Marrakech Matures Into Full-Fledged International Film Festival [Variety]

Morocco’s film industry matures, with help from Hollywood’s longstanding love of the country: Turning 14 this year, the Marrakech International Film Festival has matured into a full-fledged fest that not only showcases world cinema highlights but also breeds local talent. Jeremy Irons, during his career tribute on the second day of events, recalled the attribulated first edition in December 2001, which initially seemed at risk after the 9/11 attacks in ...

Africa ‘Must Rethink Approach to Agriculture Investment’ [Wall Street Journal]

Morocco’s Agriculture Minister Aziz Akhannouch on how Africa can improve its agriculture: [...] The World Bank estimates that Africa could more than triple the value of its food output from $313 billion a year to $1 trillion if its governments were to “radically rethink their policies and support to agriculture.” Akhannouch says African governments could attract more investment by better defining the value proposition for investors—something Morocco has done as ...

‘Spectre,’ ‘King Tut’ and ‘The Book of the Dead’ Sail To Morocco [Variety]

Morocco sets the stage for several big upcoming Hollywood films: After a four-year slowdown due to the economic recession and the Arab Spring shockwaves, Morocco is back with a bang and proving once again a hotspot for big U.S. shoots. “Mission Impossible 5,” “Queen of the Desert” and “A Hologram for the King” along with 30 other foreign films and TV productions sailed to Morocco in 2014, investing an estimated ...

AfDB Grants €176 Million for the Second Phase of the Largest Solar Power Station in Africa [AllAfrica]

Morocco takes another step towards green energy, as the Ouarzazate solar complex project nears completion and gains funding for a second phase of development: The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved one loan of €100 million and another of US $119 million for phase II of the Ouarzazate solar complex project (the NOORo II and NOORo III power stations), the former from the Bank’s own ...

Morocco, ‘crossroads’ for US investments in Africa- US official [Maghreb Arab Press]

Morocco receives praise from US official as “crossroads” for US investments in Africa: With a strategic location, solid infrastructure and sound business climate, Morocco stands as a “crossroads” for US investments in Africa, Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade, Kenneth Hyatt, said on Thursday in Rabat. Speaking at a press conference, Kenneth, who is leading a US business delegation to Morocco, said that Morocco, “a longstanding ally of the US”, ...
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