Tunis Events Calendar: Week of February 10-16, 2020

Main photo: A demolished building in La Marsa, February 9, 2020. Photo by Fadil Aliriza.

Tunis Events Calendar: Week of February 10-16, 2020

Monday, February 10, 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 EXCEPT Saturday’s event on “Dream and Utopia” AND Thursday’s presentation on the budget law by Finance Minister Ridha Chalgoum. Some events are announced during the week and so may not be included at the time the events calendar is published.

Monday, February 10:

9:30 – Parliament’s Committee on Elections is scheduled to hold a meeting to open the nomination process and approve the evaluation criteria for membership in the Commission on Sustainable Development and the Rights of Future Generations, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – Parliament’s Committee on Martyrs and Wounded of the Revolution and of the Implementation of the General Amnesty Law and Transitional Justice is scheduled to hold a hearing with the president of the High Council on Human Rights and Basic Freedoms, the president of the General Commission on Resistance Fighters, Martyrs and Wounded of the Revolution and on Terrorist Attacks, and representatives of civil society, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala

10:30 – Press conference announcing the first Tunisian Music and Song Festival, set up by the Ministry of Culture. The festival is set to take place April 24-30. Location: Culture City.

14:00 – Parliament’s Committee on the Affairs of Disabled Persons and Marginalized Groups is scheduled to hold a hearing with the Minister of Social Affairs, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

Tuesday, February 11:

9:00 – Parliament is scheduled to hold a plenary (full) session to discuss a number of proposed organic laws, including: law No76/2019 approving a deal with the International Islamic Corporation for the financing of Tunisian refineries and the importation of crude oil in accordance with the Mourabha Agreement; law No64/2019 approving a treaty protocol with Italy on the improvement of infrastructure and primary education services; law No67/2019 authorizing the state to borrow additional capital from the Asian Investment Bank for infrastructure, and law No78/2019 authorizing the state to borrow additional capital from the World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and to increase capital for international financial institutions.

Parliament is also scheduled hold votes on the following bills which were discussed during last week’s plenary session: law No48/2019 approving an agreement with the nation of Qatar concerning air transport between the two countries; law No10/2019 approving a cooperation agreement with the Republic of Sudan concerning maritime travel, navigation, and commerce; organic bill No94/2018 approving a cooperation agreement with the Republic of Djibouti concerning maritime travel and ports; law No93/2018 approving an agreement with the Republic of Guinea concerning the international transportation of people and goods by road. Schedule is according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – A protest is scheduled to be held in front of the Spanish embassy calling on Spanish authorities to release irregular Tunisian migrants detained in Melilla, an enclave in North Africa controlled by Spain but claimed by Morocco. Organizers of the scheduled protest include the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) have denounced the “harsh humanitarian conditions,” of those detained, and families of those held are expected to demonstrate.

Wednesday, February 12:

9:00 – Parliament is scheduled to continue Tuesday’s plenary session, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:30 – Parliament’s Committee on Regional Development is scheduled to hold a hearing with representatives of the Ministry of Development, Investment and International Cooperation to receive its periodic evaluation concerning the current development plan, the execution of development programs which have already been planned, and its plan and perspective on the institution of affirmative action programs, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

14:00 – Film screening of “Au delà de l’ombre” directed by Nada Mezni Hafaiedh, as part of the Ciné B and the “Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival.” Location: “L’École nationale d’architecture et d’urbanisme,” (ENAU).

18:00 – Lecture on the topic of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) by Sarah Limam Masmoudi, CEO of the Kilani group and the President of the National Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industries (CNIP). Registration in advance is requested. Location: Wall Street English, Menzah 6.

Thursday, February 13:

9:00 – Day one in two-day conference on anti-corruption hosted by the Center for Economic and Social Research (CERES), the state’s anti-corruption authority INLUCC. Location: CERES, Hay al Khadra.

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee on the Rules of Procedure, Immunity, Electoral Laws and Parliamentary Laws is scheduled to meet to assess amendments to Parliament’s Rules of Procedure, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

9:30 – Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture, Food Security, Commerce and Services is scheduled to hold a hearing with the interim minister of professional training on the draft law on the Social Solidarity Economy, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

18:30 – Presentation on the budget law by Minister of Finance, Ridha Chalgoum. Registration in advance is requested and there is an entry fee of 20 TND. The presentation is hosted by Tunisian Association of “Grands Écoles” (ATUGE). Location: ATUGE.

Friday, February 14:

9:00 – Day two in two-day conference on anti-corruption hosted by the Center for Economic and Social Research (CERES), the state’s anti-corruption authority INLUCC. Location: CERES, Hay al Khadra.

9:00 – Parliament’s Committee on the Rules of Procedure, Immunity, Electoral Laws and Parliamentary Laws is scheduled to meet to assess amendments to Parliament’s Rules of Procedure, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala.

10:00 – Parliament’s Committee on Youth, Cultural Affairs, Education and Scientific Research is scheduled to hold a hearing with members of the General Tunisian Union of Students (UGTE by its French acronym) on the topic of Tunisian universities, according to Marsad Majles, the parliamentary watchdog project of NGO Al Bawsala. The UGTE, considered to be traditionally associated with Islamist politics, splintered in 1985 from the main student union, the UGET, or General Union of Tunisian Students, which is considered to be more closely associated with leftist, nationalist, and pan-Arab political currents.

??:?? – Parliament’s Committee on Tunisian Diaspora Affairs is scheduled to hold a “field visit” on an unspecified topic at an unspecified time, according to parliament’s official website.

Saturday, February 15:

9:00 – Daylong conference on the theme of “Dream and Utopia: Psychoanalysis and Politics,” hosted by the Association for Training in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Exchanges (AFPEC). Preregistration is requested in advance on the Facebook event page, and there is an entry fee of 20 TND. Location: Carlton Hotel.