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Morocco Secures Top-50 Ranking in 2017 Bloomberg Innovation Index

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:21

Morocco was named among the 50 most innovative economies in the world by the 2017 Bloomberg Innovation Index.

The Index evaluated over 200 world economies before trimming the list to 78.

Morocco’s highest rankings were in the areas of R&D intensity, manufacturing value-added, and high-tech density, reflecting the North African country’s success in implementing its longtime strategy to develop its auto and aerospace manufacturing sectors, as well as its leadership in renewable energy development.

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Upon Royal Orders, Thousands Benefit from Assistance to Face Cold Wave, Interior Ministry

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 11:26

Upon the royal orders aimed at facing the cold wave in some regions of the Kingdom, local authorities took a series of measures, since Nov. 22 in coordination with the different services and authorities, in order to open up regions witnessing heavy snowfall and important drop in temperature.

The ministry said, on Thursday in a statement, that in parallel with aid provided by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, local authorities conducted operations to ensure foodstuffs, blankets and clothes for over 5,600 people.

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Morocco, GB Discuss Means to Enhance Bilateral Cooperation on Security Issues

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 15:58

Minister Delegate to the Interior minister, Cherki Drais, held talks here on Thursday with British Minister of State for Security at the Home Office Ben Wallace.

Talks focused on various security issues as well as the means to strengthen bilateral cooperation particularly in the fight against terrorism, organized crime and cybercrime.

During the meeting, the two sides underlined the excellent relations between the two countries thanks to the privileged links between HM King Mohammed VI and HM Queen Elizabeth II.

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Lower House Foreign Affairs Committee Unanimously Adopts AU Constitutive Act

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:02

The Committee of Foreign Affairs, National Defense, Islamic Affairs and Moroccans Living Abroad, in the House of Representatives, unanimously adopted, on Wednesday in Rabat, the bill on the approval of the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU), signed on July 11th, 2000 in Lomé, and the Additional Protocol, adopted on February 3rd, 2003 in Addis Ababa and on July 11th, 2003 in Maputo.

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Chile Reiterates Support for Morocco's Territorial Integrity, Chilean Deputy

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:01

Chile reiterates its support for Morocco's territorial integrity, said, on Wednesday in Rabat, Claudia Andrea Nogueira Fernandez, chairwoman of the Chile-Morocco friendship parliamentary group, on a visit to the Kingdom along with an important delegation.

Chile has always supported Morocco's territorial integrity over the Sahara, said Nogueira Fernandez in a statement to MAP following a meeting with chairman of the Royal Advisory Council on Saharan Affairs (CORCAS) Khalihenna Ould Errachid.

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Morocco Participation in The 11th Meeting of Interior Ministers

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:55

Niger's President Grants Audience to Interior Minister

Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad was granted an audience by president of the Republic of Niger, H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou, on the sidelines of the 11th meeting of interior ministers of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), which is scheduled in Niamey on Jan. 18-19, said on Wednesday the interior ministry.

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Morocco, Cape Verde to Strengthen Cooperation on Statistics

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 15:15

A cooperation agreement in the field of statistics was signed Tuesday in Rabat between the High commission for planning (HCP) and the National Institute of Statistics of Cape Verde (INECV).

The agreement, signed by the High Commissioner for Planning, Ahmed Lahlimi Alami, and the President of INECV, Osvaldo Rui Monteiro Dos Reis Borges, aims to develop close cooperation, strengthen institutional capacities and exchange experiences.

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Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment: Nearly one million women screened from November 22 to December 16

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 13:43

A total of 958,621 women between the age of 40 and 69 were screened during the awareness-raising campaign for breast cancer screening organized by the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment from November 22 to December 16, the Foundation said in a statement.

During the campaign, approximately 10% of expected breast cancer cases were diagnosed, the Foundation added.

The 2016 campaign was meant to encourage women over 40 to get tests.

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Cold Wave Thursday-Sunday in Several Moroccan Regions

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 13:39

The National Meteorology Department (DMN) predicted an important temperature drop starting this Thursday and running until Sunday in several Moroccan regions.

They are the provinces of Midelt, Tinghir, Azilal, Al Haouz, Beni Mellal, Boulemane and Ifrane where minimum temperatures would vary between -11 and -05 °C, while maximum temperatures will fluctuate between -03 and 00 °C, the DMN said on Tuesday in a special weather report.

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Gdim Izik: Procedure Before Civil Court Will Ensure Fair Trial, French Lawyer

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:57

The procedure before a common law court for the suspects in the Gdim Izik case, which opened on Dec. 26, helps to ensure a fair trial, make the truth known and sentence the culprits, said Paris Bar lawyer Emmanuel Tawil.

"There is no doubt that this trial will shed light on the truth and make it known to all," said Tawil who is one of the lawyers of Gdim Izik victims, recalling the presence during this trial of international observers and many foreign lawyers.

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Morocco's Lower House to Vote AU Constituent Act on Wednesday

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:35

The House of Representatives will hold, on Wednesday, a plenary session to examine and vote a bill on the approval of the constituent act of the African Union (AU).

   This session will take place at 4 pm, according to a statement of the House of Representatives.

MAP 17 January 2017

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Habib El Malki Elected as Speaker of Morocco's Lower House

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 11:06

Habib El Malki, from the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), was elected on Monday as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives.

   As a single candidate, El Malki was elected by 198 votes out of the 342 votes cast at this in a plenary session, which was chaired by Abdelouhed Radi, Dean of Moroccan MPs.

   The plenary session for the election of the new Speaker of the House of Representatives was marked by the withdrawal of the parliamentarian group of the Istiqlal party.

MAP 16 January 2017

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EU High Representative Calls for Stronger Partnership with Morocco

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:24

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini called, on Monday in Brussels, for a stronger partnership between the EU and Morocco.

Answering, during a press briefing, a question on the implications of the decision by the EU justice court which confirmed the validity of the agricultural agreement with Morocco, Mogherini hailed the common position adopted by Morocco and the Union in this regard.

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The President of Japan International Cooperation Agency Official Visit to Morocco

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:20

Morocco Satisfied with JICA's Contribution to Its Development Programs

Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane expressed, on Monday in Rabat, Morocco's satisfaction with the efficient contribution of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to development programs in the Kingdom.

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Visit of Moroccan Economic Operators to Freetown to Give New Impetus to Relations with Rabat

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 11:18

The visit by a delegation of Moroccan economic promoters and operators to Freetown will give new impetus to partnership between Sierra Leone and Morocco, said on Saturday President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma.

This visit constitutes a "turning point in relations between Sierra Leone and Morocco and represents what I would call a new beginning in our partnership," Koroma told the press after a Moroccan-Sierra Leonean economic forum.

This partnership will strengthen both the bilateral ties and the economic relations between the two countries, he added.

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The Moroccan Participation in Africa-France Summit

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 11:11

Africa-France Summit: Morocco's Decision to Rejoin African Union 'Warmly Welcomed’ (FM)

Morocco's decision to regain its place within the African Union (AU) was warmly welcomed during the 27th Africa-France Summit, Foreign minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, said on Saturday in Bamako.

"In the many meetings I had, I noted that Morocco's decision to rejoin its institutional family, the African Union, was warmly welcomed," Mezouar told the press after his participation in the Summit, held under the theme "Bamako Summit for Partnership, Peace and Emergence".

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Mezouar in Bamako to Represent HM the King at the 27th Africa-France Summit

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 13:00

Foreign Affairs and Cooperation minister Salaheddine Mezouar arrived Friday in Bamako to represent HM King Mohammed VI at the 27th Africa-France summit to be held on Saturday.

The "Bamako Summit for Partnership, Peace and Emergence", which will be attended by several heads of state and government, will be preceded by a meeting of Foreign Affairs ministers.

Bamako Summit is aimed at strengthening cooperation between France and African countries in the areas of peace and security, economic partnership and development.

MAP 13 January 2017

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Morocco, Japan Examine in Rabat Means to Strength Parliamentary Cooperation

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:02

First deputy speaker of the Moroccan House of Councilors, Mohamed El Ansari, and president of the Japanese House of Councilors, Chuichi Date, examined, on Thursday in Rabat, means to strengthen cooperation between the legislative institutions of the two countries.

Talks between the two officials, which talked various issues of common interest, were an opportunity to examine ways to strengthen and develop the relations between the Moroccan and Japanese legislative institutions, Ansari told the press conference after the meeting.

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Overall activity of Tangier Med Port grows 8.7% in 2016

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 13:01

The overall activity by the Tangier Med Port grew by 8.7% in 2016 compared to the year before, said on Thursday the Tangier Med Port Authority (TMPA).

The global volume of goods processed by the facility reached 44.61 million tons in 2016 against 41.04 million tons in 2015, said a statement by the TMPA.

The traffic of containers increased by 5% for tonnage compared to 2015, thus reaching 31.48 million tons, it said.

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The Offcial Visit of Abdelhakim Benchamach to Chile

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:05

Chile Interested in Morocco's Experience in Solar Energy, Says Chilean Minister

Chilean Energy minister, Andrés Rebolledo, said that his country is interested in the experience of Morocco in solar energy and in projects launched by the kingdom in this area.

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