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Morocco to Celebrate Eid Al-Adha on September 1st

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 14:10

Morocco will celebrate Eid Al Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice) on September 1st, which coincides with the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhu Hijja, the ministry of endowments and Islamic Affairs said.

In a statement, the ministry in charge of sighting the crescent said that the month of Dhu Hijja of hegira year 1438 was sighted on Tuesday (Aug. 22) and consequently Eid Adha will be celebrated on Dhu Hijja 10 corresponding to Sept. 1, 2017.

Eid Al Adha signals the completion of the Hajj (pilgrimage), the fifth pillar of Islam.

MAP 22 August 2017

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Spain: 225,351 Moroccans Affiliated to Social Security

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 13:39

Some 225,351 Moroccans were affiliated to social security in Spain by the end of July compared to 230,470 by the end of June, according to official figures issued on Tuesday.

Moroccans rank first among foreign non-EU workers affiliated to social security in Spain, followed by the Chinese (99,912 people) and Ecuadorans (72,358), the Spanish ministry of Labor and Social Security said in a statement.

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Morocco’s Accession to Ecowas will Enable the Kingdom to Fulfill its Role as a Bridge between Africa & Europe: German Expert

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 13:33

As an ECOWAS member, Morocco would be better able to fulfill its desired role as a bridge between Africa and Europe, Christoph Kannengießer, the chief executive officer of the German-African Business Association, said, adding that it is "a win-win situation."

"ECOWAS will not be weakened by an economically strong country such as Morocco, and as an ECOWAS member, Morocco would be better able to fulfill its desired role as a bridge between Africa and Europe," Germany's public international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) reported in an article published on its website.

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Morocco’s Net International Reserves Down 13.5%

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 16:41

Morocco's net international reserves amounted to 209.9 billion dirhams until August 11, 2017, recording a 13.5% year-on-year decrease, Bank Al-Maghrib said.

The reserves recorded a 2.3 % weekly increase, the central bank pointed out in its weekly indicators.

During the week of August 10-16, Bank Al-Maghrib injected 66 billion dirhams.

As for the interbank rate, it remained at 2.3%, while the average trading volume remained unchanged at 3.5 billion dirhams, the source added.

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Morocco Fully Committed to Promoting Rights of Special Needs People, UN Official

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 14:32

Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Theresia Degener underlined that Morocco is fully committed to promoting the rights of special needs people.

The UN official was speaking within the framework of Morocco's first interactive dialogue with the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, related to implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, that took place in Geneva on Thursday.

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Speaker of Lower House Granted Audience by Rwandan President

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 13:46

Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower house) Habib El Malki was granted an audience by Rwandan president Paul Kagame, who was re-elected for a third mandate on Aug. 4, 2017.

During the audience, a day after the inauguration ceremony of the Rwandan head of state, El Malki extended to Kagame HM King Mohammed VI's heartfelt congratulations and wishes of full success in his mission to contribute to the prosperity of the brotherly Rwandan people, said a statement by the house.

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EU Hails Appointment of Horst Köhler as UNSG Personal Envoy for Sahara

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 14:41

The European Union (EU) hailed on Friday the appointment of Horst Köhler as the UNSG Personal Envoy for the Sahara.
EU Hails Appointment of Horst Köhler as UNSG Personal Envoy for Sahara

"We welcome the appointment of former President Horst Köhler as the personal envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Sahara," an EU spokesman told MAP.

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Moroccan-Indonesian Ties Derive Force from Historical Dimension, Indonesian Official

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 14:39

Relations between Morocco and Indonesia are solid and derive their force from the historical dimension, said Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.

The Moroccan-Indonesian relations started when Morocco gained its independence in 1956, knowing that these relations date back to the preparatory phase of the Bandung Conference in 1955, which was an inspiration for Asian and African countries striving to achieve independence including Morocco, Marsudi told daily "Le Matin du Sahara", on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the independence of his country.

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Former German President Horst Köhler Appointed UNSG Personal Envoy for Sahara

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:17

UN Secretary General António Guterres announced, on Wednesday in New York, the appointment of Former German President Horst Köhler as the UNSG Personal Envoy for the Sahara.

Köhler has over a 35-year experience in the governmental sector and international organizations, mainly as the president of the Federal Republic of Germany (2004-2010), said a UN statement.

Köhler was also director general of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) between 2000 and 2004, and president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London (1998-2000).

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Morocco and Indonesia For Reinforcing Bilateral Cooperation

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:13

 The reinforcement of bilateral cooperation was, on Tuesday in Rabat, at the centre of talks between speaker of the House of Representatives Habib El Malki and Indonesia's Ambassador to Morocco Syarief Syamsuri.

El Malki underlined that this meeting was an occasion to highlight the importance of relations between the two countries and the two law-making bodies, said a statement by House of Representatives.

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The opening of Australia’s Embassy in Rabat, Prelude to New Era in Bilateral Relations (Ambassador)

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:29

The opening of Australia’s embassy in Rabat marks the beginning of a new era in relations between Canberra and Rabat, as it paves the way to a closer collaboration in the economic, political and cultural areas, Australia’s ambassador to Morocco, Berenice Owen-Jones, said.

"In Morocco as in Australia, there is a real political will to strengthen bilateral relations and build a win-win partnership," she said in an interview with MAP.

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2018 Appropriation Draft Bill Banks on 3.2% Economic Growth : Head of Government

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:26

The 2018 Appropriation Draft Bill is banking on a growth rate of the gross domestic product (GDP) of 3.2% against 2.9% in 2017, Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, said in a guideline note.

The forecast confirm the acceleration of the pace of structural reforms and the implementation of different sectoral strategies that have led to a deep change in the national economic structure, focusing, in particular, on new professions, he pointed out.

The 2018 Appropriation draft bill also seeks to control the budget deficit at 3 pc, he added.

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Moroccan Delegation Takes part in 1rst Interactive Dialogue with Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:42

A Moroccan delegation, chaired by Moroccan minister of family, solidarity, equality and social development Bassima El Hakkaoui will take part next week in Geneva, in the 1rst Interactive Dialogue with the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Speaker of Lower House Meets with Ambassador of Chad

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:35

Speaker of the house of representatives (lower house) Habib El Malki met, on Tuesday in Rabat, with ambassador of Chad to Morocco Mahamat Abdelrassoul on means to reinforce cooperation.

During these talks, El Malki welcomed the visit of the speaker of the National Assembly of Chad to Morocco, stressing the need for the sharing of expertise and experience between the two legislative institutions, said a statement from the House of Representatives.

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Al Hoceima Events: News About Death Penalty Carried Against Some Suspects Are Wrong

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:34

News run by some electronic media outlets concerning the carrying of death penalty against some suspects involved in the Al Hoceima events are wrong and have no legal basis, said on Friday the public prosecutor at the Casablanca appeal court.

This case lies with the examining judge who is, under the law, the only one who can refer it, drop charges, or declare his lack of jurisdiction, said the public prosecutor at the Casablanca appeal court in a statement.

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Moroccan Delegation Takes part in 1rst Interactive Dialogue with Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:32

A Moroccan delegation, chaired by Moroccan minister of family, solidarity, equality and social development Bassima El Hakkaoui will take part next week in Geneva, in the 1rst Interactive Dialogue with the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Morocco Denies RSF False Allegations about Alleged Violations of Press Freedom in Media Coverage of Al Hoceima Events

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:19

Allegations made by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) about alleged violations of press freedom in the media coverage of Al Hoceima events are ‘biased and lacking in credibility and proof," the Ministry of Culture and Communication said.

"National media as well as foreign media correspondents accredited in Morocco hold all the permits necessary to carry out their work under normal conditions, in accordance with the legal provisions and regulations governing and supervising the profession of journalism in Morocco," the ministry pointed out in a statement.

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FAR Military Delegation Visits Contingents Deployed in Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 13:11

On high instructions of HM the King, Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), a military delegation led by Lieutenant General, FAR Inspector General, and composed of Major General, Commandant of the Southern Zone, of Brigadier General, Head of the 5th Office of FAR General Staff and Senior Officers of FAR General Staff and General Staff of the Southern Zone, paid a visit to FAR contingents deployed in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, respectively as part of MINUSCA and MONUSCO.

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Moroccan-Brazilian Parliamentary Friendship Group Created

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 13:08

The Moroccan-Brazilian parliamentary friendship group was created Wednesday at the Brazilian Senate.

The group is chaired by Senator Cristovam Buarque from the Socialist Popular Party (PPS), while Senator Eunicio Viera, representative of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) has been designated as honorary president.

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Morocco, Australia Discuss Means to Boost Legal Cooperation

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 14:27

Minister of Justice Mohamed Aujjar and Australia's Ambassador to Morocco Berenice Owen Jones discussed, Monday in Rabat, means to promote bilateral relations in the legal sector.

This meeting was an opportunity to inform Owen Jones about the far-reaching reforms that have been carried out in Morocco in the different fields, said on Wednesday the Ministry of Justice in a statement.

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