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Maghreb News Notes: Why the AMU Vision is on Life Support; How the EU to Helping Morocco Build its Economy – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader July 19, 2018 In a stunning and thoughtful article, Anouar Boukhars writes frankly about the demise of even the vision of the Maghreb Arab Union (AMU), its obituary announced both continent-wide at the African Union and at an international conference with the EU by no less than King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Despite a rejoinder from the Algerian Foreign Minister supporting the vision of the AMU, Boukhars ...

Business Brief: Morocco Offers Incentives to New Industries; Pushes to Become the Leading Business Gateway in Africa; Rates Comparatively Well in Terms of Global Innovation; Mobile Banking Coming in September – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader July 17, 2018 To encourage greater industrial investment in the country, the Ministry of Finance and Economy has announced a new five-year corporate tax exemption for new industrial investments. According to a Reuters story, subsequently reported in a number of outlets, the incentive will apply to companies created since the publication of the June 2017 budget. Among the 24 sectors targeted for the tax break are automotive, ...

Is Morocco a Serious Partner of the US? — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) July 16, 2018 For the past twenty years I have been involved with Morocco, first as US Ambassador, from 1997-2001, and, until my resignation last October, as an adviser for most of the past two decades. The most frequently asked questions of me by US policymakers over the years has been whether Morocco is truly serious about reform and change, and whether it is willing ...

Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Comments in Morocco: Could He Have Gone Further? — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) July 5, 2018 Deputy Secretary Sullivan visited Rabat last week and offered what the Moroccan press reported as encouraging news. One outlet even ran with the title, “US says it backs Morocco autonomy plan for Western Sahara.”  However, upon further examination, the title is more misleading than accurate.  Sullivan’s comments, as reported, while positive, unfortunately do not break new ground. As reported by Arab News ...

Western Sahara – Facts on the Ground – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley July 3, 2018 With impending visits to the region scheduled by UN Personal Envoy Kohler and US Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan, the Moroccan American Center for Policy (MACP) recently convened an informal discussion of circumstances in Morocco’s southern Saharan provinces. We were pleased that many of our contacts in government, business and the think tank community in Washington with considerable experience in the region took time ...
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