The moroccan press
The House of Representatives will hold, on Wednesday, a plenary session to examine and vote a bill on the approval of the constituent act of the African Union (AU).
This session will take place at 4 pm, according to a statement of the House of Representatives.
MAP 17 January 2017
Habib El Malki, from the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), was elected on Monday as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives.
As a single candidate, El Malki was elected by 198 votes out of the 342 votes cast at this in a plenary session, which was chaired by Abdelouhed Radi, Dean of Moroccan MPs.
The plenary session for the election of the new Speaker of the House of Representatives was marked by the withdrawal of the parliamentarian group of the Istiqlal party.
MAP 16 January 2017
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini called, on Monday in Brussels, for a stronger partnership between the EU and Morocco.
Answering, during a press briefing, a question on the implications of the decision by the EU justice court which confirmed the validity of the agricultural agreement with Morocco, Mogherini hailed the common position adopted by Morocco and the Union in this regard.
Morocco Satisfied with JICA's Contribution to Its Development Programs
Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane expressed, on Monday in Rabat, Morocco's satisfaction with the efficient contribution of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to development programs in the Kingdom.
The visit by a delegation of Moroccan economic promoters and operators to Freetown will give new impetus to partnership between Sierra Leone and Morocco, said on Saturday President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma.
This visit constitutes a "turning point in relations between Sierra Leone and Morocco and represents what I would call a new beginning in our partnership," Koroma told the press after a Moroccan-Sierra Leonean economic forum.
This partnership will strengthen both the bilateral ties and the economic relations between the two countries, he added.
Africa-France Summit: Morocco's Decision to Rejoin African Union 'Warmly Welcomed’ (FM)
Morocco's decision to regain its place within the African Union (AU) was warmly welcomed during the 27th Africa-France Summit, Foreign minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, said on Saturday in Bamako.
"In the many meetings I had, I noted that Morocco's decision to rejoin its institutional family, the African Union, was warmly welcomed," Mezouar told the press after his participation in the Summit, held under the theme "Bamako Summit for Partnership, Peace and Emergence".
Foreign Affairs and Cooperation minister Salaheddine Mezouar arrived Friday in Bamako to represent HM King Mohammed VI at the 27th Africa-France summit to be held on Saturday.
The "Bamako Summit for Partnership, Peace and Emergence", which will be attended by several heads of state and government, will be preceded by a meeting of Foreign Affairs ministers.
Bamako Summit is aimed at strengthening cooperation between France and African countries in the areas of peace and security, economic partnership and development.
MAP 13 January 2017
First deputy speaker of the Moroccan House of Councilors, Mohamed El Ansari, and president of the Japanese House of Councilors, Chuichi Date, examined, on Thursday in Rabat, means to strengthen cooperation between the legislative institutions of the two countries.
Talks between the two officials, which talked various issues of common interest, were an opportunity to examine ways to strengthen and develop the relations between the Moroccan and Japanese legislative institutions, Ansari told the press conference after the meeting.
The overall activity by the Tangier Med Port grew by 8.7% in 2016 compared to the year before, said on Thursday the Tangier Med Port Authority (TMPA).
The global volume of goods processed by the facility reached 44.61 million tons in 2016 against 41.04 million tons in 2015, said a statement by the TMPA.
The traffic of containers increased by 5% for tonnage compared to 2015, thus reaching 31.48 million tons, it said.
Chile Interested in Morocco's Experience in Solar Energy, Says Chilean Minister
Chilean Energy minister, Andrés Rebolledo, said that his country is interested in the experience of Morocco in solar energy and in projects launched by the kingdom in this area.
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.
MAP 06 January 2017
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.