• Renault Maroc
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    1 in 10 Renault Vehicles Made in Morocco

    Rabat - Renault Morocco celebrated the export of its millionth vehicle manufactured in its Moroccan factories on Tuesday, June 6, at the Tangier Med Port.  The ceremony took place on the vehicle terminal dedicated to Port Tanger Med, in the presence of Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy; Abdelkader Amara,...

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    HCP: National Economic Growth Fell to 1.2 Percent, Investments Rose to 9.3 Percent in 2016

    Rabat - The High Commission for Planning (HCP) has reported a sharp slowdown in national economic growth in 2016 to 1.2 percent versus 4.5 percent in 2015. This decline was attributed in particular to a marked decrease in rainfall, which has affected the growth of agricultural activity, while non-agricultural activities continue to show a moderate...

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  • Royal Air Maroc Maintains Flights to Doha Amid Gulf Crisis
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    Royal Air Maroc Maintains Flights to Doha Amid Gulf Crisis

    Rabat - Direct flights from Casablanca and Qatar are still operational, announced Royal Air Maroc (RAM) in a communique on June 8, following the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and many Gulf countries that wreaked havoc in airline traffic. “Royal Air Maroc wishes to point out to its clients that all its flights to Doha are...

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  • Lahcen Daoudi Accuses Oil Companies of Increasing Hydrocarbon Prices
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    Lahcen Daoudi Accuses Oil Companies of Increasing Hydrocarbon Prices

    Rabat - The liberalization of the hydrocarbon sector initiated by the Benkirane government has led to a substantial increase in the margins of hydrocarbon distributors in Morocco, according Lahcen Daoudi, the Minister in charge of General Affairs and Governance. Speaking before the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 6, Daoudi stated that since the liberalization...

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    Morocco’s Accession to ECOWAS: A Win-Win for Both Parties

    Rabat - Four month after settling back in the African Union, Morocco has just been granted an agreement in principle to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), of which it is currently only an observer. “The political sequence (of the accession of Morocco) has just ended, it paves the way for a...

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  • world bank
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    World Bank: Morocco One of the Biggest Economic Growths in the MENA Region

    Rabat - The World Bank (WB) has maintained its growth forecasts for Morocco by 3.8 percent for 2017, the same level as the April estimations, which were revised downwards (-0.2 points). According to the institution, Morocco will be one of the best performers in the MENA region, thanks in particular to its reforms. According to...

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  • House of Representatives Unanimously Approve 2017 Finance Bill, Drop Article 8 Bis
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    House of Representatives Unanimously Approve 2017 Finance Bill, Drop Article 8 Bis

    Rabat - The Finance and Economic Development Committee in the House of Representatives unanimously approved on Tuesday, June 6, the second reading of the 2017 Finance Bill. The draft was approved with 199 votes in favor, 56 against from the PAM representatives, and 38 abstentions, two from the Federation of the Democratic Left and the...

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  • Chinese Tourism Delegation Prospects in Morocco
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    Morocco and China Reinforce Energy Cooperation

    Rabat - One year after King Mohammed VI's visit to China, the tow countries opt to reinforce their energy cooperation. The Sino-Moroccan energy and hydrocarbon industries partnership was at the heart of a meeting between Aziz Rebbah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development and his Chinese counterpart, Nur Bekri. An important Chinese delegation led...

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  • King Mohammed VI Arrives in Abidjan for Working Visit to Côte d'Ivoire
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    Foreign Minister: ‘ECOWAS Recognizes King Mohammed VI’s Involvement in Region’

    By Chaimaa Zahaar and Chaymaa Benallouch Rabat - Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, has said that the initial approval expressed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for Morocco’s request to join this regional bloc, constitutes a “recognition of the personal involvement” of King Mohammed VI and Morocco’s...

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  • Intersolar 2017: Morocco at the Heart of Solar Market Investments
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    Intersolar 2017: Morocco at the Heart of Solar Market Investments

    Rabat - Moroccan-German environmental cooperation was at the heart of the world's largest solar fair in the world, Intersolar 2017. The Kingdom was the star of the “Investing in the Moroccan Solar Market” event, organized in partnership with the German Solar Association, BSW. A Moroccan delegation took part in the international exhibition Intersolar 2017 in...

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  • Abdelhamid Addou, Chairman and CEO of Royal Air Maroc, David Kerr, Senior Vice President Cargo of Etihad Airways
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    Royal Air Maroc and Etihad Airways to Develop Cargo Activities

    Rabat - Royal Air Maroc (RAM) and Etihad Airways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of their Cargo activities on May 29, at the headquarters of the national company in Casablanca, RAM said in a statement. The MoU declares a convergence of intent between the two companies to promote their trade cooperation,...

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  • 25.7% Increase of Moroccan Exports to Spain
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    25.7% Increase of Moroccan Exports to Spain

    Rabat – 2017 reaffirmed the strong economic ties between Morocco and Spain and showed remarkable growth in Moroccan exports. Moroccan exports to Spain increased by 25.7 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year, according to the European Statistical Office, Eurostat. During the same period, Moroccan exports to the...

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  • Attijariwafa Bank Named Top Corporate Social Responsibility Performer
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    Attijariwafa Bank Named Top Corporate Social Responsibility Performer

    Rabat - Attijariwafa Bank keeps on picking up prizes left and the right. The latest achievement of the leading African bank is the Top Performers CSR (Corporate social responsibility) 2017 title, awarded by Vigeo Eiris, the European leader of the extra-financial ratings. The CSR 2017 Performers ranking recognizes companies listed on the Casablanca stock exchange...

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  • Casablanca Stock Exchange: Third Bullish Week in June
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    Moroccan Stock Market Closes May in the Black

    Rabat - Morocco’s stocks are closing the month of May in the black. After losing 0.3 percent this Wednesday morning, the MASI Index managed to draw up its shares, closing the session with 11.577 points, and a gain of 0.36 percent. With a MAD 283 million in flux exchanges, the operators quoted at the Casablanca...

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  • CGEM and Optimum Conseil to Study Moroccan Companies' Transformation Process
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    CGEM and Optimum Conseil to Study Moroccan Companies' Transformation Process

    Rabat - The General Confederation of Moroccan Companies (CGEM) has just launched an investigation into the transformation of companies in partnership with the firm Optimum Conseil. This survey will be carried out between May and July 2017 under the theme “Moroccan bosses facing the transformation of their company”. Targeting the top 500 leaders of large...

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  • Ministry of Urban Planning: 800,000 Housing Units Created by 2021
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    Ministry of Urban Planning: 800,000 Housing Units Created by 2021

    Rabat - Morocco is encouraging social housing with a new program initiated by the Ministry of Urban Planning to build 800,000 housing units by 2021. Fatna Lkhiyel, Secretary of State for Housing, said on Thursday in Rabat that the aim of this program is to reduce housing deficit by fifty-percent through the four upcoming years....

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    HCP Elected Co-Chair of the Euro-Mediterranean Statisticians Forum

    Rabat - The High Commission for Planning (HCP) of Morocco was elected co-chair of the Forum of Euro-Mediterranean Statisticians (EU-MED Forum). This is part of the framework of Euro-Mediterranean statistical cooperation. Established in 2013, the Forum of Euro-Mediterranean Statisticians is a high-level decision-making body in charge of the orientation, evaluation and validation of the activity...

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  • The Council for the European Union
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    Council of EU Adopts Negotiating Mandate for Morocco-EU Agricultural Agreement 

    Rabat - The Council for the European Union adopted on May 29, the negotiating mandate for the amendment of agricultural protocols between Morocco and the EU.  This announcement of the mandate brings the amendment of the agricultural protocols one step closer to fruition. According to a member of the European External Action Service (EEAS), “the path is...

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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...