Business Brief: Tangier-Med Port Leader in the Region; Chinese Electric Cars are Coming; Portugal and Morocco Ink New Agreements; Mixed Economic News on Equitable Growth

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC December 14, 2017 Tangier-Med Port remains leader in the region despite competition. The strategic vision behind the port, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has always been firmly fixed on its becoming the best and largest Mediterranean port as it expands to meet growing demand. Despite somewhat limited attempts by its neighbors to duplicate Morocco’s success, they are hampered by key advantages that support Tangier-Med, ...

Morocco Energy Update – David S. Bloom

David S. Bloom December 14, 2017 Morocco has made several headlines this week, not surprising given its longstanding push towards energy independence and its global leadership in renewable energy development. First up is US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) chief Scott Pruitt, who is in Morocco this week to discuss several energy issues with his Moroccan counterparts. The visit is officially to follow up on the Environmental Work Plan that was ...

Western Sahara – Who Should Vote, Part II – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley December 11, 2017 The United Nations established “right” of “distinct peoples” to “self-determination” following the end of colonial rule is the basis of the Polisario and Algerian demand for the conduct of a referendum on independence for what is today commonly referred to in the international community as “Western Sahara.” Despite the seeming simplicity of that “right” there is, in fact, nothing simple about it. As promised ...

Business Brief: Morocco Shines in OZY.com Spotlight; Positive Business News Supports Economic Progress; and OCP and IBM Launch Joint Venture to Manage the Digital Age – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC December 6, 2017 Social media source likes Morocco. A recent article highlighting Morocco was featured on OZY.com, a social media platform focusing on emerging trends worldwide in news, culture, and entertainment. In November and December they are “providing a spotlight” on five countries, and Morocco was chosen, noting that “It’s a pivotal time for this North African kingdom — while others in the region have experimented with ...

The Ongoing Debate over Judicial Reform in Morocco – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott December 1, 2017 When Morocco adopted a new Constitution in July 2011, consolidating more than a decade of reform, the Kingdom made a promise to its citizens to establish a constitutional monarchy with separation of powers. Though much of the text – and a large part of the reform work since then – focused on giving increased powers to the government and the Parliament, the Constitution also ...
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