• Morocco To Launch Construction of New Multipurpose Port Terminal in Agadir
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    Morocco To Launch Construction of New Multipurpose Port Terminal in Agadir

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - The National Ports Agency (ANP) will launch the construction of a new multipurpose terminal at the commercial port in Agadir, using an investment of MAD 356.6 million. The new terminal is expected to be completed by 2019 and will contribute to economic and social development at both local and regional levels, benefitting all stakeholders....

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  • French Entrepreneur to Renovate Moroccan Movie Theaters
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    French Entrepreneur to Renovate Moroccan Movie Theaters

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - French entrepreneur and CEO of CineAtlas Holding in Morocco, Pierre-François Bernet, has allocated MAD 10 million to renovate Le Colisée movie theater in Rabat. Within five years, the founder of Chrysalis Films and Butterfly productions aims to renovate and create a dozen movie theaters in Morocco and other African countries,...

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  • Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani
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    Qatar Vows to Honor Gas Deals with UAE Despite Diplomatic Crisis

    Rabat - Qatar said it will honor its agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) regarding the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG), despite the fact that the UAE severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf state on Monday. Speaking to Al Jazeera in Doha, Qatari foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, stressed Qatar’s intention...

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  • UNCTAD: Foreign Direct Investment in Morocco Fell by 29% in 2016
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    UNCTAD: Foreign Direct Investment in Morocco Fell by 29% in 2016

    Rabat - Morocco failed to retain foreign capital in 2016, says a United Nations report. The country was ranked fourth in the top five African countries receiving foreign direct investment (FDI). FDI flows to Morocco have declined from 29 percent in 2016 to USD 2.3 billion after reaching USD 3.2 billion in 2015, according to...

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  • Fitch Ratings Optimistic for Participative Banking in Morocco
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    Fitch Ratings Optimistic for Participatory Banking in Morocco

    Rabat - Participatory banks can “modestly stimulate the growth of deposits in the country,” says Fitch Ratings in a new analysis on the sector. The rating agency estimates that the possibility of offering new banking products could increase their deposit bases by 5 percent to 10 percent. In a note published on June 8, the...

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  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
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    Aftermath of Gulf Crisis: Qatar’s Economy on Shaky Legs

    Rabat - On Monday morning, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates announced that they had cut all ties with Qatar (Kuwait and Oman have not taken a public stance). Yemen, the Maldives and one of the ruling factions in Libya later followed the movement. The rupture will not only create a wave...

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  • 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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  • The Africa Energy Forum (AEF) 2017
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    Conference Focuses on Moroccan Natural Gas Development

    Rabat - According to MAP, the “Morocco Gas to power Project” was the focal point of a meeting on natural gas development in Morocco that was part of the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) which runs from June 7 to 9 at the Bella Center in Copenhagen. During the meeting, Abderrahim El Hafidi, the Secretary-General of...

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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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  • New Ferry Route Between Nador and Almeria
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    New Ferry Route Between Nador and Almeria

    Rabat - Spanish company Balearia will open a new ferry route between Nador and Almeria on June 20. The four-hour journey will be made on the Nissos Chios ferry, which has the capacity for 1,200 passengers and 350 vehicles and can travel at 28 knots. There will be two services a day from each port,...

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  • Natural gas found near Chefchaouen
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    Natural Gas Found Near Chefchaouen

    Rabat - The National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM) has discovered natural gas in the Dardara region of Chefchaouen. In a statement, the office revealed that the first indicators of gas in the region were discovered at the Central and South West research centre in the western basin north of Sidi Alal Tazi. The...

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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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    General Secretariat of Govt. Reviewing Moroccan-African Bilateral Agreements

    Rabat - The Moroccan government is reviewing more than 20 bilateral agreements as well as several bills approving international texts relating to the integration of Morocco into the African Union. The Executive is examining agreements signed during the last royal visits to several African countries before their integration into the adoption circuit. Several draft texts...

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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: 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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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...