Public Diplomacy-Annual Program Statement 2021

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. MISSION IN TUNISIA, PUBLIC DIPLOMACY GRANT PROGRAM Annual Program Statement for Fiscal Year 2021 ending September 30, 2021. Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Mission in Tunisia Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-Tunisia-FY21-01 CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Deadline for Applications: See Application deadlines section Email: PASTunisSmallGrants@state.gov The U.S. Mission in Tunisia’s Public Affairs Office …

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Senior State Department Officials Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to France, Turkey, Georgia, Israel, the U.A.E, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia

MODERATOR:  Hey, good morning, everybody.  Thanks for joining us.  Welcome to this background call previewing Secretary Pompeo’s trip to France, Turkey, Georgia, and several locations in the Middle East which the Secretary announced this past Tuesday.  Just a reminder, this call is on background and is embargoed until the call is completed.  I would emphasize …

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U.S. bio-pharmaceutical company Pfizer donated eight state-of-the-art respirators to the Tunisian Ministry of Health

U.S. bio-pharmaceutical company Pfizer has just donated eight state-of-the-art respirators to the Tunisian Ministry of Health as part of an ongoing effort to help Tunisia combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These respirators will provide hospitals in Kasserine, Nabeul, Sousse, Tunis, and Zaghouan additional capacity in providing critical healthcare services to patients.  We applaud Pfizer’s generous donation.

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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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Joint Statement of the United States, the Republic of Sudan, and the State of Israel

October 23, 2020 President Donald J. Trump, Sudanese Chairman of the Sovereignty Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke today to discuss Sudan’s historic progress towards democracy and opportunities to advance peace in the region. After decades of living under a brutal dictatorship, the people of …

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2021 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)

2021 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)   AWARD INFORMATION: Funding Instrument Type: Grant Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Grants Program Funding Opportunity Number: AFCP-2021-2022-GP Deadline for Applications: Novembre 10, 2020 for Round I Concept Notes CFDA Number: 19.025 Length of Performance Period: 12 to 60 months Number of Awards Anticipated: 30-40 …

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Special Briefing via Telephone With Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker

U.S. Department of State The Dubai Regional Media Hub For Immediate Release Special Briefing via Telephone David Schenker Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs October 22, 2020 Moderator:  Thank you.  Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Dubai Regional Media Hub.  I would like to welcome our participants dialing in from …

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The United States Mobilizes More Than US$31 Million to Support 13,000 Tunisian Small Businesses, in Partnership with Boabab and Advans

Tunis, October 20, 2020 The United States government, through the U.S. International Development Agency (USAID), is partnering with leading microenterprise institutions Baobab Tunisie and Advans Tunisie to provide financing to more than 13,000 Tunisian micro and small enterprises and women-owned businesses in underserved regions across Tunisia. USAID Tunisia JOBS, in partnership with Boabab and Advans …

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Joint Statement by the United States, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the State of Israel

The White House Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2020 Yesterday, delegations from the Kingdom of Bahrain, the United States of America, and the State of Israel met in Manama. Bahrain and Israel signed a historic Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic, Peaceful and Friendly Relations, marking the new and …

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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 Mark T. Esper Remarks at the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia

https://cdn.dvidshub.net/media/video/2009/DOD_108004403/DOD_108004403-1920×1080-6221k.mp4   (As Delivered) Thank you all for joining me this afternoon. I want to thank also The United States Embassy Tunis for hosting us today, and I want to thank the American Battle Monuments Commission for dedicating and maintaining these hallowed grounds. It is an honor to be here with you in the North Africa …

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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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The Tomorrow’s Leaders Program

The Tomorrow’s Leaders Program is a MEPI initiative for capable and highly motivated high school seniors in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) who are from underserved backgrounds. The program will provide four-year university enrollment and internship opportunities at select institutions of higher learning in the MENA region. Eligible students include men and women …

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Remarks by President Trump to the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The White house Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 22, 2020 PRESIDENT TRUMP: It is my profound honor to address the United Nations General Assembly. Seventy-five years after the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations, we are once again engaged in a great global struggle. We …

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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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Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2021-2022

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2021-2022 Apply Now!   The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a fully funded exchange program that brings accomplished Tunisian scholars to the United States to conduct advanced research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and research at a U.S. university for a period ranging between three and ten months. Eligible applicants must: …

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Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony

White House Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony with President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE’s Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani. Remarks by President Trump, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Minister bin Zayed, and Minister Al Zayani at the Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony September …

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International Day of Democracy

U.S. Department of State Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State September 14, 2020 In recognition of the International Day of Democracy on September 15, we reaffirm the right of every citizen to take part in the processes of democratic self-governance.  Democracies are accountable to their citizens.  They respect the Rule of Law, protect …

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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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Historic Agreement between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain

U.S Department of State Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State September 11, 2020 On the 19th anniversary of 9/11, we usher in a new era of peace. It’s humbling when the course of history changes seemingly overnight. In less than one month, under President Trump’s leadership, we have another historic agreement, this time …

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President Donald J. Trump Has Brokered a Historic Deal Between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 15, 2020 “Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead.”                                         …

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Joint Statement by the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

The accord reached between the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on August 13, 2020, is a courageous step toward a more stable, integrated, and prosperous Middle East. The accord inverts traditional thinking about the way to address the region’s problems and challenges, focusing on pragmatic steps that have tangible, practical outcomes. …

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS GLOBAL STARTUP COMPETITION

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UN agency responsible for promoting sustainable, accessible and inclusive tourism, launched in partnership with WAKALUA, the first global tourism innovation hub, an international competition that aims to encourage the global innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem to embrace sustainability and to deliver impact during the United Nations Decade of Action starting this …

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Press Briefing on United Arab Emirates-Israel Relations with Senior Advisor Jared Kushner

U.S. Department of State Special Briefing via Telephone Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States August 17, 2020 Moderator:  Good afternoon to everyone from the Department of State’s London Media Hub.  I’d like to welcome our participants dialing in from the Middle East and from around the world for this on-the-record press …

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Historic Day for Peace in the Middle East

U.S Department of State Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State August 13, 2020 Today is an historic day and a significant step forward for peace in the Middle East. After vigorous diplomatic outreach, President Trump, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed, announced an agreement to …

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Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release August 13, 2020 President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates spoke today and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel …

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President Donald J. Trump Has Secured a Historic Deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to Advance Peace and Prosperity in the Region

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release August 13, 2020 “Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity—in this region, and in the world.  Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Tunisian President Saied

Readout Office of the Spokesperson August 8, 2020 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Tunisian President Kais Saied about matters facing the United Nations Security Council.  Secretary Pompeo and President Saied also discussed ways to advance the bilateral partnership.

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MEPI Alumnus Organizes a Waste Collection Initiative in the Governorate of Nabeul 

As part of the MEPI Day of Service, MEPI Leadership for Development Fellowship (LDF) alumnus, Anis Mimech, organized a cleaning campaign of Lebna beach in the governorate of Nabeul. Anis and his10 volunteers also carried out an awareness campaign for the visitors of the beach to educate them on the importance of cleaning up after themselves and protecting the environment. This initiative is an effort to strengthen the culture of volunteering, and the spirit of …

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Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha

U.S Department of State Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State July 31, 2020 On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, we wish Muslims in the United States and around the world Eid Mubarak.  Eid al-Adha is a time for compassion, generosity, and sacrifice – values demonstrated by Abraham’s commitment to God.  Eid marks the …

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Brian Hook, Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor, discusses U.S. -Tunisia cooperation and leadership on the UN Security Council

Brian Hook, Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to Secretary Pompeo, discusses U.S. -Tunisia cooperation and leadership on the United Nations Security Council. Good morning. I want to begin by wishing all Tunisians a very happy Republic Day, which I understand you will be celebrating on July 25. It is a pleasure to be …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Tunisian Foreign Minister Erray

 READOUT July 14, 2020 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Tunisian Foreign Minister Erray The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Noureddine Erray to discuss strengthening our cooperation on the United Nations Security Council, maturing the U.S.-Tunisia bilateral relationship, and …

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COVID -19 Response Plan:  ACEA Artisans Make First Online Sales with Improved Packaging  

In March 2020, the U.S. funded Collaborative Actions for Handicrafts Exports (ACEA) artisans were eagerly anticipating the opportunity to participate in the Handicraft Production Fair (Salon de la Création Artisanale). They were prepared to sell a wide range of Wiki Pam products featuring newly esigned attractive ackaging. Additionally, thanks to the training and coaching provided by ACEA, the artisans acquired the necessary set of business skills to sell their products at the …

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MEPI Alumna Works for Social and Political Empowerment of Youth

Leaders for Democracy Fellowship (LDF) alumna, Amira Marzouk is no stranger to active civic and political engagement.  Her journey started in 2012, where she was elected as member of  the Pan African Parliament and served as a member of the Human Rights Commission.  Having acquired a rich international background from her law studies, she worked within the investigation committee in Sudan and South Sudan. Amira was the only woman …

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The 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report – Tunisia

The Government of Tunisia does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore Tunisia remained on Tier 2. These efforts included an increase in investigations of alleged traffickers and an increase …

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2019 Report on International Religious Freedom: Tunisia

Executive Summary The constitution declares the country’s religion to be Islam. The constitution also declares the country to be a “civil state.” The constitution designates the government as the “guardian of religion” and obligates the state to disseminate the values of “moderation and tolerance.” It prohibits the use of mosques and other houses of worship …

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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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Assistance Unit Project Raises the Number of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Applying for the Start-up Act Label.

The US Embassy in Tunis Office has partnered with the Tunisian Ministry of Technology of Communication and Digital Transformation and Smart Capital, the Startup Tunisia operator, to raise awareness about the goals of the Start-up Act across Tunisia. The much-awaited Startup Act has been launched officially since 2019 and is offering a new and unique legal framework with a series …

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COVID-19 Response: The EFE Foundation Launches the National Initiative “Sa7ti.tn” With the Support of the U.S. Embassy in Tunis

The Education for Employment (EFE) Foundation and its local Tunisian affiliate launched a national initiative “Sa7ti.tn,” as part of the national effort to combat COVID-19. Aimed at all hospital, medical and paramedical staff, www.sa7ti.tn is a free online training platform dedicated to the care of COVID-19 patients. This project, carried out in collaboration with the …

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Assistance Unit Funded Project Assists Violence Against Women Hotline Operators During Confinement

Because of the increased Gender-Based Violence reports during confinement, the Safety and Women’s Advancement (SAWA) program promptly responded to the Minister of Women Affairs’ request to support online coaching of Violence Against Women (VAW) hotline operators. SAWA organized individual and group coaching sessions with 17 hotline operators. The sessions covered practical topics such as stress …

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2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Tunisia

Executive Summary Tunisia is a constitutional republic with a multiparty, unicameral parliamentary system and a president with powers specified in the constitution. During the year the country held parliamentary and presidential elections in the first transition of power since its first democratic elections in 2014. On October 6, the country held open and competitive parliamentary …

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USAID / Ministry of Local Affairs Effort to Equip All Municipalities With Sanitation Gear

In coordination with the Ministry of Local Affairs, the US Government is buying sanitation kits for municipal trash collectors and janitors in 151 of Tunisia’s 350 municipalities (nearly half of all municipalities in Tunisia) through its local governance USAID program TADEEM – Tunisia Accountability, Decentralization, and Effective Municipalities. Five other donors (France, Switzerland, EU, UNDP, …

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U.S. Congress Representatives Train Tunisian Deputies on COVID-19 Crisis Management 

Within its MEPI funded project to support political parties in Tunisia, the International Republican Institute (IRI) organized in cooperation with the House Democracy Partnership a third virtual exchange between the U.S. Congress and Tunisian Members of Parliament. The session focused on crisis management and the role of legislators in addressing the challenges of COVID-19 in …

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On the Occasion of Ramadan

U.S. Department of State Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State April 23, 2020 On behalf of the American people, I extend my best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world as they mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a time of introspection, service, …

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TAPP Project Launches an Online ChatBot to Educate about COVID-19

A group of Tunisian youth from Sfax and Nabeul participating in the Assistance Unit funded Tunisian Accountability and Political Participation (TAPP) project, designed a chatbot application on Facebook Messenger. The chatbot contains all the general information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, it provides advice to users, and answers the most frequently asked questions and …

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MEPI Partner Conducts COVID-19 Crisis Trainings 

The International Republican Institute held three online trainings under its MEPI Strengthening Trust & Accountability in Tunisia program on crisis communication. A group of young activists, representatives of local governments and political parties, as well as public health experts participated in those trainings and learnt how to use proper crisis communication strategies to support the …

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MEPI Project Dedicates a Newsletter to Inform Citizens about Municipal Safety Measures 

MEPI-funded Nebni.tn project devoted its newsletter to benchmark and cover the safety practices that the municipalities of Medenine are adopting in light of the current crisis. The newsletter will serve as an informative tool to keep local citizens updated on new procedures and measures undertaken by their municipalities. It will also enable the citizens to …

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Inmates Produce 750 Masks a Day Thanks to U.S. Embassy Support

Tunisia’s Directorate General of Prison and Rehabilitation (DGPR) confirmed that, in an effort to contain the coronavirus, the seven prison facilities that have a tailor vocational program are producing medical masks using sewing machines donated by the U.S. Government. More than 750 protective masks are assembled daily based on the required health standards and issued …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State Press Briefing Room Washington, D.C. April 7, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  Glad we’re all together, everybody healthy, everybody looking good, staying apart – all fantastic. I wanted to start with just a few brief items here this morning, beginning …

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U.S. Company Cisco Contributes to COVID-19 Response

U.S. Company Cisco Contributes to COVID-19 Response:  American tech company Cisco donated video-conference equipment to government agencies to work remotely during the lockdown to ensure continuity of operations. Cisco offered a video-conference station for the Strategic Health Operation Center at the Ministry of Health (MoH), connecting it to eight remote sites in the country.

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U.S. PROVIDES 1.7 MILLION DINARS ASSISTANCE TO TUNISIA TO RESPOND TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

For Immediate Release April 03, 2020 TUNIS – The United States Government has committed $600,000 (approximately 1.7 million dinars) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Tunisia from the Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious Infectious Diseases at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The United States is providing these funds to the World Health …

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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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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated:  11/13/2020 Tunisia-Specific Information: Curfew and Movement Restrictions: As of October 8, the Government of Tunisia has enacted a nationwide curfew. The curfew will remain in effect from 20:00 to 05:00 Monday through Friday, and from 19:00 to 05:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. As of October 29, inter-city and inter-governorate travel is …

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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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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Tunisian Prime Minister Fakhfakh

March 2, 2020 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh.  Secretary Pompeo congratulated Prime Minister Fakhfakh on forming a new government.  The Secretary expressed his commitment to continuing the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Tunisia with Prime Minister Fakhfakh’s government and strengthening economic and commercial …

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Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper Travels to Mauritania, Algeria, and Tunisia

U.S Department of State Media Note Office of the Spokesperson February 26, 2020 Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper travels to Mauritania, Algeria, and Tunisia February 27-March 4, 2020, to expand U.S. security cooperation and defense trade that enhances our shared security across Africa and the Maghreb. In Mauritania February 27-28, …

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DFC CEO Adam Boehler Named Executive Chairman of Prosper Africa

DFC, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation February 20, 2020 WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald J. Trump has selected U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler to serve as Executive Chairman of Prosper Africa. Announced in 2018,  Prosper Africa  is a U.S. Government-led initiative which aims to substantially increase two-way trade and investment between the …

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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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PROSPER AFRICA: SPEAKERS AND SCHEDULE CONFIRMED

Tunis, Tunisia 06 February 2020 Tony Elumelu, Nigerian philanthropist and entrepreneur, Chairman of the United Bank for Africa group, and founder of the largest African philanthropic initiative devoted to supporting entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the Prosper Africa conference, taking place February 6, 2020, in Tunis, Tunisia. The Prosper …

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President Donald J. Trump’s Vision for Peace, Prosperity, and a Brighter Future for Israel and the Palestinian People

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 28, 2020 “We are not here to lecture—we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – …

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PROSPER AFRICA: REGISTRATION OPEN

Tunis, Tunisia 06 February 2020 Registration is now open for the U.S. Embassy and American Chamber of Commerce of Tunisia’s conference promoting Prosper Africa  at this link: http://seminr.site/ . Prosper Africa, the U.S. government initiative to increase trade and investment between the United States and Africa, will provide a greater connection between the U.S. and African …

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PROSPER AFRICA: Promoting Trade and Investment Between the United States and Africa

Tunis, Tunisia  06 February, 2020 Prosper Africa, a U.S. government initiative to increase trade and investment between the United States and Africa, will launch in Tunisia with a conference sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America and the American Chamber of Commerce of Tunisia. The event will take place at the Laico …

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CES 2020, Las Vegas, January 7-10, 2020

Dear Friends, The U.S. Embassy Tunis and AmCham Tunis are pleased to announce CES®2020, which is the largest tradeshow and marketplace for consumer technology!  This spectacular event will take place January 7-10, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  We invite you to join the Tunisian delegation to this annual trade event. About CES CES is the …

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International Religious Freedom Day

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 27, 2019 Freedom of religion is a cherished American value and a fundamental freedom. The Founding Fathers understood religious freedom not as the state’s creation, but as the unalienable birthright of human beings. Today, we commemorate the 21st anniversary of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act …

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Remarks by President Trump to the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release United Nations Headquarters New York, New York September 24, 2019 PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, distinguished delegates, ambassadors, and world leaders: Seven decades of history have passed through this hall, in all of their richness and drama.  Where I …

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International Day of Democracy

U.S Department of State Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State September 15, 2019 On this International Day of Democracy, we reflect on our nation’s unwavering commitment to the unalienable rights that create the foundation of our democracy.  In the United States, those rights are defined by respect for individual liberty and human dignity.  A …

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Assistant Secretary Schenker’s Travel to Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, and Lebanon

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE Assistant Secretary Schenker’s Travel to Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, and Lebanon Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, David Schenker , will travel to Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, and Lebanon September 4-13 to discuss security and economic issues with government and civil society leaders. During his trip, Assistant Secretary Schenker will …

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Tunisia: CLDP Led a Workshop on Streamlining Handicrafts Exports

On August 21, the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in the framework of its MEPI-funded project, led a workshop on the different technical aspects of successfully exporting handicrafts for 100 local small and medium enterprises focusing on the production of artisanal products. The exercise included guidance on design for a foreign market, interaction with professional …

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Mashrou3i Celebrates Tunisia’s National Women’s Day with Special Feature on TV Show El Pitch

Mashrou3i Celebrates Tunisia’s National Women’s Day with Special Feature on TV Show El Pitch Lights, camera, pitch! Sunday 11th August, 9pm (UTC+1), El Hiwar Ettounsi – Tunisia Five Tunisian business women go head to head for the chance to win 30,000 TND in this special edition of El Pitch, sponsored by Mashrou3i. The new pitching …

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The Second Session of the United States-Tunisia Joint Economic Commission

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE The Second Session of the United States-Tunisia Joint Economic Commission    June 14, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: The United States and Tunisia convened the second session of the Joint Economic Commission in Washington, D.C. on June 14.  …

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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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AFRICOM Commander Engages with Tunisian Defense Officials

TUNIS, Tunisia – The top U.S. commander in Africa met with Tunisian defense leaders in Tunis this week to discuss security concerns in the region and opportunities for strengthening partnerships. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command, along with U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Donald Blome, engaged with the Tunisian minister of defense …

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On the Occasion of Ramadan

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Pompeo May 5, 2019 On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I extend best wishes to Muslim communities at home and abroad for a blessed Ramadan. For many Muslims, this month is an occasion to focus on spiritual rejuvenation, kindness …

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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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USS Arlington Visits Tunisia

PRESS RELEASE Tunis, March 22, 2019 The United States Navy ship USS Arlington and its 1,063 crewmembers visited Tunisia this week (March 21-24, 2019).  The visit was part of the longstanding maritime partnership between Tunisia and the United States.  Tunisian Navy officers met with the ship’s captain and leadership, and Tunisian government officials and journalists …

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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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Launch of the Tunisian Feed Training Center

The Assistance Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia awarded to the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) a grant to establish – in partnership with INAT, the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, the U.S. Soybean Export Council, and Iowa State University – the Center for Feed Manufacturing in Tunisia.  This training facility will engage nutritionists and feed …

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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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Blind and Deaf Citizens Gain Access to Municipal Information for the First Time

There are over 240,000 persons in Tunisia with disabilities. In 2008, Tunisia ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, requiring the State to provide public information in accessible formats. However, TADAEEM’s Annual Investment Plan (PAI) municipal awareness campaigns were not reaching all Tunisians until the implementation of two groundbreaking initiatives. The project …

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Faten Khalfallah – TechWomen Exchange program – 2015

Faten is the founder of “First Skills Club”, a non-profit organization that provides soft skill development and informal STEM education for kids and teenagers, with a special focus on robotics.  Her TechWomen exchange experience gave her the opportunity to intern with leading Tech companies – such as Mozilla and Autodesk – with which she collaborated …

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The Practical Guide to Franchise in Tunisia

A Practical Guide to Franchise that provides the basic tools and principles that entrepreneurs and investors need to obtain useful information on various aspects of franchise. This guide is part of the Tunisian-American cooperation. It contains a series of recommendations to deal with the specifics of the Tunisian market with respect to franchise. The guide …

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Secretary Pompeo on the Passing of President George H. W. Bush

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2018   Devoted husband, loving father, steadfast friend, exemplary patriot: this is how I will always remember President George H. W. Bush. Whether he was serving in the skies over the Pacific during World War II, protecting America at CIA headquarters, or leading our nation …

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The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 23, 2018 Violence against women is a global issue that affects millions of people annually. Every woman and girl deserves a life free from violence. The United States is committed to advancing gender equality and preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women …

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Statement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on International Religious Freedom Day

Today we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act) into law. The IRF Act expanded U.S. foreign policy capabilities to promote and defend religious freedom around the world. It builds on our founding fathers’ firm conviction that the freedom of individuals to believe as they see …

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: Religious Freedom Belongs to Everyone

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Op-ed in USA Today July 24, 2018  Religious Freedom Belongs to Everyone Around the world, religious minorities are persecuted and stripped of human rights. This is an issue many countries must work together to solve. Last month, Mohammad Salas, a member of the Iranian Gonabadi Sufi dervish community persecuted …

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U.S. Congratulates Tunisians on Municipal Elections

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 7, 2018 The United States congratulates the people of Tunisia on the country’s first-ever free municipal elections, which took place on Sunday. These elections represented an important step in the consolidation of its democracy. As Tunisia meets the democratic milestones set out in its constitution, the …

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Remarks at Swearing-in Ceremony

Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Remarks  Ben Franklin Room Washington, DC May 2, 2018 This is truly humbling. Thank you very much, Mr. President, for those kind words. Thank you, Mr. Vice President, for being here today to honor me by swearing me in. Thank you, Ambassador Lawler. Ambassador Glendon, thank you so much for that …

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On the Occasion of Tunisia’s National Day

Press Statement John J. Sullivan Deputy Secretary of State Washington, DC March 20, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of Tunisia’s independence. Tunisia’s impressive democratic transition continues to serve as an inspiration to the world. We commend the Tunisian …

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