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Business Brief: Morocco Set to Host International Conferences on Aviation and Sustainable Development; Announces Large Scale Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Projects; and Looks Ahead to Building its Agricultural Sector – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC August 18, 2017 Several international conferences have announced plans for events in Morocco. Key transportation, ports, and highway projects have been announced, as well as further investments in urban development, desalination/solar energy initiatives, and agricultural sector improvements. Upcoming conferences. The Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) Conference, will hold a one-day conference on September 11 in Marrakech. It has announced a full roster of ...

Morocco Takes on Challenges of Gas and Oil Shale Exploration – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC August 17, 2017 Morocco is moving judiciously to ensure a balance between environmental concerns and prospective economic benefits as it approaches opportunities to exploit gas and oil shale­­ for badly needed energy. The UK company, Sound Energy recently announced that it had found commercial quantities of gas in the interior of Morocco, noting that oil and gas shale prospects were also worth considering. The company, in ...

The Maroc Talk Podcast

Welcome to the Maroc Talk Podcast. Follow this space for news, discussion, and interviews on Morocco: Maroc Talk 8.16.17: Leila Hanafi on Regional Reform and Women’s Rights Maroc Talk 8.2.17: Talking about Throne Day 2017

Business Brief: Entrepreneur Culture Growing Stronger in Morocco; Kingdom Broadens Ties with Senegal; Film Sector Bullish on US Productions – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC August 16, 2017 Entrepreneurship is active in many sectors, and social entrepreneurship is making its mark in Morocco. The Kingdom continues to broaden its ties in Africa with business initiatives, while long-awaited film industry incentives are expected to draw major production houses from the US and elsewhere. Study examines state of social entrepreneurship.  Although the sector’s ecosystem lacks a full complement of services, young entrepreneurs and ...

Morocco is No Stranger to Festivals

August 14, 2017 Morocco is no stranger to festivals, and many of its annual events are internationally famous, including the Mawazine, Gnaoua World Music, and Fes World Sacred Music festivals.  Though many of the major music events have passed, keep these festivals in mind if you happen to be traveling to Morocco in the upcoming months: Over a year in the making, the first edition of “Juste Pour Rire: Agadir” ...

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