Ahead of November's summit of French-speaking states in Tunisia, Louise Mushikiwabo, the secretary general of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), will lead a 70-strong economic and trade delegation on a trip to Hanoi.
The Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie is alarmed by DRC's delay in preparing for the body's athletic and cultural extravaganza due to take place in Kinshasa in August 2022. In a recent report, it points to unjustified spending and a lack of transparency in the management of the games' funds.
President Kais Saied is at loggerheads with Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi over possibly again postponing the 50th anniversary summit of the French-speaking nations club. Tunisia is far from ready to host the event even if it does decide to hold it as planned in November.
Neither President Kaïs Saïed nor the government of Hichem Mechichi have so far managed to come up with a reform plan which meets the conditions imposed by the IMF for granting a $4bn loan. In any case, the loan would barely enable Tunisia to cover its upcoming payment deadlines.
Having failed to present a structural reform plan to the International Monetary Fund, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi is unlikely to get any new budgetary aid in the short term. Parliamentary speaker Rached Ghannouchi, meanwhile, has been unable to obtain support from his allies in Qatar.
The Tunisian head of state has only seven months left to organise the 50th anniversary of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, an event that has been far from a prime concern of his. Ongoing health restrictions and the choice to hold it on the ill-equipped Djerba Island are not making things easier.
Tunisia, which has been given an official warning by the IMF and had its credit status downgraded by the ratings agencies, is struggling to cope with an external debt which currently stands at close to 100% of its GDP and is weighing heavily on its finances.