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

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

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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

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)

Morocco's request to join ECOWAS: FM Hands over Message of HM the King to President of Niger

The moroccan press - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 16:00

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, was received on Monday in Niamey by the President of the Republic of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou.

On this occasion, Mezouar handed over to the Nigerien President a message from HM the King on Morocco's request to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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24th Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference Kicks off in Rabat

The moroccan press - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 15:55

The 24th Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) kicked off on Monday in Rabat.

Held under the theme “consolidation of Arab joint action”, the two-day meeting will be marked by the election of a new president of the AIPU and the discussion of the Union's working plan for 2017.

The participants will also discuss the current situation of the Arab world as well as the challenges facing Arab countries.

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Morocco’s FM Received by Senegalese President

The moroccan press - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 13:22

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar was received, here Saturday, by Senegalese President Macky Sall within the framework of a tour dedicated to Morocco’s request to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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Mezouar Holds Bureau Meeting in Rabat in preparation for May Sessions in Bonn

The moroccan press - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 13:21

COP22 President and Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Salaheddine Mezouar chaired, here Friday, a meeting of the COP22/CMP12/CMA1 Bureau to review the outcomes of COP22 and to exchange on expectations for COP23, which will organized by Fiji.

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Consultations for the formation of the new government will include all the parties represented in the Parliament: El Othmani

The moroccan press - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 13:19

Morocco's new appointed Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, said on Sunday that he will begin consultations with all the political parties represented in the parliament for the formation of the new government.

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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

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.

AGC Automotive Induver Morocco Lays Foundation Stone For Its Automotive Glass Plant In Kenitra (Morocco)

Western Sahara Worldnews - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 23:51


The foundation stone for the new automotive glass production plant being built for AGC Automotive Induver Morocco was laid on Wednesday 15 March in the presence of the Moroccan minister of Industry and Commerce, Mr. Moulay Hafid Elalamy, together with many other personalities from the worlds of politics, industry and the media.

© AGC Glass Europe
Joint venture between AGC Automotive Europe and Induver

The project for the new plant being built at Kenitra in the northern coastal region of the country is the result of a joint venture between AGC Automotive Europe and the Moroccan glass producer Induver.

This initiative marks the AGC Group’s first operations in Africa. AGC Automotive Induver Morocco will produce toughened glass for backlites and sidelites together with laminated glass for windscreens.

The plant will have sufficient capacity to supply around 1,100,000 car sets per year and should be operational in 2019, employing around 600 people.

Plant promises local development

The new plant is ideally situated to meet the demand for automotive glass in North Africa and the South of Europe. It will also benefit from a free trade zone set up to attract companies operating in the automotive industry and so to develop a major industrial concentration in this sector.

“Once the AGC culture of automotive excellence has been properly established here, our ambition is to see this plant managed 100% by a local team, in line with our policy in this area,” declared Jean-Marc Meunier, General Manager of AGC Automotive Europe.

Hakim Abdelmoumen, General Manager of Induver, for his part welcomed the prospect of producing the complete carset (windshields, backlites and sidelites) in large series for the first time in Morocco. “This wider offer will further raise the local content of vehicles built in Morocco and boost the added value created locally.”

Morocco Sees G-20 As Key To `Compact With Africa’ Initiative

Western Sahara Worldnews - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 23:25

by Weixin Zha18

The Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in Baden-Baden, Germany, was a “first step” to kick start private investment in Africa, Moroccan Finance Minister Mohamed Boussaid said.

“This new initiative is completing and accelerating the visibility the continent will have on the worldwide private sector,” Boussaid said in an interview on Saturday. The finance ministries of the G-20 will support partnerships that for the first time will focus on promoting private investment, he said.

Germany, the European Union’s largest economy, started a program called “Compact with Africa” as part of its presidency of the G-20 to build up the continent’s economies and stem migration to the bloc, which has attracted more than 1 million refugees since 2015. Talks on so-called investment partnerships have started with the Ivory Coast, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia, according to the German Finance Ministry.

The initiative started with the most dynamic, most economically and politically stable African countries and will expand further, Boussaid said. Existing investments in Morocco should be complemented by attracting more companies into the sectors of renewable energy, automotive, aeronautics, tourism and agriculture.

The G-20 can set the right conditions with international organizations and partner countries for investments in infrastructure and in small- and medium-sized companies, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told reporters after the gathering. “We may not leave Africa’s potential unused,” he said.

Morocco, US Conclude Tenth Annual Flintlock Military Exercise

Morocco on the move - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 20:56

Washington, DC, March 17, 2017, Moroccan American Center for Policy (MACP) — United States forces yesterday concluded Exercise Flintlock 2017, a three-week military training exercise in Morocco and six other African host nations sponsored by US Africa Command. More than 2,000 military personnel from 24 African and Western nations participated in the tenth iteration of the exercise, which was established in 2005 to “[strengthen] security institutions, [promote] multilateral sharing of information and [develop] interoperability between counterterrorism partners from across Africa’s Sahara region.”

In Morocco, Marines from Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) trained with their Moroccan counterparts “on small unit special operations forces tactics, weapons training and fire support, lifesaving first aid and trauma care, command and control and force protection.” An opening ceremony was held February 27 at the Tifnit training base in Morocco’s Southern Zone area of operations.

“These types of activities, as well as other joint combined Moroccan-American exercises, are a golden opportunity to further enhance the ties of military cooperation between our two countries,” said Brig. Gen. Mohammed Benlouali, operations commander for Morocco’s Southern Zone, in remarks delivered at the ceremony on behalf of the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces.

“Morocco plays a key leadership role in Africa and we are honored by the continued partnership and friendship between our two countries,” said MARSOC’s exercise instructor.

A press release announcing the exercise stated, “In all of American history, no other country has maintained its treaty relationship with America for as long as Morocco. Flintlock 2017 is the most recent in a long line of actions and expressions of solidarity between the two nations.”

Since the 1990s, Morocco has also served as host of African Lion, the largest annual US joint military exercise in Africa, “designed to improve interoperability and mutual understanding of each nation’s tactics, techniques and procedures.” Military exercises like Flintlock and African Lion are just one of the many ways the US and Morocco coordinate on security measures. Designated as a “major non-NATO ally,” Morocco was the first Maghreb country to be a member of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition. And this year, Morocco served as co-chair with the Netherlands of the US-established Global Counterterrorism Forum.


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Morocco Trade Deficit Up 21.7 Pct Y/Y In Jan-Feb

Western Sahara Worldnews - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 17:27

by Samia Errazzouki

Morocco’s trade deficit rose 21.7 percent to 26.71 billion dirhams ($2.66 billion) year-on-year in January and February, the foreign exchange regulator said on Friday, citing increased imports.

(Reporting by Samia Errazzouki; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Gareth Jones)

Morocco’s Saham Assurance Reports 17 Pct Fall In 2016 Net Profit

Western Sahara Worldnews - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 17:19

by Samia Errazzouki

Morocco’s Saham Assurance on Friday reported a 17.2 percent fall in 2016 net profit to 282 million dirhams ($28.2 million), the insurance company said in a statement.

(Reporting by Samia Errazzouki; writing by Aidan Lewis; editing by Jason Neely)

Crans Montana Forum Kicks Off in Dakhla

The moroccan press - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 13:58

The Crans Montana Forum kicked off Friday in Dakhla under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, with the participation of more than 150 countries represented by high-level personalities.

The opening ceremony of this forum, which has been convened for the third time in a row in Dakhla, was marked by a message addressed by HM King Mohammed VI to the participants. It was read out by president of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, Ynja Khattat.

MAP 17 March 2017

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President of Central African Republic Thanks HM the King for Morocco’s Commitment Alongside His Country

The moroccan press - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:02

President of the Central African Republic (CAR) Faustin-Archange Touadera expressed, Thursday at the UN headquarters in New York, his thanks to HM King Mohammed VI for Morocco's commitment alongside his country.

"We seize the opportunity to thank the Kingdom of Morocco and HM the King for the commitment of Morocco by our side," Touadera told MAP after a meeting of the Security Council on the situation in the CAR.

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Azziman Granted Audience in Dakar by Senegalese President

The moroccan press - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:01

HM King Mohammed VI's advisor and chairman of the higher council for education, training and scientific research Omar Azziman was granted an audience, on Thursday in Diamniadio (near Dakar) by Senegal's president Macky Sall, on the sidelines of the official opening of the triennial of the Association for education Development in Africa (ADEA).

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Foreign minister Calls in Casablanca for Ambitious, Pragmatic Africa

The moroccan press - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:59

Foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar called on Thursday in Casablanca for pooling efforts to promote cooperation between African countries and build an ambitious and pragmatic Africa.

Africa can not develop without a common economic zone and a real vision for south-south cooperation which will reinforce ties between African countries, Mezouar told the press on the sidelines of the 5th International Forum on Development in Africa which kicked off in Casablanca.

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PJD SG Members ‘Positively Interacted’ with Statement of Royal Cabinet

The moroccan press - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:57

Members of the General Secretariat of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) "interacted positively" with the statement of the Royal Cabinet, the party's Secretary General, Abdelilah Benkirane, said Thursday.

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Will Smith: ‘Morocco Is The Truth!’

Western Sahara Worldnews - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 09:48

Middle East Monitor

“Morocco is the TRUTH!” Hollywood actor Will Smith wrote on Facebook after his recent trip to the North African country earlier this month.

In a post published on Wednesday, Smith said: “Special Shout Out to photographer Hassan Hajjaj and all my people in Marrakech. Morocco is the TRUTH!”

Images accompanying the comment showed a number of locals in traditional dress and Smith himself wearing a multi-coloured outfit and traditional Moroccan shoes. Unfortunately, he had the shoes on the wrong foot and instead of the Arabic writing reading “biladi”, my country in Arabic, the shoes read “di” “blah”.

Smith paid a visit to Morocco’s artists’ residence of Al Maqam, outside of Marrakech, where he appeared in a YouTube video dancing to the traditional rhythms of Gnawa in traditional dress.

Smith’s Morocco visit comes after a trip to Egypt where pictures emerged on local media showing excited fans taking selfies with the actor at Cairo’s International Airport.