Business Brief: King Continues Building Strong African Economic Ties – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC February 23, 2017 Not content to slow down after his victory in achieving admission to the African Union, King Mohammed VI visited Ghana and Zambia, extending his economic diplomacy by presiding with his hosts over the signing of more than three dozen agreements and MOUs. Nigerians seem to be attracted to Moroccan interiors for residential and institutional buildings. And a prominent Moroccan businessman speaks out on ...

What’s Wrong with the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU)? – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC February 21, 2017 Nearly 30 years after its 1989 founding,   the AMU is still unable to further its initial mission – to build economic cooperation among its member countries: Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia — let alone move towards greater integration of its transportation, communications, and energy sectors. While analysts point to the political tensions between members over issues such as the Western Sahara, migration, ...

On President’s Day, the Long History of Morocco’s Kings and America’s Presidents

Washington, DC, February 20, 2017, Moroccan American Center for Policy (MACP) — George Washington, whose birthday is celebrated the third Monday in February as President’s Day—holds a special place in Morocco’s diplomatic history. Morocco became the first country to recognize the newly independent United States, when Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdullah announced in 1777 that “all vessels sailing under the American flag could freely enter Moroccan ports.” The Sultan sought ...

Business Brief: Public-Private Partnership Launched to Promote Moroccan Business Start-ups Abroad; Initiatives Announced to Boost Construction and IT Sectors – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC February 14, 2017 Faced with an anemic growth rate in 2016 of around 1.6% due to an 8% drop in agricultural output because of drought, Morocco expands its efforts to diversity its economy and generate options for new business development that will mirror the success of the auto industry, which, for the third year in a row, leads all export sectors. In response to increased interest ...

The Family Grows Bigger: Reactions to the African Union’s Historic Decision to Admit Morocco – Jordana Merran

By Jordana Merran February 9, 2017 It’s been just over a week since an overwhelming majority of African Union (AU) member states (39 of 54) agreed to admit Morocco to the pan-African organization after a 33-year hiatus. The historic decision is a crowning achievement for Moroccan King Mohammed VI, who has made Africa a foreign policy priority during his reign. As he outlined in a speech to the AU the ...
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