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Morocco, One of the Most Important Partners in EU Neighborhood (European Official)

The moroccan press - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:06

Morocco is one of the most important partners in the European Union's (EU) neighborhood, said, on Tuesday in Rabat, vice-chair of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Anders Primdahl Vistisen.

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Culture & Communication Ministry Follows France24’s Apologies, Examines Its Compliance with Laws in Force

The moroccan press - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 13:17

The Ministry of Culture and Communication on Monday followed the apologies presented by France24 news channel in its newscast of 5pm following a letter addressed by Minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed Laaraj, due to the channel’s airing of images having nothing to do with the treatment of the events of Al Hoceima.

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Morocco’s Net International Reserves Down 16.4%

The moroccan press - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 13:15

Morocco's net international reserves amounted to 201.5 billion dirhams until July 7, 2017, recording a 16.4 pc year-on-year decrease, Bank Al-Maghrib said.

During the week of July 6-12, Bank Al-Maghrib injected 67.2 billion dirhams.

As for the interbank rate, it remained at 2.33%, while the average trading volume increased from 5.4 billion dirhams one week before to 8.2 billion dirhams, the central bank pointed out in its weekly indicators.

During the same period, the Dirham depreciated by 0.49% against the Euro and appreciated by 0.79% against the dollar.

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International Symposium on African Football Kicks Off in Skhirate

The moroccan press - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 13:08

An international symposium on African Football opened on Tuesday in Skhirate (Rabat outskirts) with the participation of personalities from all over the world, including FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

The opening ceremony of this event, organized under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, was marked by a royal message to the participants, which was read out by Minister of Youth and Sports, Rachid Talbi Alami.

MAP 18 July 2017

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Rabat, Lusaka Share Common Vision for Peace and Stability in Africa

The moroccan press - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:53

Morocco and Zambia share a common vision for the consolidation of peace and stability as well as respect for the sovereignty of states in Africa, said secretary of state to the minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mounia Boucetta.

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Moroccan Cement Sales Down By 31% In June

Western Sahara Worldnews - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 00:47

Cement News
By ICR Newsroom

The Moroccan cement market contracted in June by 30.6 per cent YoY to 721,846t from 1,039,544Mt in June 2016, according to the country’s Ministry of Housing. The drop in sales was attributed to a slowdown in construction activity.

In the first half of 2017, demand decreased 9.24 per cent to 6,771,681t with all parts of country seeing a drop in sales, apart from a few southern provinces.

The largest MoM decline was reported in the eastern region, where sales fell by 39.8 per cent, from 84,668t to 50,972t at the end of June. In Fes-Meknes sales declined 37.65 per cent, or 56,735t sold against 90,996t in the same month of last year. Sales decreased at Drâa-Tafilalet, Tangier-Tétouan-Al-Hoceima, Casablanca-Settat and Marrakech-Safi respectively by 36.13, 35.31, 32.90 and 30.32 per cent. Only the Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra and Dakhla-Oued Eddahab regions were able to recover. In Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra, cement consumption reached a 9.79 per cent increase, ie sales of 19,054t, up from 17,355t in the same month of last year.

Morocco's Africanism Is Not ‘Conjunctural”, But Belonging to Very Great Civilization (Azoulay)

The moroccan press - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 13:05

Moroccan Africanism is not “conjunctural” or the result of a political strategy, but it is a question of belonging to a very great civilization, André Azoulay, HM King Mohammed VI’s Advisor, said.

   “Our Africanism is not conjunctural and is not the result of a political strategy (...), but it is a belonging to a very great civilization”, Azoulay stressed Friday in Marrakech at a conference held on the sidelines of the 4th Al-Haouz Festival under the theme “For Peace and Coexistence”.

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BCP Group, IFC Boost Partnership for Economic Development & Social Progress in Morocco & Sub-Saharan Africa

The moroccan press - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:45

The Banque centrale populaire group (BCP) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) signed, Friday in Casablanca, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to consolidate their long term partnership, reaffirming their full cooperation in the economic development and social progress in Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa.

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Lower House Speaker Represents HM the King in Memorial Ceremony for Nice Attack Victims

The moroccan press - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:39

Speaker of the House of Representatives Habib El Malki represented HM King Mohammed VI in the memorial ceremony for Nice attack victims, which was held on Friday in this south-eastern French city, in the presence of President Emmanuel Macron and his two predecessors François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy.

   Some 86 people were killed and 450 others wounded in the attack when a truck ploughed into the crowd on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during the July 14, 2016 fireworks display.

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Counterterrorism: Spanish Interior Minister Hails ‘Close’ Cooperation with Morocco

The moroccan press - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:37

Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido hailed, on Saturday in Bilbao (Northern Spain), the “close” cooperation between Spain and Morocco in counterterrorism.

   Speaking at a symposium themed “European Union Challenges: Jihadist Terrorism”, Zoido stressed that the Kingdom is Spain's “best partner” in the fight against this scourge, which represents a “global danger”.

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In Detaining OCP Vessel, South Africa Puts Ideology Before Justice- American Enterprise Institute

Western Sahara Worldnews - Sat, 07/15/2017 - 13:14

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In detaining a vessel loaded with Sahara phosphates bound for New Zealand, the ruling party in South Africa, the ANC, is reconnecting with its anachronistic populist marxist ideology, putting politics above justice in a hostile action that threatens to derail a peace process led by the UN, said the US public policy think tank, The American Enterprise Institute.

In an analysis issued after the pulling out of Morocco’s phosphates giant, the OCP and its Sahara subsidiary Phosboucraa, from proceeding on the core of the case in South Africa, the Think Tank deplored South Africa’s intransigence to put partisan ideology above law, threatening “to derail international processes, reward terror, and effectively encourage piracy.”

The Institute deplores the decision of the South African court to maintain the ship detained in Port Elizabeth with 55,000 tons of phosphates worth $5 million on board.

The author of the analysis Michael Rubin said that South Africa’s justice had better follow the example of Panamanian authorities who “decreed that the Polisario had no jurisdictional competence in the matter.” In doing so, the “Panamanian government and court recognized that allowing self-styled governments and groups to seize shipping amounted to piracy.”

“Groups like the Polisario would then use the proceeds to finance terrorism and the lavish lifestyle of the Polisario’s politburo, and the precedent could disrupt diplomacy worldwide,” warned Rubin.

In the face of the blatant partiality and violations by the South African justice system of the international law of the sea, the OCP declared their withdrawal from the judicial proceedings on grounds that the court “has no legitimacy to pursue the question of whether the Polisario Front should be able to seize the Cherry Blossom’s cargo,” he explained.

The arbitrary detention of the ship will have a fallout on the locals in the Sahara, the author went on to say, noting that “One hundred percent of the profits from Phosboucraa mine, whose product is being shipped by Cherry Blossom, are invested into the local community”. Moreover, the author of the analysis said, “50 local Western Sahara companies subcontract with the firm, creating even greater employment. More than three-quarters of the work force is from Western Sahara as opposed to the rest of Morocco.”

He added that Phosboucraa operates in line with the UN legal framework and international law governing the exploitation of international resources.

“Less than two percent of Morocco’s phosphate exports originate in the Western Sahara and the Moroccan kingdom spends more per capita on residents of the south than it does on any of Morocco’s other regions,” Michael Rubin explained.

In siding with the Polisario, South Africa defends a militia that locks people in abhorrent living conditions in Tindouf camps, and the self-proclaimed SADR republic is a criminal group accused of embezzling humanitarian aid and of connivance with terrorist groups, he said.

The unlawful decision of the South African court also sets dangerous precedent, as the SADR republic is not the only separatist group seeking international recognition.

“If the South African court seizes the Cherry Blossom’s cargo to hand it to a Marxist hold-over in a dusty corner of Africa, then it effectively is declaring open season on international trade and an end to talks as the primary means of resolving conflict,” underlined the author of the analysis.

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Maya Gold & Silver Inc.: Zgounder Silver Mine Produces 31,942 Ounces During The Month Of June

Western Sahara Worldnews - Sat, 07/15/2017 - 00:55

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Marketwired) – Maya Gold & Silver (“Maya” or the “Corporation”) (TSX VENTURE:MYA) report a monthly production of 31,942 ounces (993.5 Kg) of silver during the month of June 2017 at its Zgounder silver mine in Morocco.

June 2017 Production Highlights

31,942 ounces (993.5 Kg) of silver ingots were produced from 3,536 tonnes of dry material presenting an average head grade of 338.15 g/t Ag;

A recovery rate of 83.08% was achieved representing a decrease of 4% relative to the previous month which we attribute to problems with the washing units;

Production was affected by suspension of operations for a 10 day period during the Ramadan religious holiday and by a planned mill maintenance that will further improve its performance.

Development highlights at the Zgounder Mine

During the month of June 2017, underground exploration and development consisted of 394 metres of percussion drilling in four mine workings.

Underground percussion drilling within two chutes inside panels 5y et 6y allowed the definition of one panel with a tonnage of 12,170 t at an average silver grade of 426 ppm.

Qualified Persons

The technical content of this news release has been provided by Zgounder Millenium Silver Mining and has been reviewed and approved by Michel Boily, PhD, geo from GÉON; an independent Qualified Person under NI 43-101 standards.


Maya Gold & Silver Inc. is a Canadian publicly listed mining corporation focused on the exploration and development of gold and silver deposits in Morocco. Maya is initiating mining and milling operations at its Zgounder Mine owned by Zgounder Millenium Silver Mining, a Maya 85% owned joint venture with l’Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines of the Kingdom of Morocco (15%).

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Zgounder Silver Mine

The decision to commence production at the Zgounder Silver Mine was not based on a feasibility study of mineral reserves demonstrating economic and technical viability, but rather on a pre-feasibility study. Accordingly, there is increased uncertainty and economic and technical risks of failure associated with this production decision. Production and economic variables may vary considerably, due to the absence of a complete and detailed site analysis according to and in accordance with NI 43-101.

Forward-looking statements

This news release contains statements about our future business and planned activities. These are “forward-looking” because we have used what we know and expect today to make a statement about the future. Forward-looking statements including but are not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work and analyses. Forward-looking statements usually include words such as may, intend, plan, expect, anticipate, and believe or other similar words. We believe the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable.

However, actual events and results could be substantially different because of the risks and uncertainties associated with our business or events that happen after the date of this news release. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. As a general policy, we do not update forward-looking statements except as required by securities laws and regulations.

Ambassador Hilale Received in Bangui by President of Central African Republic

The moroccan press - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 14:31

Morocco’s permanent representative to the UN, Omar Hilale, was received on Wednesday in Bangui by President of the Central African Republic (CAR), Faustin Archange Touadera.

Hilale’s is paying his third visit to this country in his capacity as the Chair of the Central African Republic Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission.

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Morocco Has Genuine Desire to Develop Its Strategic Partnership with Russia (FM)

The moroccan press - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 13:35

Morocco has a genuine desire to develop its strategic partnership with Russia in various fields, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, said Thursday in Moscow.

   The will of HM King Mohammed VI aims to strengthen partnership with Russia at all levels, given the important role of Russia in geopolitical and economic terms in particular, said Burita, who co-chaired with Russian Agricultural Minister, Alexander Tkachev, the closing of the 6th session of the Moroccan-Russian Joint Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation.

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President of French National Assembly Calls for Renewed Parliamentary Ties Between Morocco, France

The moroccan press - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 10:43

President of the French National Assembly, François de Rugy, called, on Thursday, for renewed parliamentary ties between Morocco and France.

In a statement to the press after his talks in Paris with speaker of the House of Representatives, Habib El Malki, the French official stressed the importance of continuing parliamentary cooperation in order to face today's challenges, such as security and climate change.

"We have every interest in working together," he said, recalling the ancient human and economic ties between the two countries.

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Moroccan Delegation Visits Dar Es Salaam to Review Agreements Signed During Royal Visit to Tanzania

The moroccan press - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 10:38

A Moroccan delegation, led by secretary of state to the minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mounia Boucetta, paid, on Wednesday and Thursday, a visit to Dar es Salaam, where she held several meetings with senior Tanzanian officials, as part of the follow-up to the partnership agreements signed during the royal visit to this east African country in October 2016.

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Delimitation of Maritime Borders, Sovereign Decision with Economic, Strategic, Diplomatic and Development Dimension

The moroccan press - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 10:36

The delimitation by Morocco of its maritime borders is a sovereign decision that has an economic, strategic, diplomatic and development dimension, said, on Thursday in Rabat, minister in charge of Relations with the Parliament and Civil Society, government spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi.

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Morocco Has Made Stunning Advances in Maternal Health

The moroccan press - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 13:37

Morocco has made stunning advances over the last 15 years in the field of maternal health, said, on Wednesday in Rabat, country director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Bérangère Boell-Yousfi.

"Morocco has made stunning advances in maternal health over the past 15 years, by reducing its maternal mortality rate to 72.6 deaths per 100,000 live births, that is over 30 per cent in five years," said Boell-Yousfi during a meeting marking the celebration of World Population Day.

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Speakers of Belgian Regional Parliaments Laud Exceptional Character of Relations with Morocco

The moroccan press - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 13:33

The speakers of the Belgian regional parliaments lauded the exceptional character of friendship and cooperation relations between Morocco and Belgium, fostered by the vital contribution of the Moroccan community in the country.

During talks between Moroccan speaker of the House of Representatives, Habib El Malki, the Belgian officials stressed the need to further consolidate these relations by taking advantage of the convergence of views between the two countries in various regional and international issues of common interest.

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Head of Govt. Discusses with 'Dubai Holding' Representatives Means to Pave the Way for Investments in Morocco

The moroccan press - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:46

The head of government, Saad-Eddine El Othmani, met, Tuesday in Rabat, with representatives of "Dubai Holding", on means to pave the way for investments of this Emirati group in Morocco.

According to a statement by the head of government's department, representatives of "Dubai Holding" presented their areas of interest and future plans in Morocco.

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