• G20-Africa: Germany to Invest EUR 300 Million in Africa
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    G20-Africa: Germany to Invest EUR 300 Million in Africa

    Rabat - Sustainable economic development will be at the heart of the G-20 Africa conference scheduled from June 12-13 in Berlin, as part of Angela Merkel’s efforts to boost German-African economic partnership by providing an additional investment of EUR 300 million. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will receive a number of African leaders on Monday and...

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  • Morocco to Start Importing Plantains from Canary Islands
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    Morocco to Start Importing Bananas from Canary Islands

    Rabat - This week, the Association of Producers of the Canaries (Asprocan) began exporting bananas to Morocco. Spanish media have reported that this is the first phase of their plan to begin selling bananas in Morocco, initiated during a business trip to Casablanca in March. During the trip, members of Asprocan’s Commission of External Business met with...

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    Marubeni, First Japanese Company to Obtain Casablanca Finance City Status

    Casablanca- Japanese integrated trading and investment business conglomerate Marubeni obtained the Casablanca Finance City (CFC) status for their new Casablanca office, according to La Tribune Afrique. The group opened this office in order to strengthen their development in Africa. Indeed, they are present in many African countries including Côte d'Ivoire, Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Algeria, Nigeria,...

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    Emerging economies projected to dominate the global economy by 2050

    By Biygautane Taib Casablanca  –  The E7 economies of Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia and Turkey are predicted to dominate almost 50% of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2050, while 7G economies’ share to drop to around 20%, according to a recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a multinational professional services firm.   The...

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  • IBM launches innovating initiative for Moroccan young enterprises
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    IBM Launches 'New Collar Jobs' Initiative in Africa

    Toronto - IBM will launch a new Africa initiative called “New Collar Jobs” using e-learning technology. The program will be piloted in South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco. “IBM sees effective, quality IT education as a key driver of economic vitality in Africa,” Hamilton Ratshefola, general manager for IBM South Africa was quoted by...

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    It’s Time to Rethink Medical Insurance

    By Masimba Tafirenyika A mobile phone plan in Kenya targets low-income groups “If we can get cold Coca-Cola and beer to every remote corner of Africa, it should not be impossible to do the same with drugs,” the late Dr. Joep Lange, a pioneering researcher in HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa in the late 1990s, once...

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    India’s Medical Tourism Gets Africans’ Attention

    By Pavithra RAO Rabat - Many lured by affordable treatment, state-of-the art equipment, top-notch doctors and follow-up care. Nagged by a sharp back pain three years ago, Abidemi Ogbonna from Lagos, Nigeria, decided to visit a nearby hospital called Apollo. Thinking it was just a minor problem, she was shocked when her physician informed her...

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  • Morocco To Hold International Insurance Conference
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    Morocco To Hold International Insurance Conference

    Casablanca - Marrakech is set to host the 41st Conference and General Assembly of the Federation of Insurance Societies of African National Law (FANAF) this February. Morocco will host the 41st Conference and General Assembly of FANAF, which will be the first time the event is held outside the countries of the Inter-African Conference of...

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  • Algerian TV Mocks African Investment Forum Organized by Algeria
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    Algerian TV Mocks African Investment Forum Organized by Algeria

    Rabat - An Algerian TV channel report mocked the mismanagement of the African Investment Forum organized in Algeria between December 3rdand 5th. The African Investment Forum, or Algeria’s unpremeditated, incoherent, and poorly planned attempt to steal the light from Morocco following its signing of historical collaborations with numerous eastern and western African countries, has resulted...

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  • Office Chérifien de Phosphates (OCP)
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    Morocco’s OCP to Build $230 Million Fertilizer Plant in India

    Rabat - The Morocco’s national phosphate company and the Indian firm Kribhco announced the construction of a new $230 million fertilizer plant in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh on Friday. The 50/50 venture will be located in the city of Krishnapatnam and have the capacity to process up to 1.2 million tons of NPK...

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  • China Looks for Middle East Caviar Market Breakthrough at SEAFEX 2016
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    China Looks for Middle East Caviar Market Breakthrough at SEAFEX 2016

    Dubai - China’s ambition to be a world leader in caviar production will be in full evidence at SEAFEX, the region’s first professional seafood show, which runs at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 7-9 November 2016, as the country’s seafood industry serves up fish roe delicacies for the first time in a highly-targeted Middle...

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  • Swedish Companies to Switch to 6-hour workday
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    Swedish Companies to Switch to 6-hour workday

    Swedish companies have reduced working hours to 6 hours per day in an attempt to grow productivity and make workers happier. According to the British Tabloid The Independent, some companies throughout Sweden have begun applying a new six-hour workday with the objective of increasing productivity and allowing more time for people to focus on other...

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  • Malaysian Organizations Launch Campaign to Promote Muslim-Made Products
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    Malaysian Organizations Launch Campaign to Promote Muslim-Made Products

    Rabat - Two Malaysian economic groups have launched a new logo to promote halal products made by Muslims. The objective of the logo and worldwide marketing campaign is to boost the economic power of buying solely from Islamic businesses and/or countries The new logo is a joint venture of the Malaysian Institute of International Islamic...

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    JBIC Signs MOU with Attijariwafa Bank to Enhance Japan’ Exports & Investments in Africa

    Rabat - The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Attijariwafa Bank (AWB) to enhance Japanese companies’ exports and investments in the African countries, including Morocco. Signed on the sidelines of the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) held in Nairobi, Kenya, the agreement aims at...

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    Morocco and Nigeria to Launch Agriculture and Energy Collaboration

    By Ashley Okwuosa Rabat - Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Nigeria, announced yesterday a new agriculture and solar energy collaboration between Nigeria and Morocco. In a statement provided by his spokesperson, the Governor was quoted as saying: “Morocco has distinguished itself in some critical sectors, as such a relationship between the two states will be...

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  • moroccan money
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    Morocco’s Net International Reserves Rise by 24.9% as of July 15

    Rabat - Morocco’s net international reserves amounted to MAD 242.7 billion until July 15, 2016, recording a 24.9 percent increase on an annual basis, Bank Al-Maghrib said. During the week of July 14-20, 2016, the central bank injected MAD 26.44 billion. Over the course of this period, the interbank rate rose to 2.3 percent. During...

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    Morocco Invites Russian Companies to Invest in Its Oil, Gas Sector

    Moscow - The Moroccan delegation taking part in the Moroccan-Russian working group monitoring bilateral cooperation in the energy field presented investment opportunities for Russian gas and oil companies, Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, Abderrahim El Hafidi, said. In an interview Tuesday with the Russian news agency "Sputnik", the Moroccan...

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  • Moroccan Phosphates
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    Morocco to Open Fertilizer Factory in Nigeria

    By Alexandra Krauska Rabat - The Minister Delegate of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita met with the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari on Friday to discuss the opening of an OCP fertilizer factory in Nigeria, according to Media24. The Nigerian president approved the Moroccan proposal, and said that it would “improve food security and create jobs...

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Editorial

Opinions

  • The Moroccan Gold Eldorado
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    The Moroccan Gold Eldorado, a Myth or a Reality?

    Rabat - Recently, a conspiracy theory video about a large gold discovery in Morocco is making rounds online. The video claims that a substantial gold reserve was discovered and is being extracted by a Canadian mining company called Maya Gold and Silver. We Moroccans are very proud human beings, we love our country and cherish...

  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
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    Qatar: How the Tables Are Turning in The Gulf

    Rabat - Amidst harsh sanctions and a long list of demands from its neighbors, Qatar’s ability to thrive under pressure may prove to be problematic for Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia and its coalition attempt to wait out Qatar, the recent spat in the Gulf continues to become more and more global, and severely against...

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. If the nation doesn’t do more, the U.S. probably won’t quite meet the dramatic heat-trapping gas reduction goal it promised in last year’s Paris agreement to battle climate change, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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    Climate Change : If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It

    Chefchaouen - Climate change is happening at home and around the world. Chefchaouen is doing its part by embracing clean energy climate solutions and engaging its citizens in climate action. When it comes to fighting climate change, cities and local leaders are best positioned to lead that charge. Local leaders from coastal to landlocked communities are...

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    India Orders Internal Probe into Mistaken Use of Morocco-Spain Border Picture

    Hyderabad - The Indian Ministry of Interior on Wednesday ordered an internal investigation to find out how a picture of Morocco-Spain border was used in its annual report to show floodlights along the India-Pakistan border. What is most embarrassing is that the annual report of previous years was tabled during the Budget Session of Indian...

  • Amid Growing Tension, Thousands of Moroccans Stage Pro-Rif March in Rabat
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    Neglect in Harsh Soil: The Deep Roots of the Rif Crisis

    Rabat - The ongoing protests in northern Morocco started almost eight months ago, but they have their origin in nearly a century of violent repression by the state. The Rif has, in spite of itself, got involved into a peaceful revolt since the death of the fishmonger Mohcine Fikri at the end of October 2016, a...

  • Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani emir of Qatar
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    The Qatar Crisis: What Does It Mean?

    Rabat - The recent diplomatic fallout between Qatar and the rest of the Middle East could have serious economic and geopolitical consequences across the globe. Earlier this week, Qatar’s diplomatic crisis took an extreme turn as several Arab states severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf nation.  The original list of countries in the coalition against...

  • Moroccans spend Laylat al-Qadr, the 26th day of Ramadan, at the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
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    Ramadan: Not just Abstinence from Daily Intakes 

    By Abdellatif Oudra Rabat - The observance of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, compels Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset. But it is not just about abstaining from food or drink.  Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed in commemoration of the revelation of Qur’an to the prophet Mohammad,...

  • Morocco Threatens to Terminate Agriculture Agreement with Europe
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    Morocco and the EU: Managing the Future

    Rabat - Morocco enjoys proximity to Europe and is at an advantage of being favoured by the European Union as a close partner on political, economic, and cultural levels. Historical archives and political legacies tie Morocco directly with at least three influential European countries: France, Spain, and England. Demography, kinship, and immigration compel other EU...

  • The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab Spring
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    The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab 'Spring'

    Rabat - In the last ten years or so, the Arab world has seen unprecedented collapses in the realms of politics and economy, among others. World NGOs regularly release area-specific rankings, in which Arab nations commonly rank at the bottom of lists in education, human rights, and income for instance while they top those of...

  • Thousands Hold Peaceful Demonstration in Memory of Mouhcine Fikri
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    Al Hoceima and the Pedagogical Exercise

    Ottawa - What makes a democracy different from non-democracy? This is the classical and historical question asked by philosophers over the centuries and deeply questioned in the discipline of political science. Democracy cannot prevent inequality as the case in the United States where inequality is the highest globally. Democracy cannot stop corruption like in Brazil...