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Business Brief: Morocco Continues Economic Diplomacy in Africa, Enjoys Increase in International Partners and Recognition – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC December 7, 2016 The ambitious bilateral agreement to extend a gas distribution pipeline up the West Coast of Africa, announced during King Mohammed VI’s recent trip to Nigeria, captured world headlines. The pipeline will  , potentially affect more than nine additional countries on its way to Morocco. Other major deals were signed as well, including one focusing on the Nigerian agricultural sector. In Morocco, three major ...

From These Roots: Olive Trees Promise Brighter Future in Morocco – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC December 5, 2016 In the first Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact with Morocco that ended in 2013, more than $19m was allocated to planting and improving fruit trees. The agricultural portion included three efforts related to fruit trees: improving the use of scarce water resources through better irrigation and watering techniques; increasing the number of new plantings of olive and almond tree; and improving the production ...

Business Brief: Morocco Lands Big Infrastructure Projects; English Language Education Gains Regional Recognition – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC December 2, 2016 COP22 wasn’t the only big news in Morocco;  the country signed a $10 billion project to build a new city, English language education in public schools was lauded for its success, Islamic banking moved forward to public opening, and several projects were announced in automobile manufacturing and port facilities. Not wanting to lose momentum from the international attention to its economic growth as ...

Calibrating Progress in North Africa – A Think Tank Perspective – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC November 28, 2016 The Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council recently published an issue brief on the “Aftermath of the Arab Spring in North Africa” by Mohsin Khan and Karim Mezran, well-known analysts of the region. They will present the paper at a public event on December 6. They argue that enough time has passed to assess the level of success ...

Business Brief: COP22, New Investments, King’s Visit to Ethiopia Headline Recent Progress – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC November 22, 2016 Morocco’s hosting of COP22 was not only an opportunity for King Mohammed VI to promote his vision of energy/environment policies in Africa; it was also a showcase for projects and investments to make the promise of lower carbon emissions a global reality. Immediately following the meetings, the king went on his delayed trip to Ethiopia, where a number of agreements were signed and ...
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