The Wheel of Misfortune – Russia Takes Advantage of US Lethargy in North Africa – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC November 20, 2017 Those who follow US policy in the Middle East and North Africa are increasingly concerned with a lack of a robust or consistent American presence in the region outside of support for Israel and mixed messages on Syria and Iraq. Arab governments initially were pleased that the Trump Administration took a high profile on pursuing a Middle East peace settlement, inserting itself into the ...

Good Economic News Across Multiple Sectors, While Government’s 2018 Budget Has Important Business-related Provisions – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC November 17, 2017 As the fiscal year-end approaches, Morocco is registering strong growth across a number of sectors. In the film industry, the Financial Times reported that “Last year the country earned an estimated €33m from foreign film and television productions.” The country’s unique geography enables it to replicate almost any Middle East location, and its skilled technicians, business friendly permit system, and low prices continue to ...

Good Economic News Across Multiple Sectors, While Government’s 2018 Budget Has Important Business-related Provisions – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC November 16, 2017 As the fiscal year-end approaches, Morocco is registering strong growth across a number of sectors. In the film industry, the Financial Times reported that “Last year the country earned an estimated €33m from foreign film and television productions.” The country’s unique geography enables it to replicate almost any Middle East location, and its skilled technicians, business friendly permit system, and low prices continue to ...

Government Moves to Add Funding for SMEs and Start-ups, Moroccan Business Delegations Travel across Africa, as Moody’s Praises Banking Sector – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC November 9, 2017 SMEs worldwide have gained a reputation for being job creators. To take advantage of the energies that SMEs bring to the marketplace, and to enhance the environment for startups to become strong SMEs, Morocco has joined with the World Bank to launch the “Innov Invest Fund.” Initiated with $73 million in funds, it is tasked with seeding early stage companies and innovative SMEs. The ...

Last Week in Morocco Security News – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott November 1, 2017 Morocco continues to use both hard and soft measures to confront terrorism and violent extremism in the Kingdom. Over the last week, there have been a few notable developments in the country’s ongoing CT and CVE efforts. In hard security news, authorities announced two new anti-terrorist operations: On October 23, Moroccan authorities arrested six people on terrorism charges in Rabat, Beni Mellal, and El ...
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