Maghreb News Notes: Why the AMU Vision is on Life Support; How the EU to Helping Morocco Build its Economy – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader July 19, 2018 In a stunning and thoughtful article, Anouar Boukhars writes frankly about the demise of even the vision of the Maghreb Arab Union (AMU), its obituary announced both continent-wide at the African Union and at an international conference with the EU by no less than King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Despite a rejoinder from the Algerian Foreign Minister supporting the vision of the AMU, Boukhars ...

Business Brief: Morocco Offers Incentives to New Industries; Pushes to Become the Leading Business Gateway in Africa; Rates Comparatively Well in Terms of Global Innovation; Mobile Banking Coming in September – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader July 17, 2018 To encourage greater industrial investment in the country, the Ministry of Finance and Economy has announced a new five-year corporate tax exemption for new industrial investments. According to a Reuters story, subsequently reported in a number of outlets, the incentive will apply to companies created since the publication of the June 2017 budget. Among the 24 sectors targeted for the tax break are automotive, ...

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 Hill] Hopeful signs for religious reform in the Arab world

Edward Gabriel, the U.S. ambassador to Morocco from 1997-2001, published an op-ed on Moroccan efforts to teach moderate religious values focused on tolerance and openness to counter extremism and radical religious interpretation: The Hill (April 9, 2018) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s visit to the United States has generated much press and excitement about the future monarch, a leader who appears to be committed to religious, socio-economic and ...

[The Hill] President Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem is an upset to years of US policy

Edward Gabriel, the U.S. ambassador to Morocco from 1997-2001, published an op-ed on the impact of the Trump Administration’s recent actions on the Middle East and North Africa: The Hill (December 12, 2017) — President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has likely erased any foreseeable potential for a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians, and undermined the prospects of the United States continuing to be seen ...
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