The moroccan press
The volume of air traffic in Africa remains below the ambitions and potential of the continent, said, Tuesday in Marrakech, minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and Social Economy, Mohamed Sajid.
Air Traffic Volume in Africa Remains Below Continent's Ambitions, Potential
Moulay Hafid Elallamy, Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Economy and Finance and Pietro Gorlier, CEO of Magneti Marelli signed, Tuesday in Rabat, an agreement concerning the installation of a manufacturing facility specialized in automotive components production and which will deliver shock absorbers in the first phase.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has praised the personal commitment of HM King Mohammed VI to the development of Africa and has signalled its interest to work in a joint program of actions with Morocco targeting the African continent.
Rabat and Berlin will remain reliable partners regardless of the result of Germany’s elections, German ambassador to Morocco, Goetz Schmidt Bremme, said Sunday in Rabat.
Chairman of the Justice, Legislation and Human Rights Committee at the House of Representatives, Adil El Bayta, held, Monday in Rabat, talks with vice-chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Chinese National Assembly, Zhang Haiyang
The first Women in Africa Club summit opened on Monday in the Moroccan city of Marrakech.
Under the theme of “investing for better governance with African women,” the event attracted 300 business leaders, from nearly 37 countries, mostly African nations.
The summit aims to highlight the importance of women’s leadership in African societies, and to promote international and pan-African companies in support of women.
The three-day meeting will provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss concrete actions in order to offer African women greater opportunities to develop their countries.
The event includes conferences, master classes and collaborative laboratories featuring international experts to discuss various topics such as agriculture, energy, entrepreneurship, finance, water, and nutrition.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, highlighted, in New York, the importance of establishing a new global governance based on listening, dialogue, inclusiveness and common responsibility.
Tanzania Confirms that Moroccan Sahara Issue Exclusively Falls Within UN Security Council Responsibility
Tanzania stressed, on Saturday before the general debate of the 72nd UN General Assembly, that the issue of the Moroccan Sahara exclusively falls within the responsibility of the UN Security Council.
Polisario Separatist Usurping Alleged Diplomatic Status "Not Recognized”, “Has Not Been Invited” by Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Peruvian Minister
Peruvian Interior Minister, Carlos Basombrío, said that Polisario separatist called Khadijetou El Mokhtar, who is still at Lima International Airport since September 9th following her listing as persona non grata, "is not recognized and has not been invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru".
Morocco's collaboration with Spain in the fight against terrorism is "invaluable," said Spanish Interior minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido.
Bahrain Stresses Need to Find Definitive Solution to Sahara Issue Within Framework of Morocco's Sovereignty
The Kingdom of Bahrain stressed, Saturday in New York, the need to "support the negotiation to find a consensual and definitive political solution to the Sahara issue within the framework of the national sovereignty of Morocco."
The Moroccan parliament and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) expressed their common will to further strengthen cooperation.
The North Africa Post
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa has voiced his country’s full backing for a final solution to the Sahara issue under the Moroccan sovereignty.
Addressing the UN General Assembly convening in New York, the top diplomat of the oil-rich Gulf country stressed “the need to support the negotiations aimed at achieving a consensual and final political solution to this problem in the context of Moroccan national Sovereignty”.
The final solution should also be based on “relevant Security Council resolutions that confirm the seriousness of Morocco’s self-government initiative”, underlined the Bahraini foreign minister.
“We urge all parties to fully cooperate with the United Nations in this respect”, he added.
Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa also tackled other important regional and international issues. He called for a strong and stable Middle-East, saying his country supports positive relations with other countries.
The minister also renewed Bahrain adherence to the principles of non-interference in other countries internal affairs and expressed backing to the fight against terrorism and its sponsors.
“As partners, we can work together to preserve the security of the Gulf region, to combat terrorism and to provide protection for international navigation and commerce routes,” said the Foreign Affairs minister in his address.
He also urged compliance with international conventions and instruments to address the greatest challenge facing the international community – terrorism.
“Terrorism is no longer confined to terrorist organizations that can be confronted and eliminated. Rather, that menace has become a tool in the hands of States determined to create crises in other countries in pursuit of their own agenda”, he said, affirming that it is no longer acceptable to allow rogue countries to occupy others’ territories, violate the sovereignty of States, threaten international peace and security, support terrorism and spread hate and anarchy.
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by Ibn Battuta Association
Tangier meeting point for peace and tolerance.
The Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta takes visitors on a cultural world tour during the second edition of International Festival of Ibn Battuta.
On 9 to 12 November 2017, the streets of Tangier will turn into a festive city filled with international display of talents, conferences, carnival, film screening, humorists, street art, theatrical plays, art exhibitions, musical shows, culture and friendly smiles. Inspired by the journey of the Great Ibn Battuta, visitors can experience traveling the world in less than a week, exploring into an atmosphere of cultural exchanges and finding inspiration for the next travel adventure.
For this edition, Africa had made sure to have a strong participation in all the activities, the organizing committee have receive confirmation of high profiles including but not limited VVIPs, dignitaries, government officials, ministers, ambassadors, artists, peace mediators and lecturers.
The association’s Honorary President, Mohamed Dekkak, states that this year’s theme – “Travelers, the Ambassadors of Peace”, aims to disseminate the ways the culture of traveling can drive PEACE. In this edition, Africans express high level of tolerance by having strong presence in this festival. Africa is not only land of opportunities but it’s also land of tolerance.
Aziz Benami, the association President expresses that the event is a tremendous opportunity to bring to light some of Ibn Battuta’s travels, and adventures. The Afro barometer have shown that Africa have high degree of acceptance of ethnic groups, religions, cultures and languages.
On the second edition of the International festival of Ibn Battuta, there is many different stars participation like: Ulrich ZOUANDA, Safiath, Cisby, Malika, King Barra, Sarro, Agalawal, Soraya KSONTINI, Jamal BENMERAH , Farid MAACHOU, Yosra ZEKRI, Faten NAJJARI, khiri TAISH, Ahmed KOUAIB, Badro, Firas SBOUI, Hamid El HADRI and many more.
The festival is organized by the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta, a nonprofit international association that values artistic, moral and innovative action aimed at the improvement of tourism in Tangier and in Morocco. It considers the culture of traveling as the ultimate purpose of development.
Additional information can be found at https://ibnbattuta.ma/
Contacts: Sarah Garcia +971-26813111
SOURCE Ibn Battuta Association
Middle East Monitor
Morocco intends to establish a port in the Western Sahara city of Dakhla, the Interior Minister said last week. Abdelouafi Laftit revealed that the budget for the project will be $642 million but did not say when work will begin.
The minister explained that the port is one of 136 projects in the region with a total cost of $1.9 billion. Observers argue that the projects aim to enable Morocco to establish “facts on the ground” in the disputed Western Sahara.
According to Moroccan political activist Mustafa Boumlik, the state authorities are seeking to impose their sovereignty in the region through development and urban projects. “The government and the Polisario are well aware that the Sahara crisis will only be solved diplomatically, and not through war,” he told Masr Al-Arabia. Boumlik suggested that the government’s development plans in the region confirm its commitment to its perceived rights and sovereignty over the Sahara.
Meanwhile, international relations researcher Mohamed Lhariri noted that Spain is watching the situation carefully. “Spain is the former colonial power in the region,” he pointed out, “and it is still occupying parts of northern Morocco [Ceuta, Melilla and the Jafari Islands]. Madrid knows that it is not in its interest to end the conflict [in Western Sahara], because this will undoubtedly renew Morocco’s claim to the occupied territories in the north.”
Neighbouring Algeria, Lhariri concluded, is also reluctant to see an end to the conflict with the Polisario Front over Western Sahara, because it will enhance Morocco’s position in the region. The government of Algeria plays host to the leaders of the Polisario.
Travel Daily International
FLORENCE – After 20 years of successful management in luxury leisure, the historic residences of the Rimbotti family, by decision of Countess Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti, are made available to top managers who wish to enjoy a stay of real comfort and prestige in the heart of Florence, the world class capital of fine arts, and cradle of Italian Renaissance.
It’s three buildings built between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, plus a villa in Fiesole, which was inhabited by Alighieri family, were restored with love by the Rimbotti’s and brought to life again. A series of careful planning, since the 1960’s, have also contributed to elevate the beauty of the architectural context.
“Palazzo Rimbotti, for instance”, says the Countess, “located as in Piazza Antinori, at the beginning of Via dei Tornabuoni, is at the heart of the luxury shopping district of the city and today goes hand in hand with the baroque style of the Cathedral in front of it. The building has been a forerunner of the current trend in the area, considering that at one time the big maisons were not there and the boutique of Hermes that we host was the first to open in the neighbourhood.”
The ‘Palaces’ have all very large and comfortable apartments – no comparison with a hotel. The walls are frescoed and the paintings precious. They all date back to the golden age of Medici’s Florence. Extremely popular with the USA, Canadian and South American leisure customers, from today they are available for business travellers too.
“As for leisure, we are not interested in bite-andrun business tourism, so we have not made either reservations or prices available on the Internet; travellers contact us personally.”
The offer also includes two luxury boutique hotels in Syracuse and Fez (Morocco), described in detail below, alongside the Florentine residences.
The North Africa Post
Algeria’s disillusioned diplomacy is apparently resorting to fake news claiming that the SADR separatist entity will be invited to the Africa-EU summit.
As it endures setbacks one after the other in its ideologically anachronistic foreign policy, Algeria indulges in terminology games claiming that the African Union and the EU are negotiation to change the appellation of the event into EU-AU Summit in a scheme to impose the participation of its puppet Sahrawi Republic.
The fake news was propagated by Algerian government mouthpiece, Algeria Press Service news agency, which relayed the fallacious statements of its Ambassador in Brussels, Amar Belani, saying that the Polisario will receive an invitation to attend the Africa-EU summit.
Lessons from History
Such statements show the short memory of the Algerian diplomacy, which seems not to learn from past mistakes. Contacted by Moroccan based Le Desk news portal, sources within the EU maintain that only countries that are member of the UN are entitled to take part in the Africa-EU summit. No decision has been made to change the name of the event that will be hosted in Abidjan on November 29-30, the sources said.
In obstinately trying to impose the participation of a separatist entity in international events involving Africa and multilateral partners, Algeria is blocking efforts towards Africa’s development. Last month in Maputo, the follow-up meeting of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) was disrupted due to Mozambique authorities, under orders from Algeria, to impose the participation of the Polisario.
In strong worded response, Japanese Foreign Minister made it clear that Japan has never recognized the Polisario’s self-proclaimed republic and deplored the maneuvers of Mozambique authorities in their desperate attempt to give a seat to the separatist entity. The Japanese Minister said he was “astonished” at the Mozambican authorities’ maneuvers to give Polisario officials access to the TICAD meeting through backdoors, deploring that invited delegations, including members of the Japanese embassy, were mistreated by Mozambican authorities.
Algeria faced the same fiasco at the latest 17th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement held in Venezuela in September 2016. Despite the pressure exerted by Algeria and the host country, NAM member states rejected the invitation to the self-proclaimed SADR.
Morocco’s AU membership sends shockwaves in Algeria
As it feels the heat of Morocco’s return to the African Union, the carpet is gradually pulled under the feats of Algeria. Morocco has always been criticizing the admission of the Polisario within the pan-African organization as an anomaly in contradiction with the international law. This view is also shared by a growing number of African states who see in the Algerian pro-separatist rhetoric an ideological anachronism that aims at manipulating the AU to serve Algiers’ own hegemonic agenda.
With Morocco’s return to the African Union, the Polisario sees gloomy prospects for its propaganda in the continent. In July 2016, at the African Union Summit in Kigali, 28 African countries submitted a motion demanding to freeze the Polisario’s membership in the continental organization. A course that is set to continue as more countries in the African Union see the Polisario’s membership as an aberration in contradiction with international law because the Polisario is not a state and lacks state attributes.
Recently, several African countries that once supported the Polisario separatist endeavor are backtracking. After a diplomatic offensive coupled with win-win partnerships led by King Mohammed VI in Africa, several countries have ceased to support Algeria’s plot to create a separatist entity in Morocco and affirmed support for the UN-led political process. These countries include African heavyweights such as Nigeria and Ethiopia, which now see new cooperation opportunities with Morocco.
Overall, Morocco’s return to the African Union has set the tone for a gradual demise of the Algerian-sponsored separatism in the Sahara as the Kingdom and its friends will act as a bulwark against any attempt to use the pan-African body to simmer tension and instability in the region.
The EU for its part does not recognize the separatist SADR entity. The EU, both at the Union and at member states level, maintains a stance in support of the UN process to find a political and mutually acceptable political solution to the Sahara issue along the lines of UN Security council resolutions, which stress the preeminence of Morocco’s autonomy proposal.
Therefore, Algeria’s attempts to give Polisario militia a seat on an equal footing with EU and African member states at an international event is as pointless as it is unfeasible.
EU Does not Recognize Polisario
Voices are also rising in the EU against the Polisario. The separatist front’s proponents at the European Parliament have recently suffered a new setback with the rejection of an amendment to include a new aid to the Algeria-based separatist group in the 2017 EU draft budget.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) decried that it is inconceivable for the EU to continue funding a movement whose involvement in embezzlement and dilapidation is well established, notably following the disclosure in 2015 of a report by the EU’s anti-fraud office (OLAF) blaming the Polisario and Algeria for diverting humanitarian aid.
The OLAF report documents “well-organized, years-long” embezzlement by the Polisario Front of humanitarian aid designated for Sahraouis held in the camps of Tindouf in Algeria. The document states that aid theft “begins in the Algerian port of Oran, where the sorting between ‘what should arrive and what can be diverted’ takes place.”
On the need to undertake a census of the Tindouf camp’s population to determine actual humanitarian needs and bar the road to embezzlers, the report explains that ”One of the reasons that made these diversions possible is the overestimation of the number of refugees and therefore aid provided.”
Recently, MEPs also drew the attention of the European commission to the “inacceptable” imposture by Algeria of a tax on the humanitarian aid sent to the population in the Polisario-run Tindouf camps.
Algeria’s stance in support of separatism in Morocco has been dealt a heavy blow at the legal level. Last year, a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling restored the legality of the Moroccan-EU farm agreements after a legal challenge by the Polisairo, saying that the deals “do not concern the Polisairo front”.
Prior to the ruling, the ECJ’s Chief Advocate General Melchior Wathelet explained that the Polisario front is not a legitimate organization for contesting the Morocco-EU trade agreements.
Wathelet contested the validity of the Polisario’s legality to plea at the ECJ, saying that the Polisario is not recognized by the International community as a representative of the commercial interests of the population of the Sahara, although it is considered as a party in the political process to find a solution to the conflict over the Saharan provinces.
Algeria’s responsibility in Perpetuating Sahara Dispute
Algeria’s push to impose the participation of its puppet the Polisario in multilateral event is evidencing once more that Algiers is a party to the Sahara artificial dispute and not only an “observer” as its diplomats purport. Algeria can no longer hide behind its observer status and should take a seat at the table of negotiations to fully contribute to implementing the UN Security Council resolution. UN Security Council Resolution 2351, adopted last April, has once more reiterated the call on Algeria to uphold its responsibility to allow a census of the population held in the camps.
Algeria continues to fund and support diplomatically and militarily the Polisario militias, which it hosts in the region of Tindouf since the 1970s. The Polisario have been using Algerian territories as a rear base for their guerilla warfare against Morocco until the UN-brokered ceasefire agreement in 1991.
In 2007, Morocco put forward the autonomy initiative after the organization of a referendum proved to be unfeasible in view of disagreements over who is eligible to vote. Morocco offers the autonomy initiative, which has been internationally endorsed as a credible and serious basis for negotiations. The autonomy plan offers the Sahara exclusive powers with regards to managing local affairs within the framework of Morocco’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Furthermore, as relic of the cold-war, the Polisario remains obedient and dependent financially and diplomatically on its paymaster Algeria, which uses it to achieve regional hegemony to the detriment of regional stability.
Over the last years, support for the Algerian-sponsored separatist thesis in the Moroccan Sahara has been waning, as 43 countries have withdrawn their recognition of the SADR entity out of 80 that previously recognized it in a Cold War context.
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North Africa Post’s news desk is composed of journalists and editors, who are constantly working to provide new and accurate stories to NAP readers.
Islamic Affairs Minister Hands Two Messages from HM the King to Family Members of Tijaniya Brotherhood Caliph General & to New Caliph General
Minister of Endowment and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Taoufiq, handed on Sunday in Tivaouane (north of Dakar) a message of condolences from HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, to the family members of Caliph General of Senegal’s Tijaniya Brotherhood, Seikh Serigne Abdoul Aziz Sy Al-Amine, who passed away on Friday, and a message of congratulations from the Sovereign to the new Caliph General of this brotherhood.
The Moroccan authorities on Friday arrested 28 illegal migrants trying to reach the Spanish coast from the northern city of Tangier, local media reported.
The illegal migrants were arrested in two separate operations, leading Moroccan news site Hespress.com reported, citing a security official.
In the first operation, 16 migrants were arrested when preparing to embark on a boat bound for Spain.
The Moroccan navy arrested 12 more migrants in the second operation after intercepting their boat off Tangier.
The migrants were handed over to the security authorities to take legal actions against them, the source said on condition of anonymity.
As of Sept. 6, a total of 10,276 African migrants have arrived in Spain this year from the coast of Morocco, data from the International Organization for Migration shows.
Seeing is often believing, which is why the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) brought corn and feed grain buyers from Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia to the U.S. Corn Belt in September to talk firsthand with U.S. farmers and export suppliers.
“These individuals represent the up-and-coming employees as managers or directors of the procurement departments of their companies,” said Ramy Hadj Taieb, USGC regional director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Bringing this team to the United States builds new and close relationships with these key corn importers as they become the leaders of their companies in future years to come.”
The grain procurement team traveled to North Dakota, Minnesota and Louisiana. As part of the tour, team members attended a grain procurement short course at the Northern Crops Institute in Fargo, North Dakota, to further improve their grain buying and pricing skills. They also toured grain export facilities in New Orleans, Louisiana, and met face-to-face in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with major U.S. corn export suppliers and the U.S. farmers who produce the corn they purchase.
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region includes a variety of growth opportunities for U.S. corn and co-products, but the region is very volatile. In addition, the United States faces ever-increasing, significant competition from Black Sea and South American exporters. To manage these dynamics and seize short-term market opportunities, the Council strives to be responsive to current market conditions by developing relationships and working to ensure importers are informed about U.S. crop availability and pricing.
“There is a constant need to increase awareness of origination and transportation to and through the U.S. export channels,” Taieb said. “Strong, ongoing relationships with key individuals and organizations can be catalysts for changes in policy, trading practices, demand and U.S. market share.”
The four countries represented on the team (Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) purchased 1.3 million metric tons (51.2 million bushels) of U.S. corn thus far in the 2016/2017 marketing year (Sept. 2016-July 2017). This includes sales of 871,000 tons (34.3 million bushels) to Morocco, the largest amount of U.S. corn exported to this free trade agreement partner since 2008/2009.
Significant opportunities also exist for U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). The four countries imported nearly 342,000 tons of U.S. DDGS to date in 2016/2017, a 57 percent increase year-over year. Both Morocco and Egypt are on track to import record levels of DDGS, with almost 183,000 tons and about 149,000 tons sold, respectively. Both countries will beat previous records set in 2010/2011.
Showing the importance of strong trade policy, since the United States-Morocco free trade agreement entered into force on Jan. 1, 2006, imports of U.S. corn have varied widely, but have recovered rapidly from a sharp decline ending in 2012/2013. DDGS imports, in contrast, have increased nearly 11-fold since the inception of the agreement.
Learn more about the Council’s work in the Middle East and North Africa here.