Search

 

Cablegate: Biographic Information for New Tunisian Cabinet Members

VZCZCXYZ0001
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTU #0036 0151737
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 151737Z JAN 10
FM AMEMBASSY TUNIS
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7156
INFO RUCNMGH/MAGHREB COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

UNCLAS TUNIS 000036

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA/MAG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL PINR TS
SUBJECT: BIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION FOR NEW TUNISIAN CABINET MEMBERS

REF: TUNIS 34

-------
Summary
-------

1. (U) This cable contains biographic highlights for the Ministers
named in President Ben Ali's January 14 Cabinet shuffle. Out of 27
total cabinet ministers, there are six new names and six have been
rotated from one cabinet position to another. Eight ministers were
dismissed from the Cabinet.

-------------------
New Cabinet Members
-------------------

2. Mr. Mohamed Ridha CHALGHOUM: Minister of Finance. Born in Gafsa
in 1962. Last position: President of the Financial Market Council
(equivalent to the Securities Exchange Commission). Education:
Degree in Economic Science and DES (postgraduate) in Development
Finance

-- Mr. Naceur GHARBI: Minister of Social Affairs, Solidarity and
Tunisians Abroad. Last position: Chief of the Executive Office of
the CNAM (The National Health Insurance Fund). No other biographic
information immediately available.

-- Mrs. Bebia CHIHI: Minister of Women's Affairs, Family, Children
and Senior Citizens. Born in 1952 in Tunis. Last position: Chief of
the Executive Office of SNDP, Agil (Oil Company). Education: Law
Degree and two postgraduate degrees from the Paris Customs Institute
and the Tunisian National Administration School.

-- Mohamed AGREBI: Minister of Vocational Training and Employment.
Born in 1961 in Nabeul. Last position: Director General of the
Department of the Promotion of Small and Medium-sized Companies at
the Industry Ministry. Education: MA in Financial Management, PhD
in Financial Management from the Tunis Economic Science University.

-- Rifaat CHAABOUNI: Secretary of State (Deputy Minister) for
Scientific Research. Born in Rades in 1947. Last position:
Director of the Prospects, Planning and Evaluation department at the
Scientific Research ministry. Education: MA in Physics from Tunis
University and PhD in Chemistry and PhD in Science from Lyon
University, France.

-- Mr. Mohamed Naceur AMMAR: Minister of Communication Technologies,
university professor and administrator. No other biographic
information immediately available.

---------------------------------------
Ministers Moved From Previous Positions
---------------------------------------

3. Kamel MORJANE: Foreign Minister. Born in 1948 in Hammam-Sousse
(also President Ben Ali's home town). Last position: Defense
Minister. Education: Law degree from the Geneva Institute of
International Higher Studies; degrees from the University of
Wisconsin and from The Hague International Law Academy.

-- Lazhar BOUOUNI: Minister of Justice and Human Rights. Born in
1948 in Redayaf, Gafsa. Last position: Minister of Higher
Education. Education: Law degree (PhD).

-- Ridha GRIRA: Minister of National Defense. Born in 1955 in
Sousse. Last position: Minister of State Properties and Real
Estate. Education: Law, economy and management degrees from Paris
University. Engineering degree from the Paris Central School.

-- Bechir TEKKARI: Minister of Higher Education. Born in 1952 in
Ksibet, Mediouni. Last position: Justice and Human Rights Minister.
Education: Law degree and postgraduate degree in law and political
science.

-- Slim TLATLI: Tourism Minister. Born in 1951. Last position:
Minister of Employment. Education: MA in Mathematics from Tunis
University and MA in Mathematics from Grenoble University, France.

-- Zouheir M'DHAFFAR: Minister of State Properties and Real Estate.
Born in 1948 in Sfax. Last position: Executive in Civil Service and
Administrative Development. Education: PhD in public law and
political science.

GRAY

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN: India’s New COVID-19 Wave Is Spreading Like ‘Wildfire’, Warns UN Children’s Fund

7 May 2021 A new wave of COVID-19 infections is spreading like “wildfire” across India, leaving many youngsters destitute, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Friday. In the last 24 hours, India registered 3,915 coronavirus deaths and 414,188 ... More>>

UN: Decades Of Health Gains At Risk In Brazil Due To COVID-19

Although COVID-19 cases are declining in Brazil, the pandemic is putting decades of public health gains there at risk, the head of the World Health Organization ( WHO ) said on Friday. With global attention and support focused this week ... More>>

UN Report: Myanmar Approaching Point Of Economic Collapse

The turmoil following the military coup in Myanmar, coupled with the impact of COVID-19 could result in up to 25 million people – nearly half of the country’s population, living in poverty by early next year, a United Nations report said on Friday. That ... More>>


Focus On: UN SDGs

Study: Cut Methane Emissions To Avert Global Temperature Rise

6 May 2021 Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed ... More>>

UN: Learning From COVID-19, Forum To Highlight Critical Role Of Science, Technology And Innovation In Global Challenges

New York, 4 May —To build on the bold innovations in science, technology and innovations that produced life-saving solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN will bring together experts to highlight measures that can broaden the development and deployment ... More>>

What COVID-19 Has Taught Us: “Healthcare Can No Longer Exist Without Technology”

A grandmother in a village in the Gambia should have the same quality of life and access to healthcare they deserve as in New York or London. Photo: InnovaRx Global Health Start-up Works To Bridge Healthcare Gap In The Gambia By: Pavithra Rao As ... More>>