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The re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba, a king’s masterstroke

Sahara News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 18:09
The re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba is, on a number of counts, a new masterstroke by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, after his feat of arms that allowed his country’s triumphant return to the African Union (AU), commented a Western diplomat based in New York. The re-establishment of diplomatic ties between Rabat and Havana, after […]

Foreign Ministry Expresses Moroccan Authorities' Deep Concern Over Syrians' Attempt to Illegally Enter Morocco

The moroccan press - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:32

The foreign ministry expressed, on April 22, 2017, to the Algerian ambassador in Rabat, the deep concern of the Moroccan authorities following the attempt by 54 Syrians (on April 17-19) to illegally enter, from Algeria, the Moroccan territory at the level of the City of Figuig's border zone.

A statement by the ministry underlined that the Algerian ambassador in Rabat was informed about the testimonies and pictures attesting irrefutably to the fact that these people crossed the Algerian territory before entering Morocco.

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Speaker of Upper House Hails Morocco-China Solid Strategic Partnership

The moroccan press - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:30

Speaker of the house of advisors (upper house) Hakim Benchamach lauded, on Friday in Rabat, the solid strategic partnership between Morocco and China.

During a meeting with Liu Qibao, minister in charge of communication and deputy prime minister of the People's Republic of China, Benchamach also highlighted the importance of the historic visit paid by HM King Mohammed VI to China in May 2016, and the promising prospects of fostering an exemplary partnership between the two countries and friendly peoples, said a statement by the house.

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Re-establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Morocco, Cuba

The moroccan press - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:28

In accordance with the High Instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, Morocco on Friday re-established its diplomatic relations with Cuba, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said.

   To this end, a joint statement was signed between the Permanent Missions of the two countries to the United Nations in New York, providing for the re-establishment of diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level, the ministry pointed out in a statement.

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Sahara: Bogota Declaration Hails Moroccan Regionalization Initiative, AU Return

The moroccan press - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:27

Signatories to the Bogota Declaration hailed Morocco's peace and regionalization initiative for the southern provinces and the Kingdom's return to the African Union (AU).

Several representatives of trade unions, academics, artists from Latin America and the Caribbean Islands adopted the Bogota Declaration, on the sidelines of the participation of the Chilean Centre for Maghreb Studies (CCEM), as a guest, in the constitutive congress of the "Alternative Démocratique Syndicale des Amériques" held on April 17-20 in Bogota.

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Morocco Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

Morocco on the move - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 15:05
As COP 22 President, North African Country Continues Pushing Climate Action

Washington, DC, April 22, 2017, Moroccan American Center for Policy (MACP) — Morocco has long been a climate advocate, becoming the first African and Arab country to host a Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) in 2001. In November 2016, the country—dubbed a “perfect place for the world’s biggest climate change conference,” according to Quartz—again hosted world leaders in Marrakesh for COP 22, this time with the task of implementing the historic Paris Agreement from the year before.

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI urged participants at COP 22 to move beyond promises to “tangible initiatives and practical steps,” and to respect and support the priorities and resources of developing countries.

“Holding this conference in Africa,” he said, “is an incentive for us to give priority to tackling the adverse repercussions of climate change, which are growing worse and worse in the countries of the South and in insular states whose very existence is in jeopardy.”

Since November, Morocco has ensured that the climate action agenda moves forward as COP 22 President, hosting a number of events and workshops with members of Moroccan civil society as well as international stakeholders on capacity building, sustainable industrial areas, and more. Morocco sent a delegation to the World Bank/International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington, DC this month to address issues of climate finance, and is working closely with the incoming Fiji COP 23 Presidency in advance of the Bonn Climate Change Conference in May.

Meanwhile, Morocco continues leading the way on sustainability and renewable energy at home:

  1. Morocco has enshrined environmentalism in its governing documents. Article 31 of the country’s 2011 Constitution guarantees citizens’ right to “the access of water and to a healthy environment”; while Articles 71 and 152 address the government’s responsibility for environmental protection and oversight.
  2. Morocco has set ambitious energy goals. Morocco has committed to generating 42% of the country’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, and 52% by 2030.
  3. Morocco is a world leader in solar energy production. The country’s NOOR solar power complex is the largest in the world – so large it is visible from space; and by completion, will be capable of producing 2,000 megawatts of energy. In addition, Morocco currently maintains 13 wind farms and plans to build at least six more before 2020, capable of producing a total of 2,000 megawatts of energy.
  4. Morocco is serious about waste reduction. The Moroccan Parliament signed a bill into law on July 1, 2016 banning the use, production, or import of plastic bags; and Rabat hosts an active recycling and waste-management center that employs disadvantaged people to sort through waste for reusable, recyclable and saleable material.
  5. Morocco understands the importance of raising public awareness on climate change issues. That’s why Morocco’s  Association  of  Teachers  of  Life  and  Earth  Sciences  works  with  the  Ministry  of  Education  to  promote environmental awareness at centers in 18 different towns and cities throughout Morocco.


 Contact: Jordana Merran, 202.470.2049

The Moroccan American Center for Policy (MACP) is a non-profit organization whose principal mission is to inform opinion makers, government officials, and interested publics in the United States about political and social developments in Morocco and the role being played by the Kingdom of Morocco in broader strategic developments in North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East.

This material is distributed by the Moroccan American Center for Policy on behalf of the Government of Morocco. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC.

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Happy (Belated) Birthday to the Moroccan Scholar who Saved Aristotle – Andrew Lubrano

Morocco on the move - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 17:23

Andrew Lubrano
April 21, 2017


Averroes, as portrayed in Raphael’s “The School of Athens.” Photo: Wikipedia Commons.

Hanging in the Vatican, Raphael’s fresco “The School of Athens” depicts a highly anachronistic meeting of some of the greatest thinkers in human history. Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates walk through a crowd that includes a few 15th century Renaissance figures alongside ancient Greek philosophers like Archimedes and Euclid.

Seated on the left side of the fresco is a man whose style of dress starkly stands out amidst the togas and flowing robes of the Greeks. This man appears to be staring over the shoulder of Pythagoras, seemingly intensely interested in whatever the legendary Greek mathematicians is working on.

He is neither a Greek philosopher, nor one of Raphael’s Renaissance contemporaries. To Raphael and the rest of the West he was known as Averroes, the Muslim physician and philosopher famous for preserving and commenting on the works of Aristotle and Plato that were thought lost during the so-called “Dark Ages.”

However, for the Almoravid and Almohad Caliphs of 12th century Morocco, he was known as Ibn Rushd, just one of the many brilliant scholars of Islam, science, and philosophy that emerged during the Middle Ages.

Born Abu al-Walid Muḥammad Ibn Aḥmad Ibn Rushd‎ on April 14, 1126 in Cordoba, Spain—then part of the Moroccan Almoravid Caliphate—Ibn Rushd was the third generation of an influential family of scholars that had served the ruling Moroccan dynasty as religious leaders and judges in Cordoba for almost a century. At the time, Cordoba was a cultural center of the Morocco-ruled Caliphate, where a diverse population of Muslims, Jews, and Christians influenced the nascent Islamic law and philosophy with their legal, scholarly, and cultural traditions.

It is in this multicultural environment that Ibn Rush received his education in science, religion, Islamic jurisprudence, and medicine. Ibn Rushd especially excelled at the latter, and prior to his foray into philosophy was primarily known as a talented physician and scholar of medicine, writing several medical textbooks that would be used throughout Europe and the Middle East for generations to come.

After completing his studies and earning distinction in Spain, Ibn Rushd moved to Marrakesh to work more closely with the ruling Almohad Caliphate after the Almoravids were deposed. He was initially appointed as a judge, but soon became close with the Caliph’s advisors and eventually the Caliph himself, Abu Yaqub Yusuf.

Yusuf had become curious about the works and philosophy of Aristotle, but felt that the Greek philosopher’s writings were too complicated and that the available Arabic translations were of poor quality. To fix this, he commissioned Ibn Rushd to write a series of translations and commentaries on Aristotle’s works.

This initial assignment inspired Ibn Rushd to translate and write commentaries on not just Aristotle, but on Plato, Ptolemy, and several other Classical philosophers. The Caliph’s casual demand for the “Sparknotes” of Aristotle ended up being the reason that these writings were preserved and later promoted for generations of Middle Eastern and European Renaissance scholars (and freshman philosophy majors) to come.

Though Europe would lionize him for preserving and popularizing the Classics, Ibn Rushd wrote many of his own treatises on philosophy, often comparing and contrasting Greek and Islamic thought.

His influence was not limited to academia, though. For one, he served as a legal advisor to the Caliph for many years before his death in Marrakesh in 1198 CE. But he is also credited with helping to convince the Almohad Caliphs to abandon the strict and rigid Zahiri school of Islamic law and adopting the more moderate Maliki school, which focuses on consensus of judges and precedent in addition to the Quran and the Hadith. Indeed, almost a millennium after Ibn Rushd arrived in Marrakesh to serve as a judge and translate Aristotle for the Caliph, his impact can still be felt in Morocco, which still uses the Maliki school as the foundation of its religious teachings and law system.

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Morocco Follows with Great Concern Situation in Venezuela

The moroccan press - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:04

The Kingdom of Morocco follows with great concern Venezuela’s internal situation, a statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said.

The Kingdom of Morocco deplores the fact that the peaceful demonstrations that took place this week in Venezuela resulted in casualties, including deaths among the young people taking part in the demonstrations, the statement added.

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Association of Families & Friends of Victims of Gdeim Izik Camp Informs UNSG of Latest Developments of Gdeim Izik Trial

The moroccan press - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:02

The Association of the Families and Friends of Victims of Gdeim Izik Camp sent a letter to the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to inform him of the latest developments of Gdeim Izik trial.

The trial was referred by the Military Court of Rabat to the Court of Appeals of salé, the letter said, adding that this deferral "was an opportunity to make our voices heard and to fully assert our rights."

However, the source added, "we were astonished by the maneuvers of the defense to drop our right to civil suit."

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Morocco’s Decision to Join AU Illustrates Royal Vision of the Kingdom’s Leading Role on Continent: Edward Gabriel

The moroccan press - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:50

 Morocco’s decision to join the African Union (AU) "illustrates HM King Mohammed VI’s vision of his country’s role on the continent as a platform for regional economic, political and security cooperation," former US ambassador Edward Gabriel wrote in an article published Thursday on the website of the Council of American Ambassadors (americanambassadors.org).

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Business Review: Arab Finance Institutions in Morocco, Bilateral Investments with Rwanda, Morocco Agriculture in the Spotlight, and More Tourism Kudos – Jean R. AbiNader

Morocco on the move - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 19:21

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC
April 20, 2017

Jean R. AbiNader, Exec. Dir., Moroccan American Trade and Investment Center

While the World Bank Group prepares for its spring meetings in Washington, DC, leaders of Arab financial institutions are meeting in Morocco. Morocco’s annual Agricultural Fair is scheduled for the end of this month. And if you’re in the mood for a vacation without your laptop, don’t miss these eight reasons to go to Morocco.

Arab Finance Community Discusses Steps to Support Economic Growth. Some 350 leaders in finance and economy from around the Arab world are gathering this week in Morocco to promote greater inter-Arab financial cooperation. These meetings have become a key platform for developing policies and programs to support sustainable development in Arab countries as well as promote greater cooperation on financial and economic issues.

A message from King Mohammed VI to the meeting addressed the urgent need to ensure social justice and adequate social safety nets for the Arab world’s growing populations. “Our Arab financial institutions are called upon today, more than ever, to react positively to the major changes and development needs witnessed in the Arab region, to pool efforts in order to support economic and financial reforms, to diversify and boost Arab economies and to achieve Arab integration,” he pointed out.

Included in his recommendations was encouragement for inter-Arab investments to support sustainable development and involve the private sector as an “engine for the promotion of development and a creator of wealth,” according to a report from Xinhuanet.com. He noted that a priority should be placed on development projects that support economic integration and enable Arab economies to be more open to their regional environment, as Morocco is doing in Africa. Among the sectors he mentioned were energy, power infrastructure, transport, and agricultural projects for food security.

Bilateral Ties with Rwanda Advance. The benefits of the King’s economic diplomacy received another affirmation according to an AllAfrica.com story as Rwanda approved a law removing double taxation for Moroccan investors. Since the King’s visit last October, there has been an uptick in investments from Morocco. “Investments from Morocco are coming in at a high speed; therefore, facilitating them is an opportunity for both countries to boost business and economic opportunities,” said Rwanda Private Sector Federation Chief Executive Benjamin Kasamagera.

The law removing double taxation for Moroccan investors was a major consideration for moving ahead with the 21 trade agreements the two parties signed last year. The announcement followed the visit of a business delegation of more than 100 Moroccan investors who looked at a number of projects including a floriculture project valued at $15 million in Gishari, eastern Rwanda, as well the development of a wholesale market for Moroccan goods valued at $31 million at the Kigali special economic zone.

Agricultural Sector Rebounds as Meknes Opens Annual Agricultural Fair. Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture and Aquatics, Aziz Akhannouch, announced that this year’s harvest is expected to reach 10.2 million tons, an increase of 203% over this period last year. He was in Meknes to kick off the annual International Agriculture Fair, which showcases all things related to agriculture, from seed selection to marketing end-products, as well as advances in ag-related research and technologies.

Agriculture accounts for more than 15% of Morocco’s GDP, and the plentiful rainfall since October has helped Morocco’s economy grow by 4.3% in the first quarter of this year, compared with 1.7% in the same period last year. In releasing its data, the High Commission for Planning said that this growth was mainly due to the rise in agricultural output by 12.9% in the first quarter this year, compared to 9% last year. Italy is being feted as the fair’s guest of honor.

Look No Further, Morocco is the Place to Go. Moroccan tourism operator Holidayme provided Trade Arabia News Service with eight good reasons to visit Morocco, “one of Africa’s most preferred tourist destinations.” They boil down to: cost (“Morocco can be an economic and delightful escape”); hiking trails; beaches; riads; shopping; food; mint tea; and… Marrakesh!  So stop thinking about it and get a non-stop flight to Casablanca from New York or Washington, DC…just seven hours away!

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Head of Govrnement Presents Governmental Program Before Parliament

The moroccan press - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:55

 Head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani presented on Wednesday the governmental program during a common plenary session of the parliament's two houses.

The said program has five broad lines: the first focuses on supporting the democratic choice, the principles of the rule of law and extensive regionalization.

The second is related to fostering the values of transparency, the reform of administration and good governance, while the third concerns the promotion of economic model, employment and sustainable development.

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Saudi Fund for Development Grants Morocco $100 Million to Support SME

The moroccan press - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:26

A memorandum of understanding was signed between Morocco and the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) on Tuesday in Rabat, on the granting by the Saudi Fund of a $100 million to support the financing of SMEs in Morocco.

Signed on the sidelines of the Annual Meetings of the Arab Financial Institutions by minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid, Bank Al Maghrib's Wali, Abdellatif El Jouahri and vice-president of SFD, Yousef Bin Ibrahim Al-Bassam, this agreement aims to finance small and medium projects in Morocco.

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The Government Council of April 2017

The moroccan press - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:22

Head of Government  Presents Governmental Program Before Parliament

Head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani presented on Wednesday the governmental program during a common plenary session of the parliament's two houses.

The said program has five broad lines: the first focuses on supporting the democratic choice, the principles of the rule of law and extensive regionalization.

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Morocco's Economic Outlook is Expected to Improve in Mid-Term, WB

The moroccan press - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:52

Over the medium term, Morocco's economic outlook is expected to improve, provided the forthcoming government remains committed to pursuing prudent macroeconomic policies and implementing structural reforms, said the World Bank (WB) in its "MENA Economic Monitor".

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SIAM 2017 Banks on Drawing One Million Visitors

The moroccan press - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:48

The International Agriculture Fair (SIAM 2017) banks on drawing 1 million visitors who will discover the multi-faceted Moroccan and international agriculture.

A mass inflow of visitors and professionals will be touring the different stands during the event's 12th edition which set the bar high this year.

The 2017 edition has beaten the record with 1,230 exhibitors from 66 countries.

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Ambassador Hilale Puts Down Venezuelan Counterpart at UN Headquarters

The moroccan press - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:44

Morocco's permanent representative to the UN, ambassador Omar Hilale, has put down the ambassador of Venezuela to the United Nations during a discussion Tuesday at the UN headquarters on the financing of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In his repeated ideological-political crusade against Morocco, the representative of Venezuela said that the achievement of the SDGs will be accomplished by taking into consideration the occupied territories, such as Palestine and the Moroccan Sahara.

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EU Supports Morocco’s ‘Crucial’ Role in Africa, Mediterranean (co-chair of Morocco-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee)

The moroccan press - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:35

The European Union (EU) is supporting Morocco’s "crucial" role in Africa and the Mediterranean, co-chair of the Morocco-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee, Ines Ayala Sender, said Tuesday in Rabat.

The EU aspires to revive Morocco's role in the EU-Morocco-African Union triangle, Sender told MAP following her meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.

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WB Satisfied With Level of Partnership With Morocco

The moroccan press - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:32

Vice President of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa Hafez Ghanem voiced, on Tuesday in Rabat, the WB's satisfaction with its partnership with Morocco and the huge success both parties have achieved together.

Ghanem lauded, during this meeting with head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani, the Moroccan model for its political stability and the ongoing development of its economy which will enable the Kingdom to achieve the ambitious goals set as part of the country's economic development, investments and social reforms.

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8th Annual Meeting of Morocco-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee Kicks Off in Rabat

The moroccan press - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:28

The 8th annual meeting of the Morocco-European Union (EU) Joint Parliamentary Committee opened on Tuesday at the headquarters of the House of Representatives in Rabat.

The event will focus notably on the results and achievements of this important body for political cooperation between Morocco and the EU.

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