The moroccan press
The African strategy of HM King Mohammed VI was highlighted by prestigious US think tank "Atlantic Council" in a study entitled "Africa's Economic Prospects in 2017: Ten Countries to Watch".
In pursuit of the goal of making Morocco the commercial gateway to Africa as well as Africa's bridge to Europe, HM King Mohammed VI has been busy implementing his strategy of making Africa the "top priority" of his foreign policy, said the study authored by Peter Pham, Vice-president of Atlantic Council and Director of Africa Center.
HM King Mohammed VI has given his high Instructions to improve the integration of foreigners, particularly Africans, in the kingdom, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday
In accordance with the royal high instructions, the period of validity of residence permits will be increased to three years, instead of one year currently, one year after regularization in Morocco (except in the case of repressible acts committed by those concerned), the ministry pointed out in a statement.
Morocco's net international reserves amounted to 251.9 billion dirhams until December 30, 2016, recording a 12.1 pc year-on-year increase, Bank Al-Maghrib said.
These reserves increased by 0.4 pc week-on-week, the central bank pointed out in its weekly indicators.
During the week of December 29-January 4, 2016, Bank Al-Maghrib injected 16.2 billion dirhams.
As for the interbank rate, it reached 2.28%, while the average trading volume remained unchanged at 4.1 billion dirhams.
Upon the instructions of HM the King, Supreme Commander and Chief of general Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), Lieutenant-General, FAR's Inspector General and commander of the Southern Zone, received Monday at the FAR general staff headquarters in Rabat, the Chief of Staff of Djibouti's armed forces, Major General Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim.
The talks, which took place in the presence of Djibouti’s ambassador in Rabat, focused on military cooperation between the two countries and the means to strengthen it, said a statement by FAR general staff.
Talks for the formation of the new government "cannot continue" with the president of the National Rally of Independents (RNI), Aziz Akhannouch, and the secretary general of the Popular Movement (MP), Mohand Laenser, said appointed head of government and secretary general of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), Abdelilah Benkirane.
Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Salaheddine Mezouar represented HM King Mohammed VI, on Saturday in Accra, at the inauguration ceremony of the President-elect of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo.
The ceremony took place in the capital's Independence Square, in the presence of heads of state and thousands of guests and dignitaries.
Akufo-Addo, a 72-year-old former human rights lawyer, has won the presidency in his third run for the office.
Speaker of the House of Advisors (upper house), Abdelhakim Benchamach, will visit the Republic of Chile on January 07-13 at the invitation of President of the Chilean Chamber of Deputies, Osvaldo Andrade Lara.
He will lead a large parliamentary delegation to this country.
The visit is meant to examine ways to promote partnership between the two parties and strengthen consultation and coordination on issues of common interest, said a statement by the upper house.
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The new government will be composed only of the parties of the former majority, appointed Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane said Friday in Rabat.
"The next majority government will include the Justice and Development Party (PJD), the National Rally of Independents (RNI), the Popular Movement (MP) and the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS),” Benkirane told reporters on the sidelines of a national colloquium.
The General Secretariat of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) on Thursday expressed its support for restricting consultations for the formation of the government to the former majority parties.
The PJD Secretariat General had "adopted the decision of the appointed head of government to limit consultations to the former majority parties", the party said in a statement posted on its official website following a meeting held on Thursday in Rabat.
Moroccan minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, and chief executive officer of the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), Hani Salem Sonbol, discussed, on Thursday in Casablanca, means to boost Arab-African trade relations.
Morocco has become in the last five years a "green leader" country and an example for other developing countries, said Serbian paper "Dobrevesti".
The paper highlighted the outcome of the last conference on climate change in Marrakech (COP22), an exceptional opportunity for Morocco to present the results of its economic progress and its ecological achievements.
In this regard, the paper recalled Morocco's efforts in the area of green energy, through the removal of subsidies for fossil fuels and its concentration on renewable energies.
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has strongly condemned the attack that targeted a convoy of Moroccan peacekeepers, on Tuesday afternoon about 60 km west of the town of Obo (Central African Republic).
Two soldiers, including an officer, belonging to the contingent of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR) of the MINUSCA, were killed and another soldier wounded in the armed attack.
The United Nations extended, on Wednesday, condolences to Morocco following the death of two Moroccan soldiers belonging to the contingent of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR) of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in an armed attack, on Tuesday near the town of Bria.
"We extend our condolences to the people and government of Morocco," said Farhan Haq, a UN spokesman at the daily press briefing.
Morocco has "much to offer " to the Comoros and the African Union, said, Wednesday in Rabat, visiting Comorian minister of State, Justice, Islamic Affairs, Public Administrations and Human Rights, Fahmi Said Ibrahim.
"We are convinced that Morocco has much to offer to the Comoros and also to the African Union," the Comorian official told the press after a meeting with Moroccan Interior minister, Mohamed Hassad.
"We look forward to this country’s return to the African Union because cooperation between our countries needs the Moroccan expertise and knowledge," he said.
The Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS) has no objection to the formation of the new government from the majority parties before the Oct. 7 elections, PPS Secretary General Mohamed Nabil Benabdellah said Wednesday in Rabat.
Exports of handicraft products posted in the year 2016 a growth rate of 16%, a first in over fifteen years, said the ministry of handicrafts and social and solidarity-based economy.
This performance, which follows the one posted in 2014 (14%) and 2015 (6%), shows that efforts of market diversification have yielded their fruits, said the ministry in a statement on Tuesday.
Europe remains the top client of the Moroccan handicraft products, followed by the USA.
The Comoros look forward to the return of Morocco to the African Union (AU), said Tuesday in Rabat, Comorian minister of State, Justice, Islamic Affairs, Public Administrations and Human Rights, Fahmi Said Ibrahim.
"We look forward to the return of Morocco to the African Union, so that this country regains its natural place within its pan-African institutional family," he told a press briefing after a meeting with Foreign minister, Salaheddine Mezouar.
Morocco, One of Few Countries in MENA Region to Have Developed Genuine Migration Policy (UNHCR Representative)
Morocco is one of the few countries in the MENA region to have developed a genuine migration policy, said, on Tuesday in Rabat, representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Morocco, Jean-Paul Cavaliéri.
Morocco's active diplomacy reduced considerably the maneuvers by Algeria-backed pro-polisario propaganda mechanism in South America, wrote Spanish e-paper "Siglo XXI".
The polisario received a severe blow in South America with the reinforced presence of Morocco in this continent, mirrored notably by the recent opening of a Moroccan embassy in the capital of Paraguay, the Spanish paper noted.
The four Moroccan Nationals injured in the bloody terrorist attack that hit Istanbul on Saturday night expressed on Tuesday their gratitude to HM King Mohammed VI for the high solicitude granted by the Sovereign.
They also asked the Moroccan Ambassador in Ankara, Menouar Alem, who was accompanied by the Moroccan Consul in Istanbul Mhamed Ifriquine, to convey to the Sovereign their feelings of gratitude and their unwavering attachment to the glorious Alawite throne.