Happy (Belated) Birthday to the Moroccan Scholar who Saved Aristotle – Andrew Lubrano

Andrew Lubrano April 21, 2017   Hanging in the Vatican, Raphael’s fresco “The School of Athens” depicts a highly anachronistic meeting of some of the greatest thinkers in human history. Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates walk through a crowd that includes a few 15th century Renaissance figures alongside ancient Greek philosophers like Archimedes and Euclid. Seated on the left side of the fresco is a man whose style of dress starkly ...

Business Review: Arab Finance Institutions in Morocco, Bilateral Investments with Rwanda, Morocco Agriculture in the Spotlight, and More Tourism Kudos – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC April 20, 2017 While the World Bank Group prepares for its spring meetings in Washington, DC, leaders of Arab financial institutions are meeting in Morocco. Morocco’s annual Agricultural Fair is scheduled for the end of this month. And if you’re in the mood for a vacation without your laptop, don’t miss these eight reasons to go to Morocco. Arab Finance Community Discusses Steps to Support Economic ...

Don’t Underestimate the Value of Vision – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC April 14, 2017 A recent article in the Journal of Democracy cautioned that while Morocco was able to weather the shocks of the Arab Spring, there is some concern about the viability of monarchies over the long term. While I can appreciate the author’s perspective, I must challenge his assertion by making a distinction between heads of state who have a status quo strategy and a ...

Business Brief: Good News on Morocco’s African Outreach – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC April 7, 2017 Morocco’s leadership in Africa was a dominant news item in recent weeks following King Mohammed VI’s visits to various African countries and the signing of additional bilateral agreements and MOUs. Coverage included the need for greater South-South integration as promoted by the King, updates on the Nigeria-Morocco fertilizer deal, and Morocco’s ranking in the most recent Africa Capacity Report. What’s Not to Like? ...

Energy News in Morocco: Getting Better All the Time – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC April 6, 2017 Morocco’s commitment to derive 50% of its domestic energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 took another giant step forward with the launch of the fourth and last stage of the Noor solar energy facility in Ouarzazate. Unlike the previous three segments, which use CSP technology, this 72MW facility will use the more common photovoltaic process for producing energy. Projected to cost $220M, ...
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