at observing the different aspects of the municipal elections process. Chahed Observatory, Youth Without Borders (JSF), Ofiya ...
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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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MEPI Student Leaders Alumni Met with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Representatives

A group of the 2016 MEPI Student Leaders alumni participated today in a meeting with the Chief of Staff and Directors Generals at the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Following the MEPI Capstone conference organized in Tunis last March 2017, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Ms. Majdouline Cherni, offered her Ministry’s support for the implementation ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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MEPI Awaken Youth Project

As part of the Awaken Youth project, Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) implementing partner, Culture For Citizenship association, organized an awareness campaign in Tunis on June 3.  Entitled “I Am running for elections, yet I have my conditions,” the campaign aimed to encourage youth to become candidates in the upcoming municipal elections by describing the ...
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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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DAS John Desrocher visited MEPI-funded Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability’s (WES) Center

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Egypt and Maghreb Affairs John Desrocher visited the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)-funded Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability’s (WES) Center in Tunis on April 19. The meeting was an opportunity to hear more about the work achieved so far and to speak with the WES graduates from Tunis, Kef ...
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Debate tournament by the International Institute of Debate (IDD) in partnership with MEPI

The International Institute of Debate (IDD), in partnership with the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), organized the first debate tournament on April 17 as part of the MEPI-funded “Tounsi W Nghayer” project. The debate competition brought together 40 students from different high schools and universities in Tunis to brainstorm solutions to some of the country’s ...
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U.S. Support for Tunisian Border Security Project

The United States Government is pleased to announce the first part of an award of a $24.9 million dollar contract for a project to strengthen Tunisia’s border security capabilities along the Tunisia-Libya border.  The contract is being awarded by the United States’ Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and will provide an integrated border surveillance system ...
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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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Thomas Shannon Op/Ed: The United States and Tunisia: Deepening Partnership

Thomas Shannon Op/Ed The United States and Tunisia:  Deepening Partnership Tunisia is the only country to successfully transition from its Arab Spring revolution to the founding of a democracy.  As such, Tunisia has captured the attention, interest, and sympathy of the world.  During a four-country tour of the Maghreb and Sahel, my first trip as ...
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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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FACT SHEET: International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)

Challenges:   Tunisia has made great strides since its 2011 revolution, including holding several rounds of fair and free parliamentary and presidential elections, finalizing a new constitution, and most recently, forming a new, democratically elected government. As with all transitions, however, there are also challenges, in particular, those posed by extremists who aim to derail ...
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U S Forest Service visit to Tunisia

  An October visit to Tunis was the first between the United States Forest Service and the Tunisian Forestry Department, to explore opportunities for collaboration and technical exchange. The two agencies look forward to furthering the collaboration in the areas of forest fire management, rangeland management, eco-tourism and capacity building activities related to these technical ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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SIGNING OF AGREEMENT ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COOPERATION AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF $5.5 MILLION IN NEW SCHOLARSHIPS AND EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Taoufik Jelassi and U.S. Ambassador Jake Walles signed an Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation today to strengthen bilateral scientific, technological and educational cooperation.  To support further exchange in the domain of science and technology pursuant to the new agreement, Ambassador Walles also announced two new programs. The ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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