Business Brief: BCG head sees bright economic future in Africa; Regional integration challenges continent’s leadership to overcome obstacles; and Morocco bank wants to make its mark in West Africa – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader May 21, 2018 In an interview with La Tribune Afrique, Patrick Dupoux, senior partner & managing director at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), explained why his company believes in the economic emergence of Africa. We first met Patrick when he was advising AMDI, the Moroccan Agency for Investment Development, on its industrialization strategy. BCG was responsible for many of the contacts made by Morocco with automobile and ...

The Magnificence of Marrakech — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) May 17, 2018 Morocco is unlike any other country I’ve visited and, having had the fortune of being US Ambassador there for over three years, I learned much about the people and the country.  It is unlike any other in the world. Although the majority of Moroccans are Arab and Sunni Muslim, it would be incomplete to call Morocco an Arab country. And although it’s ...

Maghreb Matters: Tunisia Holds Local Elections, Independents Lead Returns. Economy Continues to Drag – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader May 15, 2018 While there were no clear winners in terms of a majority in the recent local elections in Tunisia, observers noted that, despite a low turnout of less than 34%, holding elections without major unrest represents an important step in moving towards decentralization that will empower local municipalities to make decisions on critical development issues. According to an analysis by Reuters.com, most voters were older, ...

Yemeni Refugees Taking Charge of Their Futures in Morocco – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader May 10, 2018 A recent story circulated by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) looked at the case of how Yemeni refugees in Morocco were taking charge of their futures by initiating projects that serve both the Yemeni and Moroccan communities. The project is a kindergarten for all children, called Amal or Hope, which recently opened in Kenitra, north of the capital Rabat. Although there are ...

Maghreb News Notes: Iran seeks to expand presence in North Africa; World Bank Group to meet in Marrakech in 2021; Moroccan unemployment down; and EU Report focuses on challenges in relationship with Algeria – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader May 8, 2018 Iran’s agenda in North Africa is coming under heightened scrutiny after senior Iranian officials visited Algiers leading to increased tensions over Western Sahara and the expulsion from Rabat of the Iranian ambassador. According to an article in Al-Arabiya, “The cut in ties between the two countries came after irrefutable evidence came to light proving that shipments of weapons, which included surface-to-air missiles, comprising of ...
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