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Nigeria Reiterates Support to Morocco's return to AU

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 15:23

Nigeria reiterated on Wednesday its support to Morocco’s return to the African Union (AU).

"There is no objection to Morocco's request to reintegrate the AU," Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama told reporters in Addis Ababa on the sidelines of the 30th ordinary session of the AU Executive Council.

"The door is open for Morocco" to reintegrate the African family, he added, noting that the return of the Kingdom will strengthen the unity of Africa.

"It's good that we are united again," he said.

MAP 25 January 2017

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International University of Rabat Wins '2017 IIE Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education'

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 11:22

 The "2017 IIE Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education" of the American Institute of International Education (IIE) was awarded to the International University of Rabat (UIR) and its American academic partner ‘Mississippi State University’ (MSU).

The UIR and MSU were rewarded for their innovation in the field of higher education through their double-degree partnership in the field of automotive engineering, initiated since 2014, said a statement by the University.

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Over 137,000 Syrian Refugees Treated at Moroccan Zaatari Hospital in 2016

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 16:03

Some 137,978 Syrian refugees received medical services at the Moroccan field hospital in Zaatari camp, North-east of Jordan, in 2016.

According to the statistics provided by the hospital administration, children were on the top of those who were extended health services with 53,072 cases, followed by women (47,623) and men (37,283).

As many as 39,184 emergency cases, 17,364 pediatric cases and 26,514 general medicine cases were referred to the hospital.

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Moroccan Airports: Europe Accounts for 69% of Air Traffic in 2016

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 15:30

Europe accounted for 68.87% of Morocco’s air traffic in 2016, according to the National Airports Authority (ONDA).

This destination experienced a remarkable growth as the number of passengers passing through Moroccan and European airports reached 12,560,661, while the total number of passengers passing through Moroccan airports rose to 18,237,272.

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Morocco's Investment Incentives to Boost Economic Development (OBG)

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 11:28

Morocco’s newly investment incentives, financial reforms, its efforts to improve infrastructure and an increasing emphasis on sustainable energy are expected to boost economic development, according to Oxford Business Group.

While numerous countries in the region experienced falls in foreign direct investment (FDI) between 2010 and 2015, Morocco saw an increase of 11%, reaching Dh39bn (€3.6bn), OBG noted.

It added that the Moroccan government is also looking to capitalise on and attract further FDI through a new investment law introduced in July.

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Seven Theft Gang Members, Their ISIS Advocate Leader Arrested, Interior Ministry

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:23

Police services (DGSN) arrested, on Friday in coordination with the central bureau for judiciary investigations (BCIJ), seven members of a dangerous criminal gang specialized in robbery, including their leader who is an ISIS advocate, said the interior ministry.

The gang, which includes ex-convicts, was operating in the cities of Fez, El Jadida and Bni Drar near Oujda, said the ministry in a statement.

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Morocco's Upper House Unanimously Adopts Bill Approving AU Constitutive Act

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:05

he House of Advisors (upper house) on Thursday unanimously adopted the bill approving the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU), signed on July 11th, 2000 in Lomé.

The House of Representatives had unanimously adopted, on Wednesday, the bill during the first legislative session of the tenth legislature.

The Ministerial Council, chaired by HM King Mohammed VI, on January 10th in Marrakech, adopted the AU Constitutive Act, the Additional Protocol, as well as the bill on the approval of the above-mentioned Act.

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Culture, Key Component to Consolidate Moroccan-Chilean Ties (Mayor of Coquimbo)

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:20

Culture is a key component in consolidating relations between Moroccan and Chilean peoples, said Marcelo Pereira Peralta, Mayor of the Chilean city of Coquimbo (461 Kilometers from the capital Santiago).

   "For several years, culture has been an interesting theme in the agenda between the two countries (...) Morocco and Chile can offer a model of excellent cultural cooperation", Peralta told MAP after a meeting, held on Thursday, with Morocco's Ambassador in Santiago, Kenza Elghali.

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Fitur 2017: Morocco Wins Sustainable Tourism Commitment Award

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:16

Morocco has won the Sustainable Tourism Commitment Award by the Spanish magazine "Aire Libre" within the framework of the 37th International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR 2017, January 18-22).

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Morocco Steps Up Efforts to Assist Cold Wave Stricken Populations

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:12

In pursuance of high instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, public authorities continue their efforts to provide help and assistance to cold wave stricken populations, particularly in mountainous areas.

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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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