Kais Saied and UGTT seek to build bridges
One of Tunisia's most powerful unions is on fraught terms with the president's office, but it can look to various figures to help it renew dialogue with the Carthage Palace.
The National Commission for Penal Conciliation, which was set up by the president to recover state funds misappropriated during the Ben Ali era, has failed to meet the objectives he set it. He has therefore decided to step up the pressure on the wealthy.
The Paris court of appeal has ruled that the Libyan government has good grounds to challenge the seizure of Libyan assets in France, which the Tunisian firm Siba Plast obtained in 2017.
Economic affairs director Najoua Khraief was indispensable on many fronts. She had remained in office through the ups and downs of Tunisian politics... until now.
The Tunisian businessman is being investigated by the finance ministry over his management of a popular nightlife hub and suspicions that he has been paying less VAT on alcoholic drinks than required by law.
Rather than topping up the Tunisian state's coffers, the €60m in budgetary aid that President Kais Saied sent back to the EU could be used to finance technologically innovative Tunisian companies.
Chinese firms Sungrow and Huawei, alongside Germany's leading development agency, are the main sponsors of the second international energetic transition fair in Tunis. Both China and Germany plan on taking over the renewable energy market in Tunisia.
The Tunisian infrastructure minister is under pressure from Kais Saied to speed up several key road projects that have fallen behind schedule.
Tunisia has just appointed its arbitrator in the case Zenith Energy filed with ICSID on 5 June, claiming $48m.
The state power company just signed a key contract with Chinese firm Chint Electrics to modernise its power grid.
Bonna Sabla’s local subsidiary has emerged as one of Tunisia’s leading SMEs by working with the country’s sanitation authority ONAS to combat water scarcity.
Patrick Durel, French President Emmanuel Macron's adviser on North Africa, to stay on for another year.
The state-owned Tunisian oil exploration company is keen to develop a new roadmap as the country's oil sector flounders. It has been looking for a consultancy to help with the task.
By appointing Moncef Sassi to the private office of foreign minister Nabil Ammar, the Tunisian leader intends to keep closer tabs on a ministry from which he has for a long time kept his distance.
Mohamed Grazem has lost his appeal against Belgian mining equipment supplier Matera, which accused him of influence peddling and corruption on their behalf in Algeria.
Fraught talks are ongoing between the European Union and Tunisia over an accord to police migration into the bloc. In Brussels, Ghazi ben Ahmed's Mediterranean Development Initiative is pushing for an alternative to Italy's vision that would see Tunis managing most migration controls.
Representatives of French citizens living abroad have complained to the French foreign ministry about major delays in dealing with visa applications. Karim Ben Cheikh, who represents left-wing alliance NUPES at the French National Assembly, has attacked the government over its visa policy.
Behind Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni, members of parliament and diplomats are working to keep relations with Tunisia sweet as a means of combating clandestine migration towards the Italian coast.
The Paris-based Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale (IHEDN) will hold the 23rd Forum de l'IHEDN sur le Continent Africain (FICA) from 26 June to 1 July.
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