Second World Human Rights Forum (WHRF) in Marrakech , 27-30 November [Africa Bulletin]

Morocco hosts the 2nd World Human Rights Forum (WHRF) next month, expecting 5,000 participants from all over the globe: The Kingdom of Morocco will host the second edition of the World Human Rights Forum (WHRF) in Marrakesh from 27 to 30 November 2014. In December 2013, Brazil hosted the first World human rights Forum, with over 5,000 participants from 30 countries. The Marrakesh Forum took place twenty years after the ...

Morocco Matches Skills and Growth Sectors [The Africa Report]

Morocco is bringing the private and public sector together to promote employable skills and job growth in promising industries: On the afternoon of 11 September, not far away from Mohamed V airport in Casablanca, the Institut Spécialisé des Métiers de l’Aéronautique et de la Logistique Aéroportuaire (ISMALA) has an unusual buzz. Students wearing their dark-blue overalls are conscientiously working on different pieces of aircraft, drilling, nailing and folding materials, making ...

First Plant in Morocco Solar Mega-Project to Open in 2015

Morocco’s green energy strategy will soon be paying dividends: Morocco’s first solar energy plant will begin operating in 2015, an official said Sunday, as part of a multi-billion-euro project the oil-scarce kingdom hopes will satisfy its growing energy needs. The so-called “Nour 1″ thermo-solar plant at the southern desert city of Ouarzazate will be operational “next year”, Mustapha Bakkoury, the head of Morocco’s MASEN solar energy agency told AFP. The ...

Mauritania, Morocco Bolster Security Ties [Magharebia]

Morocco and Mauritania meet to promote security and trade: Morocco and Mauritania agreed to strengthen their security co-operation against terrorism, AFP quoted the Moroccan interior minister as saying Wednesday (October 15th). Mauritanian Interior Minister Mohamed Ould Ahmed Salem paid a visit to Rabat Monday and Tuesday, during which he held talks with his Moroccan counterpart, Mohamed Hassad, and with Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane. The two sides reached agreements in several ...

World Bank Official Says Morocco Has Eradicated Extreme Poverty [Maghreb Arab Press]

Morocco managed to practically eradicate extreme poverty and reduce relative poverty, according to World Bank country director for the Maghreb, Simon Gray: “Extreme poverty has been practically eradicated in Morocco, declining from 2 % in 2001 to 0.28 % in 2011, while relative poverty has decreased from 15.3 % to 6.2 %”, WB official told MAP on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of poverty (17 October). ...
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