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Hydroelectric Sector to Boost Africa’s Human Development, Official

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 13:23

The hydroelectric sector is a pledge to boost human development in the African continent, said on Tuesday in Marrakesh, Minister delegate for water Charafat Afilal.

Given its huge potential and the assets it offers, the hydroelectric sector can be, if developed, a pledge to boost human development in the African continent, said Afilal in the opening of the International Conference on Water and Energy (Africa 2017), held under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, on March 14 to 16.

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Moroccan Flag Hoisted at AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa:

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:49

The Moroccan flag was hoisted on Monday at the headquarters of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, a historic event after the Kingdom's return to the pan-African grouping.

   Outside the compound, the national flag was hoisted at a ceremony attended by Morocco’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Nezha Alaoui M'Hamdi, elected chairman of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, outgoing Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dlamini Zuma, as well as several ambassadors accredited to Addis Ababa.

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Mezouar Receives Eritrean Foreign Minister, Carrying Message from Eritrean President to HM the King

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:47

Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar received, here Monday, his Eritrean peer, Mohammed Osman Saleh, who handed him a message addressed to HM the King by Eritrean President, HE Isaias Afwerki.

The Eritrean Minister was accompanied by Yemane Ghebreab Woldeyohan, Political Advisor to the President.

MAP 13 March 2017

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Bahraini Sovereign Commends HM King Mohammed VI's Role in Strengthening Bilateral Relations

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:45

HM King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain expressed his pride in the efforts and role of HM King Mohammed VI in strengthening relations between the two countries, wishing to Morocco and its brotherly people further prosperity and progress under the wise leadership of the Sovereign.

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Upon High Instructions of HM the King, Major General, Inspector General of FAR Receives Chief of Staff of the French Army

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 16:35

Upon high instructions of HM the King, Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), Major General, Inspector General of FAR, received, Monday in Rabat, General of the Army Jean-Pierre Dosser, Chief of Staff of the French Army, who is leading a large military delegation on a working visit to Morocco (March 12-14).

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US News & World Report Names Morocco among 50 Best Countries

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:01

 For the second year in a row Morocco was ranked among the top 50 best countries by US News & World Report's Best Countries listing, released earlier this week.

Produced in partnership with Y&R's BAV Consulting group and the Wharton School of Pennsylvania, the listing evaluates 80 countries based on a survey of more than 21,000 respondents worldwide in nine sub-categories: Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business, Power, and Quality of Life.

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Morocco's ECOWAS Adherence Request, Additional Step in HM the King's Ambitious African Strategy, Jeune Afrique

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:56

The request of Morocco to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is an additional step in the ambitious African strategy elaborated by HM King Mohammed VI, wrote weekly "Jeune Afrique".

"After the Addis Abeba event, Morocco made another big announcement, on Feb. 24 from Guinea," the magazine recalled in an article entitled "Marocafique (acte II)", noting that HM the King gave his orders to submit Morocco's request to join ECOWAS, a regional grouping bringing together 15 countries in the continent.

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AfDB Approves 2017-2021 Country Strategy Paper for Morocco

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 13:39

The Board of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group approved, on Wednesday in Abidjan, the 2017-2021 country strategy paper for Morocco.

This document outlines the program of collaboration between the AfDB and Morocco for the next five years, the AfDB said in a note published on its official portal, underlining that this strategy was designed to accompany the Kingdom in its efforts to create the conditions for the speeding up the structural transformation of its economy and the creation of jobs.

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134 Projects Launched in 2016 Under New Development Model for Southern Provinces, Interior Minister

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:32

134 projects totaling 39.1 billion dirhams were launched in the year 2016 under the new development model for southern provinces which is worth 77 bln MAD and was kicked off by HM King Mohammed VI on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Glorious Green March, the interior minister announced on Wednesday in Laayoune.

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The Official Visit of Upper House Speaker to Helsinki

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 11:25

Upper House Speaker Holds Talks with Finnish President in Helsinki

Speaker of the House of Advisors (upper house) Hakim Benchamach, held talks, on Wednesday at the presidential palace in Helsinki, with Finnish president, Sauli Niinisto.

The talks tackled the prospects of bilateral cooperation and a wide range of regional and international issues of common interest, Benchamach told reporters after the meeting.

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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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