American Education and English Training Opens Global Doors for Moroccan Youth — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) January 16, 2018 Since World War II, English is the fastest growing and most popular language for business, education, and commerce in the world. If one includes countries where English is an official language, more than 1.5 billion people speak English, some 350 million as a first language. In terms of English usage, by some estimates, the English lexicon is currently increasing by over 8,500 ...

The Informal Economy in Africa – Can it make a Sustainable Impact? – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 12, 2018 I follow studies on the economic role of the informal sector because in most of the world it includes the largest number of enterprises and has far more potential for creating jobs than technology entrepreneurs, while facing many of the same challenges. Challenges globally, outside of the West,  are quite similar – from access to finance, technology, markets, fully-serviced work spaces, supplies, and social ...

Western Sahara: Who Should Vote Part III – It is Time for a Referendum – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley January 11, 2018 Yes, you read that title correctly. It is time for a Western Sahara referendum. The referendum that needs to happen now is one conducted inside the Polisario refugee camps in southern Algeria. For years the Polisario has claimed to be the sole legitimate representative of the Sahrawi people even though  the number of Sahrawis living in those camps is clearly substantially less than those ...

Business Brief: Debate Rages on Future of Education Policy in Morocco; Morocco Joins Specialized World Bank Program; and Aquaculture Promises Strong Opportunities for Business – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 10, 2018 What will the government do to improve the educational sector? This was at the center of a debate that erupted with the release of recommendations by the Higher Council for Education, Training, and Scientific Research late last year, which are contained in bill 17-51 submitted to Parliament. Originally intended as a strategic plan for 2015-2030, it took three years to come up with the ...

Twenty Years of Morocco’s Development: 1997-2017 — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) January 4, 2018 Twenty years ago this month, I arrived in Morocco as the new US Ambassador. Arriving at the end of Ramadan, I was able to immediately feel the warmth and character of the country, and it was the beginning of a close-up view of the changes going on in Morocco. During my first meeting with King Hassan II, shortly after my arrival, he ...
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