Tunis Events Calendar: Week of January 20-26, 2020

Main photo: A street sign in the Carthage neighborhood of Tunis, January 15, 2020. Photo by Fadil Aliriza.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of January 20-26, 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020

Tunis – Meshkal news team

Every Monday, Meshkal compiles a calendar of political, cultural, and economic events taking place in Tunis for the week. No events included appear to require an entry fee. Some events are announced during the week and so may not be included at the time the events calendar is published.

Monday, January 20:

9:00 – Conference on Tunisian Diaspora start-ups. Location: IACE, Lac 1.

9:30 – Parliament’s Electoral Committee is scheduled to assess candidates the anti-torture commission, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – Parliament’s Committee of Martyrs and Wounded of the Revolution and the Implementation of the General Amnesty Law and Transitional Justice is scheduled to meet to approve its schedule, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

14:00 – Parliament’s Committee of Tunisians Abroad is scheduled to hold a hearing with the State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding measures taken by the ministry to assure the protection of Tunisians living in Libya in light of recent events, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

??:?? – Parliament’s Industry, Energy, Natural Resources, Infrastructure, and Environment Committee is scheduled to hold a field visit, according to parliament’s official website. The time, location, and the topic of the visit are unspecified on the website.

??:?? – Parliament’s Committee on Administrative Reform, Good Governance, Anti-Corruption and Oversight of Public Finance Management is scheduled to hold a meeting at an unspecified time on an unspecified topic, according to parliament’s official website.

Tuesday, January 21:

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee on Finance, Planning, and Development is scheduled to assess several draft bills including Law No68/2019 approving a 2017 financial cooperation agreement between Tunisia and Germany; Law No76/2019 approving an agreement signed between the Tunisian state refining company and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation to finance the import of oil and petroleum products, and Law No78/2019 authorizing the Tunisian state’s subscription to the World Bank’s IBRD and IFC, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – A demonstration is being planned in front of the Tunis 2 Court as it hears the case of Aymen Othmani, a 19-year-old shot and killed by customs officials on October 23, 2018. Demonstrators are calling for the customs officials responsible to face justice and accountability. Location: Tunis 2 Court, Ezzahrouni

10:00 – Parliament’s Committee on Health and Social Affairs is scheduled to assess Law No41/2019 on patient’s rights and medical responsibility, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

Wednesday, January 22:

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee for the Organization of the Administration and Armed Forces Affairs is scheduled to hold a hearing with the Minister of Transportation regarding bill No73/2019, concerning the commerce across Tunisia’s land borders. The committee will also consider bill No81/2019 concerning “governance,” according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee on Finance, Planning, and Development is scheduled to assess several draft bills including Law No62/2019 authorizing the state’s investment  in a company managing a technology park in Manouba; Law No64/2019 approving an agreement signed between Tunisia and Italy; Law No65/2019 closing the state’s 2017 budget, and Law No67/2019 authorizing the state to invest in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:30 – Parliament’s Committee of General Legislation is scheduled to consider bill No43/2018 regarding transferable securities, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

17:30 – Meshkal’s cofounder and editor-in-chief Fadil Aliriza is taking part in a discussion, hosted by Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) Tunisia Office on the work of Meshkal. Location: Harvard CMES Tunisia Office, Lac 2.

Thursday, January 23:

9:30 – Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture, Food Security, Trade and Services is scheduled to assess several draft bills including Law No93/2018 approving a 2018 agreement between Tunisia and Guinea on the transport of people and goods; Law No94/2018 approving a cooperation agreement between Tunisia and Djibouti on maritime transportation; Law No10/2019 approving a 2017 agreement between Tunisia and Sudan on air transportation services, and Law No48/2019 approving an agreement between Tunisia and Qatar on air services, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

??:?? –  Parliament’s Committee for the Organization of the Administration and Affairs of Armed Forces is scheduled to hold an field visit at an unspecified time at an unspecified location and on an unspecified topic, according to parliament’s official website.

10:00 – A protest is being planned by public sector engineers in front of the prime ministry to withdraw an increase in privatization covered in an agreement signed on September 5, 2019 between the government and the UGTT that applies to all engineers.

Friday, January 24:

15:00 – Science City in Tunis is hosting a two conference panels, one on the use of drones in agriculture in Tunisia and one on the impacts of climate change on plant health. Location: Science City (Cité Des Sciences à Tunis).