Strengthening the Tunisian-American Relations



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The Embassy of Tunisia-Washington


The U.S.-Tunisia Strategic Partnership

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WHEN: Saturday May 13, 2017. 6 pm – Closing

WHAT: 13th annual Tunisian-American Day celebration. 



-Ibn Khaldun Award Ceremony
-Keynote Address:
Amb. Faycal Gouia
-Traditional Dinner
-Live Tunisian Music Performance
1. Credit Card  Online 
2. Checks/Money orders:
The Tunisian American Center
PO Box 837
 Clifton Park, NY 12065  
Hotel Accommodations:HILTON SPRINGFIELD


Ibn Khaldun Award-2017

Dr Ons Mamai will be the recipient of the 2017 Ibn Khaldun Award. Dr. Mamai was selected for having excelled within a Singapore-based scientific team, when she was able to identify the gene responsible for a hereditary dermatological pathology, a discovery of great value as it allows for pre-symptomatic diagnosing.

In addition to being a world-renowned researcher (currently at the University of California in San Francisco), she is also, among other things, a member of the Young Tunisian Researchers in Biology “YTRB”, an association for the promotion and development of basic science research.

The Award presentation ceremony will take place during the celebration of the 13th annual Tunisian-American Day© in Washington on Saturday May 13, 2017 in the presence of members of the community who will come from the various states of the country.

The annual Ibn Khaldun Award was established by the Tunisian American Center in 2004 to honor the intellectual heritage of the “Father of Sociology“, highlight the value of our community in the United States and promote individuals who had a brilliant academic or professional career while being active within Civil Society entities.


Tunisia-2020 Conference

Amid a sluggish economy due due to a variety of factors, among which social unrest and terrorism attacks, that hurt the once-flourishing Tunisian tourism industry in the past years, Tunisia has held on November 29th and 30th, an international investment conference branded “Tunisia 2020 The Road to Inclusion, Sustainability and Efficiency International Conference”.

Ambitious Goal:

The goal of the conference was to bring the country back to its pre-revolution image as a fast growing economy that is business friendly and to promote Tunisia as a bridge for the Mediterranean and African markets. It is also part of the five-year development plan of the country (2016-2020).

Successful Results:

High level meetings took place between foreign government executives, multinational companies / investors and local government officials and businesses executives. These meetings strengthened the country’s attractiveness, finalized the financing of the government’s development projects and mobilized private investment.

According to TAP, 141 projects were presented and the event was attended by 4,500 people, 1,500 economic partners, 70 participating countries and 40 official delegations. It generated a total financing amount of 34 billion dinars (about $15 billion).

[Amine Kallala, Ibn Khaldun Institute (12/8/16)]


Organize. Register. Vote.

Over the years, the partnership of the Tunisian Community Center with the #YallaVote campaign had contributed to build our organization’selectoral capacity and raise our community’s voice to prominence.
The political conventions having taken place and the general election campaign heating up, now is the time to start.



























Mark Your Calendar:

Embassy of Tunisia

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The Embassy of Tunisia, Neapolis Ceramics and the Tunisian Community Center are proudly co-sponsoring the 12th annual Tunisian-American Day.

The celebration will take place on Saturday June 4th, 2016  in Washingn, DC. Program details will be published in the Gazette and posted on our website as well as our Facebook page.


Seeds of Friendship

By Karina Lichtman (George Washington University)

Before studying abroad inTunisia, I couldn’t imagine calling it my home. I lived with a host family, whom from day

truly treated me like family. My host parents insisted I called them “omi” and “baba”, fed me until I couldn’t breathe, and made sure I knew they thought of me as another daughter. My host siblings also treated me just like family, truly ensuring I felt comfortable at all times, calling me sister and confiding in me. I felt so incredibly loved, and truly felt and continue to feel a part of their family.

After my program ended, I could not imagine leaving my Tunisian family, or the beautiful country and incredible people I encountered that transformed from strangers to close friends within a matter of minutes, so I found a job at a language center teaching English and moved to an apartment in Bab Souika, the oldest neighborhood in Tunis, located in the Medina. I lived there for about six weeks, but was treated as though I had lived there all my life. My neighbors looked out for me, and greeted me with enthusiasm, asking about how I was doing, how my family was doing in the U.S., and of course, making sure I was well fed.

Being inTunisia during two terrorist attacks, I never once felt unsafe. In fact, when Tunisians found out I was foreign, they would go above and beyond to make sure I felt completely at ease about my security, and be even more hospitable, if that is possible to imagine. I attended an anti-terrorism march in March, after the attack at the BardoMuseum, and it was so amazing to be apart of this sense of unity and pride in their country. Sounding out the words to the (Tunisian) national anthem because I don’t actually know the words, or speak Arabic for that matter, but being welcomed to attempt to sing it, screaming the chants alongside these intense and prideful people is something I will never forget. I could sense during that march, an incredible feeling of nationalism, and imagine the passion the people had during the Tunisian Revolution.

When I saw that the National Dialogue Quartet, a Tunisian organization, won the Nobel Peace Prize***, I was ecstatic. Tunisia is a strong and resilient country, and I am so happy to see that this organization and the country as a whole have been recognized for their efforts toward a sound democracy. I cannot wait to go back to Tunisia, and will forever owe this country and its people for welcoming me, above and beyond anything I could have imagined.

***The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

This year, the Nobel Peace Prize went to Tunisia. The honoree was the “Quartet”, the 2013 alliance of Labor, Emlpoyers, Lawyers and activists that was the genesis of the road map for the national dialogue. Click on the links below for:
Noteworthy is the fact this Nobel Prize is not the first one for the Country. Indeed, 87 years ago, Tunisia’s adoptive son Dr. Charles Nicolle received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work at the Institut Pasteur in Tunis.


The Tunisian American Day-2015:

-Enjoy the Photo Album:

-Watch the Video:



Saturday May 30th, 2015

– 5:00 P.M. – Reception

– 6:00 P.M. – Ibn Khaldun Award Ceremony

Honoree: Lina Ben Mhenni

Guest of Honor: H.E. Fayçal Gouia

– 7:00 P.M. – Catered Tunisian dinner

– 8:00 P.M. – Live Tunisian music entertainment

Venue:  Doubletree Hotel (Terrace Ballroom): 1515 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington,DC20005

Event tickets: 

1) -Online

2) Mail check/money  to: Tunisian Community Center PO Box 837 Clifton Park, NY 12065

[No Tickets at the Door]

Lodging: Doubletree Hotel (Special Rate; use code: TCC)



Please, join the campaign to support the inclusion of the “MENA” category on the 2020  US Census.

The Census affects, among other things, how over $300 Billion a year of federal and state funding is spent where you live. It is also used in apportioning seats in the US House of Representatives and redistrict State Legislatures and School District assignment areas.

In October 2014 the Census Bureau broadened its options pertaining to ancestry by having a classification of people from the North Africa and the Middle East. The Bureau will begin the testing in 2015 of a MENA (Middle East/North Africa) category for possible inclusion on the 2020 Census. This category would result in correcting the census data which underestimates the MENA community by almost 2 million people according to the Arab American Institute.

We need to voice our support for the Census revisions by sending this letter of support to the Federal Register.

The action is needed by February 1, 2015.





This Week End is the run-off for the presidential elections


From 8 am to 6 pm on: Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st    


  • Washington Tunisian Embassy in DC: 1515 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005,
  • New York Permanent Mission of Tunisia to the United Nations: 31 Beckman Place (1st Avenue & 51st Street), New York, NY, 10022,
  • Houston Arab American Community and Cultural Center , Houston, Texas: 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston, TX 77099,
  • San Francisco Arab American Cultural & Community Center: 2 Plaza St. San Francisco, CA 94116,
  • ***Tampa
    Research Park Building at the University of South Florida: 3720 Spectrum Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612

You need to bring: your Tunisian ID with which you have registered (Passport or CIN) and the receipt of your registration as proof.


The Voter Education Committee

Mouna Ben Garga: TCC-ISIE Liaison

Ridha Krizi: TCC Remote Voting Advocacy

Amine Kallala: TCC,Voter Education Program


Dear friends, 

Next weekend Tunisia will be holding the legislative elections that will end three long years of a democratic (and turbulent) transition. The results will shape the societal and economic model for Tunisia for at least 5 years, if not for generations. The winner will use its legitimacy to establish a road map for our country to put it back on track and rise to the challenges of the 21stcentury. Let’s go vote and give back to mother Tunisia! 

Where do I vote and at what time are the polling stations open?

Here are the final addresses of the polling stations in the US as published by the IRIE Americas and Rest of Europe on its Facebook page.

All polling stations will be open from 8 am to 6 pmduring the 3 days of the vote: Friday October 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th

–          Washington DC: Tunisian Embassy in DC 1515                                                       Massachusetts Ave NW 

                                     Washington, DC 20005

–          New York: Permanent Mission of Tunisia to                                                   the United Nations: 31 Beckman Place (1st                                   Ave. & 51st St)

                            New York, NY, 10022.

–          Houston: Arab American Community and                                                   Cultural Center:10555 Stancliff Rd

                          Houston, TX 77099

*Please note that the Houston address has changed since the last time IRIE made the addresses available to the public.

–          San Francisco: Arab American Cultural &                                                           Community Center: 2 Plaza St. 

                                  San Francisco, CA  94116

–          Miami: Honorary Consulate General Of                                                   Tunisia: 1800 S.W. 1 Avenue, Suite 403 

                      Miami, FL 33129

What do I need to vote?

–          Check your voter status by clicking here, print it as evidence and bring it with you when you vote. (There is no printing option on the page so right-click anywhere on the page and then choose print).

–          Bring your Tunisian ID card with you and Tunisian passport or at least the one you have used to register.

The elections programs of some of the candidates:

*Please note that it is safe to open the links.

Be sure to visit the IRIE Americas and the Rest of Europe Facebook page (click here)

Ta7ya Tounes!

The Voter Education Committee

-Mouna Ben Garga, TCC-ISIE Liaison

-Amine Kallala, TCC Voter Education Program Director










The legislative elections are coming very soon. The ISIE has opened five poll offices in the US during October, 24th, 25th and 26th, in the following cities: San Francisco, CA, Houston, TX, New York city (Our mission to the UN), NY, Miami (our consulate), FL and our Embassy in Washington DC.

As Tunisians living in the US, we will be represented by two deputies out of 217 in the future assembly. Thirteen candidates have been accepted by the ISIE for our constituency, the Americas and the Rest of Europe. Here is the link to the full list of candidates:

Here are a few links to the elections programs of some of the candidates:


Tayyar Al Mahabba (previousely Al Aridha):

Nidaa Touness: Economical and Social program:اللجنةالإقتصاديةوالاجتماعية.pdf, Cultural Program:خطتنالتنميةالثقافةالوطنيةوانفتاحهاعلىالعالم.pdf

Al Jabha Achaabia:

LIST OF CANDIDATES (US, Canada & Rest of Europe)



Update 1: the ISIE has posted online the list of registered voters by constituency. As Tunisians living in the US, we will vote for the constituency “the Americas and the Rest of Europe”. Here is the link to the full list of registered voters in our constituency (the link is not corrupted. You can ignore the alert message).

You should check that your name is on the list AND that it’s spelled correctly – as it appears on your ID. Your name will appear under Washington’s list even though you might vote in another polling office such as San Francisco. You can go straight to pages 944-970 if you were registered for the previous elections and to pages 970 to 1146 (in Arabic only) if you registered recently.

Here is the link to the list of all registered Tunisians, in all constituencies, if you would like to check the accuracy of the lists

Update 2: if you have discovered an error in the list of our constituency, here is the contact information to appeal the list:

Instance Régionale


Adresse Postale

Adresse Electronique


Amériques et reste de l’Europe

1255 Université, suite 307-Montréal, Québec Canada H3B 3B4

If you have discovered an error in any of the lists (someone registered twice) here is the link to all contact information by constituency:

Update 3: the ISIE has extended the registration period again, till AUGUST 29th. Citizens who register during this last extension won’t be able to apply to be candidates for the elections. Here is the procedure to register:

Section 1:

  1. Click on the following link:  or copy/paste it into your browser
  2. The Registration form page will open.
  3. If your passport has expired, go to section 2 otherwise move on to step 4
  4. Enter your personal information as it appears on your passport and follow the instructions

If it doesn’t work, or if your passport has expired, go to section 2

Section 2:

  1. Click on “Click here“ that appears on the bottom of the form in the following sentence: “If you have a problem with authentication using passport Click here”
  2. A new page will open and you will be able to register using your Tunisian National Identification Card
  3. Enter your personal information as it appears on your Tunisian National Identification Card.
  4. Follow the instructions

If it still doesn’t work, our Embassy in DC could still help register you if you send them the following information:

  1.                      i.            Full name as it appears on your passport or you Tunisian ID
  2.                    ii.            Number of your passport
  3.                   iii.            Your passport date of issue. Write the month in letters to avoid confusion between American date and Tunisian                                     date styles
  4.                  iv.            Your passport expiration date. Write the month in letters to avoid confusion between American date and                                                Tunisian date styles
  5.                    v.            Your Tunisian National Identification Card number
  6.                   vi.            Your date of birth. Write the month in letters to avoid confusion between American date and Tunisian date                                             styles
  7.                 vii.            Your address (used for the choice of the voting station)

Send your information to BOTH following contacts and

Ta7ya Tounes!

The Voter Education Committee

Mouna Ben Garga, TCC-ISIE Liaison:

Amine Kallala, TCC, Voter Education Program Director:


“Keep Them Honest”

Why: Registration for Tunisians living abroad has been very difficult and sometimes impossible because ISIE’s database is not updated and ignores citizens who have renewed their passports in the recent years. The ISIE is NOT advertising enough for the necessity to register in order to be able to vote. Many irregularities have been pointed out inTunisia, France and Germany. InGermany, someone from the TROIKA is working at ISIE’s regional office and taking care of the voter registration!  (See supporting articles below)

What: Help the NGO ATIDE and Civil Society by observing the egistrvoter ration process in the Tunisian Embassy in DC.

How: Send an email expressing your willingness to observe the voter registration to Sélima Dellagi Chaibi ( or to Zied Jamoussi ( ATIDE will take it from there and obtain you the authorization to observe voter registration from the ISIE.

When: Starting now till July 22nd, expiration date of the voter registration process

Frequency: Any effort is appreciated. Every day the whole period, one or 2 days per week or even a few hours per day

Background on ATIDE (Association tunisienne pour l’intégrité et la démocratie des élections): a very active Tunisian NGO. Its mission is to promote and enforce the transparency of the whole electoral process including the voter registration

Supporting Articles:,520,47720,3

The Voter Education Committee

Mouna Ben Garga, TCC-ISIE Liaison

Amine Kallala, TCC, Program Director

Ta7ya Tounes!


***Let’s Exercise Our Constitutional Right***

Dear Friends

The Electoral High Commission , ISIE, had opened a very short period for voters’ registration.

(Deadline: July 22, 2014).

Registration is VERY EASY! It takes less than 1/10th the length of a soccer match!Please follow this link to register ONLINE:

Only officially registered citizens will be able to VOTE and exercise their constitutional right.

If you encounter any problem with registration, please send your name and your passport number to our TCC-ISIE Liaison,

Mouna Ben Garga.

Time has come to show again how AWESOME of a nation we are!

Ta7ya Tounes!

The Voter Education Committee,

Mouna Ben Garga, TCC-ISIE Liaison

Amine Kallala, TCC, Program Director

Useful links:

-Elections Timetable

-ISIE Website 


Consistent with its mission of promoting the Tunsian-American friendship, our organization is proud to team up with PAX Program of Academic Exchange, an international high school exchange organization, to find an American family to host a student from Tunisia for a full academic year/semester (or shorter options for 6-8 weeks) while the student attends a local high school.

For more information, please contact Kelsey Maloney, at PAX.