The moroccan press
Ninety-seven people were placed in pre-trial detention as part of Al Hoceima events, Minister in charge of Relations with Parliament and Civil Society, Government Spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi, said Thursday in Rabat.
The minister, who was speaking at a press briefing following the weekly Cabinet meeting, added that 47 people were held in custody while 66 requests for medical expertise over cases of alleged torture have been filed.
Prison sentences were handed out to 40 detainees at first instance, while 16 files were closed, he added.
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Spanish Interior minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido, will pay a working visit to Morocco on Friday, during which he will hold talks with his Moroccan counterpart, Abdelouafi Laftit, said a statement by his department.
The visit is part of the "excellent relations between the two countries" and takes place a few days before the meeting of G4 Interior ministers (Spain, France, Portugal and Morocco), to be held next Monday in Seville, the same source added.
A decision made earlier this month by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to agree in principle to Morocco’s request to join the union could allow the kingdom to further expand its trade ties in West Africa, leveraging its strong relations with the EU and a growing industrial base, the Oxford Business Group (OBG) said.
Minister delegate to the minister of Foreign Affairs, in charge of Moroccans living abroad and Migration Affairs, Abdelkrim Benatiq, highlighted, on Wednesday in Berlin, the singular experience of Morocco in migration matters.
Speaking at the opening of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, co-chaired by Morocco and Germany, Benatiq said Morocco has initiated a humanitarian and responsible migration policy under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI.
Head of Govt. Stresses Need to Respect Law in Dealing With Al Hoceima Protests, Investigate Any Abuse
Head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, stressed, on Wednesday, the need to respect the law in handling protests in Al Hoceima and investigate any abuse, expressing confidence in justice to give substance to the royal orientations regarding respect for fair trial guarantees, to investigate any alleged torture and to conduct the necessary medical expertise in accordance with universally recognized legal rules.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Proparco, a subsidiary of Agence Française de Développement (AFD) devoted to private sector financing, are investing €100 million and €35 million, respectively, in the first green bond issuance by Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP), to promote sustainable, environment friendly projects in the country.
Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower house), Habib El Malki, represented, on Friday, HM King Mohammed VI at the official inauguration ceremony of the new President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic.
Aleksandar Vucic, 47, leader of the Progressive Party of Serbia (SNS), was elected President of the Republic in the first ballot with 55.1 pc of the votes cast.
Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido welcomed, on Monday in Algeciras (Southern Spain), the “close” cooperation between Madrid and Rabat in the operation of transit of Moroccan expatriates dubbed “Marhaba”.
Operation Marhaba “would not have been possible without the close collaboration and good disposition of Moroccan authorities”, Zoido said during the closing day of a seminar on this operation, held at the Chamber of Commerce and services of Algeciras, according to a statement of the Spanish Interior ministry.
The total investment of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in Morocco reached $ 1.15 billion, MCC director in Rabat, Walter Siouffi, said on Thursday in Fez.
The latest $ 450 million agreement in addition to the first one ($ 700 million) brings MCC's total investment in Morocco to $ 1.15 billion, he said at a meeting on the "Charaka Fund of vocational training," launched on May 30, 2017 by the Millennium Challenge Account-Morocco Agency.
He added that in the 27 countries where the MCC operates, the Kingdom is the largest beneficiary of this body's funds so far.
The 34th ordinary session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the African Union kicked off Tuesday in Addis Ababa with the participation of representatives of member countries of the pan-African institution, including Morocco.
Morocco, which returned to the African Union last January, is represented by a delegation led by Bouchaib Eloumni, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom to the AU.
The meeting bring together all the ambassadors of the 55 African Union member states based in Addis Ababa and other key AU officials.
Morocco aspires to get the “associate country” status in the OECD Public Governance Committee, Delegate Minister in charge of the Reform of Administration and Public Service, Mohamed Ben Abdelkader said Tuesday in Paris.
Morocco, through the Delegate Ministry in charge of the Reform of Administration and Public Service, is a very active observer member of this committee and regularly participates in its meetings, Ben Abdelkader told MAP following his talks with OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurria.
The Kingdom of Morocco has decided to immediately recall its ambassador in The Hague for consultation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said on Saturday.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has welcomed the decision by the Kingdom of Morocco to admit a group of Syrian refugees stranded in difficult circumstances at the country’s border with Algeria since 17 April.
"UNHCR welcomes this humanitarian gesture, which is in keeping with the traditions of hospitality demonstrated by countries across the region," the UN agency pointed out in a statement.
NHCR Very Grateful to HM the King, Morocco for Settling Situation of 13 Syrian Families Stranded on Algerian-Moroccan Border
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is very grateful to HM King Mohammed VI for having given his instructions to immediately settle the situation of a group of 13 Syrian families who have been stranded for few weeks on the Algerian-Moroccan border, said UNHCR representative to Morocco Jean Paul Cavaliéri.
"We realize the delicate aspect of this situation and we are very grateful that Morocco is the country that helped break this impasse," Cavaliéri told TV channel "Médi1TV".
Syrian families who were blocked at the Algerian-Moroccan border expressed their heartfelt thanks and deep gratitude to HM King Mohammed VI, who gave His high instructions for the immediate treatment of their situation.
A statement by the King's cabinet said that on the basis of humanitarian considerations and exceptionally, HM the King has given His High Instructions to the authorities concerned for an immediate treatment of the situation of Syrian families who have been blocked at the Algerian-Moroccan border for several weeks.
Morocco signed, on Wednesday in Rabat, an equity investment agreement in the capital of the Development Bank of Central African States.
The agreement was inked by economy Minister Mohamed Boussaid and the vice president of the Development Bank of Central African States Zounguere Sokambi Armand Guy.
On this occasion, Boussaid affirmed that this action is part of the strategic vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to take part in African financial and economic bodies, said a statement from the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Morocco will switch to summer daylight saving time (GMT+1) on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 2:00 a.m. by turning clocks forward one hour, the ministry in charge of the Reform of Administration and Public Service announced.
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The transition to the floating exchange rate regime will not lead to a devaluation of the dirham, Governor of Bank Al Maghrib, Abdellatif Jouahri, stressed Tuesday in Rabat.
“Those speculating about a devaluation of the dirham with the implementation of the floating exchange rate regime make a miscalculation”, Jouahri, noted at a press conference held following the 2nd meeting of the Board of Bank Al Maghrib for 2017.
Morocco's economic growth would accelerate to 4.4% in 2017 and slow down to 3.1% in 2018, according to Bank Al-Maghrib (central bank) forecasts.
Driven by a rebound in cereal production, estimated by the Department of Agriculture at 102 million quintals, agricultural value added would increase by 13.4 percent, while nonagricultural GDP growth would edge up from 3.1 to 3.3 percent, the Bank said, on Tuesday, following the second quarterly meeting of its Board.
AfDB Loans Morocco 88mln USD to Fund 2nd Phase of Project in Support of National Water Economy and Irrigation Program
The African Development Bank (AfDB) okayed for Morocco a loan of 88 million dollars (855 million dirhams) to finance the second phase of the project in support of the National Water Economy and Irrigation Program (PAPNEEI 2).
Inked on Tuesday in Rabat by economy minister Mohamed Boussaid, AfDB deputy director general for north Africa Yacine Diama Fal, in the presence of agriculture minister Aziz Akhannouch, will contribute to Morocco's efforts to foster the agricultural sector productivity and help save agriculture water in large irrigated lands.