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Moroccan Senior Official Receives NATO´s Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
In accordance with the royal instructions, minister delegate in charge of National Defence Administration Abdelatif Loudyi received, here on Thursday, NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, Sorin Ducaru, who is on a working visit to Morocco at the head of a large delegation.
During the meeting, the two sides examined the various aspects of cooperation between Morocco and NATO at the bilateral framework and under the Mediterranean Dialogue.
Speaker of the House of Representatives (Morocco’s lower house), Habib El Malki, announced on Wednesday in Rabat the creation of the Morocco-Comoros parliamentary friendship group.
During talks with minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Comorians Living Abroad, Mohamed Bacar Dossar, El Malki stressed that this group will discuss with its Comorian counterpart issues of common interest and the means to strengthen relations between the two legislative institutions.
Over the next few decades, Morocco will be the first non-oil producing country in the MENA region to join the emerging countries club, according to a World Bank report entitled “Morocco 2040 - Emerging by Investing in Intangible Capital”.
According to the report, which was presented in Casablanca on Tuesday by Marie-Françoise Marie-Nelly, World Bank Director for the Maghreb and Malta, Morocco has achieved undeniable advances over the last 15 years, economically and socially, as well as in the fields of individual liberties and civil and political rights.
The World Bank (WB) announced, on Tuesday, a $350 million program to support wide-ranging reforms of financial intermediation in Morocco.
The loan supports new sources of financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) while improving the regulatory oversight of the banking sector, said the financial institution, adding that the operation also supports capital market development by broadening the range of instruments and strengthening the protection of Moroccan investors.
Defendants sued in the Gdim Izik trial announced their withdrawal from the Tuesday hearing.
The defendants' foreign lawyers decided to stop representing them.
The court decided to appoint Moroccan lawyers to represent the suspects, as part of legal aid, in accordance with article 423 of the penal code.
Morocco and Italy pledged, on Tuesday in Rabat, to consolidate educational cooperation between the two countries.
This came in a meeting between minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mohamed Hassad, and president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union of Italy and Morocco, Eleonora Cimbro, who is leading a delegation on a working visit to Morocco.
An economic parliamentary forum between the Houses of Advisors of Morocco and Japan was launched, announced, Monday in Tokyo, Speakers of the two Houses, Hakim Benchamach and Chuichi Date, respectively.
During talks with his Chinese peer, Benchamach said that his working visit to Japan is meant to explore new prospects for cooperation between the two countries and strengthen their relations in various areas.
The Moroccan official briefed his Japanese counterpart on Morocco's upper House and its specificities at the regional level.
The cooperation agreement between Morocco and Nigeria on Fertilizer is "a great opportunity" for Nigeria, Nigerian Foreign minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, received Monday in Rabat his Comorian counterpart Mohamed Bacar Dossar, bearer of a message from president of the Comoros Islands, Azali Assoumani, to HM King Mohammed VI.
At the end of the meeting, Dossar told reporters that the talks were an opportunity to recall the distinguished and fraternal relations between the two countries, underlining the shared will to strengthen these relations through the holding of the Joint Committee.
The three prosecution witnesses, questioned on Wednesday as part of the Gdim Izik trial, gave important information on the situation that was prevailing in the camp set up in Oct.-Nov. near Laayoune and the role of some suspects in the tragic incidents that took place during its dismantling, said public prosecutor at Salé's appeal court Hassan Daki.
Thanks to the leadership of HM the King, Morocco has become a haven of cultural resilience : André Azoulay
Morocco has become, thanks to the "visionary" and "dynamic" leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, a haven of cultural resilience, said HM the King’s advisor André Azoulay, who was awarded Thursday night in New York the World-recognized Sephardic Jewish Leader Award from the Foundation for Preserving the Visual History of the Jewish People.
A ceremony was held, on Sunday in Rabat, at the headquarters of the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) on the occasion of the 61st anniversary of FAR.
After saluting the national flag, the Order of the Day addressed by HM King Mohammed VI, Supreme Commander and Chief of general Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, to officers, non-commissioned officers and privates was read out.
On this occasion, several officers, non-commissioned officers and privates were awarded wissams granted by the sovereign.
The African Union (AU) condemned the attack perpetrated on Saturday morning in the city of Bangassou (Central African Republic), which killed a Moroccan Minusca soldier.
United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, offered on Sunday his condolences to Morocco following the death of a Moroccan peacekeeper in the Central African Republic.
Moroccan MINUSCA Soldier Killed in CAR : UNSG Offers Condolences to Morocco
"The Secretary-General offers his condolences to the family of the bereaved peacekeeper and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco," a statement by the Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, said.
Morocco seeks to reduce the housing deficit by 50 pc, by 2021, Minister of National Planning, Urban Planning, Housing and Urban Policy, Mohamed Nabil Benabdellah, said Wednesday in Rabat.
The housing program aims notably to promote social housing and create 800,000 units, with the objective of reducing the housing deficit by 50 pc by 2021, Benabdellah pointed out at a presentation of the Ministry's draft budget for 2017 before the Committee on the Interior, Local Authorities, Housing and Urban Policy in the House of Representatives.
The members of the Security Council condemned on Wednesday in the strongest terms the attack on a Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) convoy near Bangassou (Mbomou) on 8 May 2017 by alleged anti-Balaka elements, which resulted in four Cambodian peacekeepers killed, 10 wounded, including nine Moroccans and one Cambodian, and one Moroccan peacekeeper reported missing in action.
Morocco was elected, Tuesday in Casablanca, Chair of the African Leasing Federation (ALF) in the person of president of the Professional Association of Finance Companies (APSF), Abdallah Benhamida.
The election of the ALF executive board, which is composed of 10 members including the president, took place at the federation’s constitutive general assembly, held within the framework of the 1st African Leasing Conference which kicked off Monday in Casablanca.
Morocco's counterterrorism strategy combines a holistic approach and pioneering initiatives that make Morocco a committed actor in the international scene, Youssef Amrani, Chargé de mission at the Royal Cabinet, said Wednesday in Washington.
The Moroccan experience was deployed through the reform of the religious field, initiated under the impulse of HM King Mohammed VI, Amrani told a conference co-organized by the Munich Security Conference and the Atlantic Council.
HM the King Pledges to Keep up Efforts to Promote Environment Conducive to Sustainable Development of Energy Efficiency, Royal Message
HM King Mohammed VI pledged, in an acceptance speech of the Energy Efficiency Visionary Award, granted to the sovereign on Monday in Washington, "to keep up efforts at the national, regional and continental levels and do all I can to promote an environment conducive to the sustainable development of energy efficiency, renewable energy, technological innovation and green jobs in general."
Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower house) Habib El Malki held, on Monday in Rabat, talks with Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights in the European Parliament (EP), Pier Antonio Panzeri, who is on a working visit to Morocco.
During the meeting, the two sides reviewed several issues related to the culture of human rights in Morocco, said a statement by the lower house.