Closing the Development Gap – What Morocco Can Do – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC May 25, 2017 We have written recently on IMF and World Bank reports assessing Morocco’s progress on economic and fiscal policies and human and social development indicators. A new analysis from the North Africa Report reinforces the positive aspects of Morocco’s development while noting continuing challenges identified in the earlier reports as well as other concerns that impede the country’s growth. Morocco is justifiably proud of ...

Biz Brief: New Partnerships, from China to Detroit, Form Win-Win Projects – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC May 25, 2017 Morocco’s largest skyscraper will be built with a Chinese company. The African Development Bank extends its efforts in the water sector. A US company starts testing solar power cooling systems while another draws inspiration from Moroccan architecture in a Detroit redevelopment effort. And a Canadian company sets up a joint venture for mineral exploitation. Also, Casablanca does well in poll of African urban ...

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS: THE US-MOROCCO FTA

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS:  THE US-MOROCCO FTA Report abstract: On January 1st, 2017, the US-Morocco FTA (Free Trade Agreement) began its 12th year enforcing liberalized commercial exchange between two historic allies. The FTA has surpassed moderate expectations for its economic impact, and has been a success story for both sides. This paper will describe how Morocco became the US’s first free-trade partner in Africa, and evaluate its economic and political impact compared ...

Morocco’s Scorecards from IMF and World Bank Detail Growth Challenges – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC May 19, 2017 In 2016, Morocco was granted a third two-year Precautionary and Liquidity Line (PLL)—a provisionary line of credit from the IMF—which Morocco uses as an insurance instrument against external risks such as severe trade imbalances while supporting its efforts to promote higher and more inclusive growth. During its annual review conducted recently, Mitsuhiro Furasawa, IMF Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, said, “Morocco’s sound ...

Mixed Economic News as Morocco Moves Forward in Key Sectors – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC May 17, 2017 Fitch Ratings issued a cautionary assessment of Morocco’s banking exposure in Africa. Fez takes center stage in business and economic news with several initiatives announced. The aeronautics sector gets new public-private partnership to boost capacity. And a government agency issues updated statistics on the role of technology in the Moroccan economy. Looks good on paper. According to a recent bulletin released by Fitch ...
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