Celebrates independenceTunisia is a success story [Archives:2003/629/Reportage]

March 31 2003
Zain al-Abeeden Bin Ali
Zain al-Abeeden Bin Ali
Broad view of the Tunisia, the capital
Broad view of the Tunisia, the capital
7 Nov. Square in the Tunisia, the capital
7 Nov. Square in the Tunisia, the capital
Yasser Mohammed Al-Mayyasi
The republic of Tunisia celebrated on Thursday March 20 its 47th anniversary of independence. For the past 47 years, Tunisian people have been building and establishing a better and honorable life and for their nation.
Every year on this date, Tunisians evaluate their achievements, standing gloriously and respectfully for those who have sacrificed their souls and blood for the sake of an independent and noble life.
Tunisia got independent from French colonialism on March 20, 1959 at which time Tunisian people, men and women, started journey of building and giving.
On the 7th of November 1987, there began a new era in Modern Tunisia regarding the various pioneer achievements that have come with President Zain al-Abeeden Bin Ali. The political life has witnessed development under the political pluralism represented in parliament, local councils and modern laws for organizing elections, parties, press, media and associations that have lead to a developing social and political scene.
Tunisia has witnessed great attention in its economic bases and its contents for building a strong economy to be a safety valve from outside changes. The Tunisian economy has achieved 4.5% growth rate through the last years. The flow of foreign investment has seen crucial development reaching $600 million. The number of foreign institutions that work in different fields are 2,450, to July 2002.
The tourism sector, that considered one of the economic sectors, shows enormous indications.
The industry sector has fulfilled a 5.6% per cent annually as the exports percentage is 13.5% a year, which enables Tunisia to enhance its portion in the international markets. The size of investment in the industry field rises annually to 9.8%.
Tunisia has emphasized the equality between men and women in citizenship and in front of the law. The Tunisian law and institution have guaranteed women status and her rights in the society.
The numbers and statistics indicate the percentage of girls in the first year in primary school is 99% through the year 2002.
There are five female ministers currently in the government. The percentage of female members in the local councils raises to 2%.
Tunisia has engaged positively in different international conventions related to women.
The Yemeni-Tunisian relationship continues with cooperation.