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Somalia, Tunisia to get admission into Comesa
April 22, 2018

Africa’s largest trading bloc, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, is set to get even bigger in June with the admission of Somalia and Tunisia, increasing its membership to 21 countries.

The addition of two countries comes just after the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Kigali in March."...

Tunisia: Media sector crisis continues, entering decisive phase
April 22, 2018

The closure of Tunisian media outlets and the expulsion of journalists working for them, most recently the private newspaper Assarih, caused a great deal of anger among Tunisian media professionals who demanded radical solutions that preserve their rights and the rights of their colleagues who have become jobless.

Journalists working"...

Tunisia reopens consulate in Libyan capital Tripoli
April 22, 2018

Tunisia has reopened its consulate in the Libyan capital, the Libya foreign ministry said on Saturday, the latest mission to return to Tripoli.
Most embassies left Tripoli in 2014 when heavy fighting broke out between rival factions and few came back when a UN-backed administration took office in 2016.
The Tunisian consulate resumed work after talks between the two countries, the Libyan foreign"...

April 22, 2018

Foreign direct investment in Tunisia rose by 27 per cent in the first quarter this year compared with a year earlier, official figures showed on Thursday, as the government seeks to cut red tape to attract new investment.

The figure for the period from January to March was 560 million dinars ($230 million), the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency said.

The figure was driven by industrial investment, which grew by 45 per cent.

Tunisia, which last year set up a new investment law, is trying"...

April 22, 2018
On Jan. 1, Tunisian police reportedly arrested four people in Tunis with marijuana in their car. Their arrests came almost exactly one year after Tunisia’s justice minister said the country was facing a crisis in its prison system, exacerbated in large part by the country’s harsh drug laws. These two events — and efforts to remove penalties for marijuana use — illustrate both the achievements of and obstacles to drug-sentencing reform amid broader efforts toward judicial and security-sector reform in post-revolutionary Tunisia. Link between drug sentencing and prison overcrowding In 1992, the Tunisian government enacted Law 52, which strengthened drug criminalization and imposed harsh mandatory prison sentences. For simple possession of small amounts of marijuana, a first-time offender was to receive one to five years and a fine between $400 and $1,200. Those charged with growing or distributing narcotics faced six to 10 years with a fine of $2,000 to $4,000. Those linked to smuggling groups faced mandatory sentences of 20 years to life, in......

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