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EU Must Ensure Necessary Framework to Implement Agricultural Agreement under Best Conditions: Ministry

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 13:05

The European Union (EU) must ensure the necessary framework in order to implement the agricultural agreement with Morocco under the best conditions, the Ministry of Agriculture And Fisheries said.

"Morocco and the European Union are bound by an agricultural agreement whose application is effective on the territory of the Kingdom of Morocco, despite a judicial episode that has logically confirmed the agricultural protocol between Morocco and the European Union," the ministry pointed out in a statement.

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President Salva Kiir: 'Sahara Issue is Different in its Genesis, Legal and Political Background from that of South Sudan'

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:04

President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, said that the "issue of Sahara is different in its genesis, legal and political background from that of South Sudan,” hailing “Morocco's serious and credible efforts” to reach a political solution to this dispute.

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Morocco Strongly Condemns Abject Attack against Saudi Frigate West of Hodeidah Port in Yemen

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 13:39

 Morocco has strongly condemned the abject attack perpetrated last Sunday against a Saudi frigate on patrol west of Hodeidah port in Yemen, which claimed several lives, said Thursday a statement by the Foreign ministry.

While expressing its deep condolences and compassion to the Saudi government and people, Morocco reaffirms its full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its support to Saudi efforts aiming at restoring legality in Yemen, the ministry added.

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Morocco's Net International Reserves Up 7.9%

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:42

Morocco's net international reserves amounted to 251.5 billion dirhams until January 20, 2016, recording a 7.9 pc year-on-year increase, Bank Al-Maghrib said.

During the week of January 19-25, 2016, Bank Al-Maghrib injected 14.5 billion dirhams.

As for the interbank rate, it remained at 2.25%, while the average trading volume decreased from 4.3 billion dirhams to 4 billion dirhams, the central bank pointed out in its weekly indicators.

During the same period, the Dirham depreciated by 0.27% against the Euro and appreciated by 0.42% against the dollar.

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Cooperation with Morocco 'Fundamental' in Fighting Terrorism, Illicit Trafficking

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:36

Cooperation with Morocco 'Fundamental' in Fighting Terrorism, Illicit Trafficking (Spanish Minister)

Cooperation with Morocco is "fundamental" in combating terrorism and trafficking in drugs and human beings, said on Wednesday Spanish Interior minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido.

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EU Keen to Work with Morocco to Consolidate Growing Partnership with Africa

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:22

The European Union (EU) expressed, on Tuesday, its keenness to work with Morocco in order to consolidate the EU's growing partnership with Africa, after the return of the Kingdom to the African Union (AU).EU Keen to Work with  "We look forward to working with the African Union and Morocco to strengthen the EU's growing partnership with Africa," said the spokesman of the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini.

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Morocco Back to African Union

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 11:53

An overwhelming majority of African countries on Monday voted in favor of Morocco's return to the African Union (AU), during the 28th Summit of African Heads of State and Government, which is being held in Addis Ababa.

Thirty-nine African countries expressed their support to the kingdom's return to the pan-African bloc.

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Terrorist Cell Dismantled Friday Introduced Weapons through Morocco-Algeria Borders: Head of BCIJ

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 13:19

The weapons seized during the dismantling last Friday of a terror cell have been introduced in Morocco through Morocco-Algeria borders, Director of the Central Bureau for Judiciary Investigations (BCIJ), Abdelhak El Khayam, said on Sunday.

According to preliminary investigations, these weapons were introduced through the Morocco-Algeria borders in coordination with the group so-called Islamic State operating in Iraq, Syria and Libya before reaching the members of the terror cell, he added at a press conference at BCIJ headquarters in Salé.

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Moroccan participation at the XXVIII Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 13:14

28th AU Summit Kicks off in Addis Ababa

The 28th Summit of the African Union (AU) kicked off on Monday in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

The summit is expected to elect a new commission chairperson.

This year’s summit is under the theme “Harnessing Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth.”

The summit will discuss Morocco’s request to rejoin the AU.

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Morocco, France Co-Chair 1st Ministerial Meeting of '5+5 Dialogue Finance'

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 16:21

Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid, co-chaired, Tuesday in Paris, with his French counterpart, Michel Sapin, the first ministerial meeting of the "5+5 Dialogue Finance."

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Nigeria Reiterates Support to Morocco's return to AU

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 15:23

Nigeria reiterated on Wednesday its support to Morocco’s return to the African Union (AU).

"There is no objection to Morocco's request to reintegrate the AU," Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama told reporters in Addis Ababa on the sidelines of the 30th ordinary session of the AU Executive Council.

"The door is open for Morocco" to reintegrate the African family, he added, noting that the return of the Kingdom will strengthen the unity of Africa.

"It's good that we are united again," he said.

MAP 25 January 2017

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International University of Rabat Wins '2017 IIE Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education'

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 11:22

 The "2017 IIE Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education" of the American Institute of International Education (IIE) was awarded to the International University of Rabat (UIR) and its American academic partner ‘Mississippi State University’ (MSU).

The UIR and MSU were rewarded for their innovation in the field of higher education through their double-degree partnership in the field of automotive engineering, initiated since 2014, said a statement by the University.

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Over 137,000 Syrian Refugees Treated at Moroccan Zaatari Hospital in 2016

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 16:03

Some 137,978 Syrian refugees received medical services at the Moroccan field hospital in Zaatari camp, North-east of Jordan, in 2016.

According to the statistics provided by the hospital administration, children were on the top of those who were extended health services with 53,072 cases, followed by women (47,623) and men (37,283).

As many as 39,184 emergency cases, 17,364 pediatric cases and 26,514 general medicine cases were referred to the hospital.

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Moroccan Airports: Europe Accounts for 69% of Air Traffic in 2016

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 15:30

Europe accounted for 68.87% of Morocco’s air traffic in 2016, according to the National Airports Authority (ONDA).

This destination experienced a remarkable growth as the number of passengers passing through Moroccan and European airports reached 12,560,661, while the total number of passengers passing through Moroccan airports rose to 18,237,272.

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Morocco's Investment Incentives to Boost Economic Development (OBG)

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 11:28

Morocco’s newly investment incentives, financial reforms, its efforts to improve infrastructure and an increasing emphasis on sustainable energy are expected to boost economic development, according to Oxford Business Group.

While numerous countries in the region experienced falls in foreign direct investment (FDI) between 2010 and 2015, Morocco saw an increase of 11%, reaching Dh39bn (€3.6bn), OBG noted.

It added that the Moroccan government is also looking to capitalise on and attract further FDI through a new investment law introduced in July.

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Seven Theft Gang Members, Their ISIS Advocate Leader Arrested, Interior Ministry

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:23

Police services (DGSN) arrested, on Friday in coordination with the central bureau for judiciary investigations (BCIJ), seven members of a dangerous criminal gang specialized in robbery, including their leader who is an ISIS advocate, said the interior ministry.

The gang, which includes ex-convicts, was operating in the cities of Fez, El Jadida and Bni Drar near Oujda, said the ministry in a statement.

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Morocco's Upper House Unanimously Adopts Bill Approving AU Constitutive Act

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:05

he House of Advisors (upper house) on Thursday unanimously adopted the bill approving the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU), signed on July 11th, 2000 in Lomé.

The House of Representatives had unanimously adopted, on Wednesday, the bill during the first legislative session of the tenth legislature.

The Ministerial Council, chaired by HM King Mohammed VI, on January 10th in Marrakech, adopted the AU Constitutive Act, the Additional Protocol, as well as the bill on the approval of the above-mentioned Act.

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Culture, Key Component to Consolidate Moroccan-Chilean Ties (Mayor of Coquimbo)

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:20

Culture is a key component in consolidating relations between Moroccan and Chilean peoples, said Marcelo Pereira Peralta, Mayor of the Chilean city of Coquimbo (461 Kilometers from the capital Santiago).

   "For several years, culture has been an interesting theme in the agenda between the two countries (...) Morocco and Chile can offer a model of excellent cultural cooperation", Peralta told MAP after a meeting, held on Thursday, with Morocco's Ambassador in Santiago, Kenza Elghali.

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Fitur 2017: Morocco Wins Sustainable Tourism Commitment Award

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:16

Morocco has won the Sustainable Tourism Commitment Award by the Spanish magazine "Aire Libre" within the framework of the 37th International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR 2017, January 18-22).

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Morocco Steps Up Efforts to Assist Cold Wave Stricken Populations

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:12

In pursuance of high instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, public authorities continue their efforts to provide help and assistance to cold wave stricken populations, particularly in mountainous areas.

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