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In 1999, the MEB held its first economic mission to Tunis, accompanied during a trip by Prince Albert. Since then, three other missions have been held in Monaco and Tunisia, allowing Monegasque entrepreneurs to discover quality local partners, encouraging them to invest in Tunisia.
During the latest visit, a Business Forum with UTICA – the Tunisian Union of Industry, Commerce and Handicrafts – has led to the signing of a cooperation agreement with the MEB.
The delegation is made up of 35 people, representing 18 Monaco entities, operating in transport, plastics, ICT, insurance, trading, coffee machines and health.
The Association of Businesswomen of Monaco will also benefit from this trip to sign an agreement with the National Chamber of Businesswomen of Tunisia.
Tunisia, which is a symbol of democratic transition in the region, has always been able to count on the Principality. Today, the country is returning to growth – 2.5 percent expected in 2017 – led by tourism and agriculture, which have regained their dynamism supported by a policy of diversification of the economy.
Tunisia is a favoured destination conducive to the development of Monegasque enterprises.
Monaco welcomed four new Ambassadors to town this week, given a warm reception by first the Prince, then by the Minister for External Relations and Cooperation, who treated them to lunch.
Artificial tide pools were created in 2019 at water level in front of the Fontvieille Port as part of the government’s ongoing ecological restoration programme. The first results have just been revealed.
The Betclic Elite regular season has wrapped-up and AS Monaco Basketball’s defeat against Cholet was ultimately inconsequential to the final ranking, as they prepare to face Strasbourg in the play-offs.
Francesco Totti is the latest blockbuster name to be confirmed for next Tuesday’s World Stars Football Match, joining a whole grid’s worth of Formula 1 greats, both past and present.
As you may have heard Monaco, we have a new organic store in town! Yuppie! The shop on rue St Charles was taken over by new owners last year, who decided to expand with a new store in the shopping arcade behind L´Estoril. Now if you didn’t know of the existence of this shopping arcade, pas de problème. I’ve been living in the area for the past 8 years and I’d never set foot in the shopping arcade until recently when I went and checked out TO BE – the organic (bio) store. Set right behind Avenue 31, the closest car park is Larvotto or take the 5 or 6 bus and get off at Larvotto. Go through the arcade to the back of the building and turn left and you will find TO BE at the bottom right hand side. What’s new inside A great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, most of which is local. The owner was proud to say that they get a lot of their produce from “La Brigue” which is around 40 km inland from Monaco. The advantage of eating local is that the food will not have to travel far between the earth and your plate, meaning that it will retain most of its nutrients and have a low carbon footprint. Eating local also means eating seasonal foods, a great way to support your health. I never really paid much attention to this fact until I studied Ayurveda, one of the world's oldest whole-body healing systems. According to Ayurveda, “Nature provides the ideal harvest for each season to keep us strong, healthy, energised and focused”. I used to eat the same type of food all year around like salads, berries and leafy greens and wonder why the heck I would always get so cold in winter. With Ayurveda, the type of food you eat is recommended in summer for its cooling effects and vice versa. So last year I decided to give into eating seasonal produce over winter instead and guess what? I never got cold! You’ll notice that as the weather gets colder, we naturally crave winter vegetable soups, nuts, grains and high fat foods such as meat and fish. Our bodies need this type of fuel in winter and it’s wise to give into what it craves and to buy what’s in season. “La nature est bien faite” as we say in French! [caption id="attachment_21952" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo: Facebook ToBe Monaco[/caption] Beyond the fruit and veg Beyond the seasonal fruits and vegetables, TO BE also has a great selection of seeds, nuts and whole grains. I believe it’s the only place in Monaco, much to my delight, where I’ve managed to find hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are vegan and a natural source of protein that can be added to smoothies and salads for example. As they are unprocessed, digestion is much easier than most protein powders, like whey, for example. In other aisles Finally, you’ll find a good selection of teas, Manuka honeys and other winter warming stuff at TO BE, as well as a small selection of organic meat, chicken and fish. The shop, open Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 7 pm, is family-owned so depending on when you go, expect to either be served by mom, dad, their gorgeous daughter or one of the employees. I’ve been told that some of Monaco's top athletes have already picked up a few groceries here so if it’s good enough for them, I think it's good enough for the rest of us, too. Article first published September 19, 2017.Maddy is the Founder of Nutrition For Naughty People, aimed at helping individuals find a better balance between the things that keep them healthy and the things that make them happy! Any questions? email@example.com. (Feature image: @viktoriakhatib)