SNC Bobo 2023: Adissa Lucienne Toé, the journalist passionate about Bio turned entrepreneur

Bobo-Dioulasso, Adissa Lucienne Toé is the general manager of TANALEX, a company specializing in the marketing of organic products. A journalist by training, her passion for organic products led her to trade in products made from plants. Focus on this entrepreneur who has made it his mission to promote local products.

The SNC's craft and commercial fair is also a great showcase for many companies. On Wednesday, May 3, 2023, we were at the stand of the company "TANALEX" whose general manager is Adissa Lucienne Toé, a journalist by training.

A range of plant-based products is marketed by his company. It includes, among other things, oils, soaps, powders, butters and milks.

Ms. Toé has particularly developed a formula of oil and sunscreen soap to take care of the skin of albinos with a protection factor that varies between 40 and 50.

“I transform everything we eat into cosmetics. I started from the principle that what is good for the belly cannot be bad for the skin, ”she says.

Mme Toé's products are organic and made from seeds or leaves. She says she wants to contribute through her business to the promotion of local products from Burkina Faso.

“Our national products are of high quality but they are unknown,” she regretted. His organic business feeds his man well to listen to him. “In two years, I made an investment of 30 million FCFA without taking out a loan,” confided the one whose business is in the process of conquering the international market.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

AfCFTA: Trade in Africa will be freed from customs tariff & barriers

Trade in Africa will be completely free of customs tariff and barriers by 2026, in accordance with the African Union's agenda, spokesman for the General Directorate of Customs Haithem Zannad said Saturday in Tunis .

Speaking at an awareness-raising conference on the theme: "Speeding up the implementation of the AfCFTA: What is the role of customs," held at the Tunisian Customs headquarters, in collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the official said that Tunisia is among the first eight countries that have been selected to begin the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA), which will help investors conquer the African market.

This "historical" agreement will ease procedures for investment and trade between African countries, he pointed out, adding that Tunisia has various mechanisms that help it adapt to the African market.

The spokesman said in this regard, that the Tunisian experience can be "pilot" in Africa.

Zannad also recalled that the Directorate General of Customs is currently working, in collaboration with various stakeholders, to facilitate export and import procedures on the African market, notably through the introduction of rules of origin aimed at reducing taxes and customs tariffs.

Taking the floor, Director of Economic and Commercial Cooperation at the Ministry of Trade and Export Development Lazhar Bennour pointed out that Tunisia is currently in the phase of "effective" implementation of the AfCFTA, which will help it export and import to and from African countries.

Besides, he called on the private sector to join this agreement, underlining the need to make the most of the new global orientation of privileging trade relations that serve the sustainable development goals.

The national strategy for the implementation of the AfCFTA was presented at this forum.

It was devised by the Ministry of Trade and Export Development in collaboration with the General Directorate of Customs and with the support of GIZ.

This strategy seeks to ensure that Tunisia can seize the opportunities offered by the African Continental Free Trade Area and consolidate the country's regional integration.

The AfCFTA entered into force in May 2019. It was ratified by Tunisia on August 7, 2020. It is one of the flagship projects of the African Union (AU).

It aims to boost South-South cooperation for an "integrated, prosperous and peaceful" Africa in line with the AU's Agenda 2063 and to consolidate trade relations between the Union's 55 member States in a market totalling more than 300 million consumers and $3,400 billion in annual trade.

The agreement aims to remove customs barriers to the free movement of goods and services between African countries.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Editions Sidwaya, receive a certificate of recognition from the SNC

Bobo-Dioulasso, Les Editions Sidwaya received on Friday a certificate of recognition from the National Culture Week (SNC) Bobo 2023 on the occasion of the night of the partners of the 20th edition of the SNC.

One of the highlights of the night of the partners of the 20th edition of the SNC chaired by the chief of staff of the President of the Transition, Captain Martha Céleste Anderson Dekomwin Medah, representing the Head of State, was the presentation certificates of recognition to partners who have contributed to the success of the SNC.

Several of them were rewarded for their concern. These include Éditions Sidwaya, LONAB, RTB, General Insurance, Ilitis, Idéale, Vimma, Total Énergie, Canal Plus and the EBOMAF group, which sponsored the evening on occasion.

The general manager of Éditions Sidwaya Assétou Badoh/Guiré received the certificate of "the common house" from the hands of the Minister of Communication, Culture, Arts and Tourism Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo.

The evening was also marked by artistic performances by local musicians and a fashion show featuring creations by local designers.

Before the start of the ceremony, the guests were invited to taste traditional dishes, prepared by local chefs, who highlighted the local cuisine of Burkina Faso.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

SNC Bobo 2023: Overnight honors for contributors

Bobo-Dioulasso, The night of the partners of the 20th edition of the National Week of Culture (SNC) took place on Friday, May 5, 2023 at the Mgr Anselme-Titianma Sanon house of culture. The ceremony brought together government representatives, event partners, artists and administrative authorities.

The 20th edition of the National Culture Week (SNC) closes its doors today, May 6, 2023. After a week of cultural festivities, the organizers organized, on Friday, May 5, 2023, a special evening to honor the various partners who supported the event and contributed to its "success".

The evening began with a speech by the official sponsor, the General Manager of the Burkinabè National Lottery (LONAB), Ibrahim Ben Harouna Zarani, who thanked the National Organizing Committee (CNO) of the SNC for the mark of respect and trust because he did not hesitate to associate the image of his institution with this SNC.

He expressed his satisfaction as official sponsor of this cultural biennial. According to the Minister of Communication, Culture, Arts and Tourism, Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo, the contributions of various kinds from the various partners to this SNC amount to approximately three hundred million (300,000,000) CFA francs.

The Minister of Communication, Culture, Arts and Tourism, Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo

"Your contributions have enabled the National Organizing Committee to bear the multiple costs related to the organization of the SNC 2023", he addressed the partners. For him, this partners' night is therefore intended to be a place to testify the NOC's gratitude to all those who have contributed to the organization of this edition.

Chaired by the Chief of Staff of the President of the Transition, Captain Martha Celeste Anderson Dekomwin Medah, representing the Head of State, one of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of certificates of recognition to partners who have contributed to the success of the SNC.

The Managing Director of Editions Sidwaya received a certificate of recognition from the SNC

Several of them were rewarded for their concern. These include Editions Sidwaya, LONAB, RTB, General Insurance, Ilitis, Ideal, Vimma, Total Energy, Canal Plus and the EBOMAF group, which was the sponsor of the evening.

The evening was also marked by artistic performances by local musicians and a fashion show featuring creations by local designers.

Before the start of the ceremony, the guests were invited to taste traditional dishes, prepared by local chefs, who highlighted the local cuisine of Burkina Faso.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

SNC Bobo 2023: Discovering Living Human Treasures from Burkina Faso ( 2 )

Bobo-Dioulasso, 17 living human treasures from Burkina Faso were selected on December 22, 2015 on the basis of their achievements and their willingness to transmit their knowledge and know-how to young people. We went to find a few.

Pia Dabire

She was born in 1969 in Dissin in the province of Ioba, she became famous in traditional music. She is a talented traditional musician, who plays several instruments and sings in different local languages. She was proclaimed THV in Performing Arts.

Martine Ouedraogo

She was born on January 1, 1964 Kouila in the province of Oubritenga. She is a renowned chef, who has developed many traditional recipes and adapted them to more modern tastes. She is also involved in the training of young chefs in Burkina Faso. It has been proclaimed THV in traditional craftsmanship.

Denis R. Kabore

He was born around 1888 in Kandatenga in the province of Ganzourgou, he distinguished himself in traditional dyeing. He has mastered plant-based dyeing techniques to create colorful and durable textiles. It has been proclaimed THV in traditional craftsmanship.

Kaye Tintama

She was born in 1941 in Tibélé in the province of Nahouri and became famous in traditional architecture and wall decoration. She is an architect and artist who creates patterns and murals inspired by local traditions. It has been proclaimed THV in traditional craftsmanship.

Zoubire Boureima Sia

He was born in 1943 in Zécco in the province of Nahouri and is a renowned master leather craftsman in Burkina Faso. He is known for his exceptional craftsmanship in making leather bags and shoes. He developed his skills as an autodidact and trained many young artisans in his leather workshop. It has been proclaimed THV in traditional craftsmanship.

Sambo Benjamain Ouedraogo

He was born around 1941 in Birou in the province of Bam and is also a master leather craftsman and one of the pioneers of leather goods in Burkina Faso. It is known for its high-quality leather bags, belts and shoes, which are highly prized by tourists and locals. It has been proclaimed THV in traditional craftsmanship.

Larba Kabore

He was born in 1946 in Tingsobodogo in the province of Ganzourgou. He is a master craftsman in the manufacture of the Boargo, a traditional horn-shaped instrument used in ceremonies and rituals.

He learned the art of making this instrument from his father and has since honed his skills. He is known for the quality of his work and is highly respected in his community for his craftsmanship. He was proclaimed THV in Performing Arts.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

SNC Bobo 2023: Discovering Living Human Treasures from Burkina Faso (1)

Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso is a country rich in culture and heritage. 17 personalities of the third age were proclaimed Living Human Treasures on December 22, 2015. We went to discover some of them.

Titenga Frederic Pacere

He is an expert in bendrology, the science of drum language. He is from the province of Oubritenga and was born in 1943. His knowledge of the language of the drum helped to preserve and transmit the traditional musical culture of Burkina Faso. He was proclaimed THV in Performing Arts.

Gorgo Leontine Teen

She was born around 1931 in Kando in the province of Namentenga. She distinguished herself in traditional music. She has worked all her life to preserve and promote the music of her region. She has been rewarded for her efforts with numerous awards and honors and has been proclaimed THV in Performing Arts

Konomba Traore

SNC Bobo 2023: Discovering Living Human Treasures from Burkina Faso (2)

Source: Burkina Information Agency

SNC Bobo 2023: Alhsel Joséphine Pegoupa, the student passionate about cooking, candidate for the Center

Bobo-Dioulasso, Student and passionate about cooking, Alhsel Joséphine Pegoupa is competing in culinary arts for the Center region.

A student of African literature and culture at Joseph Ki-Zerbo University, Alhsel Joséphine Pegoupa, who is also a translator and interpreter in a local society, takes part in the culinary arts competition for the National Grand Prix for Arts and Letters (GPNAL).

She represents the Center region in the light dish and dessert categories. As a light dish, it offers a mixed salad and for dessert, a fruit salad made with lianas, pineapple, mango, lemon and dates.

This fruit salad is accompanied by two jams made with dates and tamarind, another made with mango and mandarin. Her passion for the culinary arts began when she was 7 years old following a fire that consumed the family home.

The one that is his first participation in the SNC was the winner of the festigril in 2018, the African integration competition, competitions at Joseph Ki-Zerbo University.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Digitisation of judicial procedures at centre of meeting between Bar Association and EU delegation

Bar Association President Hatem Mziou met with a European Union delegation in the presence of a Tunisian IT expert, to discuss the implementation of the final touches of the project to digitise judicial procedures in the courts.

The meeting focused on the technical aspect of the platform dedicated to lawyers, which guarantees management and supervision for the bar, preserves the independence of the profession and ensures technical protection of data, according to a Bar Association press release.

The platform is likely to improve the working conditions of lawyers as well as all professionals in the justice sector insofar as it will allow the remote monitoring of cases in all courts and the sharing of reports, in addition to the administrative services that will be provided as part of the project, says the same source.

Funded by the European Union, the project will thus allow practising lawyers to access the platform and offer them one year's free membership, as part of the Tunisian justice development programme.

In another connection, the meeting offered an opportunity to review the further training and the new equipment needs of the Centre for Research and Documentation Studies for Lawyers and its local branches.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia has lowest annual net employee costs in several occupations compared to competitors (FIPA)

Tunisia has the lowest annual net employee costs (annual salaries and social security contributions) in a number of occupations, particularly for executives, compared to competitor and European countries, including Morocco, Romania, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the UK, the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (French: FIPA) said.

Annual net employee costs for IT analysts stand at 5,900 euros while exceeding 9,700 euros in Morocco, 11,500 euros in Romania and 12,700 euros in Bulgaria, FIPA said in a recent document entitled "Labour Cost Factors in Tunisia in 2023."

A similar position in France and Germany costs business managers 43,400 euros and 50,200 euros, respectively.

Similarly, electronics engineers in Tunisia are paid about 13,500 euros/year. Their annual salaries stand at around 22,700 euros in Romania, 28,700 euros in Morocco, 55,200 euros in Spain, 69,200 euros in France and about 83,000 euros in Germany.

Business development directors are entitled to a salary of 12,300 euros (including social security contributions) in Tunisia against 20,400 euros in Romania, 26,300 in Morocco, 49,400 in Italy, 65,000 in France and 77,700 in Germany.

The annual salary of robotics engineers is around 15,300 euros in Tunisia - still below pay offers in other countries, such as Bulgaria and Romania (26,000 euros), Morocco (34,200 euros), Italy (57,700 euros), France (74,500 euros) and Germany (88,800 euros).

Production costs data in the above-mentioned countries are available on fDi Benchmark, an international database part of the Financial Times Group.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Ghriba pilgrimage: Interior Minister visits Djerba

Interior Minister Kamel Feki visited Djerba on Saturday to inquire about the preparations made by the security units in charge of ensuring the proper conduct of the annual visit of the Ghriba synagogue which will be held from May 4 to 9.

In a statement to the media, the minister stressed that this visit is part of the follow-up of plans put in place to secure the Ghriba pilgrimage in Djerba.

In this context, he said that all units, all security bodies, are ready for this event which coincides with the beginning of the tourist season in Djerba.

During this visit, the Minister of Interior visited the airport of Djerba Zarzis, the port of Houmt Essouk and the synagogue of Ghriba as part of the monitoring of preparations for this event.

On this occasion, he said that a budget of 35 million dinars has been allocated for the extension of the airport Djerba-Zarzis.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse