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2nd International Parliamentary Forum on Social Justice - Rabat 2017

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:19

Social Dialogue has Endorsed Social Character of Morocco’s Constitutional Monarchy: HM the King

HM King Mohammed VI underlined that social dialogue, which has been adopted and institutionalized as a strategic option for Morocco, has endorsed the social character of the country’s constitutional monarchy.

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Morocco Displays Multidimensional Policy & Takes Proactive Actions to Fight Terrorism: Head of BCIJ

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 14:44

Thanks to the enlightened vision of HM King Mohammed VI, Morocco displays a multidimensional policy and a strategy based on proactive and anticipatory actions in the fight against terrorism, Director of the Central Bureau for Judiciary Investigations (BCIJ), Abdelhak El Khayam, said.

Efforts made by Morocco and the experience gained in this field have enabled the Kingdom to become a model to follow, he added in an interview with the news site "Red Marruecos".

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President of Australian Senate Calls for Strengthening Cooperation between Moroccan and Australian Parliaments

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 15:29

President of the Australian Senate, Stephen Parry, stressed on Thursday in Canberra the need to strengthen cooperation between the parliaments of Morocco and Australia through the exchange of visits and experiences.

During a meeting with Morocco’s ambassador to Australia, Karim Medrek, Parry expressed his interest in Morocco’s experience in good governance, tourism and the fight against terrorism, saying that an exchange of experiences in these fields could be beneficial to both countries.

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Hilale Briefs UN Security Council on situation in Central African Republic

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 15:13

Omar Hilale, the Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations and the Chair of the Central African Republic Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission, voiced on Wednesday concerns regarding the security situation in the Central African Republic.

Recent clashes in which hundreds were killed and thousands more displaced underscored the need to urgently address the security challenges, he stressed in his briefing to the UN Security Council.

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Morocco, Britain Discuss Means to Promote Bilateral Relations

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:08

Speaker of the House of Representatives (Lower house), El Habib El Malki, held talks here on Wednesday with British ambassador to Morocco, Karen Betts.

Talks focused on the means to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, a statement from the lower house said, adding that El Malki called for the promotion of bilateral relations in all areas.

El Malki stressed that the return of Morocco to the African Union (AU) is an opportunity to develop economic cooperation between the two countries, as Morocco has become a platform for access to African markets.

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Fisheries Fair 'Halieutis' Kicks Off in Agadir

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:03

International Fisheries Fair 'Halieutis', which focuses on fish farming and sea products, opened on Wednesday in Agadir, featuring during 5 days many exhibitions, meetings, conferences and workshops.

The event's fourth edition was launched off by agriculture minister Aziz Akhannouch, who was accompanied mainly by wali of Souss-Massa region Zineb El Adaoui, and European commissioner for environment, maritime affairs and fisheries Karmenu Vell.

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3rd Morocco-GCC Meeting Focuses on Intensifying Economic Cooperation

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:49

The 3rd meeting of the working group in charge of economic cooperation between Morocco and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries opened, on Tuesday in Rabat, with the aim of examining means in favor of intensifying coordination related to economic and trade cooperation through the follow-up of the implementation of the joint action plan and the development of bilateral trade exchanges and investment opportunities.

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Morocco's Dam Storage Capacity Reaches 54.6% by February. 14

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:44

Dam's storage capacity in Morocco reached 54.6% as of February 14, which is a total storage of 8.31 billion cubic meters (m3), according to the Department of Wat

This level is lower than the one reported during the same period in 2016, when the volume of water totaled about 9.3 billion cubic meters, which is a storage capacity of 60.8%, the same source added.

The department underlines the increase of water supplies in some dams compared to the same period last year, including Ibn Battouta (from 11.9% to 64.8%), El Kensra (from 44.7% to 71.8%) and Dkhila (from 52% to 96%).

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Moroccan Delegation Takes Part in 40th IFAD Governing Council

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:40

An important Moroccan delegation, led by secretary general of the agriculture ministry Mohammed Sadiki, is taking part in Rome in the 40th session of the governing council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which kicked off on Tuesday.

The delegation also includes Morocco's ambassador to Italy Hassan Abouyoub as well as top officials from the departments of agriculture, finances and foreign affairs.

The opening ceremony of the two-day event was marked by a speech given by IFAD president Kanayo F. Nwanze whose second mandate will end on march 31.

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Morocco’s Return to AU, ‘Diplomatic & Political Victory’: Louis Michel

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 14:57

The return of Morocco to the African Union (AU) is "a historic act, a diplomatic victory and a political success," Belgium’s minister of state and MEP Louis Michel said on Tuesday.

Morocco’s reintegration into the AU is indeed "a significant evolution for the Kingdom, but also for the whole of the African continent," he told MAP, noting that the return of Morocco to the Pan-African organization will enable the AU to set up a self-financing plan.

The AU is still dependent on donors for funding, he added.

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With its Return to AU, Morocco to Play its Role in Africa's Development

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 13:38

Morocco's return to the African Union (AU) will allow it play its role in the development of Africa, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said Monday.

"Given its importance, Morocco, which has returned to the African Union, can play its role in the development of the African continent", Dastis told MAP.

In this context, the Spanish FM recalled that his country welcomed the return of Morocco to the pan-African organization during its 28th Summit Annual meeting in Addis Ababa.

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Morocco, Spain Driven by Firm Will to Reinforce their Partnership

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:58

Morocco and Spain, two friendly and neighboring countries, are driven now more than ever by a firm will to develop and diversify their relations of partnership at all levels, said, on Monday in Rabat, foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar and Spanish peer Alfonso Dastis.

"Spain and Morocco have exemplary relations at all levels and our intention and determination is to deepen them and further them in the future," Dastis said in a statement to the press following a meeting with Mezouar.

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IOM Wishes to Support Morocco in Implementing its Migration Policy

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:56

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) "will spare no effort" to support Morocco in the implementation of its migration policy, IOM Director General William Lacy-Swing said.

He made this statement in a recent meeting with Morocco's permanent representative in Geneva, Ambassador Mohamed Aujjar, who informed him of the latest developments of the second phase of the Kingdom’s campaign to regularize the legal situation of undocumented Sub-Saharan nationals.

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Morocco is Becoming Strategic Platform in Africa, South-African Website

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:51

Morocco is undeniably becoming a strategic platform to address the African continent, wrote on Monday south-African website "howsouthafrica.com".

The website highlighted the increasing number of global companies which choose to step in first in Morocco, then gain a faster access to other African markets.

It underscored Morocco's geographic proximity to Europe, its political stability and its competitive workforce which constitute a powerful advantage.

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Belgian Minister Lauds Moroccan Voluntary-Based Migration Policy

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:24

Minister of education and scientific research for the German-speaking community in Belgium Herald Mollers lauded the launch by HM King Mohammed VI of the second phase of the integration of people in illegal situation.

In a letter to the consul general of Morocco in Liege Hassan Touri, the Belgian official hailed this initiative which is part of the new Moroccan migration policy.

The first regularization phase was internationally recognized, he said, wishing full success to the Kingdom in this endeavor.

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Morocco Among Countries Doing Well in Restructuring, IMF Official

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:14

Morocco is among countries that are doing well in restructuring themselves, said director general of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde in an interview with weekly "Jeune Afrique".

Morocco is among countries that do not export oil or agricultural raw materials and are doing well in restructuring themselves, said Lagarde.

She also recalled that the IMF has renewed for the third time a line of liquidity in favor of the Kingdom, which is "doing pretty well."

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Haiti Wants to Benefit from Morocco's Electric Production Expertize

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 16:16

Haitian foreign minister Pierrot Delienne voiced the wish of his country to benefit from the Moroccan expertize in relation with electric production, said a statement by the house of representatives.

The Republic of Haiti aims to boost its production capacity by 60 megawatts within 5years, said Delienne in a meeting with speaker of the house of representatives Habid El Malki following the inauguration ceremony of Haiti's new president Jovenel Moise, said a statement on Friday.

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Moroccan Diplomat Hands Royal Decoration to Former French Minister

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 16:14

Morocco's ambassador to France Chakib Benmoussa handed, on Thursday in Paris, a decoration awarded by HM King Mohammed VI to deputy and former French minister Luc Chatel in recognition of his commitment to the development of the Moroccan-French relations.

Chatel, chairman of the France-Morocco friendship group at the national assembly, was granted the commander insignia of the Alawite wissam.

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168 Terrorist Cells Smashed in Morocco Since Sept. 2011, Interior Official

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 16:12

Moroccan authorities dismantled 168 terrorist cells since the US 9/11 attacks, said, on Thursday in Rabat, wali, director general of international cooperation at the Interior Ministry Mohamed Moufakir.

50 cells out of 168 were dismantled in relation with conflict zones as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria and the Sahel, said Moufakir in his speech on the Moroccan counterterrorism approach highlighted at a seminar themed "Counterterrorism and fight against violent extremism in the Mediterranean: What kind of cooperation between the two shores" (Moroccan model).

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