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Kénitra Peugeot-Citroën Plant Banks on Yearly Production of 200K vehicles, Official

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:10

The Peugeot-Citroën plant, whose building works were launched in Kénitra free zone (Atlantic free zone), banks on a yearly production of 200,000 vehicles, said, on Thursday in Kénitra, Minister of industry, investment, trade and digital economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy.

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The Official Visit of Nigerien Minister of Foreign Affairs to Morocco

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:09

Morocco’s Accession to ECOWAS, Added Value to The Regional Grouping (Nigerian FM)

Morocco's accession to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is an added value to this regional grouping, Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, African Integration and Nigerians Abroad, Ibrahim Yacouba, said Friday in Rabat.

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Authorities Open Investigation to Identify Who is Behind Pictures of Allegedly Tortured People by Police in Al Hoceima

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:00

The competent authorities opened an investigation to identify who is responsible for posting Facebook pictures of people assaulted during criminal acts, as well as other photos documenting Middle East incidents and presenting them, deceptively, as violence and torture acts committed by the law enforcement officers in the Al Hoceima province, said a statement by the Interior Ministry.

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Global Innovation Index 2017: Morocco Among Most Innovative Countries in Africa

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 14:16

Morocco ranked among the most innovative countries in Africa, following south Africa and Mauritius Island, according to the Global Innovation Index 2017 issued on Thursday.

According to this index, developed by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Cornell University and INSEAD (The Business School for the World), Morocco is among the countries that kept a sustained performance over the past 7 years, said a statement by the Moroccan office for intellectual and commercial property (OMPIC).

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Sahara: Swaziland Reiterates its Support for Morocco

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 14:11

Swaziland Foreign Minister Mgwagwa Gamedze reiterated, here Thursday, his country's support to Morocco on the Sahara issue, praising the “brotherly” and “historical” relations between the two countries.

   “The position of Swaziland has been and will remain very clear on the question of the Sahara; We fully support Morocco”, Gamedze told the press following his talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation, Nasser Bourita.

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Gdim Izik Events: Court Postpones Trial of Suspects to July 11

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 13:56

The criminal chamber at the annexe of Salé's appeal court has decided to postpone until July 11th the trial of the suspects in the events of Gdim Izik camp, said, on Thursday, public prosecutor at the Rabat appeal court, Hassan Daki.

He told the press at the end of the hearing of the defense of the suspects and the public prosecutor's office that the defendants' lawyers dwelt on the general context of the events of Gdim izik camp and exposed the reports of the medical expertise.

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Visit of President Macron to Morocco Reaffirms Solidity of Partnership between Two Countries

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 13:39

The visit paid to Morocco by French president Emmanuel Macron reaffirms the solidity of partnership uniting the Kingdom and France, said, on Thursday, head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani.

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Al Hoceima: Public Forces Intervention Meant to Manage Protests and Preserve Security, Police

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 14:03

Interventions by the public forces in the city of Al Hoceima and its urban zones, since Oct. 28, 2016, were meant to manage protests so as to preserve security and public order, and prevent any threat on the security of citizens, while taking all measures to ensure individual and collective rights and liberties, said on Tuesday the National Police (DGSN).

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Challenges Facing Africa Call for New Cooperation Approach with G20

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 14:01

The challenges facing Africa call for a new approach to cooperation with the G20 countries, said, on Monday in Berlin, Moroccan minister of Economy and Finances, Mohamed Boussaid.

Speaking at a meeting on security and development in Africa as part of the international conference "G20/Africa Partnership, investing in a common future", held on June 12-13 in the German capital, Boussaid said the German-led G20 initiative stems from a new concept of cooperation, noting that Africa has enormous potential for development that needs to be valued.

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Resolution of Sahara Conflict will Strengthen Stability in Sahel & Sahara: Dominica's Ambassador

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:58
The resolution of the Sahara conflict will contribute to the strengthening of stability and security in the Sahel and Sahara region, the ambassador of the the Commonwealth of Dominica at the United Nations, Loreen Ruth Bannis Roberts, said Tuesday in New York.
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Upon HM the King's Instructions, Morocco Decides to Send Planes Loaded with Foodstuffs to Qatar, Foreign Ministry

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 14:02

Upon the instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, the Kingdom of Morocco decided to send planes loaded with foodstuffs to the State of Qatar, said on Monday a statement by the foreign affairs ministry.

This decision is in conformity with the principles of the Holy Islamic religion which calls for solidarity and mutual aid between Islamic peoples mainly in this blessed month of Ramadan, pursuant to Quranic verse "The month of Ramadhan in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion".

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Gulf Crisis: Morocco's Stance Stems from Clear Principles Underlying the Kingdom’s Foreign Policy

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 14:00

Morocco’s stance on the Gulf crisis stems from the clear principles underlying the foreign policy of the Kingdom and is based on the brotherhood relations between HM King Mohammed VI and His brother kings and princes of GCC State members.

   This position also stems from the exceptional strategic partnership relations with GCC members and the strong ties between the Moroccan people and the peoples of these countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation stressed in a statement.

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ILO Chief Praises Morocco's Commitment to SDGs

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 14:10

Guy Ryder, director-general of the ILO, lauded Morocco's strong commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the promotion of collective agreements.

During talks with Morocco's Minister of Employment and Professional Integration, Mohamed Yatim, held on the sidelines of the International Labour Conference (ILC), Ryder expressed his satisfaction with the level of cooperation between the ILO and the Kingdom.

ILO head also expressed his resolve to complete the Decent Work Country Program to which Morocco fully adheres.

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HM the King in close and permanent contact with the parties to the crisis between Gulf countries (Statement)

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 14:07

Since the outbreak of the crisis between the Gulf countries, HM King Mohammed VI has maintained close and permanent contact with the parties to the crisis, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Sunday in a statement.

Here follows the translation of the statement :

"The Kingdom of Morocco follows with great concern the recent deterioration in relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain, Egypt and other Arab countries on one side, and the State of Qatar on the other.

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The UN Ocean Conference reiterated the importance of continuing climate action : Mezouar

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 14:03

The first UN Ocean Conference, held on June 5-9 in New York, was an opportunity to reiterate the importance of continuing the fight against climate change, President of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Salaheddine Mezouar, said.

"For the presidency of COP22, this week was an opportunity to recall the importance of continuing the climate action and honoring the commitments made in the Paris Agreement and reiterated in the Marrakech Action Proclamation," Mezouar told MAP in a written statement.

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Lower House Speaker Holds Talks with Palestinian FM

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 14:02

Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower house), Habib El Malki, held talks on Wednesday in Rabat with Palestinian minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad al-Maliki.

Talks focused on the latest developments of the Palestinian cause and the means to defend Palestinians’ legitimate rights in order to establish a Palestinian state with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as capital, a statement from the House of Representatives said, adding that the Palestinian top diplomat hailed Morocco’s support to the Palestinian people.

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Al Hoceima: 520 mln MAD to Elaborate Integrated Plan to Promote Medical Services, Health Minister

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 14:00

A budget of 520 million dirhams were mobilized by the health ministry to carry out an integrated plan aimed at promoting medical services in the province of Al Hoceima, improving access to health care and reinforcing the medical offer, said health minister Lhoucine El Ouardi during a meeting with civil society stakeholders and elected members.

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'Renault Morocco' Rolls Out Millionth Vehicle

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 14:58

Morocco Renault Group celebrated, Tuesday, the export from the Tangier Med port of the millionth vehicle, manufactured in its Moroccan factories of Tangier and Casablanca.

The number of exported vehicles was to a large extent behind the very good performance of the automotive industry as the first export sector, said minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, adding that "this is a success story that we are trying to multiply in other sectors."

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King of Bahrain Approves Amendment of Moroccan-Bahraini Convention on Non-Double Taxation

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 14:54

The King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifa, approved and promulgated a law amending the Moroccan-Bahraini Convention on Non-Double Taxation.

The Bahraini Sovereign approved and promulgated Law No. 17 for the year 2017 ratifying the protocol of amendment to the Convention binding the governments of Bahrain and Morocco, so as to avoid double taxation and prevent tax evasion in terms of income tax, the Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported on Wednesday.

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