MEPI Alum of the Month: Young Social Entrepreneur Promoting Socioeconomic Development and Environmental Sustainability  

Our featured MEPI Alum of the Month of November is Leyth ben Jeddou, 2019 Student Leaders Program alum. Leyth is a 23-year-old entrepreneur who continuously demonstrates passion, commitment, and creativity in his various endeavors. He launched his career by working in strategic marketing for three years before successfully co-founding three start-ups, two of which are social start-ups. Leyth’s experience throughout the MEPI Student Leaders program allowed him to acquire the necessary …

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TechGirls

TechGirls is an international summer exchange program designed to empower and inspire young girls from the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia to pursue careers in science and technology. The centerpiece of the program is a weeklong technology camp that provides participants with an in-depth examination of technology-related topics, such as Java programming and …

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The SUSI for Young Women Leaders on Civic Engagement

APPLY NOW!  The SUSI for Young Women Leaders on Civic Engagement PROGRAM The U.S. Embassy in Tunis is pleased to announce the 2022 Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Young Women Leaders on Civic Engagement Program. This intensive exchange opportunity provides undergraduate students with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously …

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PR10227183 : Furniture Dormitory

The U.S Embassy in Tunis is seeking the purchase of Furniture dormitory see list : https://tn.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/List-of-Furniture-Dormitory-2.xlsx Your quotation must be submitted in a sealed envelope (financial bids along with the product data sheet) marked “Quotation Enclosed” to the following address  https://tn.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/lot-2-2.pdf American Embassy Tunis, Ref: RFQ PR10227183 – GSO/Procurement – Les Berges du Lac 1053 – Tunis on or …

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TechWomen

The 2022 TechWomen application is now open! Apply here: https://www.techwomen.org/participants/eligibility-and-application The deadline is January 5 by 1800 Tunis Time.  What is TechWomen? TechWomen empowers, connects, and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed …

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Request For Quote PR# 10347351 – Portable Walk thru Detector and battery with annual maintenance contract

Request For Quote PR# 10347351– Portable Walk thru Detector and battery with annual maintenance contract Offers due date: November 30, 2021 – 10:00am The U.S Embassy in Tunis is seeking the purchase of one Portable walk-through metal detector and a cross bar battery backup (maintenance and repair warranty for one year should be included in the …

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United States Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Program

APPLY NOW!  SUSI STUDENT LEADERS ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM The U.S. Embassy in Tunis is pleased to announce the 2022 Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Program. This intensive exchange opportunity provides undergraduate students with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing …

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United States Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders:  Education and the Future of Work Program

APPLY NOW!  SUSI STUDENT EDUCATION AND THE FUTURE OF WORK PROGRAM  The U.S. Embassy in Tunis is pleased to announce the 2022 Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders:  Education and the Future of Work Program. This intensive exchange opportunity provides undergraduate students with a deeper understanding of the United States while …

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2022 Study of the United States Institutes for Scholars

The U.S. Embassy in Tunis is pleased to announce the 2022 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSIs) for Scholars programs.  These intensive post-graduate academic programs, which include integrated study tours, provide university faculty and other scholars with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, and institutions.  SUSI’s goal is to strengthen curricula and enhance …

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The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Afghanistan

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 28, 2021 As part of our enduring commitment to the people of Afghanistan, the United States announced today nearly $144 million in humanitarian assistance to those affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis. This assistance brings the total U.S. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in …

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U.S. AMBASSADORS FUND FOR CULTURAL PRESERVATION 2022 GRANTS PROGRAM

U.S. AMBASSADORS FUND FOR CULTURAL PRESERVATION 2022 GRANTS PROGRAM The U.S. Embassy Tunis is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2022 U. S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Program.  AFCP aims to preserve archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, museum collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression, such as indigenous languages and crafts.  Please note that …

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MEPI Student Leaders Program

Student Leaders Program’s Application is open: The Student Leaders Program (SLP) is a rigorous leadership and civic engagement program for competitively selected undergraduate and graduate students between the ages of 20 and 24 from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. We seek a gender-balanced pool of candidates and give preference to traditionally under-served …

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Acting Assistant Secretary Lempert’s Trip to Tunisia and Libya

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Yael Lempert visited Tunisia and Libya October 19-21.  During her trip to Tunisia, Acting Assistant Secretary Lempert met with Tunisian government officials, including Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi, welcoming Tunisia’s newly formed government and reiterated that the U.S. looks forward to the establishment of a broadly inclusive …

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The Tomorrow’s Leaders Program 

MEPI’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Program seeks capable and highly motivated high school seniors in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) who are from underserved backgrounds. The program provides four-years of university tuition and internship opportunities at select institutions of higher learning in the MENA region. MEPI seeks candidates who have the potential to become leaders, …

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State Department Press Briefing On the Formation of a New Government

STATE DEPARTMENT PRESS BRIEFING October 12, 2021 Spokesperson Ned Price We congratulate Tunisia on the formation of a new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Bouden Romdhane. The new government, which includes 10 female ministers, is a welcome step forward towards addressing the significant economic, health, and social challenges facing the country. We look …

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Diversity Visa Program 2023

Registration for the 2023 Diversity Visa Lottery can be completed at https://dvprogram.state.gov/ . There is no fee to enter. DV instructions also are available on the Department of State’s public webpage at  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/diversity-visa-program-entry/diversity-visa-instructions.html . Remember to print and retain your online confirmation page after completing your DV entry so you can check your entry status.

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State Department Press Briefing On The Infringements On Freedom Of The Press And Expression

STATE DEPARTMENT PRESS BRIEFING October 7, 2021 Spokesperson Ned Price We are concerned and disappointed by recent reports from Tunisia on infringements on freedom of the press and expression and the use of military courts to investigate civilian cases. It is essential for the Tunisian government to uphold its commitments to respect human rights as …

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The Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program offers non-U.S. institutions the opportunity to host American academics or professionals to build expertise in a specific area.  This program strengthens ties between the host institution and the Fulbright Specialist’s home institution in the United States. Eligibility Requirements for Host Institutions Institutions that may be eligible to request a Fulbright Specialist …

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State Department Spokesperson Ned Price on Tunisia

STATE DEPARTMENT PRESS BRIEFING SEPTEMBER 24, 2021 Spokesperson Ned Price “We share the Tunisian people’s goal of a democratic government that is responsive to the country’s needs as it battles economic and health crises.  We are concerned that transitional measures are continuing without a clear end.  President Saied should appoint a prime minister to form a …

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Ambassador Donald Blome met with Acting Minister of Economy, Finance, and Investment Development Syhem Boughediri Nemsia

Ambassador Donald Blome met with Acting Minister of Economy, Finance, and Investment Development Syhem Boughediri Nemsia to discuss joint U.S.-Tunisia initiatives focused on generating jobs as Tunisia recovers from COVID-19 and creating more economic opportunities for Tunisians across the country, particularly among youth. The Ambassador and Minister also discussed Tunisia’s current financial situation and prospects …

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Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2022-2023

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2022-2023 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 from three to ten months.  Travel to the United …

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Remarks by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. United States of America New York, New York September 21, 2021 Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, my fellow delegates, to all those who dedicate themselves to this noble mission of this institution: It’s my honor to speak to you for the first time as President of the United States. We meet …

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Counselor Chollet’s Meeting with Tunisian Foreign Minister Jerandi

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Counselor of the U.S. Department of State Derek Chollet and Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi met today in Tunis to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.  Counselor Chollet and Foreign Minister Jerandi emphasized the productive U.S.-Tunisian bilateral relationship, particularly on security …

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PR10227183 : Furniture dormitory

The U.S Embassy in Tunis is seeking the purchase of Furniture dormitory as per the list https://tn.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/List-of-Furniture-Dormitory-1.xlsx. Your quotation must be submitted in a sealed envelope (financial bids along with the product data sheet) marked “Quotation Enclosed” to the following address (please use the attached spreadsheet as the financial offer): https://tn.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/lot-2-1.pdf American Embassy Tunis, Ref: RFQ PR10227183 …

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The G7 Ambassadors in Tunisia issued the following statement on 6 September

‘We, the Group of Seven, reaffirm our ongoing commitment to partnership with Tunisia as it develops the political and socio-economic structures needed to respond to the legitimate demands of its people for a better standard of living and honest, effective and transparent governance. We urge a swift return to a constitutional order, in which an …

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U.S. Congressional Delegation Led by Senators Chris Murphy and Jon Ossoff Met President Kais Saied

U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) led a congressional delegation during a visit to Tunisia on September 4-5. Members of the delegation met with President Kais Saied at Carthage Palace. They also met with representatives of Tunisian civil society organizations and members of parliament. During these exchanges, Senators Murphy and Ossoff underscored that the …

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Statement by the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 30, 2021 The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS strongly condemns the attacks that occurred in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26, 2021. We grieve for the loss of Afghan and British civilians, and American service members at the hands of Daesh/ISIS terrorists. The tragic loss of life is only …

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Joint Statement on the Situation of Women and Girls in Afghanistan

Joint Statement on the Situation of Women and Girls in Afghanistan MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 18, 2021 This statement has been co-signed by Albania, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, European Union, Honduras, Guatemala, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Senegal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.  …

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Joint Statement on Afghanistan

Joint Statement on Afghanistan MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 15, 2021 This statement was initially released on August 15. The list below reflects the signatory countries as of August 16:  Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, …

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Remarks by President Biden on Afghanistan

Remarks by President Biden on Afghanistan AUGUST 16, 2021   East Room 4:02 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon.  I want to speak today to the unfolding situation in Afghanistan: the developments that have taken place in the last week and the steps we’re taking to address the rapidly evolving events. My national security team and I …

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Readout from NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on Senior Administration Officials Travel to Tunisia

Readout from NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on Senior Administration Officials Travel to Tunisia AUGUST 13, 2021 Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer, joined by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood, traveled to Tunis and met today with President Kais Saied of Tunisia. During the visit, he delivered a message …

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Readout by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with President Kais Saied of Tunisia

July 31, 2021 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke today with President Kais Saied of Tunisia. In an hour-long discussion, he conveyed President Biden’s strong support for the people of Tunisia and for Tunisian democracy based on fundamental rights, strong institutions, and a commitment to the rule of law. In this spirit, the call focused on the …

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Arrival of One Million Doses of Moderna Covid-19 Vaccines Provided by the United States to Tunisia

Tunis, July 30, 2021 – Today, the United States delivered one million doses of the Moderna vaccine to Tunisia through the COVAX mechanism, as part of our ongoing partnership with the people of Tunisia to defeat this devastating pandemic.  These one million doses help fulfill the White House global vaccine sharing allocation plan announced on June 21, 2021, that prioritized an allotment …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Osman Ayfarah of Al Jazeera

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE THE SHERATON HOTEL KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT JULY 29, 2021 QUESTION: Secretary Blinken, thank you for joining us. SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good to be with you. QUESTION: At the moment, all eyes are on Tunisia. We know you had a conversation with the Tunisian President Kais Saied. So what did you say to him, if I …

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MEPI Helps Tunisian Citizens and Businesses Combat COVID-19

The MEPI funded FinTech Catalyst project helps Tunisian startups address the fintech needs of local corporations through targeted training, mentoring and coaching. Thanks to the project, the participants adapted their solutions to help Tunisians and corporate partners mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through technological innovation. Dqlick: Dqlick developed an online health benefits platform that automates insurance reimbursements for policyholders and insurance companies. By digitizing the insurance reimbursement process, this technology mitigates the impact of the …

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FinTech Catalyst: Finance Meets Technological Innovation 

The MEPI funded FinTech Catalyst project helps Tunisian startups address the fintech needs of local corporations through targeted training, mentoring and coaching.  Implemented by the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF), in partnership with CEED Tunisia, the project works with Tunisian corporate partners to identify their fintech needs and then selects Tunisian startups with the potential to address those needs. Thus far, four selected startups have created 11 innovative fintech solutions, which have been purchased by the project’s local …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Tunisian President Kais Saied

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 26, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:  ‎ Secretary Antony J. Blinken spoke with Tunisian President Kais Saied today. The Secretary underscored the United States’ strong partnership and continued support for the Tunisian people as they face the dual challenges of an economic crisis and the …

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Situation in Tunisia

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is closely monitoring developments in Tunisia.  We have been in contact with Tunisian government officials to stress that solutions to Tunisia’s political and economic troubles should be based on the Tunisian constitution and the principles of democracy, human rights, and freedom.  We have been clear in …

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Millennium Challenge Corporation Op-ed

July 1, 2021 Yesterday, the Board of the United States Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) unanimously approved a nearly $500 million USD Compact for Tunisia.  This represents in effect a doubling annual U.S. economic assistance to Tunisia, and a major investment in Tunisia’s future. The MCC is a collaboration.  The United States and Tunisia have worked …

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MCC’s Board Approves nearly $500 Million for Tunisia Compact

Washington, D.C., June 30, 2021— The Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Board of Directors met on June 30 and voted unanimously to approve a $498.7 million compact with the Government of Tunisia to strengthen Tunisia’s transportation, trade, and water sectors. The MCC-Tunisia Compact, a five-year grant program, includes projects designed to make trade with Tunisia easier …

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Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman’s Engagements with Tunisian Government Officials and Civil Society Leaders

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 25, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman held a virtual meeting with Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi to discuss the U.S.-Tunisian bilateral relationship. They discussed promoting democracy, protecting human rights, addressing economic challenges, and working together to respond to the …

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U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Donation to Tunisia

On June 22, the U.S. government announced the direct donation of vaccine doses to Tunisia as a demonstration of the strength of the U.S.-Tunisia bilateral relationship.  The United States is sharing COVID-19 vaccine doses with Tunisia to help save lives and restore economic opportunities across the country. On June 3, the Biden-Harris Administration announced its framework …

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FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Allocation Plan for 55 Million Doses to be Shared Globally

These doses are the remaining part of the 80 million President Biden pledged to allocate by the end of June Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing the distribution list for 55 million of the 80 million doses of America’s own vaccine supply President Biden has pledged to allocate by the end of June in service …

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Ambassador Blome Met Foreign Minister Jerandi

Ambassador Blome met Foreign Minister Jerandi on June 18 to discuss U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman’s virtual visit to Tunisia, ongoing U.S. COVID assistance, USAID’s $50 million cultural tourism project and the MCC-Tunisia Compact, the U.S. government’s nearly $500 million USD investment to promote Tunisia’s economic growth.

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Ambassador Donald Blome Met Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi

Ambassador Donald Blome met with Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi yesterday to discuss the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Tunisia Compact, projected to provide approximately $500 million in U.S. assistance to support economic growth throughout Tunisia. The Ambassador and Prime Minister also discussed the United States’ support for efforts to secure additional COVID-19 vaccines for Tunisians.

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U.S. Donation of Escort Vehicles to the Ministry of the Interior

Good afternoon, Mr. Head of Government, UNOPS Country Director, and Ministry of Interior colleagues. I am pleased to be here today to attend this donation ceremony, which is the first major delivery in an overall program to improve the capacity of the Ministries of Interior and Justice to safely process and adjudicate terrorism-related offenses in …

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FACT SHEET: Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing, Announcing Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses to be Shared Globally

FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Unveils Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing, Announcing Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses to be Shared Globally As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at home and work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for …

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On Pride Month

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 1, 2021 During this year’s Pride Month, we celebrate an important message: “You are Included.” The diverse experiences, perspectives, and contributions of the State Department community make our institution stronger and advance the goals of American diplomacy. Out of many, we are one. The Department has …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on the First Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder

Today, in the Oval Office, I met with George Floyd’s family. Although it has been one year since their beloved brother and father was murdered, for the family – for any family experiencing a profound loss – the first year can still feel like they got the news a few seconds ago. And they’ve had …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s Visit to the Middle East

Following up on our quiet, intensive diplomacy to bring about a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, I have asked my Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, to travel to the Middle East this week. During his trip, Secretary Blinken will meet with Israeli leaders about our ironclad commitment to Israel’s security. He will continue our Administration’s efforts …

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo, and Amman

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo, and Amman May 24-27, 2021. Secretary Blinken is undertaking this trip at the request of President Biden. He will first travel to Jerusalem, where he will meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, and other senior …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Middle East

THE PRESIDENT:  Folks, I’ve just spoken with Prime Minister Netanyahu.  Earlier today, I spoke with President Al Sisi of Egypt. And Minister — Prime Minister Netanyahu informed me that Israel has agreed to a mutual, unconditional ceasefire to begin in less than two hours.  The Egyptians have now informed us that Hamas and the other …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Tunisian Foreign Minister Jerandi

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Tunisian Foreign Minister Jerandi READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 17, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Tunisian Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi.  The Secretary and the Foreign Minister expressed their concern about the violence in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza. …

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Readout of Vice President Kamala Harris Call with President Kais Saied of Tunisia

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke today with President Kais Saied and reaffirmed the strong U.S. commitment to Tunisia.  They discussed the importance of the longstanding friendship between the United States and Tunisia.  The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of democratic institutions, the rule of law, and fighting corruption. The Vice President underscored the United States’ …

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Violence in Jerusalem

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MAY 7, 2021 The United States is extremely concerned about ongoing confrontations in Jerusalem, including on the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount and in Sheikh Jarrah, which have reportedly resulted in scores of injured people. There is no excuse for violence, but such bloodshed is especially disturbing now, coming …

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Notice of Funding Opportunity: Tunisia Supporting the Inclusion of Vulnerable Communities (IDMEJ)

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Office of Assistance Coordination and the United States Embassy in Tunisia announce a $4million Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to empower vulnerable communities in Tunisia by promoting social and institutional reforms that grant greater access to resources for victims of gender-based violence (GBV) and people with disabilities. The first objective …

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U.S. Embassy Supports Transportation Sector

Ambassador Donald Blome met today with Minister of Transportation Moez Chakchouk to discuss opportunities for future U.S. investment in the transportation sector. They also discussed finalizing the U.S.-Tunisia joint Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact which is anticipated to offer close to $500 million in U.S. assistance. The compact will support economic growth and prosperity for …

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60th Anniversary of the Peace Corps 

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 1, 2021 Today, we mark the 60th anniversary of the United States Peace Corps and celebrate the volunteers and staff who have served in communities around the world, representing American values and ideals.  Established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, the Peace Corps showcases America …

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Ambassador Donald Blome Met Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi

Ambassador Donald Blome met Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi today to discuss U.S.-Tunisia bilateral cooperation, including the upcoming Millennium Challenge Corporation compact and the United States’ support to Tunisian efforts to secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Tunisian people. The Ambassador stressed the United States’ unwavering commitment to fostering inclusive economic growth and sustaining Tunisia’s success as …

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Putting Human Rights at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 24, 2021 The United States is committed to a world in which human rights are protected, their defenders are celebrated, and those who commit human rights abuses are held accountable. Promoting respect for human rights is not something we can do alone, but is best accomplished …

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Launch of Tunisia’s First Higher Education Teacher Training Partnership with Columbia University

The U.S. Embassy, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Columbia Global Centers Tunis, and Columbia University Teachers College are proud to announce the launch of a two-year, $500,000 (1.375.000 TND) university linkage to build the capacity of Tunisian educators and support young learners throughout Tunisia. Through this initiative, Columbia University and the …

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Remarks by President Biden on America’s Place in the World

U.S. Department of State Headquarters Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Secretary, it’s great to be here with you.  And I’ve been looking forward a long time to be able to call you “Mr. Secretary.” Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s an honor to be back at the State Department under the eyes of …

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Small Businesses in El Kef  Double their Sales  with U.S. Embassy Support

In September 2020, the Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC), in partnership with the Chambers of Commerce (CoC) of Beja, Gabes and Gafsa, selected 30 businesses to benefit from a U.S. Embassy funded small grants program. The program helps businesses to improve sales  and  recover from losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In December 2020, FSVC and the Beja CoC reported that two businesses in El Kef were …

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Assistance Unit’s Project Launches the First Online Platform to link Municipalities, Deputies, and Civil Society

On January 27, the Tunisian Accountability and Political Participation (TAPP) project successfully launched the first online platform designed to enhance communication between municipal councils, deputies and civil society.  With support from the U.S. Embassy’s Assistance Unit, the “Eselni” digital platform has created a participatory space where citizens can debate, advocate, and voice concerns about issues …

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

The United States Capitol January 20, 2021 THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages America has …

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Secretary Barrett and General Harrigian’s visit Demonstrate Tunisia is a Key Partner

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett and General Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, traveled to Tunisia January 5-6 to discuss key policy initiatives with counterparts focused on strengthening the U.S.-Tunisia partnership. Secretary Barrett and General Harrigian met with Tunisian Air Chief, Brigadir General Mohamed Hajem, and Tunisian Defense Minister, …

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

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

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International Human Rights Day

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo December 10, 2020 On International Human Rights Day, the United States celebrates the rights and freedoms enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This day has a special resonance for Americans, as the United States was the …

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Public Diplomacy-Annual Program Statement 2022

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. MISSION IN TUNISIA, PUBLIC DIPLOMACY GRANT PROGRAM Annual Program Statement for Fiscal Year 2022 ending September 30, 2022. Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Mission in Tunisia Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-Tunisia-FY22-01 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 …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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:  11/05/2021 Update on Policy Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination for Travel to the U.S. ***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. U.S. citizens …

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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