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: Drum Beats Pounding for Fifth Bouteflika Term; General Haftar Frees Up the Oil Pumps; and the EU and Morocco Renew Fisheries Agreement – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader July 26, 2018 Bouteflika rolling towards fifth term despite constitutional term limits on the office of president. With the election less than 10 months away, maneuvering has already begun in earnest, according to an article on washingtoninstitute.org. Since his fourth terms had already been grandfathered in the current law, there are no real obstacles to his claiming another term, thanks to the maneuvering led by his brother ...

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. ...

Morocco Maintains Lead in North Africa in Latest World Bank “Doing Business” Report, Continues to Improve in Key Metrics

Washington, DC, November 2, 2017 (MACP) – In the World Bank’s 2018 “Doing Business – Reforming to Create Jobs” report, Morocco again ranked number one in North Africa and third overall in the Middle East and North Africa region. Morocco’s overall score (67.91) placed it over 10 points above the regional average (56.72) and a strong performer in comparison to Tunisia (63.58) and Algeria (46.71). The report is the 15th ...

King Mohammed VI Calls for New Development Model

Urges rapid implementation of Regionalization to support “bold” initiatives Washington, DC, October 17, 2017 (MACP) – In his speech at the opening session of Parliament this week, King Mohammed VI called for reconsideration of Morocco’s development model “in order to keep abreast of changes in the country.” The King noted that, “Although Morocco has made tangible progress, which is recognized throughout the world, we have to admit that our national ...
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