Drug trafficking network with links to Latin American country dismantled

The National Guard's central drugs squad in Laouina recently managed to dismantle a network active in cocaine trafficking from a Latin American country.

Three people had been arrested and about 150 grammes of cocaine seized in El Mourouj (Governorate of Ben Arous) in a security operation carried out in coordination with the Public Prosecutor, official spokesperson for the National guard said.

After further investigation, a 4th person involved in the case and in contact with a drug trafficking network in a Latin American country, had been arrested in Béja, the same source specified.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Djerba: Strong presence of faithful at Ghriba pilgrimage

The annual pilgrimage to the El Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba (Governorate of Medenine), officially started on Monday with a strong influx of worshippers from around the world to perform the ritual of the Jewish pilgrimage.

Perez Trabelsi, head of the organising committee of the Ghriba pilgrimage, told reporters the number of pilgrims reached this year around 7,000 people who came to perform the annual ritual in a climate of total security, noting that the event will see the participation of a number of political and diplomatic personalities.

The final stage of the pilgrimage is expected to take place Tuesday, with the "Procession of the Mnara", "in a sparkling and festive atmosphere, which will continue until late at night", added Perez.

The religious ritual of the Ghriba also has an undeniable tourist and economic dimension, in that its success shows the beginnings of a good tourist season, the organisers said.

For his part, the Minister of Tourism had examined the preparedness of the tourist units for the event in all respects and to improve the quality of the services in order to promote this tourist destination with a strong competitive potential.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Roadmap for introduction of 5G in Tunisia to be unveiled shortly

"A roadmap for the deployment of the fifth generation of mobile networks 5G in Tunisia is being developed and will be announced in the coming weeks," said Minister of Communication Technologies Nizar Ben Neji.

It will set modalities and dates for the implementation of this technology which launch in Tunisia is scheduled for 2024.

"Pilot experiences were conducted to this end with telecommunications operators. This technology will be deployed gradually in line with the needs of different users (companies, administrations, etc.), Ben Neji Monday told reporters on the sidelines of Huawei ICT Summit, an ICT event held in Tunis by Huawei Tunisia in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication Technologies.

Addressing attendees, the minister said "5G will guarantee a very significant increase in speed." It will also provide ultra-fast connectivity, reduced latency and increased capacity, thus paving the way for new possibilities and applications, especially those related to the Internet of Things and connected objects in general."

"It will encourage us to redefine the limits of technological development and will be a key catalyst for innovation and technological progress in all areas, " the official further said.

To guarantee the successful introduction of 5G in Tunisia and the promised jump in performance, it is crucial to ensure an ongoing dialogue between all stakeholders: government, regulators, infrastructure operators and telecom suppliers, the minister said.

The Minister also reminded of the thrusts of the digital strategy implemented by his department.

The strategy seeks to revamp and supplement the legislation governing the digital industry, ensure financial and digital inclusion of citizens, upgrade digital infrastructure and connect sectors and underserved regions and strengthen the capacity to host national and sectoral IT centres. This in addition to implementing a national Cloud and service Cloudification strategy.

Chinese ambassador to Tunisia Li Wan emphasised the importance of the global digital transformation which is gaining momentum across the world, changing production methods and establishing itself as a new driving force for development, growth and future cooperation.

The ambassador said China opted for boosting technology, know-how and expertise exchanges with its partners, including Tunisia.

The introduction of 5G has been widely contested in several countries around the world in relation to its potential impact on the environment and health.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Education Ministry announces reopening of Tunisian school in Tripoli

The Education Ministry, Monday, announced the reopening of the Tunisian School in Tripoli, Libya with the start of the 2023-2024 school year.

Registration at the Tunisian school in Tripoli for Tunisian and foreign students, including students in the preparatory year, started today, Monday 8 May, in person at the Consulate General of the Tunisian Republic in Tripoli., the ministry said in a statement.

The documents required for registration include a student's birth certificate (a copy of the passport) and a copy of the parent's ID as well as a certificate of attendance for students between the 2nd and 6th-year basic education.

The Education Ministry called on parents wishing to enroll their children or obtain further details to contact the Tunisian school in Tripoli by telephone or email or contact the Consulate General of Tunisia in Tripoli.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse