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Nigeria, Morocco Fertilizer Pact Creates 50,000 Jobs

Western Sahara Worldnews - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:58

Sun News Nigeria
From Uche Usim, Magnus Eze, Abuja and Adewale Sanyaolu

Nigeria’s stride to achieve self-sufficiency in phosphate supply received the needed boost recently as about 50,000 jobs have been created in the country through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Morocco.

Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, disclosed this yesterday, while receiving the National Coordinator of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD-Nigeria), Princess Gloria Akobundu, at the NNPC Towers.

Baru, who noted that the MoU between the two countries was for the supply of phosphate to rejuvenate agriculture by making fertiliser available and affordable, confirmed the deal has started yielding positive results in the country.

“The Moroccans have already supplied a cargo of phosphate, which has been delivered to various blending plants across the country. Already, 11 blending plants have come into production because of the supply.

“I am happy to inform you that this development has translated to the creation of about 50,000 jobs and led to the production of about 1.3 million tonnes of fertiliser in the country,” Baru stated.

Following the arrival of the first consignment, the Moroccans have also given Nigeria a generous credit term of 90 days and are planning to bring in more cargoes that will fit the various blending plants in the country, Baru added.

According to the GMD, aside being a huge boost to the Nigerian agricultural sector and the economy, this partnership is expected to boost bilateral relationship between the two countries, in line with NEPAD’s objective of championing regional economic partnerships and integration.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of an interim Managing Director/CEO and four Executive Directors for the Bank of Agriculture (BOA ).

A statement by Deputy Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs. Blessing Lere-Adams, named Mr. Kabiru Mohammed (North West) as Managing Director/CEO, while Prince A. Akenzua (South South) and Dr. Okenwa Gabriel (South East) are executive directors of Corporate Finance, Partnerships and Strategy respectively.

Others are Mr. Ameh Owoicho (North Central) and Mr. Bode Abikoye (South West), both executive directors of Credit and Empowerment.

Lere-Adams said the appointment was as a result of the Federal Government’s resolve to reposition BOA to be a more efficient and result oriented institution.

According to the statement, “The strategic repositioning of BOA will enhance farmers easy accessibility to agricultural funds that will be profitable for large and local farmers hoping to expand their farms”, adding that availability of funds will no doubt increase food production which will eventually result in self sufficiency.

The GMD observed that NEPAD’s visit coincided with NNPC’s journey towards becoming a commercially-viable world-class oil and gas company hinged on the principle of transparency, openness and accountability.

He further noted that the corporation, under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, has taken some far-reaching measures to address some of its challenges, created largely due to low commodity prices.

Baru also assured the delegation that the Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline Project (TSGP), on which NNPC has had engagement with NEPAD in the past, is still on track and the corporation would ensure continued collaboration towards the success of the project.

Earlier in her remarks, the National Coordinator, NEPAD-Nigeria, Princess Gloria Akobundu, stated that they were at the NNPC to seek for areas of collaboration with the corporation, especially in their quest to promote regional integration on the continent.

“As NEPAD, we are mandated to identify and work with strategic partners to facilitate, monitor and promote the implementation of developmental projects across the continent,” she stated.

Also on NEPAD’s entourage was the Director General of the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Alhaji Aminu Dikko, who explained that the TSGP is a very crucial project that will further boost regional integration of Africans.

First Cargo Of Fertilizer Arrives From Morocco – NNPC

Western Sahara Worldnews - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 07:00

Daily Trust
By Daniel Adugbo

The first consignment of fertilizer from Morocco has arrived Nigeria, even as more cargoes that will fit the various blending plants are on the way, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru has said.

Speaking yesterday while receiving the National Coordinator of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD-Nigeria), Princess Gloria Akobundu, at the NNPC Towers, Baru said the Moroccan government has agreed to offer Nigeria 90 days grace period to pay.

These developments come following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the supply of phosphate between the Nigerian and Moroccan governments which has seen about 50, 000 jobs created.

A statement from the NNPC said that the MoU between the two countries was for the supply of phosphate to rejuvenate agriculture by making fertilizer available and affordable, confirmed that the deal has started yielding positive results in the country.

Baru said: “The Moroccans have already supplied a cargo of phosphate which has been delivered to various blending plants across the country. Already, eleven blending plants have come into production because of the supply.

According to the GMD, aside being a huge boost to the Nigerian agricultural sector and the economy, the partnership is expected to boost bilateral relationship between the two countries, in line with NEPAD’s objective of championing regional economic partnerships and integration.

Earlier in her remarks, the National Coordinator, NEPAD-Nigeria, Princess Gloria Akobundu stated that they were in the NNPC to seek for areas of collaboration with the Corporation especially in their quest to promote regional integration on the continent.

“As NEPAD, we are mandated to identify and work with strategic partners to facilitate, monitor and promote the implementation of developmental projects across the continent,” she stated.

Italy And Morocco Focused Gas Exploration Group Sound Energy Making Rapid Progress With Latest Well

Western Sahara Worldnews - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 20:54

Proactive Investors
Ian Lyall

The drill bit at Badile, near Milan, has reached the second casing point at 1,407 metres less than a month after work began.

Getting there – the well will be drilled to 4,445 metres.

Sound Energy PLC (LON:SOU) is making rapid progress on two fronts having completed drilling in Morocco and made significant headway in Italy.

The former first: Its TE-8 well has reached a vertical depth 3,066 metres, taking it 359 metres into the Paleozoic formation, which is a new horizon for Sound.

It has already identified gas in the TAGI formation above. “The company confirms that it has observed further gas shows during subsequent drilling operations, but cautions that logging has not yet occurred and that gas shows, although a positive initial indication, should not be considered conclusive without further wireline logging and analysis,” the company said.

At its Badile gas well, near Milan, has reached the second casing point at 1,407 metres less than a month after work began.

The next casing point is at 2,600 metres – more than halfway to the planned target depth of 4,445 metres. Drilling and logging are expected to take 100 days.

WATCH: Proactive correspondent on Sound drilling …

Assuming gas is found, it will take a further 25 days for completion and testing.

To date the company has scored significant success at Tendrara, in Morocco, where it has discovered significant accumulations of potentially commercial gas.

However, Sound’s Italian assets were the foundation stone on which the company was built and it has two producing wells – although their output is modest.

Badile could be a changer for this portion of the portfolio. An independent assessment suggests the target could be host to around 178bn standard cubic feet of gas with a net present value of £400mln.

That figure is what’s called a ‘best case’, unrisked estimate. It sits at in the middle of the range with the ‘high case’ forecast being 670bn cubic feet and the ‘low case’ 46bn cubic feet.

Morocco Seeks 132,000 Tonnes Of Soft Wheat In Local Market

Western Sahara Worldnews - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 15:40

Reuters
by Samia Errazzouki

Morocco’s state grains agency ONICL launched a tender on Thursday to buy 132,000 tonnes of soft wheat in the local market, it said in a statement.

ONICL will open the bidding on April 3. The soft wheat, which can be either imported or from the local harvest, will be used to make subsidised flour, ONICL said.

(Reporting by Samia Errazzouki; editing by David Clarke)

UNWTO Welcomes Morocco As A Partner Of The International Year Of Sustainable Tourism For Development 2017

Western Sahara Worldnews - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:09

Hospitality.org
World Tourism Organization (WTO)

Morocco has become the latest country to join UNWTO as partner of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. The commitment was delivered at the Moroccan Day of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism held on 20 March in Rabat.

Morocco has become the latest partner of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017.

On the occasion of the Moroccan Day of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism on 20 March, the government of Morocco committed to support the International Year and advance the promotion of the first African Charter on Sustainable and Responsible Tourism.

The African Charter on Sustainable and Responsible Tourism, signed last November in Marrakesh during the Ministerial Forum on Tourism and Climate in Africa, on the sidelines of the COP22, aims at becoming an instrumental tool for the continent to engage in sustainable tourism best practices by reconciling social and economic growth, the preservation of the environment and the respect for the cultural diversity of each country.

“The commitment of the Kingdom of Morocco with the tourism sector is remarkable, not only by joining now the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, but also by other gestures done in the past such as partnering with the World Tourism Organization in promoting more responsible practices and leading the process of adoption of the African Charter” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai.

The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the SDGs.

The IY2017 will promote tourism’s role in the following five key areas: (1) Inclusive and sustainable economic growth; (2) Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction; (3) Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change; (4) Cultural values, diversity and heritage; and (5) Mutual understanding, peace and security.

Sound Energy Completes Drilling Of Third Tendrara Well, Onshore Morocco

Western Sahara Worldnews - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:52

World Oil

Sound Energy, the African and European focused upstream gas company, has announced that TE-8, the third well at the Company’s Tendrara licence (onshore Morocco), has now been drilled to a final target depth, at a measured depth (MD) of 3,120 m, corresponding to a vertical depth of 3,066 m, some 359 m into the Paleozoic formation.

As previously announced by the Company on March 15, 2017, drilling operations had earlier confirmed the presence of a TAGI sand sequence commencing at an MD of 2,643 m and that gas shows had been observed.

The Company confirms that it has observed further gas shows during subsequent drilling operations, but cautions that logging has not yet occurred and that gas shows, although a positive initial indication, should not be considered conclusive without further wireline logging and analysis.

The Company will now progress with a full data acquisition program of five wireline logging runs, including the pressure and fluids sampling acquisition, after which the results of the well will be announced.

Sound Energy Completes Drilling At Third Tendrara Well In Morocco

Western Sahara Worldnews - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:34

London South East
Alliance News

Upstream gas company Sound Energy PLC said Thursday it has completed drilling of a third well at its Tendrara project in Morocco, as well as reaching the second casing point of an exploratory well at its Badile prospect in Italy.

Sound Energy said it has completed the drilling of the TE-8 well at the Tendrara licence, to a target depth of 3,120 metres of measured depth. Further gas shows were observed during drilling operations, although Sound Energy noted this is only a “positive initial indication”.

The company will now begin a full data acquisition program of five wireline logging runs, including pressure and fluids sampling acquisition, before announcing the results of the well.

Sound Energy also said it has drilled its Badile exploration well to its second casing point at a measured depth of 1,407 metres, with the casing now being set and cemented. This will be followed by drilling to the third casing point at a measured depth of approximately 2,600 metres.

Shares in Sound Energy were down 1.0% at 83.90 pence Thursday.

By Adam Clark; adamclark@alliancenews.com

Copyright 2017 Alliance News Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Chinese Aerospace Firm Signs $10bn Deal To Build Tangier Tech City

Western Sahara Worldnews - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:33

GCR
By GCR Staff

In a bid to hasten its industrialisation by attracting Chinese investment, Morocco has signed an agreement with Chinese aerospace company Haite to build a $10bn industrial and technology city near Tangier.

Called Mohammed VI Tanger-tech in honour of Morocco’s king, the city would be a 2,000ha development housing 300,000 people, with a target of industry creating 100,000 jobs.

It would be divided into zones that specialise in aerospace, automobiles, telecoms and other sectors. The aim is to attract as many as 200 transnational corporations, many of which will be Chinese attracted to Morocco’s proximity to European markets.

Finance will be accessed over the next 10 years, and will come from Haite, Moroccan private bank BMCE and the Moroccan government.

Moulay Hafid El Alamy, Morocco’s minister for industry, said the government’s strategy was to emulate China by first becoming an industrial power before developing its scientific, technological and financial sectors, reports French-language Moroccan news site, Lesiteinfo.com.

Ilyas Omari, the chairman of the Tangier-Tetouan region, pointed out that that the city would be only 15km from Europe, and would be supported by a number of infrastructure projects, including the modern port of Tanger Med, the motorway network, a high speed train line and industrial and logistics areas, reports Moroccan news site, L’Observateur.

Othman Benjelloun, president of BMCE, said that the project will contribute to “the revival of the Silk Road, so dear to our Chinese partners and friends. This road now [goes] through Tangier and, from this blessed land, to the rest of Africa, Europe and America.”

A YouTube video of the signing ceremony can be viewed here.

Image: Morocco’s King Mohammed VI with Haite chairman Li Biao (Government of Morocco)

Moroccan Phosphate Exporter OCP Posts 53 Pct Slide In Net Profit

Western Sahara Worldnews - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:06

Nasdaq
Reuters
by Samia Errazzouki

Morocco’s Office Cherifien de Phosphate (OCP), the world’s leading phosphate exporter, posted a 52.8 percent fall in full-year net profit, the company said on Thursday. State-run OCP, a major foreign currency earner for Morocco, has been hit by a slide in phosphate and fertiliser prices, prompting efforts to increase production and cut costs to counter falling revenue.

Net profit fell to 3.78 billion dirhams ($379 million) in 2016 from 8.01 billion dirhams a year earlier, the company said in a statement published in Le Matin newspaper.

Consolidated revenues fell last year to 42.47 billion dirhams from 47.74 billion dirhams, company data showed. OCP is also targeting an increase in fertiliser production to 12 million tonnes to become the world’s leading producer. It recently signed a 50-50 joint-venture agreement with India’s Kribhco for a new fertilizer plant in the Indian region of Andhra Pradesh with an annual production capacity of 1.2 million tonnes.

It has also signed a deal with the Ethiopian government to build a $3.7 billion plant to produce fertilizers in eastern Ethiopia. [nL8N1DK0BR] OCP Chief Executive Mostafa Terrab was quoted in Morocco’s L’Economiste newspaper on Thursday as saying the company’s mining capacity had “significantly progressed”. “International demand remains strong as a whole, with an increase in fertilizer consumption held up by a drop in prices,” the company said in a statement in the paper. Exports to Africa increased by 70 percent in 2016, reaching 1.7 million tonnes, OCP said.

(Reporting by Samia Errazzouki; Editing by David Goodman and David Evans) ((Aidan.Lewis@thomsonreuters.com ; +216-29850352;)) Keywords: MOROCCO OCP/RESULTS (UPDATE 2)

Sogefi Will Open First Africa Plant In Morocco

Western Sahara Worldnews - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:36

Automotive News Europe
David Jolley

Italian supplier Sogefi plans to open a new factory in Morocco to build engine filtration systems. It will be the company’s first industrial site in Africa.

Sogefi will invest up to 10 million euros in the plant, which will begin manufacturing a diesel filter and an oil filter for various automakers starting 2018.

The company says it has already received new orders for both the local market and the European market that will generate additional annual sales of 30 million euros from 2020.

The factory in Tangier will employ 120 people, but Sogefi says new business opportunities may lead to an expansion of the plant and a rise in the number of employees to 300. This could provide annual sales of 60 million euros in 2021, the supplier said.

“This investment further strengthens the competitiveness of Sogefi’s manufacturing base and provides support for profitable growth in Morocco and in Europe,” Sogefi’s CEO, Laurent Hebenstreit, said in a statement.

Moroccan expansion

Moroccan car production has grown in recent years as foreign automakers invest in or are planning to invest in a market that Sogefi predicts will reach a production volume of about 1 million vehicles annually by 2025.

Renault operates two factories in Morocco: its factory in Tangier produces Dokker, Lodgy and Sandero models alongside body pressings for export. A plant in Casablanca builds Logan and Sandero models.

Renault recently announced plans to invest $1.04 billion in the country, along with a partner group of suppliers, to build an “industry ecosystem” to help boost local production of components.

French rival PSA Group has also unveiled plans to build a $630 million factory in Morocco to assemble subcompact and compact models for Africa and the Middle East starting in 2019.

You can reach David Jolley at djolley@crain.com.

Morocco, China Firm Sign Agreement To Launch Industrial Park In Tangiers

Western Sahara Worldnews - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:01

China Post
AFP

Morocco and China’s Haite Group signed an agreement on Monday to launch an industrial park near Tangiers for 200 Chinese companies that will create tens of thousands of jobs.

The agreement was signed in a ceremony at the royal palace in the port city attended by King Mohammed VI. With an initial investment of US$1 billion, “Mohammed VI Tangier Tech City” aims to generate 100,000 jobs, including 90,000 for employees from the Tangiers area.

“Chinese economic operators are looking for competitive platforms and they have chosen Morocco as one of those platforms,” Industry Minister Moulay Hafid Elalamy told AFP.

Taqa Morocco Says 2016 Profits Rise 11.4 Oct On Better Performance, Coal Prices

Western Sahara Worldnews - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:54

NASDAQ.com
Reuters
by Samia Errazzouki

Taqa Morocco, which supplies about 38 percent of the country’s electricity supply, said on Wednesday its 2016 net profit rose by 11.4 percent to 978 million Moroccan dirham ($98.07 million), citing improved operations and lower coal prices.

Owned by Abu Dhabi National Energy Co, Taqa Morocco operates the largest coal-fired power plant in the Middle East and North Africa. Its revenues fell 8.5 percent to 8.05 billion dirhams, the company said.

However, operations benefited from a 14 percent drop in coal prices, it said. Consolidated margins have improved by 32 percent in 2016, up from 28 percent last year, the company said.

Reporting by Samia Errazzouki ((pat.markey@thomsonreuters.com; +213-661-692993; Reuters Messaging: pat.markey.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

Morocco Official Elected As AIPU Head

Western Sahara Worldnews - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:35

Xinhuanet
Source: Xinhua

The 24th Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) closed here on Tuesday by electing Speaker of Morocco’s House of Representatives Habib El Malki as a new president of the union.

The Moroccan speaker will replace Nabih Berri, speaker of the Lebanese parliament, whose mandate has ended.

In a speech on the occasion, El Malki thanked all Arab MPs for their trust and the spirit of consultation that rained during the conference.

The conference was held for two days under the theme “consolidation of Arab joint action.”

He also vowed the will of the AIPU to find solutions to the various challenges facing the Arab world.

Founded in 1974, AIPU is an Arab parliamentary organization composed of parliamentary groups representing Arab Parliaments with the aim of strengthening joint Arab action.

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Chrissy Teigen And John Legend Ride Camels In Morocco As They Continue Picturesque Holiday With Baby Luna

Western Sahara Worldnews - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 03:48

Daily Mail
By Dailymail.com Reporter

They have been making everyone green with envy thanks to their beautiful holiday pictures from Morocco.

And Chrissy Teigen and John Legend aren’t ready to stop if there Instagram profiles are anything to go by.

Chrissy took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a picture of herself all dolled up posing next to a camel.

Holiday vibes: Chrissy took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a picture of herself all dolled up posing next to a camel.

In the photo the Sports Illustrated model wore a full face of make-up, complete with purple lipstick, dark smokey eyes and a contoured face.

She added some dramatic hoop earrings as she swept her famous long locks away from her face.

The model wore a plunging black jumpsuit and a little gold belt to complete her look.

Living like a Queen: She shared another photo of her actually laying across the camel with her hand in the air.

She shared another photo of her actually laying across the camel with her hand in the air.

In another snap she is seen kissing her award-winning husband’s cheek as she lifts one leg in the air.

John made sure to match his fashionista wife as he wore a suave black ensemble.

John got in on the social media action also as he shared a pic of him and Chrissy sitting on their respective camels.

Love is in the air: In another snap she is seen kissing her award-winning husband’s cheek as she lifts one leg in the air.

The doting daddy also posted a picture of him and his little girl Luna, who is turning one on April 14.

His little girl is sitting sweetly next to him with a pink scarf draped around her head and body.

The model has been documenting her stay in Morocco all over Snapchat and Instagram.

The Lip Sync Battle co-host donned a pair of large designer sunglasses as she swept her locks back away from her face.

Sahara-Polisario: How Algerian diplomacy tries to hijack the agenda in Africa

Polisario-confidential - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 19:34
The failure of the Polisario leader to influence the UN Secretary General as to the challenge the separatist front is posing in the buffer strip of Guerguarat prompted Algerian officials to turn towards Africa and activate their diplomatic relays there. The first move was made at the meeting Monday of the African Union Peace and […]

Morocco’s Tangiers To Host Chinese Industrial City

Western Sahara Worldnews - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:09

Your middle east
AFP

Morocco and China’s Haite Group signed an agreement on Monday to launch an industrial park near Tangiers for 200 Chinese companies that will create tens of thousands of jobs.

The agreement was signed in a ceremony at the royal palace in the port city attended by King Mohammed VI.

With an initial investment of $1 billion, “Mohammed VI Tangier Tech City” aims to generate 100,000 jobs, including 90,000 for employees from the Tangiers area.

“Chinese economic operators are looking for competitive platforms and they have chosen Morocco as one of those platforms,” Industry Minister Moulay Hafid Elalamy told AFP.

“The project is scheduled to take 10 years” and work will start in the second half of 2017, he said.

It will serve as the North Africa base for Chinese companies operating in the sectors of automobile manufacturing, aeronautics and textiles.

Total investments by companies from China over 10 years will amount to $10 billion, said Li Biao, president of the Chinese group, quoted by Morocco’s news agency MAP.

Morocco has launched an industrialisation drive centred on Tangiers which is being turned into a hub with a free trade zone and deepwater harbour.

Traveling To Morocco? Here’s What To See In Rabat

Western Sahara Worldnews - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 09:33

Travel Pulse
Destination & Tourism – Janeen Christoff

PHOTO: The quiet city of Rabat in Morocco. (photo via Flickr/Anthony Tong Lee)

Rabat is like a visitor’s “starter Morocco.” It hits all the cultural marks without overwhelming travelers with its bustle. A new report in Traveller gives some insight into how to explore this marvelous city.

“The capital is a conservative, orderly and uncrowded town of wide avenues and French-era squares with a quirky medina (old town) at its center and an imposing kasbah (fortress) overlooking the sea and its river,” writes Brian Johnston.

Definitely include a visit to the Chellah, says Johnston.

“The Chellah has the remains of an old Roman trading post and later fortifications, topped with storks’ nests and scented with orange trees,” he says.

Experience traditional Moroccan cuisine at Le Dinarjat.

“The traditional Moroccan cuisine is as good as the romantic decor in this Andalusian-style courtyard house in the medina,” he says.

And the big must-do before you leave is the Kasbah des Oudaias.

READ MORE: 4 Reasons Morocco is Best Experienced By Group

“Check out its ornate and monumental entrance gate, Andalusian Gardens, old mosque and tea houses before browsing art galleries and admiring the views,” says Johnston.

For more on traveling to Rabat, read on here.

Morocco’s Central Bank Keeps Interest Rate At 2.25 Pct

Western Sahara Worldnews - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 06:37

Reuters
by Samia Errazzouki

Morocco’s Central Bank said on Tuesday it was holding its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 2.25 percent and that it expects economic growth to reach 4.3 percent due to a recovery in agricultural output.

The bank said inflation had remained stable at 1.6 in 2016, as forecast. In January 2017 inflation rose to 2.1 percent, but it is expected to fall to 1.1 later in the year, the bank said.

(Reporting by Samia Errazzouki; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

Chrissy Teigen & John Legend Take Luna To Morocco

Western Sahara Worldnews - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 07:55

by Stephanie Petit

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend‘s daughter Luna Simone hasn’t even celebrated her first birthday yet, but she already has some impressive stamps on her passport!

The family of three jetted off to Marrakech, Morocco, with the 31-year-old model documenting the entire trip on social media. She posted a romantic shot with her husband of three years in a picturesque foyer. Teigen showed off her modeling skills in a mustard colored dress, cupping Legend’s face as they posed for the snap.

Luna got some love on Instagram from both of her parents. Teigen shared a photo holding her daughter at a marketplace, both covered by a pink shawl.

Legend, 38, also gave a look at his “vacation vibes,” posting a cute selfie with his daughter before sharing an adorable picture of Luna looking through some books while sitting on the floor.

“Light vacation reading,” he captioned the image.

Teigen and Legend managed to enjoy some alone time during their getaway as well. Their friends celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin and photographer Mike Rosenthal — who joined them on the trip — took on babysitting duties for their pals’ 11-month-old daughter, with Atkin sharing photos of her husband carrying Luna on Snapchat.

Atkin and Rosenthal also put their own spin on their pals’ photo in the foyer. The hairstylist rocked a white jumpsuit ahead of a double date with their pals.

The model and her actor-musician husband recently revealed to PEOPLE that they weren’t always #couplegoals.

“We were always different,” Legend said. “I was always a little bit more buttoned-up, and she was always more brash and free.”

“I would get a little nervous at first with some of the things she would say, because I didn’t know how people would react,” the La La Land star admitted. “I usually played it more safely.”

But Teigen’s bold, infectious spirit quickly had him head over heels, and changed him for the better.

“I think she’s brought me out of my shell a bit, and made me enjoy life a little bit more,” Legend adds. “It’s been fun to grow together in that.”

Morocco Says Africa Able To Overcome Challenges Thanks To Vast Natural, Human Resources

Western Sahara Worldnews - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 01:41

Xinhuanet
Source: Xinhua

Morocco believes in Africa’s capacity to rise to the challenges facing it and to ensure sustainable human development for its peoples, thanks to its vast natural and human resources, King Mohammed VI said on Friday.

“Achieving the African renaissance we yearn for hinges, however, on how much belief we have in ourselves, how far we rely on our own capacities and potential, and how well we exploit them, within the framework of mutually-beneficial South-South cooperation and solidarity-based, strategic partnerships,” the king said in a message addressed to the participants in the 2017 edition of the Crans Montana Forum, which kicked off in the southern city of Dakhla.

“I am sure we can rise to these challenges,” he insisted, saying that Africa is governed today by a new generation of pragmatic leaders, uninhibited by outdated ideologies who are working with a high sense of patriotism and responsibility to achieve their countries’ stability, political openness, economic development and social progress.

The King said that South-South cooperation, which is based on the culture of sharing and solidarity, is “the mechanism that will enable our countries to exchange their expertise directly and immediately. It will help improve our field experience, make the most of our complementarities and expand our national markets.”

This cooperation “will also open up new opportunities for efficient and beneficial investment and achieve effective sustainable human development, while respecting each country’s national sovereignty, as well as the principles of mutual esteem and equality,” the Sovereign noted.

Crans Montana Forum is attended with the participation of more than 150 countries represented by high-level personalities.

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