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Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Report Highlights Transnational Cooperation – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC June 22, 2017 While a great deal has been written about the failure of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) to realize its potential for making North Africa a regional powerhouse, little is known in the US about the UfM and how it is creating new cooperative relationships across the Mediterranean basin. Led since 2012 by Secretary General Amb. Fathallah Sijilmassi, it pulls together its 43 member ...

Business Brief: President Macron Makes Morocco First Stop in North Africa; Moroccan Entrepreneurs Shine; and MCC-MCA Morocco Gets Going – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC June 21, 2017 It did not go unnoticed in the region that French President Emmanuel Macron visited Morocco on his first visit to North Africa. While it was a private visit, with a concurrent announcement of a pending visit to Algeria, it reinforces the special relationship that exists. Good news for Moroccan entrepreneurs who forge ahead with innovation for low-cost cooking; and MCC-MCA Morocco announces public ...

How Many More World Refugee Days before Sahrawis See Justice? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley June 20, 2017   It is once again World Refugee Day and tens of thousands of, as yet uncounted and unidentified, Sahrawi refugees remain sequestered in Polisario Front camps in southwest Algeria. They have been there for more than four decades – and counting. Algeria and the Polisario Front still refuse to comply with repeated requests from the UN Security Council to allow a headcount. No particular ...

Morocco Leads North Africa in Latest Global Innovation Index

Country Ranks in Top 10 of Income Bracket Washington, DC, June 19, 2017 (MACP) — Morocco leads North Africa and is among the top 10 countries in its income bracket according to the 2017 Global Innovation Index (GII), released last week and coauthored by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Each year, the GII surveys some 130 economies using dozens of metrics, from patent filings to education ...

New Report Shows US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Far Exceeded ITA Expectations

Washington, DC, May 22, 2017, Moroccan American Center for Policy (MACP) – In the twelve years since its implementation, the US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has dramatically exceeded the predictions initially set by the United States International Trade Commission (ITA), according to a new report published today by the Moroccan American Center for Policy chronicling the origins and impact of the deal. “In broad terms, the ITA… predicted that US ...
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