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Saudi Fund for Development Grants Morocco $100 Million to Support SME

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:26

A memorandum of understanding was signed between Morocco and the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) on Tuesday in Rabat, on the granting by the Saudi Fund of a $100 million to support the financing of SMEs in Morocco.

Signed on the sidelines of the Annual Meetings of the Arab Financial Institutions by minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid, Bank Al Maghrib's Wali, Abdellatif El Jouahri and vice-president of SFD, Yousef Bin Ibrahim Al-Bassam, this agreement aims to finance small and medium projects in Morocco.

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The Government Council of April 2017

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:22

Head of Government  Presents Governmental Program Before Parliament

Head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani presented on Wednesday the governmental program during a common plenary session of the parliament's two houses.

The said program has five broad lines: the first focuses on supporting the democratic choice, the principles of the rule of law and extensive regionalization.

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Morocco's Economic Outlook is Expected to Improve in Mid-Term, WB

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:52

Over the medium term, Morocco's economic outlook is expected to improve, provided the forthcoming government remains committed to pursuing prudent macroeconomic policies and implementing structural reforms, said the World Bank (WB) in its "MENA Economic Monitor".

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SIAM 2017 Banks on Drawing One Million Visitors

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:48

The International Agriculture Fair (SIAM 2017) banks on drawing 1 million visitors who will discover the multi-faceted Moroccan and international agriculture.

A mass inflow of visitors and professionals will be touring the different stands during the event's 12th edition which set the bar high this year.

The 2017 edition has beaten the record with 1,230 exhibitors from 66 countries.

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Ambassador Hilale Puts Down Venezuelan Counterpart at UN Headquarters

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:44

Morocco's permanent representative to the UN, ambassador Omar Hilale, has put down the ambassador of Venezuela to the United Nations during a discussion Tuesday at the UN headquarters on the financing of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In his repeated ideological-political crusade against Morocco, the representative of Venezuela said that the achievement of the SDGs will be accomplished by taking into consideration the occupied territories, such as Palestine and the Moroccan Sahara.

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EU Supports Morocco’s ‘Crucial’ Role in Africa, Mediterranean (co-chair of Morocco-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee)

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:35

The European Union (EU) is supporting Morocco’s "crucial" role in Africa and the Mediterranean, co-chair of the Morocco-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee, Ines Ayala Sender, said Tuesday in Rabat.

The EU aspires to revive Morocco's role in the EU-Morocco-African Union triangle, Sender told MAP following her meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.

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WB Satisfied With Level of Partnership With Morocco

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:32

Vice President of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa Hafez Ghanem voiced, on Tuesday in Rabat, the WB's satisfaction with its partnership with Morocco and the huge success both parties have achieved together.

Ghanem lauded, during this meeting with head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani, the Moroccan model for its political stability and the ongoing development of its economy which will enable the Kingdom to achieve the ambitious goals set as part of the country's economic development, investments and social reforms.

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8th Annual Meeting of Morocco-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee Kicks Off in Rabat

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:28

The 8th annual meeting of the Morocco-European Union (EU) Joint Parliamentary Committee opened on Tuesday at the headquarters of the House of Representatives in Rabat.

The event will focus notably on the results and achievements of this important body for political cooperation between Morocco and the EU.

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Morocco’s Security Strategy, Practical Model to Fight Terrorism in Sahel: Potomac Institute

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:10

Morocco’s couterterrorism strategy seems to serve as ‘a practical model’ to fight violent extremism in the Sahel, according to a report released by The Inter-University Center on Terrorism Studies (IUCTS) and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

“In sum, Rabat’s holistic security strategies, ranging from expanded international cooperation (e.g., joining the African Union) to developing tolerant Islamic approaches, seem to serve as a practical model to bring potential terrorist threats to manageable levels,” the source added.

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Morocco, North African Oasis which Offers Vision of Stability: Australian Newspaper

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 13:05

Morocco is a North African oasis which offers a vision of stability, Australian journalist Greg Sheridan wrote in an article published by "The Australian" newspaper.

"Of all the Arab states of North Africa and the Persian Gulf, none has a serious case for emerging from the Arab Spring in better shape than Morocco," the author of the article pointed out.

Its economic growth rate is better than 4.5 per cent and it has democratic elections ultimately producing stable governments, the newspaper’s foreign editor noted.

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HM the King Inspires Spiritual Leaders in Promoting Tolerance, Peace (The Hill)

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 15:41

HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, is a source of inspiration for religious and spiritual leaders throughout the world in combating jihadism and promoting tolerance and peace, writes on Thursday U.S. daily "The Hill".

“HM King Mohammed VI has used his religious role of Commander of the Faithful to inspire religious leaders to combat jihadist themes and urge tolerance and peace,” notes the publication in an analysis by Ahmed Charai, publisher and board member of several U.S. think tanks.

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Morocco-European Countries Twining: Mid-term Results Are Promising (Lower House Speaker)

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 14:04

The mid-term results of the twinning project between the House of Representatives and the parliaments of some European countries are promising and show that cooperation is not only a written document but a concrete reality, said, Wednesday in Rabat, Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower house), Habib El Malki.

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Lord Mayor of London Visits Casablanca Stock Exchange

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:17

Lord Mayor of the City of London, Andrew Parmley, visited, on Wednesday the headquarters of the Casablanca Stock Exchange, in order to boost Moroccan-British cooperation, notably in the financial sector.

The visit is part of a tour in North Africa of the 689th Lord Mayor of the City, who is leading a large delegation, composed of government officials and entrepreneurs seeking growth opportunities after the Brexit.

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AU Chairman to Take Part in 9th National Agriculture Conference

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:30

The 9th National Agriculture Conference, to be held on April 17th in Meknes, will be attended by Chairman of the African Union (AU) and President of the Republic of Guinea, Alpha Conde, said on Wednesday the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests.

Conde will give a speech during the opening of this major event and will also attend the inauguration of the 12th edition of the International Agriculture Show (SIAM) on April 18th, the ministry said in a statement.

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FM Holds Talks with US Senator Thad Cochran

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:26

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, held talks here on Wednesday with US Senator Thad Cochran.

Talks between the two parties focused on bilateral relations and the means to strengthen them in various fields.

The American Senator has met earlier with head of government, Saad-Eddine El Othmani.

Senator Thad Cochran is on a visit to Morocco at the head of a US delegation.

MAP 12 April 2017

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New Government to Continue Reforms Initiated by Previous Cabinets: El Othmani

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:40

The new government will continue the reform process initiated by previous governments, while "putting the Moroccan citizen's interest above any other consideration," Head of Government Saad-Eddine El Othmani said Wednesday in Rabat.

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Morocco Redefining Africa’s North–South Relations (African Business Magazine)

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 11:13

Morocco, which has engaged in a genuine charm offenive throughout Africa, is redefining the continent's North–South relations, African Business Magazine writes Monday.

In an analysis titled "Morocco is reminding us that the North is also part of Africa", the magazine says that before Morocco’s engagement, North Africa’s role on the continent was routinely omitted while the likes of Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa grab the headlines.

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Moroccan Parliament Takes Part in 136th IPU Assembly in Dacca

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 11:03

The Moroccan parliament participates in the 136th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, to be held on April 1-5 in Dacca (Bangladesh), under the theme "Redressing inequalities: Delivering on dignity and well-being for all."

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Morocco, Ukraine Discuss Means to Boost Parliamentary Relations

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:58

Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower house) Habib El Malki held, on Monday in Rabat, talks with the ambassador of Ukraine and doyen of the European Diplomatic Corps in Morocco Yaroslav Koval, on means to strengthen bilateral relations between Morocco and Ukraine, in general, and between the legislative institutions of both countries, in particular.

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