Francophonie summit programme shapes up
The 38th Francophonie summit bringing together 88 member states and governments from the International Francophonie Organisation, the OIF, will begin, as planned, on 18 November in Djerba in Tunisia.
Faced with rocketing gas prices, Tunisia's industry and energy minister will be concentrating after the summer recess on kick-starting the many solar and wind power projects that have nominally been launched in recent years but have so far come to nothing.
The German train industry continues to roll out the red carpet in North Africa. It is taking part in a trip organised by the Tunisian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK) for a delegation of a dozen representatives to Tunis from 26 to 29 June.
The Tunisian government, which is under pressure from its lenders and high gas prices, is trying to speed up construction of new wind and solar power plants, particularly those destined to supply electricity to cement and other industrial producers.
The powerful UGTT trade union has reaffirmed its role as a key player in Tunisian politics by refusing to participate in the national dialogue as defined by President Kais Saied. Noureddine Taboubi, its secretary-general, is taking part in negotiations with the IMF and at the Carthage Palace with the head of state.
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.
The MP for Gabès and leader of the Al-Islah parliamentary bloc, Hassouna Nasfi, has taken over the reins of the brand-new Tunisia-Russia friendship group at the Assembly of the Representatives of the People, which was created on 17 March.