The moroccan press
Policies That Better Integrate Women into Economy Could Help Improve Morocco's Growth Prospects, IMF
Policies that better integrate women into the economy could help increase overall income and significantly improve Morocco's growth prospects, an IMF study said on Wednesday.
In an article authored by Anta Ndoye, Lisa Kolovich and Vincent Dadam, the Fund said that the Moroccan government has started to implement policies that better integrate women into the economy, but more still needs to be done to help young girls achieve their dreams.
The Federal Council of Tidjanes in Cote d'Ivoire on Wednesday paid a heartfelt tribute to HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, for His role in promoting peace and stability in the world.
During a religious ceremony gathering several imams and followers of the Tidjaniya in the Malick Konaté mosque, prayers were raised to the Almighty to grant a long life to HM King Mohammed VI and to assist the Sovereign in His blessed efforts for peace and the promotion of the noble values of moderate Islam.
Speaker of the European Parliament (EP) Antonio Tajani underlined, on Wednesday in Brussels, the major role played by Morocco in maintaining stability in the Mediterranean.
"I would like to thank HM King Mohammed VI and the Moroccan government for the work they have accomplished for stability in the Mediterranean and the region. Thanks to Morocco, we have a less dangerous situation," said Tajani in a statement to the press following the working meeting he had with speaker of the house of representatives Habib El Malki.
Minister delegate for the environment Hakima El Haite called, on Wednesday in Rabat, for setting up a network between the centers of competences worldwide and establishing a database to speed up the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
In a speech at the opening of an international workshop on capacity-building and the implementation of the Paris Agreement, El Haite noted that the setting up of a shared database that help in spreading expertize among the centers of competence will be beneficial to accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
European Parliament president Antonio Tajani received, on Wednesday in Brussels, speaker of the House of Representatives (lower house), Habib El Malki, who is leading a parliamentary delegation for high-level contacts in the European institution.
On this occasion, the two officials held a working session on relations between Morocco and the European Union and on means to strengthen exchange links between parliamentarians of the two institutions.
With the new year marking the halfway point in Morocco's ambitious 2014-20 Industrial Acceleration Plan, efforts are accelerating to develop both burgeoning and established industries in the country, according to Oxford Business Group (OBG).
The recent official visit of HM King Mohammed VI to South Sudan is appreciated at its true value by the broad prospects it opens for bilateral cooperation in various fields, first vice-president of South Sudan, Taban Deng Gai, said on Tuesday in Geneva.
Speaking in a meeting with Minister of Justice and Freedoms Mustapha Ramid, the South Sudanese official said that the royal visit to Juba "is in itself an important message to Africa and the world reflecting His Majesty's determination to defend the common action and the development cause in the continent".
Morocco is urged, now more than ever, to play in the years to come the role of a platform between Europe and Africa, said, on Tuesday in Africa, speaker of the house of representatives (lower house) Habib El Malki.
El Malki, who is leading a parliamentary delegation for high-level contacts in the European Parliament, said in an interview with the MAP that "the new approach initiated by His Majesty King Mohammed VI relating to South-South cooperation, broadens and gives new meaning to North-South cooperation."
Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb called, here Tuesday, for promoting exchange of experience between Morocco and the Netherlands in the field of migration and the development of the well-being of migrants.
At a meeting with Anis Birou, Minister for Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs, Aboutaleb praised the role of Morocco in welcoming, accompanying and integrating sub-Saharan immigrants, in the wake of the new momentum created by its migratory policy.
Morocco's return to the African Union (AU) is a huge achievement for the African continent which needs the contribution of such important countries to ensure its development and face the multiple challenges facing it, said Italian Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Vincenzo Amendola.
The United Nations on Monday welcomed Morocco's decision of unilateral withdrawal from the Guergarate region, deeming it a "positive" move.
"We obviously welcome the move, and we see it as a positive movement", Spokesman of UN Secretary General, Stéphane Dujarric said during his daily press briefing, adding that the UN "would like to see a general easing of the tensions".
He noted that "today, Minusro observers confirmed that the Moroccan armed elements have withdrawn" from Guergarate, reiterating that "the SG welcomes this withdrawal".
The contribution of Morocco to the economic development of Côte d'Ivoire is impressive, said on Monday Ivorian president H.E. Alassane Dramane Ouattara.
Morocco's Contribution to Economic Development of Côte d'Ivoire is Impressive, Ivorian Pres.
The Ivorian-Moroccan cooperation is getting deeper and involving many sectors, president Ouattara told the press, adding that the public-private and private-private agreement signed today are a proof of that.
The integration of Morocco into the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a "natural" step aimed at promoting fruitful relations between the kingdom and this African regional grouping, said vice-president of U.S. think tank "Atlantic Council", Peter Pham.
In many ways, this integration will promote the already existing fruitful relations that have been consolidated in recent years under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, who paid more than twenty visits to most of the countries of this African regional grouping, Pham told MAP-Washington on Monday.
The 14 agreements of public-private and private-private economic partnership, which were signed on Monday at the presidential palace in Abidjan before HM King Mohammed VI and Ivorian President H.E Alassane Dramane Ouattara, on the occasion of the presentation of the Côte d'Ivoire-Morocco Economic Impetus Group's work, are:
- A memorandum of understanding for setting up a funding for the "HEXAGONE", part of the priority projects of the 2016-2020 military programming law.
The announcement made by Morocco of a unilateral withdrawal from the Guerguarat zone is "an important step", said on Monday a European Union (EU) spokesperson.
"All parties must respect the terms of the ceasefire and continue to work for the interest and stability of the region," he said in a statement to MAP.
France welcomed Morocco’s announcement of a unilateral withdrawal from the Guerguerat region, stressing that this is an important step that eases the situation while taking into account the stability and interest of the region.
"France calls on all parties to show responsibility and to unconditionally and immediately withdraw all armed elements from the region, in accordance with the ceasefire agreements," spokesman of the French Foreign ministry, Romain Nadal, said.
The Kingdom of Morocco took note with interest of the statement made on Saturday, 25 February 2017 by the United Nations Secretary-General’s spokesman over the tense situation in the Guergarate region in the Moroccan Sahara, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation said in a statement.
Morocco takes note of recommendations and assessments made by the United Nations Secretary General, which are in line with international law, the statement added.
The United States hailed on Sunday Morocco's announcement of a unilateral withdrawal from the Guergarat region in the Moroccan Sahara.
"We welcome the Moroccan decision of a unilateral withdrawal of its personnel from the buffer zone of the region of Guerguarat in support of the request of the UN Secretary General," said the U.S. embassy in Rabat in a press release.
The embassy also said that it took note of the statement issued on Saturday by the spokesman of the UN Secretary General concerning the situation in the Guerguarat region.
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The Spanish government lauded the official announcement, made by Morocco on Sunday, of an immediate unilateral withdrawal from the Guerguerat region.
In a statement by the Spanish Foreign Ministry, Madrid called on the other parties to "immediately" withdraw from the said region, in response to the request of the UN Secretary-General.
HM the King's Visit to Côte d'Ivoire, 'Sign of Confidence & Friendship' (President Ouattara)
The visit of HM King Mohammed VI to the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire is "a sign of confidence and friendship towards our country", Côte d'Ivoire's President, H.E. Alassane Dramane Ouattara, said.
"We are delighted to welcome HM the King. Relations between Côte d'Ivoire and Morocco are very close", the Ivorian Head of State told the press, expressing his pride to welcome HM the King who "does us the honor to return to Cote d'Ivoire".