The moroccan press
Morocco is awaited for its vision for Africa and intellectual contribution for the implementation of the African Union's reform, said economy and finance minister Mohamed Boussaid in Addis-Ababa.
The House of Advisors (upper house) closed, Tuesday, the April session of the 2016-2017 legislative year, in accordance with article 65 of the constitution and article 6 of the rules of procedure of the House.
Speaking on this occasion, speaker of the upper house, Hakim Benchamach, said that the outcome of this session was important in all respects, noting that interaction with the contents of royal speeches requires the development of a roadmap to continue efforts in order to finalize the strategic projects, eradicate deficits and promote good parliamentary governance.
Secretary of state for foreign affairs Mounia Boucetta met, on Wednesday in Rabat, with a delegation from Zanzibar lead by state minister at the office of the president of Zanzibar Issa Haji Ussi Gavu.
During the meeting, the two sides explored investment opportunities in Zanzibar, mainly in the sectors of tourism, housing and fisheries.
The talks between Boucetta and the members of this delegation, on an official visit to the Kingdom, was also an opportunity to discuss the cultural and religious fields.
Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Thanks HM the King for Highlighting Saudi Govt.'s Efforts to Serve Pilgrims
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques of Islam, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud thanked and voiced his esteem for HM King Mohammed VI who highlighted efforts made by the Saudi government to serve the pilgrims.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of expertise sharing and complaint settling was signed, Monday in Rabat, by the Moroccan Ombudsman Institution and the Justice Defender Institution in Mozambique.
The unemployment rate in Morocco has increased from 9.1% to 9.3% between the second quarter of 2016 and 2017, according to the High Commission for Planning (HCP).
The number of unemployed has grown from 1,090,000 to 1,123,000 between the two periods, a rise of 33,000 people nationwide (45,000 more in urban areas and 12,000 fewer in rural areas), the Rabat-based institution noted in a report.
Morocco is well-heeded and respected among other African states, said Argentinian expert Pablo Javier Zardini, deeming that the return of Morocco to the African Union is a very positive step that would contribute to the development of the continent.
Morocco's African Leadership is Fruit of Development Efforts Undertaken Thanks to HM the King's Insight, Argentinian Expert
Morocco's African leadership is the fruit of local development efforts undertaken by the Kingdom thanks to the wisdom and insight of HM King Mohammed VI, said Argentinian expert Adalberto Carlos Agozino.
"The continental leadership of Morocco is the fruit of local development efforts undertaken by the Kingdom thanks to the wisdom and insight of HM King Mohammed VI", he told MAP on the sidelines of a reception offered by the Moroccan embassy in Buenos Aires on the occasion of the Throne Day.
The Pan-African Parliament expressed his support for the vision of HM King Mohammed VI for Africa.
Speaker of the Pan-African Parliament Roger Nkodo Dang voiced, in a message to the sovereign, his full, unconditional and unwavering adherence to the vision of HM the King in the world, for Morocco in particular and Africa in general, reiterating the parliament's support for this vision.
Belgian paper "L'Echo" highlighted Saturday the development of the start-ups sector in Morocco which has adopted new measures to promote the status of "auto-entrepreneur" (self-employment) aimed at reaching 100,000 subscribers in 2017.
Belgian Paper Highlights Development of Start-ups Sector in Morocco
05 August 2017
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reaffirmed, on Tuesday in Washington, Morocco’s "continued qualification" for the Precautionary and Liquidity Line (PLL).
“On August 1, 2017, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the second review under the Precautionary and Liquidity Line (PLL) Arrangement and reaffirmed Morocco’s continued qualification for the PLL,” said, in a statement, First Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, David Lipton.
HM the King's Decision to Pardon Detainees of Al Hoceima's Events Signals Moving Toward Serenity, French Senator
The decision of HM King Mohammed VI to grant his pardon, on Throne Day, to a group of detainees who did not commit crimes or serious offences during Al Hoceima events, is a crucial signal of moving toward serenity, affirmed chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the French Senate, Christian Cambon.
The Executive Committee of the Foreign Ministers of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) praised, on Tuesday in Istanbul, the efforts of HM King Mohammed VI to defend the holy city of Al-Quds.
HM the King: Morocco is Constantly Developing, However it Witnesses Glaring Paradoxes that Are 'Hard to Understand or Accept'
Morocco is constantly developing, however it witnesses glaring paradoxes that are "hard to understand or accept," said HM King Mohammed VI in His Speech on Saturday to the Nation, on the occasion of the 18th anniversary of the Throne Day.
The national economy is expected to grow by 4.8% in 2017, against 1.2% in 2016, a year marked by an unprecedented drought, the worst ever in over 30 years, said, Thursday in Rabat, minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid.
The minister was presenting before the weekly cabinet meeting a report on the progress in the implementation of the 2017 budget.
British magazine "The Economist" deplored the persistence of barriers between Algeria and Morocco, as well as the closure of their borders.
In an article published its latest issue, the British weekly said the two neighboring countries would be among the largest economies in the Middle East if the projects of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) were implemented.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, said, on Thursday in Cairo that the dangerous escalation in the Palestinian holy places and territories, following Israeli practices that take advantage of the absence of a political solution to the Palestinian crisis, requires a swift response by the international community to revive the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, through serious new negotiations, on the basis of the two-state solution, the Arab peace initiative and resolutions of international legality.
Morocco and the Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) signed, on Tuesday in Rabat, two agreements on the financing of the second part of the High-Speed Line project, worth 15 million Kuwaiti dinars (474 million dirhams).
The loan agreements were signed by minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Bousaïd, KFAED director-general, Ahmed Al-Badr, and managing director of the National railway office, Mohamed Rabie Khlie, in the presence of minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Abdelkader Amara.
Secretary of state to the minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mounia Boucetta, co-chaired, Tuesday in Conakry, with minister of Foreign Affairs and Guineans Abroad, Bah Hadja Makalé Camara, a working session on the follow-up of the various cooperation and partnership agreements signed with this West African country.
The meeting, which is part of the program of a visit paid by a Moroccan delegation to Guinea, brought together representatives of the Moroccan and Guinean public and private sectors.
UNSG Antonio Guterres offered, on Monday, his condolences to Morocco following the death of a Moroccan soldier from the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) contingent of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), in an attack allegedly carried out by anti-Balaka militias in Bangassou.
"The UN chief offers his condolences to the bereaved family and to the Government of Morocco," said Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, in a statement.