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Morocco’s Return to AU, ‘Diplomatic & Political Victory’: Louis Michel

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 14:57

The return of Morocco to the African Union (AU) is "a historic act, a diplomatic victory and a political success," Belgium’s minister of state and MEP Louis Michel said on Tuesday.

Morocco’s reintegration into the AU is indeed "a significant evolution for the Kingdom, but also for the whole of the African continent," he told MAP, noting that the return of Morocco to the Pan-African organization will enable the AU to set up a self-financing plan.

The AU is still dependent on donors for funding, he added.

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With its Return to AU, Morocco to Play its Role in Africa's Development

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 13:38

Morocco's return to the African Union (AU) will allow it play its role in the development of Africa, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said Monday.

"Given its importance, Morocco, which has returned to the African Union, can play its role in the development of the African continent", Dastis told MAP.

In this context, the Spanish FM recalled that his country welcomed the return of Morocco to the pan-African organization during its 28th Summit Annual meeting in Addis Ababa.

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Morocco, Spain Driven by Firm Will to Reinforce their Partnership

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:58

Morocco and Spain, two friendly and neighboring countries, are driven now more than ever by a firm will to develop and diversify their relations of partnership at all levels, said, on Monday in Rabat, foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar and Spanish peer Alfonso Dastis.

"Spain and Morocco have exemplary relations at all levels and our intention and determination is to deepen them and further them in the future," Dastis said in a statement to the press following a meeting with Mezouar.

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IOM Wishes to Support Morocco in Implementing its Migration Policy

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:56

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) "will spare no effort" to support Morocco in the implementation of its migration policy, IOM Director General William Lacy-Swing said.

He made this statement in a recent meeting with Morocco's permanent representative in Geneva, Ambassador Mohamed Aujjar, who informed him of the latest developments of the second phase of the Kingdom’s campaign to regularize the legal situation of undocumented Sub-Saharan nationals.

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Morocco is Becoming Strategic Platform in Africa, South-African Website

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:51

Morocco is undeniably becoming a strategic platform to address the African continent, wrote on Monday south-African website "howsouthafrica.com".

The website highlighted the increasing number of global companies which choose to step in first in Morocco, then gain a faster access to other African markets.

It underscored Morocco's geographic proximity to Europe, its political stability and its competitive workforce which constitute a powerful advantage.

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Belgian Minister Lauds Moroccan Voluntary-Based Migration Policy

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:24

Minister of education and scientific research for the German-speaking community in Belgium Herald Mollers lauded the launch by HM King Mohammed VI of the second phase of the integration of people in illegal situation.

In a letter to the consul general of Morocco in Liege Hassan Touri, the Belgian official hailed this initiative which is part of the new Moroccan migration policy.

The first regularization phase was internationally recognized, he said, wishing full success to the Kingdom in this endeavor.

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Morocco Among Countries Doing Well in Restructuring, IMF Official

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:14

Morocco is among countries that are doing well in restructuring themselves, said director general of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde in an interview with weekly "Jeune Afrique".

Morocco is among countries that do not export oil or agricultural raw materials and are doing well in restructuring themselves, said Lagarde.

She also recalled that the IMF has renewed for the third time a line of liquidity in favor of the Kingdom, which is "doing pretty well."

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Haiti Wants to Benefit from Morocco's Electric Production Expertize

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 16:16

Haitian foreign minister Pierrot Delienne voiced the wish of his country to benefit from the Moroccan expertize in relation with electric production, said a statement by the house of representatives.

The Republic of Haiti aims to boost its production capacity by 60 megawatts within 5years, said Delienne in a meeting with speaker of the house of representatives Habid El Malki following the inauguration ceremony of Haiti's new president Jovenel Moise, said a statement on Friday.

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Moroccan Diplomat Hands Royal Decoration to Former French Minister

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 16:14

Morocco's ambassador to France Chakib Benmoussa handed, on Thursday in Paris, a decoration awarded by HM King Mohammed VI to deputy and former French minister Luc Chatel in recognition of his commitment to the development of the Moroccan-French relations.

Chatel, chairman of the France-Morocco friendship group at the national assembly, was granted the commander insignia of the Alawite wissam.

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168 Terrorist Cells Smashed in Morocco Since Sept. 2011, Interior Official

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 16:12

Moroccan authorities dismantled 168 terrorist cells since the US 9/11 attacks, said, on Thursday in Rabat, wali, director general of international cooperation at the Interior Ministry Mohamed Moufakir.

50 cells out of 168 were dismantled in relation with conflict zones as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria and the Sahel, said Moufakir in his speech on the Moroccan counterterrorism approach highlighted at a seminar themed "Counterterrorism and fight against violent extremism in the Mediterranean: What kind of cooperation between the two shores" (Moroccan model).

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Montenegro's FM Meets with Moroccan Ambassador

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:33

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.

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CNDH, UNICEF Ink Joint Action Plan to Improve Protection of Children's Rights in Morocco

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:36

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.

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Lower House Speaker Represents HM the King at Inauguration of Haiti President

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:16

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.

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EU Will Take Appropriate Measures to Secure Agricultural Agreement, Preserve Partnership with Morocco, Joint Statement

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:52

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.

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Moroccan Sahara: EU's Position Has Not Changed

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:45

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.

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Speaker of Chilean Lower House Enquires About Development Momentum in Laayoune

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 10:54

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.

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Morocco's Internet Users Total 17 Millions in 2016

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 10:32

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

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EU Must Clarify its Stand, Put End to Differences Over Agricultural Agreement with Morocco, Official

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 10:29

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.

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Three New Suspects Related to Recently Dismantled Terrorist Cell Arrested, Interior Ministry

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 10:27

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.

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Unemployment Rate Down to 9.4% in 2016: HCP

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 13:18

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.

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