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Justice Ministry Transfers Prosecution Presidency to Cassation Court Public Prosecutor

The moroccan press - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:22

 Justice minister Mohamed Aujjar transferred, on Friday in Rabat, the prosecution presidency to the public prosecutor at the court of cassation (supreme court of appeal) Mohamed Abdennabaoui.The power handover ceremony, held at the new public prosecution office, under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, was attended by HM the King's advisor Omar Azziman, government members, MPs, members of the Judiciary Higher Council, as well as representatives of legal and constitutional institutions.

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Nizar Baraka Elected Secretary-General of Istiqlal Party

The moroccan press - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:18

Nizar Baraka was elected on Saturday in Rabat as Secretary-General of the Istiqlal party, at a meeting of the party’s national council.

Baraka was elected by 924 votes against 230 votes for his rival and outgoing secretary-general Hamid Chabat.

MAP 07 October 2017


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Spain Loans Morocco 14.3 mln USD For Seawater Desalination Project

Western Sahara Worldnews - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 02:48

Source: Xinhua

Spain has granted Morocco 14.3 million U.S. dollars in loan to finance seawater desalination project, local media reported on Saturday.

The project consists of planning and setting up a factory for seawater desalination, which will supply water to the northeastern provinces of Al Hoceima and Nador, the financial daily L’Economiste pointed out.

The factory will be built by the Spanish company of Tedagua, the same source noted.
Morocco is witnessing an increasing demand for drinking water as the country went through severe drought in 2015.

To ensure the country’s water security, the Moroccan government worked in 2015 a National Water Plan which aims at providing universal access to drinking water, improving the output of drinking water supply networks and water use efficiency.

It also seeks to enhance water storage, boost desalination projects, encourage the reuse of treated wastewater, and the possibility of transferring water from areas having excess to those suffering shortage.

Is A New Civil War Looming Over Algeria?

Western Sahara Worldnews - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:04

Global Risks Insights
by Anas Abdoun

A bleak economic outlook and years of falling oil prices have set the stage for popular unrest in Algeria. The country also faces major security challenges, including the presence of terrorist groups, porous borders, and the threat of contagion from neighbouring Libya and Mali.

This GRI Special Report looks at how the situation reached a crisis point, and where it is heading.

The oil crisis

Algeria invested heavily in its oil and gas industry in an effort to grow its exports to Europe, which represent 97% of its export revenues and 60% of the state budget. Then the oil price began to fall on world markets – with devastating consequences. Algiers lost 30% of its total budget, and in 2015 was forced to implement austerity measures for the first time. To soften the blow, the government decided to use the national sovereign fund to balance the budget, but after two more years of low oil prices, the fund has all but dried up.

Making matters worse, Algeria’s oil and gas reserves are nearly exhausted, and production decreases each year. The government tried to buy time by prospecting new oil and gas reserves in 2016. State-owned energy firm Sonatrach claimed to have discovered 32 new potential exploration zones.

However, most new fields are shale gas, located in southern Algeria. Shale gas extraction requires huge quantities of water, in order to perform hydraulic fragmentation. In a country well below the UN water poverty threshold and one of the driest in the world, this is unlikely to be a long-term solution, especially in view of widespread protests.

In the best possible scenario, Algeria could produce gas at current rates until 2030. This gives the country only a little over a decade to find alternative sources to fund 60% of its budget revenue.

From oil crisis to economic crisis

Algeria urgently needs to diversify its economy, but faces a number of obstacles. The gutting of the sovereign wealth fund has curtailed the country’s ability to invest domestically. Algerian private enterprise, marginalised by the state’s focus on the oil sector, suffers from lack of competitiveness. The underdeveloped tourism industry has been labelled as a top-five priority by the government, but continues to stagnate amid insufficient promotion and long-term vision.

Meanwhile, excessive bureaucracy and lack of supportive legislation are a major obstacle to foreign investment, even for large multinational groups. All too often, investment flows to neighbouring Morocco instead. French automotive group Renault, for example, did invest in a small factory in Algeria, but positioned its biggest foreign factory complex in Morocco. Similarly, although Chinese construction companies have taken up a few Algerian public contracts, such as the Great Mosque of Algiers, Morocco is a much more important partner with $10 billion of investment in the ‘Mohamed VI Tangier-Tech’ project alone.

Running out of options

It’s increasingly clear that Algeria is falling behind even its resource-poor neighbours, and that the wealth of the country has been mismanaged by the ruling elite: the Panama Papers scandal revealed the vast scale of corruption between the government and Sonatrach. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s ill health has made it even more obvious to Algerians that real power is not in his hands, but shared between the military, the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) party, and the DRS secret services.

This has in fact been the case since the independence of the country in 1962. At first, the government derived its legitimacy from its role in the War of Independence; in the 1990s, it buttressed its power using the war against terrorism. With the growth of oil prices in the 2000s, the ruling powers used oil revenues to appease the population’s demands for progress, employment, and social freedoms. During the Arab Spring, Algeria sought to avoid unrest by means of massive redistribution of wealth by the government. And six months ago, when a protest movement arose in Kabylie region against the 2017 budget, the minister of interior announced a $10 billion plan to preserve Algerians’ purchasing power.

But as state coffers grow ever-emptier, the ruling elites are running out of options to contain social unrest. And Algerians have plenty of reasons to be dissatisfied.

A perfect storm

The oil crisis of the 1980’s and the inflation that followed were key contributing factors to the ensuing civil war between the government and Islamic groups, which caused more than 200,000 deaths. All the ingredients that led to civil war in the early 1990s are present in Algeria today: a major economic crisis, the corrupt FLN, Islamic leaders still preaching over corruption, and tribal identity-related tensions.

Indeed, identity issues are generating unprecedented violence, especially in the Kabylie region where the revival of the Amazigh (Berber) legacy is in opposition to the Arab and Muslim identity. Meanwhile, Ali Belhaj, a former leader of the FIS, an Islamist militant group, has increasingly been making public appearances, seemingly with the permission of the authorities. A month ago, when Ali Belhaj visited a mosque in a popular district of the capital Algiers, hundreds of people welcomed him as a hero.

Add to this Algeria’s demographics problem: most of the population is young, with an average age of 27.7 years. Not only are youth more likely to go out into the streets, but importantly, this also means that a large part of the population has no memory of the ‘black decade’ that followed the previous civil war.

The final destabilising element in this situation is the president’s illness, which has led to a power struggle within the elite – a clash of the clans.

Fatal infighting?

There are signs that a clash of clans could be taking place, involving the president’s inner circle, the oligarchs, the secret services (DRS), and the army’s chiefs of staff. To appreciate the implications, it’s essential to understand that the Algerian regime is somewhere between a military dictatorship and a police state with a democratic façade, in which alliances shift and change depending on what interests are at stake.

There are alliances between the military hierarchy and the DRS on the one hand; and the FLN, the world of finance, and powerful elite families on the other. These groupings fight over the embezzlement of billions of dollars in oil revenues, through the collection of hidden commissions on major import and export contracts. This has occasionally come to light, most recently in Italy, where a trial is ongoing over embezzlement involving executives of Sonatrach.

In short, the elites are very likely preoccupied with their own survival, detracting from their ability to address social and economic problems at this critical juncture.

A high-risk period

In a speech this September, Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia stated that from November onwards, the country has no option but to resort to non-conventional funding to be able to pay its civil servants. But he also confirmed that no social welfare will be cut, that pensions will increase, while taxation will remain untouched. What this means is that Algeria will keep the same pace of expenditure, with no increase in income but at the expense of increasing loans. Such policies may lead to a high inflation in the coming two years, and a decline in per capita GDP that would have negative repercussion on households.

Algeria’s stability has thus far rested on two pillars: economic growth from oil revenues, and the reluctance of older generations to relive the traumas of the civil conflict. With these pillars now weakening, Algeria is on the cusp of a high-risk period of instability.

Marrakesh: Why Morocco’s Red City Is The Perfect Springtime Getaway

Western Sahara Worldnews - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 01:59
by Katharina Hahn

Magnificent architecture, foodie treats, top trinkets and SUN

Fancy a spring break with magnificent architecture, foodie treats, a bit of pampering, top trinkets and SUN? Head to Marrakesh, Morocco’s ‘red city’. It may be Africa, but it’s a mere three hours away, so brush up on your school French and pack your (half-empty) bags…

Where to stay

La Mamounia

La Mamounia is still the grandest address in the city – Churchill, Chaplin and Hitchcock stayed there, and you’ve got to visit, even if it’s just for a cocktail in the bar or tea in the beautiful garden. It’s a proper oasis, with gorgeous rooms, a superb spa and soothing views of olive trees.

Other contenders for most stylish hotel include the sumptuous Royal Mansour, owned by King Mohammed VI, no less, with its souk-style riads, or El Fenn, hidden away in the medina, with its dreamy rooftop terrace. Or there’s the newest kid on the block, Jasper Conran’s ravishing Thirties-style L’Hôtel Marrakech. If you’re set on a small riad, opt for tranquil Riad Daria, with its orange-tree-filled yard and pancake breakfasts served to the sound of crowing roosters.

Where to eat

Jemaa el-Fna
Katharina Hahn

All roads lead to Jemaa el-Fna square, the beating heart of Marrakesh’s medina, and it can be daunting, with its snakecharmers, drummers and shouting hawkers. Watch the mayhem from the safe distance of Zeitoun Café’s lantern-adorned terrace and order a pastilla (savoury pastry) with a mocktail – this is a good time for a detox; many restaurants are alcohol-free.

Hidden away in the souks (give Google Maps a challenge) is Riad Dar Tim Tam: think delicate salads, followed by fruit and miniature sweets, in a leafy courtyard.

Café Clock in the Kasbah is not just any old café but a ‘cross-cultural zone’, offering workshops, music and storytelling events as well as rooftop yoga. But you can also simply enjoy a date milkshake – or a camel burger if you’re feeling that way inclined.

What to see

Jardin Majorelle
Katharina Hahn

It may sound touristy, but clip-clopping through the medina in a horse-drawn calèche is a fantastically easy way to see Marrakesh. Afterwards, relax in the gardens of the Koutoubia mosque and breathe in the jasmine-scented air. Make sure you visit Palais Bahia, with its intricately decorated courtyards, and go stork-spotting at El Badi Palace (the birds make their nests on the walls).

The YSL Museum

Don’t miss Jardin Majorelle (expect great photo ops and a long queue), with its bamboo forests, cactuses and striking cobalt-blue villa. Created by the painter Jacques Majorelle, it was later bought by Yves Saint Laurent, and – fashion lovers, rejoice! – the brand-new YSL museum opens on 19 October. Designed by hipster architects Studio KO, the red-brick building mimics the weave of fabric (clever), with an airy interior and all-black (of course) gallery showing Saint Laurent’s most famous designs. There’s a funky café and brilliant book shop too.

What to buy

A souk
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It’s not all spices, carpets and magic herbs: the Jardin Majorelle museum shop offers elegant coffee-table books plus tasselled bookmarks, and the nearby 33 Majorelleconcept store will tempt you with homewares with a twist, pouches and poufs and ‘Keep Calm and Eat Tagine’ prints. Also worth checking out are the La Mamounia shop (go for the scented candles) and Ensemble Artisanal, an artisan cooperative: it’s the souks distilled into calmer form, and it has ‘one of everything’ but at fixed prices.

Morocco To Flesh Out On Strategy To Ensure Water Security

Western Sahara Worldnews - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 23:37

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The Moroccan government has set up a ministerial commission to elaborate on a strategy ensuring the country’s water security.

Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani said on Thursday during a government meeting in Rabat “the issue of water is now a strategic issue for the government”.

The commission, created at the request of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, will start work next week.

In recent months, residents of several villages in Morocco have organised demonstrations to protest against the difficulty of accessing drinking water, the delays experienced by some water supply projects or the poor quality of the water.

Droughts in Morocco also push rural populations toward the cities each year.

The Moroccan government has been involved for several years in the creation of dams, wastewater treatment plants and desalination plants.

Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire Discuss Means to Enhance Cooperation in Agriculture

The moroccan press - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:12

Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch , held, Thursday in Addis-Ababa, talks with his Ivorian peer, Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly, on means to enhance cooperation in the agriculture sector.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the second session of the Specialized Technical Committee of the African Union on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment.

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Tourism Contributed 7% to National GDP, Created Nearly 2.5 Million Jobs in 2016

The moroccan press - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:33

With a turnover of 115 billion dirhams in 2016, tourism contributed 7 pc to the national GDP and created nearly 2.5 million direct and indirect jobs, said, Thursday in Rabat, minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handcrafts and Social Economy, Mohamed Sajid.

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Water Issue Strategic Pursuant to Royal Directives, Head of Govt.

The moroccan press - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:04

The water issue is strategic for the government following the instructions of HM King Mohammed VI during the latest council of ministers, said, Thursday in Rabat, head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani.

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Agriculture Minister Holds Talks with AU Commissioner for Rural Economy

The moroccan press - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:56

Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch , held, Thursday in Addis-Ababa, talks with African Union (AU) Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, on the sidelines of the second session of the Specialized Technical Committee of the African Union on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment.

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Morocco Arrests 15 People Over Record Amount Of Cocaine

Western Sahara Worldnews - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 02:26

Source: Xinhua

A total of 15 people have been arrested for suspected links to the seizure of a record 2.59 tons of cocaine in Morocco, local media reported on Thursday.

The Moroccan police announced that they had seized the record amount of cocaine after raids in the coastal cities of Skhirat and Bouznika, dozens of kilometers away from Rabat, and the northeastern city of Nador.

The police also seized rifles, 105 kg of cannabis, six vehicles and 480,000 U.S. dollars in cash.

The suspects were Moroccan Dutch and Moroccan Spanish, Abdelhak El Khiam, director of Morocco’s Central Bureau for Judicial Investigation, was quoted as saying by daily Al Ahdath Al Maghribia.

The suspected masterminds of the network are two Dutch citizens of Moroccan origin who are currently serving sentences over accusation of drug trafficking operations, the same source added.

El Khiam said the dismantlement of the drug trafficking network involved more than four years of surveillance and investigations.

He underlined that investigators believed the drugs were shipped from Venezuela for distribution in Morocco as well as in Europe or the United Arab Emirates.

“The drug networks of South America are currently trying to make use of the African route, via the countries in South Sahara where there is little control,” he pointed out.

Researchers Capture ‘Astonishing’ Footage Of Elusive Sand Kittens In The Wild For The First Time

Western Sahara Worldnews - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:21

Daily Mail
By Cheyenne Macdonald

Researchers tracking wild North African sand cats spotted a litter on April 26.

At the time, they estimated the three kittens to be about 6-8 weeks old.

The researchers say this is the first ever footage of sand cat kittens in the wild.

They’ve spent the last four years extensively tracking and documenting Africa’s elusive sand cats – but, it was in the middle of the night on the last night of their expedition when researchers made an ‘astonishing’ discovery.

In what’s thought to be the first-ever footage of sand cat kittens in the wild, researchers have recorded three young cats in their natural range, each estimated to be just six to eight weeks old at the time they were spotted.

These cats are known for their remarkable abilities to evade detection, traveling under the cover of darkness and never leaving behind traces of their kill.


The sand cat (Felis margarita) can be found throughout northern Africa, the Middle East, and southwest and central Asia, according to Grégory Breton, Managing Director at Panthera France.

These stealthy felines are difficult to spot – they travel at dusk, night, and dawn, and camouflage perfectly with their environment.

Their fur is a sandy color, with black rings on the front legs.

The cats are also known to have quiet vocalizations, and are experts at hiding.

Even when hunting, they don’t leave behind traces of their prey, according to the researcher.

While sand cats were once listed as Near Threatened, but have since been downlisted to Least Concern.

The team, led by biologists Dr Alexander Sliwa & Grégory Breton, spotted three pairs of eyes glowing in the darkness as they drove back to camp on April 26.

The site was roughly 4 kilometers (4.5 miles) from their camp in the Moroccan Sahara – but, after discovering the rare kittens at 1:48 a.m., the researchers spent the next hour capturing photos and videos of the litter, and setting up camera traps.

‘This is likely the first sighting of sand cat kittens in the Sahara,’ the team says.

Three kittens were found hiding beneath a tuft of perennial grass.

As they filmed the litter, the team also spotted and radio-collared an adult female, who was ‘nervously roaming’ nearby.

This may have been the kittens’ mother, they say.

In the remarkable footage of the encounter, the adorable kittens can be seen up-close, revealing a detailed look at their tiny noses, wide green eyes, and enormous ears.

And, the kittens appear fearless despite suddenly being watched; at one point in the footage, one brave kitten can even be seen emerging from the bush as it notices an unsuspecting jerboa passing by.

Sound Energy’s Focus Is Now Entirely On Morocco

Western Sahara Worldnews - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 18:58

Investment Overview

Sound Energy is stripping out its Italian assets as it continues to focus on new Moroccan programmes.

A new three well programme is in the works.

It became clear following the disappointment of the Badile exploration well that Sound Energy PLC’s (LON:SOU) future would be in Morocco rather than Italy.

Sound had already seen material successes in Morocco, most notably at the Tendrara project, and earlier this week, the company announced plans to accelerate new exploration drilling.

READ: Sound Energy to spin Italian assets into Saffron Energy reboot.

Thursday brought the definitive milestone in the company’s focussing on Moroccco, as it unveiled plans to spin-out the entire Italian portfolio.

Chief executive James Parsons is to chair Coro Energy, a reboot of AIM-peer Saffron Energy, which is absorbing the Italian assets from Sound as well as the portfolio of Saffron associate Po Valley Energy.

Such is Sound’s intent to focus on Morocco, the company won’t even keep the new shares it will receive for the Italian assets – instead, the 33.3% stake in the new enlarged will be redistributed to Sound’s shareholder base.

“This transaction will provide an elegant exit from our Italian activities thereby delivering strategic focus for our province opening activities in Morocco and enabling Sound Energy shareholders the opportunity to continue their participation in an early stage consolidated but growth focused Italian E&P company,” Parsons said in a statement.

Advancing Morocco assets

On Wednesday, Sound detailed a new three-well drill programme planned in Eastern Morocco, where it intends to follow up recent successes at the Tendrara project.

At Tendrara, the company sees just over 1 trillion cubic feet of gas resources while the broader eastern Morocco acreage is estimated to host some 17 trillion cubic feet and a new accelerated drill programme will target ‘high impact’ locations.

READ: Sound Energy unveils plans for new three-well exploration campaign in Morocco

The aim is to unlock more of the areas that contribute to the wider estimate.

It will kick off with a well on the ‘A structure’, located some 25 kilometres north-west of Tendrara’s TE-5 well, where the company is targeting between 0.4 and 1.2 trillion cubic feet of gas.

Sound’s second new well will be positioned 20 kilometres north-east of TE-5, at a location named North East Lakbir. This larger target is an extension of the TAGI play and it is estimated between 1.2 TCF and 5 TCF, with the mid-case estimate set at 2.6 TCF. Less detail is given for the third target which is described as “a Paleozoic test beneath the TE-5 Horst”.

Sound expects each of the three wells in programme will cost around US$10mln.

Parsons, in a statement, said: “Sound Energy is now approaching another exciting period of back to back drilling in Eastern Morocco.”

“The three well exploration programme we are announcing today has the potential to significantly increase the core value of our Moroccan acreage and to establish Eastern Morocco as a prolific but low cost gas province, on the doorstep of large and growing energy markets.”

Morocco’s Automobile Sector Set for New Manufacturer; Wind Power Continues to Move Ahead; Another International Company Sets Sights on Morocco; EBRD Ups Support for Morocco; Moroccan Team to Compete in International Social Entrepreneurship Challenge;...

Morocco on the move - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 17:37

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC
October 5, 2017

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

Fiat has joined other major automobile manufacturers in setting up shop in Morocco; Siemens discloses progress on wind blades production; Spanish media giant selects Morocco as its African platform; and EBRD continues its support for growing small and medium enterprises. Elsewhere, Moroccans will compete to demonstrate green projects and begins training programs for local officials from Africa.

Fiat-Chrysler will establish its Magneti Marelli subsidiary in Morocco to produce automotive components, beginning with shock absorbers. Located in Tangier Automotive City, the facility covers an area approximately 20,000 square meters with optional expansion space. According to the announcement, full capacity will be six million pieces, starting in 2019 with a workforce of 500 by 2025. Overall investment, including government support, will be around $44 million.

For Magneti Marelli, “the creation of an industrial site in Morocco represents an opportunity to further expand its business, responding to the demands and needs of a number of key clients that are making important investments in the area.” The Magneti Marelli production will also benefit the network of the local suppliers. For example, Magneti Marelli supplies Renault and PSA, which have factories in Morocco.

“The shock absorbers are only the first step of our implantation in Morocco. We intend to secure this activity initially before embarking on the diversification of our production,” explains Pietro Gorlier, CEO of Magneti Marelli. “In addition to diversification, it is in our interest to encourage local sourcing,” Gorlier said.

Siemens wind turbines plant will be inaugurated on 11 October 2017.

The investment agreement for the project, signed in March 2016, cost almost $12 million, and the facility will supply the 200MW wind farm in Boujdour and export 85% of its production. The manufacturing of the blades — made of composite materials, are the heaviest in the world — employs some 600 people, slated to increase to 1200 in the long term. In addition, Siemens has established a training center for its facility.

Spanish editing, communications, media, and audiovisual entertainment company Grupo Planeta has chosen Morocco for its foray into Africa. The group, which owns shares in many media and editing houses all over the world, is considered the leader in the editing and media sector in Latin America and Portuguese-speaking countries. Grupo Planeta will start its activities in Africa in the higher education sector; and it plans to add book editing and entertainment projects in the coming months in Morocco.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has awarded Morocco a loan of more than $24 million to finance small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The funds will be managed by CaixaBank Succursale au Maroc (CBM) in two tranches. Since local financing remains a challenge for SMEs, EBRD has initiated this effort to strengthen the financial access of these companies, which make up more than 80% of the formal private sector in Morocco. The program will also improve CBM’s balance sheet maturity and upgrade its SME financing capacity.

Alain Pilloux, EBRD Vice President for Banking, said, “We are pleased to partner with CaixaBank, to provide this much-needed funding in local currency. SMEs are the backbone of the Moroccan economy and supporting them will increase employment in the country and contribute to economic growth.”

Hassania School of Public Works’ Enactus Team will participate in the Enactus World Cup in London. It is the world’s largest social entrepreneurship competition and showcases “an international network of student academic and business leaders to showcase entrepreneurial action and shared innovation that intends to transform lives and create a better future,” according to a story in Morocco World News.

There will be more than 300 judges representing leading multinationals from different sectors. The Moroccan team will showcase three green business projects. Mistomar is a circular buried structure of 14 cubic meters, whose architecture and construction materials allow it to function as a cold room designed for preservation of agricultural products for periods of up to six months.

Com’pom aims to take advantage of the apple surplus in the M’semrir region by introducing new products derived from applesauce. Ecodome is a “revolutionary” project that has developed a new construction material made by stacking polypropylene bags filled with a mixture of natural dirt and cement. Using this method will lead to a 50% savings in construction time and 70% savings in energy compared to the traditional methods.

According to the Enactus Morocco announcement, this year’s competition involved 4000 students across Morocco, who developed over 250 projects benefiting more than 195,000 beneficiaries throughout the country. In previous years’ competitions, Morocco has qualified several times for the finals or semi-finals.

Morocco initiates a program to train African local officials as part of its commitment to enable better governance through better training for government workers. The first forum of its kind took place WHEN on the campus of the International University Rabat (IUR) in Sale.  Dedicated to the theme, “Human Resources in African Local Governments: The Time to Act … is Now!” it was sponsored by the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-Africa)  and its African Local Government Academy (ALGA).

The more than 400 participants from 58 countries, 46 from Africa, included ministers, presidents of local government associations, heads of training institutes, local government senior officials, civil society representatives, experts in local governance, and the general public.

Top themes included the role of human capital in decentralization efforts, networking and peer learning for local government senior staff, and quality education and training for local government administration.

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The 4th Committee of the UNGA

The moroccan press - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:26

Sahara Autonomy Plan 'Initiative on Right Way', Says Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea underlined, before the UNGA 4th Committee, that the autonomy plan, put on the table by Morocco in 2007, is an initiative "on the right way" to solve the Moroccan Sahara conflict.

The autonomy plan is an initiative on the right way, pursuant to the UNSC resolutions, and in the spirit of compromise, said Papua New Guinea's permanent representative to the UN, ambassador Max Rai.

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Sahara Autonomy Plan 'Initiative on Right Way', Says Papua New Guinea

The moroccan press - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:22

Papua New Guinea underlined, before the UNGA 4th Committee, that the autonomy plan, put on the table by Morocco in 2007, is an initiative "on the right way" to solve the Moroccan Sahara conflict.

The autonomy plan is an initiative on the right way, pursuant to the UNSC resolutions, and in the spirit of compromise, said Papua New Guinea's permanent representative to the UN, ambassador Max Rai.

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Moroccan Sahara: Guatemala Calls for Settlement Ensuring Security, Integration in Maghreb Region

The moroccan press - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:19

Guatemala's permanent representative to the UN, ambassador Jorge Skiner-Klée called, on behalf of his country, during the 4th committee of the UNGA, for a final settlement of the Moroccan Sahara issue that would ensure security and integration of the Maghreb region, on the basis of of the UNSC resolutions, describing the autonomy plan as serious and credible.

Guatemala reiterated its support for the UNGA and UNSC resolutions.

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Global Energy Transition Offers Opportunities for Developing Countries, Official

The moroccan press - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:08

Global energy transition offers opportunities for developing countries, said, on Wednesday in Marrakesh, minister of energy Aziz Rabbah.

Energy transition is also an opportunity to change consumption modes, mainly for developing countries, he said at the opening ceremony of the 30th World LPG forum, held under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI.

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Sound Energy Provides Update On Eastern Morocco Exploration Drilling Programme

Western Sahara Worldnews - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 01:41

Sound Energy, the African and European focussed upstream gas company, is pleased to announce a forthcoming, high impact, three well exploration drilling programme in Eastern Morocco.

Commenting on today’s announcement, James Parsons, Sound Energy’s Chief Executive Officer said:

“Sound Energy is now approaching another exciting period of back to back drilling in Eastern Morocco. The three well exploration programme we are announcing today has the potential to significantly increase the core value of our Moroccan acreage and to establish Eastern Morocco as a prolific but low cost gas province, on the doorstep of large and growing energy markets.”

Sound Energy and its partners hold significant gas exploration acreage in Eastern Morocco, which the Company internally estimates to include a total of 1.03 Tcf gas originally in place (“GOIP”) over the greater Tendrara, TE-5 Horst and Lakbir and TE-4 highs (consisting of a mid-case 0.63 Tcf GOIP on the TE-5 Horst and an additional 0.4 Tcf unrisked GOIP over the Lakbir High and the TE-4 high). A reserves certification is currently underway on the TE-5 Horst core volumes of 0.63Tcf GOIP.

In addition to the Company’s geophysical programme of a combination of aerial gravity gradiometry, 2D seismic surveys, 2D seismic reprocessing and geological studies, the Company now intends to accelerate its exploration drilling programme with a view to rapidly and materially increasing its discovered volumes in Eastern Morocco, thereby significantly increasing the core value of the Moroccan acreage and enabling right-sizing of the planned facilities.

The new exploration programme in Eastern Morocco includes three wells to be drilled back to back and will target high impact locations with significant exploration potential, with the aim of further unlocking the Company’s internally estimated unrisked gross GOIP exploration potential volumes across Sound Energy’s Eastern Moroccan acreage of 17 Tcf mid case (31 Tcf upside case and 9 Tcf low case), as announced on the 1 February 2017.

These exploration wells will span multiple target types across structural and stratigraphic traps and Triassic and Paleozoic reservoirs, and each of the wells is expected to cost approximately US$10 million.

The anticipated targets of the three well programme and the Company’s internally assessed volume estimates (gross unrisked GOIP) of each of those targets are as follows:

· The ‘A’ Structure (25km north-west of TE-5 Horst) targeting a 0.7 Tcf mid case with a 1.2 Tcf upside case and a 0.4 Tcf low case, all from the Triassic and a similar sized lead in the Paleozoic.

· North-east Lakbir (20km north-east of TE-5 Horst) designed to target the TAGI stratigraphic pinch-out play, with estimated volumes of 2.6 Tcf mid case, a 5.0 Tcf upside case and a 1.2 Tcf low case.

· A Paleozoic test beneath the TE-5 Horst.

The previously announced appraisal well evaluation will remain under review pending completion of the exploration drilling programme.

The exploration drilling programme leads will be reviewed again and high-graded towards the end of the year following receipt of the gradiometry, 2D seismic surveys, the 2D seismic reprocessing and the geological studies.

The Company cautions that general exploration in the oil and gas industry contains an element of risk and there can be no guarantee that its current estimates of volumes of gas originally in place will be substantiated by exploration drilling or would actually be available for extraction.

Celac Reaffirms Before UN 4th Committee Support for Mutually Acceptable Political Solution to Sahara Issue

Western Sahara Worldnews - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 01:28

All Africa
Maghreb Arabe Presse (Rabat)

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) reaffirmed, Monday before the UN 4th Committee, its firm support for efforts meant to achieve a mutually acceptable political solution to the issue of the Moroccan Sahara.

The CELAC is strongly supporting efforts made by the UNSG and his personal envoy to reach a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the Sahara issue, said permanent representative of El Salvador, ambassador Rubén Ignacio Zamora Rivas, who was speaking on behalf of the CELAC.

The body is convinced that “efforts aimed at promoting intensive and substantial talks between the parties” will continue under the aegis of the UNSG and his personal envoy pursuant to UNSC resolutions adopted since 2007, in order to reach a final solution to this long-running situation, said the ambassador.

All these resolutions describe the Moroccan autonomy initiative as serious and credible.