Morocco Rises Two Spots, Continues Leading North Africa in World Bank’s Latest “Doing Business” Report

Washington, DC, October 27, 2016 (MACP) — Released on Tuesday, the World Bank’s 2017 “Doing Business” report ranked Morocco 68out of 190 countries in ease of doing business—a two-spot gain since last year—making it number one in North Africa and fourth overall in the greater Middle East/North Africa region. The report praised a number of actions taken by Morocco over the past year, including: making “the process of starting a ...

In Speech to Newly Elected Parliament, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI Urges Administrative Reform, Public Awareness Campaigns to Continue down Democratic Path

Washington, DC, October 17, 2016 (MACP) – Just a week after Moroccans elected 395 representatives to Parliament in the country’s second legislative elections since adopting a new constitution in 2011, King Mohammed VI delivered a speech to the new legislature urging administrative reforms. “True commitment to political and party principles means one should put the citizen above all other considerations; it means one should fulfill the promises made to the ...

Full Text of King Mohammed VI’s Speech at Parliament Opening

On Friday, October 14, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI delivered a speech to the newly elected members of the Parliament’s two houses at the opening of the first session of the first legislative year of the tenth legislature. Below is the full text of the speech: Praise be to God May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and Kin Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Members of Parliament, The opening ...

Morocco: Incumbent Party Wins Narrow Victory in Second Legislative Elections since Constitutional Reform

Close Race and Steady Voter Turnout Signal Progress, Says Former US Ambassador Washington, DC, October 11, 2016 (MACP) – Morocco’s incumbent moderate Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) won 125 seats—a narrow victory over the more liberal Party of Authenticity and Modernity’s (PAM) 102 seats—in Friday’s hotly contested legislative elections, the second Parliamentary race since the 2011 reform of the North African country’s Constitution. Voter turnout held steady at 43%, ...

Morocco’s urban transformation: When Hurry met Salé | Daily Maverick

Morocco’s broad progress over the last few decades is evident in the the transitioning city of Salé: When Ridley Scott was looking for a location for his 2001 film Blackhawk Down, which depicts the 1993 US mission to capture a Somali Warlord that went disastrously wrong, the original site of the event, Mogadishu, was deemed to be far too dangerous. Instead they shot the film in Morocco, with Salé’s Sidi ...
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