Business Brief: Investors See Bright Future for Moroccan Hotel Sector; New Mining Leases Awarded; Challenges to Sustain Growth in Investments; Pharmaceutical Industries Plan to Strengthen Sector; and Artificial Intelligence and Renewable Energy Opening New Opportunities across Africa – Jean R. AbiNade

Jean R. AbiNader August 15, 2018 As tourism recovers and shows sustainable growth, investors are returning to the hotel industry sector. Four and five-star hotels, as well as a number of business traveler focused accommodations are planned in the coming three years. Local investors such as CDG, high net worth individuals, and family offices “Are also taking a greater interest in the country’s hotel industry, spurred on by the Government’s ...

Maghreb Matters: Algeria Mulling Joint Bid with Tunisia and Morocco for 2030 World Cup; Media under Pressure to Conform to Survive; and Women Seek to Break some Glass – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader August 3, 2018 Well, this may not be the way the Western Sahara conflict is resolved, but it could be a start. Recently, the Algerian Sports Minister Mohamed Hattab told reporters that Algeria, which has at times been at odds with its neighbor Morocco – notably over the Western Sahara issue – would “study the possible candidacy of the Maghreb countries for the organization of the World ...

Maghreb Matters: UN Praises Morocco’s Migrant Policy; AU Seconds that Commendation; Tunisia Faces Infighting in Nidaa Tunis amid Discussions with IMF on Progress in Reforms – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader June 18, 2018 Morocco shows leadership in addressing migrant issues, according to an UNCTAD report. It wrote that “The experience of Morocco features prominently…and provides insights for many countries to learn from,” in its flagship report on development in Africa, underscoring the benefits of migration in the continent and debunking myths surrounding the phenomenon. The report features 2017 data showing that migration in Africa is primarily intra-continental. ...

Maghreb Business Notes: Algeria Show Progress in Auto and Energy Sectors Despite Decrease in FDI; Morocco-Nigeria Summit Moves Ahead with Gas Pipeline and Other Projects; Gas Pipeline and Processing Facility Planned for Inland Morocco Field – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader June 14, 2018 Good news for Algeria’s auto manufacturing sector according to the latest assessment by the Oxford Business Group (OBG), which also noted progress in the country’s energy sector. Following the government’s upgrading of its investment incentives for the automobile sector and regulations limiting vehicle imports, several companies announced new investments. SEAT, part of the Volkswagen Group, will ramp up production at its assembly plant in ...

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 ...
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