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OIC Welcomes Morocco's Return to African Union

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 10:39

Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Youssef bin Ahmed Al-Outhaymine, welcomed, here Tuesday, the return of Morocco to the African Union (AU).

   This is an important step that will contribute to supporting African continent not only at the political level but also economically, Al-Outhaymine told the press following his meeting with Ambassador Mohamed Ali Lazrak, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

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Morocco, Qatar Set to Promote Cooperation in International Humanitarian Law

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 10:36

Minister of Justice and Freedoms Mustapha Ramid held, here Tuesday, talks with Secretary General of the Qatari Ministry of Justice, Sultan bin Abdullah Al Suwaidi, on the means to promote bilateral cooperation in international humanitarian law (IHL).

   The meeting, which was attended by President of the Moroccan National Commission for International Humanitarian Law, Farida El Khamlichi, also focused on the exchange of experiences and the best practices and the adaptation of national laws to ratified international conventions, as well as the challenges in this field.

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Lower House Speaker Represents HM the King in Ghana's 60th Independence Day celebrations

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:55

Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower house), Habib El Malki, represented HM King Mohammed VI in the 60th anniversary celebrations of Ghana's independence

During the ceremony, which was attended by many Heads of State and Government, El Malki was accompanied by HM the King's ambassador in Accra, Hamid Chabar, said on Tuesday a statement by the lower house.

During an official luncheon following the ceremony, El Malki conveyed to the Ghanaian President, on behalf of HM the King and the Moroccan people, his heartfelt congratulations.

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Morocco to Take Part in QITCOM 2017 Exhibition

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:07

Moroccan Head of government, Adbelilah Benkirane, arrived on Monday in Doha to take part in the fourth edition of the Qatar ICT Conference and Exhibition – QITCOM 2017, at the invitation of Qatar's Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

The networking conference will be held at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) on March 6-8, under the theme: "Qatar – towards a smart future."

This year, the event is projected to host more than 90 local and international exhibitors.

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US State Department Highlights Freedom of Speech & Expression in Morocco

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:55

The US State Department highlighted in its human rights report for 2016, the freedom of speech and expression in Morocco, as well as the welcome reserved to Sub-Saharan refugees and the efforts made by the Kingdom to implement the advanced regionalization plan.

   Regarding freedom of expression, the State Department recalls that the new Press Code "limits punishments for journalistic infractions to fines", welcoming that authorities "did not restrict or disrupt access to the internet".

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Moroccans Top 'Jeune Afrique' Ranking of 50 Most Influential Businesswomen of Francophone Africa

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:53

Moroccan entrepreneurs topped the ranking of the 50 most influential businesswomen of Francophone Africa, published in the latest issue of French weekly magazine ‘Jeune Afrique’.

The ranking was led by chairwoman of Moroccan employers' association CGEM, Miriem Bensalah Chaqroun, followed by chairwoman of the Ynna Holding Group, Mama Tajmouati, CEO of the agro-food group Diana Holding, Rita Zniber, CEO of Aksal, Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch, and deputy chief executive of Saham Finances, Nadia Fettah.

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UNSG Names Moroccan Najat Rochdi as Deputy Special Representative in Central African Republic

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:15

UNSG Antonio Guterres named on Thursday Moroccan Najat Rochdi as Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Integrated Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), where she will serve as UN resident coordinator, humanitarian coordinator in the country, as well as UNDP resident representative.

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Reforms Carried out by HM the King Foster Morocco's Leadership in His Region

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 15:58

The political and social reforms carried out by HM King Mohammed VI foster Morocco’s leadership in its regional space in several areas, including sustainable development, notes "Universidad y diplomatia", a Peruvian magazine specialized in academic and diplomatic matters.

In a special feature published in its latest issue, the magazine stresses that Morocco has consolidated sustainable development under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, who endeavours to diversify the economy of the Kingdom, one of the most stable countries in the African continent.

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Terrorist Threat Hangs Over the Whole Maghreb Region, Head of BCIJ

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 15:56

The terrorist threat hangs over the whole Maghreb region, particularly given that Daesh has already set foot in Libya, said director of Central Bureau for Judiciary Investigations (BCIJ), Abdelhalk Khiame.

The danger does not only concern Morocco, but also "Algeria, which is already suffering from the threat of the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in the south of its territory, in addition to a problem created from nothingness by this country in the Sahara," Khiame said in an interview published Thursday by the daily "L'Economiste.”

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Morocco-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee to Hold Forthcoming meeting in April in Rabat

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 14:48

The meeting of the Morocco-European Union Joint Parliamentary Committee will take place next April in Rabat, Abderrahim Atmoun, member of this committee, announced on Wednesday in Brussels.

   "Following intense activities of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Habib El Malki in the European Parliament, it was agreed to hold the forthcoming meeting of the Morocco-European Union Joint Parliamentary Committee on April 18-19 in Rabat", Atmoun told MAP.

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Policies That Better Integrate Women into Economy Could Help Improve Morocco's Growth Prospects, IMF

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 11:51

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.

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Ivorian Tidjanes Pay Heartfelt Tribute to HM the King for His Efforts to Promote Tolerant Islam

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 11:39

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.

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EP Speaker Underlines Morocco's Major Role in Maintaining Stability in Mediterranean

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 11:36

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.

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El Haite Calls For Expertize Network to Speed UP Paris Agreement Implementation

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 11:34

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.

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European Parliament President Receives Lower House Speaker

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 16:07

 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.

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Moroccan Automotive, Aerospace Industries Target Investment (OBG)

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 16:04

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).

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South Sudan: Royal Visit Opens Wide Prospects for Bilateral Cooperation (Vice-President)

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 11:48

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".

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Morocco Urged to Play Platform Role Between Europe, Africa, Speaker of Lower House

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 11:46

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."

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Morocco-Netherlands: Rotterdam Mayor Calls for Boosting Expertise Exchange in Migration

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 11:44

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.

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Morocco's AU Return 'Huge Achievement' for Africa, Italian Official

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 11:42

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.

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