• King Mohammed VI of Morocco (L) walks with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at the National palace during his state visit to Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, November 19, 2016.
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    Moroccan Membership in ECOWAS Presents Opportunities and Challenges: CMC

    Rabat - Morocco’s integration to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) presents great opportunities as well as challenges for the Kingdom, notably in terms of investment and economic cooperation, says the Moroccan Center of Economic Conjuncture (CMC) in its monthly letter. The CMC latest publication focuses on five major areas pertaining to Morocco’s...

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  • Let’s Speed Up our Energy Transition. Wind Mills
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    Morocco to Be Green Superpower with Africa’s Largest Wind Farm in Tarfaya

    Rabat -  Tarfaya is home to Africa’s largest wind farm and it generates enough power for 1.5 million homes, but it is only the start of Morocco’s green revolution. The World Bank showed in 2015 that 97 percent of Morocco’s energy came from imported fossil fuel, but this is beginning to change. Built within two...

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  • King Mohammed VI, Ethiopian PM Launch $3.5 Billion Fertilizer Plant in Ethiopia, (Africa Tour)
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    Morocco Major Investor in Africa in 2016: Financial Times

    Rabat - Morocco remains one of Africa’s major investors, as well as one of the leading African countries receiving foreign investment for new projects, according to FDI Markets' 2017 report. FDI Markets, a central bank of information on the globalization of business working under the Financial Times, published a recent study underlying Morocco’s investments. According...

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  • Morocco India
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    Morocco and India Reinforce Bilateral Partnership

    Rabat – On May 25 and 26 the 5th India Morocco Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) took place in Rabat, Morocco reinforcing the strong relationship between India and Morocco. The highlight of the 5th India Morocco Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) held in Rabat was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation on Broadcasting. The...

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  • UNCTAD: Foreign Direct Investment in Morocco Fell by 29% in 2016
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    WPP, British Communications Giant Opens in Casablanca

    Rabat - The British communications giant WPP has recently set up a base in Morocco for its subsidiary Kantar Millward Brown, one of the world's largest market research companies specializing in advertising, marketing, communications, media, and brand equity research. “The arrival of Kantar Millward Brown in Casablanca confirms the strength of our global network in...

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  • Super Cérame Launches Construction of New Ceramic Plant
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    Morocco’s Super Cérame to Invest MAD 300 Million in 2018

    Rabat - Super Cérame, a subsidiary of the Moroccan Ynna Holding group, announced on May 25 that a MAD 300 million budget will be mobilized for major investment projects for 2018. Belonging to the world's top 20 ceramic tile producers and ranked second in the ceramics sector in Africa, Super Cérame has just announced its...

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  • DLM, National Steel Leader, to Help Energy Industries Optimize Their Consumption
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    DLM, National Steel Leader, to Help Energy Industries Optimize Their Consumption

    Rabat - Delattre Levivier Morocco (DLM), the national leader in metal construction and assembly in Morocco, has just created DLM EnR, a subsidiary exclusively dedicated to renewable energies. With the new subsidiary, the metal construction specialist is taking an new approach to its production policies, diversifying its fields of operation. DLM EnR will specialize in...

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  • US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Exceeds All Expectations US International Trade Commission
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    US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Exceeds All Expectations: US International Trade Commission

    Rabat - In the twelve years since its implementation, the US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has dramatically exceeded the predictions initially set by the United States International Trade Commission (ITA). The success story of the US-Morocco FTA was relayed by the Moroccan American Center for Policy (MACP) in its latest report “Exceeding Expectations: The US-Morocco...

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  • Moroccan oil company (Samir)
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    US Private Equity Firm Clashes with Insurers Over Moroccan SAMIR Losses

    Rabat -  The Carlyle Group, a US private equity firm, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against insurer Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Underwriting (now MS Amlin) after the company refused to cover losses stemming from the shutdown of SAMIR, Morocco’s only oil refinery. In August, 2015 the...

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  • PwC Supports Chief Financial Officers’ in French Speaking Africa
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    PwC Supports Chief Financial Officers’ in French Speaking Africa

    Rabat - The strategic issues and priorities of Chief Financial Officers’ (CFO) in Francophone Africa were the at the center of a recent study run by the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) team, a multinational professional services network and the second largest professional services firm in the world. PwC launched the second edition of its survey on the...

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  • Detained Phosphate Ship: OCP Morocco Refutes Polisario Accusations
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    Detained Phosphate Ship: OCP Morocco Refutes Polisario Accusations

    By Mahjoub Berch Rabat - In a statement regarding the ongoing court session in South Africa, the OCP has called the plaintiffs' claims an out-of-context and inappropriate attempt to circumvent the UN Security Council-supervised, internationally-recognized political process. On Thursday, the court hearing was held to discuss the unilateral action by the plaintiffs in Port Elizabeth. The...

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  • Moroccan Phosphate Ship Detained in Panama Following Polisario Complaint
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    Moroccan Phosphate Ship Detained in Panama Following Polisario Complaint

    Rabat - A Moroccan phosphate shipment bound has been held in Panama following a maritime court order issued by the Polisario Front claiming the cargo had been transported illegally. The Danish charter vessel Ultra Innovation was carrying 55,000 tons of phosphate to Vancouver, Canada for the fertilizer supplier Agrium. The court order is the second...

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  • Ilyas el Omari heads Moroccan Business Delegation to Washington
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    Ilyas el Omari heads Moroccan Business Delegation to Washington

    Washington - President of Morocco’s Tangier, Tetouan and Al Hoceima region, Ilyas el Omari, is leading a delegation of business leaders in Washington this week. The trip is aimed at exploring potential business opportunities and making critical economic connections between the two countries. The delegation, which arrived in Washington earlier this week, includes Chairman of...

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    Moroccan Customs Revenues Reach MAD 90 Billion in 2016

    Rabat - An income of more than MAD 90.5 billion and about MAD 500 million worth of confiscated goods was collected by Moroccan customs in 2016, says the Customs and Indirect Tax Administration (ADII) in its activity report for the year. The ADII reports that the field monitoring operations have achieved remarkable results, with the...

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  • SAMIR Refinery: Glencore and Carlyle Present Their Bid
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    SAMIR Refinery: Glencore and Carlyle Present Their Bid

    Rabat - Swiss giant Glencore and US investment fund Carlyle Group have teamed up to bid on the Samir refinery in hopes of recovering about USD 600 million in loans they issued to the plant before it went bankrupt. According to Reuters, “two sources close to the process said the Moroccan government wanted at least...

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  • Moroccans in Fez Medina. Attarine Street
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    Youth Employment Slows Morocco's Economic Growth: World Bank

    Rabat - The World Bank presented a memorandum on Morocco in Rabat, proposing an analysis of the kingdom's growth prospects for the next twenty years.  Ten years after its last Economic Memorandum, the World Bank has devoted a new Memorandum on Morocco entitled "Morocco to 2040, Investing in Intangible Capital to Accelerate Economic Emergence." The...

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  • King Mohammed VI in Rabat
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    Nigeria-Morocco: Gazoduc Project on the Right Path

    Rabat - King Mohammed VI chaired, on Monday at the Rabat Royal Palace, the signing ceremony of agreements related to the Nigeria-Morocco Gazoduc Project and the Moroccan-Nigerian cooperation in the field of fertilizers. At the beginning of this ceremony, Nigerian foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama gave a speech in front of the King in which he extended...

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    Unemployed Moroccans Need to Lower Their Standards, Says World Bank

    Rabat - While Morocco has made significant economic progress over the past 15 years, the country still struggles to bring youth into the job market, according to a recent World Bank report. According to the report entitled “Morocco 2040 – Emerging by Investing in Intangible Capital”, about one in two young people aged 25 to...

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  • 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...