Business Brief: Solar-powered Homes a Hit in Morocco while Plans for Natural Gas Processing Plant Move Ahead; Investments in Mega-projects Announced; Micro-funding Gets a Boost from the EBRD; and Government Finally Launches Flexible Exchange Rate – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 18, 2018 Energy outlook for Morocco continues to show great progress as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) noted that around 128,000 homes are currently powered by off-grid solar home systems. Already more than 98% of the country has access to power, marking Morocco’s achievement of one of its Millennium Development Goals. This recent development, which is testament to Morocco’s ranking in the top three African ...

American Education and English Training Opens Global Doors for Moroccan Youth — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) January 16, 2018 Since World War II, English is the fastest growing and most popular language for business, education, and commerce in the world. If one includes countries where English is an official language, more than 1.5 billion people speak English, some 350 million as a first language. In terms of English usage, by some estimates, the English lexicon is currently increasing by over 8,500 ...

The Informal Economy in Africa – Can it make a Sustainable Impact? – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 12, 2018 I follow studies on the economic role of the informal sector because in most of the world it includes the largest number of enterprises and has far more potential for creating jobs than technology entrepreneurs, while facing many of the same challenges. Challenges globally, outside of the West,  are quite similar – from access to finance, technology, markets, fully-serviced work spaces, supplies, and social ...

Western Sahara: Who Should Vote Part III – It is Time for a Referendum – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley January 11, 2018 Yes, you read that title correctly. It is time for a Western Sahara referendum. The referendum that needs to happen now is one conducted inside the Polisario refugee camps in southern Algeria. For years the Polisario has claimed to be the sole legitimate representative of the Sahrawi people even though  the number of Sahrawis living in those camps is clearly substantially less than those ...

Business Brief: Debate Rages on Future of Education Policy in Morocco; Morocco Joins Specialized World Bank Program; and Aquaculture Promises Strong Opportunities for Business – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 10, 2018 What will the government do to improve the educational sector? This was at the center of a debate that erupted with the release of recommendations by the Higher Council for Education, Training, and Scientific Research late last year, which are contained in bill 17-51 submitted to Parliament. Originally intended as a strategic plan for 2015-2030, it took three years to come up with the ...
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