10th Anniversary of Education for Employment’s (EFE) Ceremony

Chargée d’Affaires Natasha Franceschi joined the Minister of Vocational Training and Employment Nasreddine Nsibi to celebrate Education for Employment’s (EFE) 10th anniversary in Tunisia and the successful completion of an U.S. Embassy funded project to support job creation for young Tunisians from marginalized communities. Since 2012 the U.S. Embassy has provided more than $5 million ... Read More»

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Erica Thibault Joins the Launch of the “Tourism Up” Digital Platform

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Erica Thibault joined the Media and Youth Association (AMAJ) for the launch of the “Tourism Up” digital platform. With U.S. Embassy support, the project aims to help hotels and guest houses in Tozeur and Kebili attract more international visitors. “Tourism Up” is also providing in-depth customer service training for more ... Read More»

Chargée d’affaires, a.i. Natasha Franceschi Visits El Baraka, an Agricultural and Artisanal Cooperative in Jendouba

Chargée d’affaires, a.i. Natasha Franceschi visited El Baraka, an agricultural and artisanal cooperative in Jendouba led by Mabrouka Athimni, a pioneer in distilling essential oils and floral waters. In addition to managing her business, Mabrouka volunteers her time to train other women artisans. Through our 15.6 million TND ACEA Tunisia program, the U.S. is proud to support ... Read More»

Chargée d’affaires, a.i. Natasha Franceschi Visits Ain Babbouch Agricultural Cooperative in Tejerouine

During her visit to El Kef, Chargée d’affaires, a.i. Natasha Franceschi visited the Ain Babbouch Agricultural Cooperative in Tejerouine where she met with founder, Lamia Cherni, and women artisan members of the cooperative to learn about their work in producing essential oils, floral waters, and dried herbs and how they contribute to Tunisia’s economy. As ... Read More»

Chargée d’affaires, a.i. Natasha Franceschi Visits the Handicraft Village In Djerba

As part of her visit to Djerba, Chargée d’affaires, a.i. Natasha Franceschi enjoyed a toٍur of the handicraft village in Houmet Souk. Chargée Franceschi visited with talented local artisans and learned more about the role of the handicraft sector in supporting Tunisia’s economy. U.S. Embassy Tunisia is working closely with Tunisian artisans, through a 16 ... Read More»

Chargée d’Affaires, a.i. Natasha Franceschi Meets with Health Professionals at the Polyclinique Djerba Centre

Chargée d’Affaires, a.i. Natasha Franceschi met with health professionals at the Polyclinique Djerba Centre and delivered certificates for their participation in the U.S.-funded Education For Employment program. To date, EFE has provided technical training and helped 671 young Tunisians secure employment opportunities from the interior regions of the country. The U.S. Embassy is proud to support Djerba’s private ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Natasha Franceschi Attends EFE Graduation Ceremony

Deputy Chief of Mission Natasha Franceschi joined the Minister of Vocational Training and Employment Nasreddine Nsibi at a graduation ceremony to celebrate 250 youth from Beja, Jendouba, Siliana, Gabes, Medenine, and Tataouine who successfully completed technical and soft skills training through Education For Employment Tunisia and secured jobs with 23 different employers. The U.S. Embassy is proud to ... Read More»

United States Funds First of Its Kind Fishing Simulator in Tunisia

Ambassador Blome traveled to Tabarka to visit the Professional Training Center for Fishing to see its new fishing simulator, which is the first of its kind in Tunisia.  The simulator was purchased by the U.S. Embassy as part of the $5 million FARMER project, which is working with the Agency for Training and Agricultural Extension ... Read More»

The United States Launches USD $5 million Medical Research Partnership Between University of Sfax and Johns Hopkins University 

U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome joined Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Moncef Boukthir today for the signing of the USD $5 million Tunisian Health Center for University Research Excellence & Sustainability (CURES) project. The U.S. government-funded agreement between the University of Sfax and Johns Hopkins University will support the creation of a modern research and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Women Affairs Launched a Joint Working Group on E-Commerce

The U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Women Affairs launched a joint working group on October 21 to strengthen women’s participation in the Tunisian economy, focusing on e-commerce. The working group, which includes representatives from the government, the private sector, and international experts will develop actions to improve the e-commerce legal framework and to incentivize ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Blome’s Participation in Health Sector Governance in Tunisia: Opportunities and Challenge Roundtable

U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia, Donald Blome and the Tunisian General Director of Health, Abderrazak Bouzouita, participated in a roundtable discussion with Tunisian experts and officials, on October 21, focused on enhancing the performance of the health sector. The roundtable is part of the $5 million U.S. Embassy-funded “SAHA” project, focused on improving transparency and efficiency ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Ambassador Blome Inaugurates New Agriculture Center in Takelsa as Part of $5 Million FARMER Project

Ambassador Remarks Good morning. I am delighted to be in Takelsa today to support hard-working Tunisian farmers from across the country.  I would like to thank Acting Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries Mohamed Fadhel Kraim and AVFA for their partnership in implementing the embassy’s five-million-dollar FARMER program. The Takelsa Center is an impressive example of farmers and small businesses working ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Supports Handicrafts Sector in Tunisia

U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome joined the Director General of ONAT, Faouzi Ben Halima, and the ACEA team on April 8 for the first virtual craft fair in Tunisia that gave talented and innovative artisans from across Tunisia access to international buyers through the CraftExports online platform. Today’s event is part of the U.S. Embassy’s 15.6 ... Read More»

Assistance Unit Project “Impact Finance” Creates an Investment Group to Catalyze Capital Funds 

The Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC), Redstart Tunisia, a newly-launched business incubator, and Damya, a network of female angel investors, signed an agreement to create an investment group to catalyze capital funds for high-growth small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the interior regions of Tunisia. Under the agreement, FSVC will provide technical and operational support to help structure the investment group, recruit prospective investors, and build ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

U.S. Donation Ceremony of Critical COVID-19 PPE Equipment to Hospitals in Ben Guerdane and Remada

Chargé d’Affaires Gregory LoGerfo met with Minister of Health Faouzi Mehdi to reaffirm U.S. support for Tunisia’s efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.  The meeting was followed by a donation ceremony of critical COVID-19 PPE equipment to hospitals in Ben Guerdane and Remada, including thousands of locally procured protective suits, blouses, glasses, shoe covers, and ... Read More»

US Supports New Youth Employability Office in Zarzis

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

Embassy Project Partners with U.S. Based Company to Train Entrepreneurs on Patenting 

As part of its intellectual property (IP) support for start-ups, the U.S. funded Promise project partnered with Montgomery Mcraken, a U.S. Based IP firm, to deliver training on patenting in the United States.  The training focused on patenting processes, practices and regulations in the U.S. market.  Tunisian start-ups ENOVA Robotics, Majesteye, Moove, Lifeeye and Qualifour, operating in ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy Supports Essential Oil Artisans to Export to France

Mabrouka Athimni, president of the women cooperative GDA El Baraka, who, with the support of the U.S. funded Collaborative Action for Handicrafts Exports (ACEA) project, has successfully obtained the ECOCERT Organic Group certification. The ECOCERT certification represents a major breakthrough that will allow GDA El Baraka to export their products by completing their first export ... Read More»

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

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

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

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

Three Tunisian Start-ups Successfully Complete the Endeavor Scale-up Program

Within the framework of the U.S. funded Promise Tunisia project, Endeavor’s Scale-up program was launched on March 19 to support emerging Tunisian entrepreneurs. The program offered a combination of group and individual sessions to help entrepreneurs clarify their vision and strategy and strengthen their fundraising capabilities. During the five-month program, the entrepreneurs benefited from 46 hours of one-on-one mentoring and ... Read More»

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

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

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 ... Read More»

The Assistance Unit Provides Iftars for 520 Needy Families and 165 Medical Staff

Following the Embassy’s efforts to respond to the economic challenges caused by COVID-19, the Political Section’s Assistance Unit, in collaboration with its partners FHI360, Education for Employment, the Financial Services Volunteer Corps, Action Positive, and Rawafed association, within their respective projects “Collaborative Actions for Handicrafts Exports”, “Supporting Job Creation for Young Tunisians from Marginalized Communities “, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission LoGerfo Remarks at Enactus Reception

Good evening everyone.  I am delighted to participate in Enactus’s first global summit, celebrating the accomplishments of entrepreneurs from 27 countries.  I would like to thank Minister of Education and Interim Minister of Higher Education, Hatem Ben Salem, Minister of Tourism and Interim Minister of Transport, René Trabelsi, Enactus Global CEO Rachael Jarosh, and Enactus ... Read More»

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

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

Ambassador Blome’s Visit to Jendouba

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

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

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

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 ... Read More»

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

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

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 ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at the Closing Ceremony of CEED Tunisia

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

Practical Guide to Exporting Tunisian Handicrafts to the United States

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

Ambassador’s Remarks at the Handicraft Fair

Minister Rekik, Director General Bin Halima, and representatives of partner organizations:  hello and welcome.  Thank you for inviting me to join you today and to participate in the signing of these three partnership agreements between the ONAT and FHI360, AmCham, and Creative Learning and its local partner, the International Institute for Human Development. Supporting the ... Read More»
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