The moroccan press
Montenegro's foreign minister Srdjan Darmanovic received on Tuesday HM the King's new ambassador to Montenegro Mohammed Amine Belhaj.
On this occasion, Darmanovic expressed his country's interest in intensifying political contacts with Morocco, and lauded Morocco's return to the African Union which he deemed important for the continent.
Belhaj stressed the excellent relations between the two countries, and Morocco's willingness to enhance them in the fields of trade, investment, agriculture, sports and sea transportation, said a statement by the Moroccan embassy.
The National Human Rights Council (French acronym CNDH) and UNICEF on Wednesday signed a joint action plan to improve the protection of children rights in the kingdom.
Signed by CNDH President, Driss El Yazami, and UNICEF Representative in Morocco, Regina De Dominicis, the action plan lays the foundation for a strategic program, which mainly aims to strengthen the national capacities for independent monitoring and reporting on the situation of children's rights in Morocco in accordance with international standards.
Speaker of the House of Representatives (Morocco’s lower house), Habib El Malki, represented HM King Mohammed VI, on Tuesday in Port-Au-Prince, at the inauguration ceremony of the President-elect of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse. Lower House Speaker Represents HM the King at Inauguration of Haiti President 08 February 2017 Moïse took the oath of office in a ceremony in the capital, Port-au-Prince, surrounded by Haitian lawmakers and foreign dignitaries, a statement from the House of Representatives said. Moïse won with nearly 56 percent of the votes cast in the November 20 election.
EU Will Take Appropriate Measures to Secure Agricultural Agreement, Preserve Partnership with Morocco, Joint Statement
The EU will take the necessary measures to secure the agricultural agreement and preserve partnership with Morocco, wrote a joint statement by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini and minister delegate for foreign affairs Nasser Bourita, issued following their meeting on Tuesday in Brussels.
The European Union on Tuesday said that its position on the Moroccan Sahara has not changed.
"Our position on the Sahara has not changed", Spokesperson of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Nabila Massrali, said in a reply to a MAP question on the recent statement by European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete on a renewable electricity exchange agreement signed on November 17, 2016 in Marrakech between Morocco, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal on the sidelines of COP22.
A Chilean parliamentary delegation, led by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Osvaldo Andrade Lara, enquired Monday about the development momentum in the southern region of Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra in different fields.
Arriving late Sunday in Laayoune as part of a visit to the Kingdom, Andrade Lara and his accompanying delegation held a series of meetings with local authorities, municipal councilors and Saharawi tribesmen before visiting development projects in the region.
Morocco's Internet users increased by 17.9 percent in 2016 to reach 17 million people, accounting for a penetration rate of 50.4 percent, according to the country’s national telecom regulator ANRT (Agence National de Réglementation des Télécommunications).
The number of people surfing the Internet via smartphones reached 15.8 million compared to 1.23 million people favoring ADSL Internet, the Rabat-based agency pointed out in a report.
Since its launch in June 2015 and until December 31, 2016, the 4-G mobile reached close to 2.8 million customers
EU Must Clarify its Stand, Put End to Differences Over Agricultural Agreement with Morocco, Official
The EU must clarify its position and put an end to differences over the agricultural agreement with Morocco, said on Monday agriculture and fisheries minister Aziz Akhannouch.
In an interview with Spanish News Agency "EFE", Akhannouch said he regretted the differences among the different EU bodies concerning this matter, while Morocco is awaiting a strong political signal acknowledging the Kingdom's role and huge effort in the Union's southern border.
The EU must state clearly and seriously if she wants a robust and credible partner to work with, he said.
Three new suspects were arrested on Monday in Martil and the rural commune of Boulaaouane (El Jadida Province) after that investigations, led by the central bureau for judiciary investigations (BCIJ) under the general directorate for territory surveillance (DGST), confirmed their involvement in the plans of the recently-dismantled terrorist cell that was operating in several Moroccan cities, said the interior ministry.
The unemployment rate nationwide decreased to 9.4% in 2016 against 9.7% a year earlier, which is a drop of 0.3 point, according to the High Planning Commission (HCP).
With a fall of 47,000 people (45,000 in the urban area and 2,000 in the rural one), active jobless population decreased, between 2015 and 2016, from 1,148,000 to 1,105,000 jobless individuals, said HCP in an information note on the situation of the labor market in 2016.
EU Must Ensure Necessary Framework to Implement Agricultural Agreement under Best Conditions: Ministry
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.
President Salva Kiir: 'Sahara Issue is Different in its Genesis, Legal and Political Background from that of South Sudan'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."