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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.
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 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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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.
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%).
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Zgounder Silver Mine
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Delimitation of Maritime Borders, Sovereign Decision with Economic, Strategic, Diplomatic and Development Dimension
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.
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.
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.
Head of Govt. Discusses with 'Dubai Holding' Representatives Means to Pave the Way for Investments in Morocco
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.
Last month, the regional economic cooperation body for West Africa, ECOWAS, approved in principle Morocco’s request for membership. This step opens the door to final approval, pending studies to determine the implications of Morocco’s membership. As noted in a number of stories, Morocco’s entry into ECOWAS can only strengthen the organization. The current 15 member bloc would move from 21st to 16th in terms of GDP with Morocco’s participation. “With its strategic geographic and economic position, Morocco would be a vital platform for ECOWAS countries to secure European, American and Arab markets,” according to Front Page Africa.
An analysis of the benefits of the potential union was done by Oxford Business Group (OBG). The report looked at Morocco’s membership in terms of its continued expansion of economic ties in West Africa and how those diverse ties will have a positive impact there. Morocco’s platform as a regional economic driver, thanks to its preferential trade agreements with the EU, US, and Mediterranean countries, among others, will enable greater access to these markets for ECOWAS countries.
In addition, Morocco itself, already the second largest African investor in Africa, is building partnerships to undertake even more projects in Africa, as witnessed by the more than 950 bilateral agreements signed with African partners since 2000. OBG made particular mention of two MoUs with Nigeria as signs of future prospects. The first covers a joint venture to govern, manage, and finance a gas pipeline from Nigeria, along the west coast of Africa, to Morocco and then beyond to Europe. Some 13 countries and 300 million people will be directly affected and benefit from the badly needed access to non-polluting energy supplies. The second project, similar to one with Gabon, covers cooperative ventures in the fertilizer and chemical sectors to upgrade Nigeria’s access to fertilizers specially blended for that country’s needs.
The OBG analysis points out that this expanding effort in Africa does not mean less emphasis on Morocco’s traditional partners in Europe. “While Morocco looks to bolster ties on the African continent, its largest trading partner remains the EU, which accounted for 55.7% of trade and 61.3% of exports in 2015. Trade in goods between the two markets has risen steadily in recent years, from €29.3bn in 2014 to €30.6bn in 2015 and €34.6bn last year, according to IMF data. Of Morocco’s €13.8bn worth of exports to the EU in 2016, machinery and transport equipment made up 40.4%, followed by agricultural products (23%), and textiles and clothing (20.3%).”
These results are indicative of the shifts in the Moroccan economy as it diversifies beyond tourism and agriculture to its growing manufacturing base, which has added great value to its exports. “Recent developments in Morocco’s automotive, aeronautics and electronics sector also bode well for its trade prospects,” says the OBG. From global giants Renault, Peugeot, Boeing, and Jacobs Engineering, to the many supply chain companies that make up the technology and manufacturing ecosystems, Morocco is reaping the benefits of strong economic incentives, prime geographic location, and political stability. This is a great incentive for the ECOWAS members that are keen to step up their industrial sectors.
While the economic and business advantages of Morocco’s membership are a big part of the story, a more complete narrative would include the human development dimension of Morocco’s ties in the region. From scholarships for African students, to extensive technical and foreign assistance programs, to innovative policies towards sub-Saharan migrants, to festivals celebrating common cultural roots, Morocco provides an array of collaborative and cooperative initiatives to more closely knit together the region. Both Morocco and ECOWAS members will benefit greatly from greater regional economic integration, and possibly provide examples to other states and regions of the continent.
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Pioneer and rooted in the legitimacy of a common and shared history, the policy implemented by HM King Mohammed VI in Africa could be the cornerstone of the "new deal" to which Europe and Africa aspire, André Azoulay, HM the King's advisor, said in Sofia at the closing ceremony of the Summer School of the Bulgarian School of Political Science.
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by Samia Errazzouki
A ban on carrying laptop computers and other large electronic devices in aircraft cabins on direct flights between Morocco and the United States will be lifted on Thursday, Morocco’s Royal Air Maroc said in a statement.
In March, the United States banned laptops in cabins on flights originating at 10 airports in eight countries — Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey — to address fears that bombs could be concealed in them.
Royal Air Maroc is the only carrier to operate direct flights to the United States, flying from Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport to New York and Washington D.C..
It did not say why the restrictions had been lifted, but the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had already dropped restrictions on six of the airlines after they adopted stricter screening for explosives and other enhanced measures.
The department said on Tuesday it would review requests by the remaining three Middle Eastern airlines — from Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Egypt — to have the ban lifted.
State-owned EgyptAir said it expected the restrictions to be removed on Wednesday. Saudi Arabian Airlines, also known as Saudia, said it expected the ban to be lifted on flights from Jeddah and Riyadh by July 19.
(Reporting by Samia Errazzouki; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Catherine Evans)
The Moroccan government and the United Nations System signed, on Tuesday in Rabat, the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Morocco for the period 2017-2021.
The plan, which will guide UN support for the country's development over five years, will mark a new chapter in the Morocco-UN partnership for sustainable development.
The UNDAF was signed by minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, and UN resident coordinator, Philippe Poinsot.
Abidjan: 44th Session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting Hails Morocco's Return to AU (Official)
The 44th Session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) Meeting hailed, on Tuesday in Abidjan, the return of Morocco to the African Union (AU), said deputy minister in charge of Moroccans living abroad and Migration Affairs, Abdelkrim Benatiq.
OIC Foreign Ministers stressed that this return is a strong signal of the Kingdom's commitment to promoting peace and stability, and its willingness to contribute to development and prosperity efforts in the African continent, Benatiq told MAP.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Morocco is ready to start floating its currency, local media reported on Tuesday.
In June, the country’s central bank announced Morocco will start the first step of floating Dirham, Morocco’s official currency, in early July.
“Morocco has been ready, as we’ve already said. It’s a sovereign and voluntary decision the Moroccan authorities have taken as part of a long process of integrating the country into the world economy,” the Moroccan financial daily l’Economiste quoted Nicolas Blancher, head of mission for Morocco in the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department, as saying. “We don’t see any big exposure to risk,” he noted.
The Moroccan government has said studies are being carried out to ensure enough time for the decision to take effect.
Currently, the Dirham is fixed via a peg that is 60 percent weighted to the euro and 40 percent to the U.S. dollar.
The first stage will ease that peg to allow the currency to trade in a narrow range, which will expand gradually over a few years.