King Mohammed VI Unveils African Agenda on Migration – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott February 8, 2018 In a speech to the 30th African Union Summit delivered by Moroccan Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani last week, King Mohammed VI unveiled the “African Agenda on Migration,” offering the latest details on a new AU vision for migration. Drawn up using an inclusive, participatory approach that included regular consultations with African Heads of State and officials, representatives of international organizations, and ...

IMF and Morocco Continue To Cooperate on Sustained Growth through Targeted Reforms – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 31, 2018 Over the past two weeks, much has transpired in the working relationship between Morocco and the IMF. The results are largely favorable, which reflects well on Morocco’s efforts at fiscal and monetary reforms but also sets new targets that the country should meet if its progress is to be sustained. One indicator of this two-edged sword of progress and the need for more reform ...

Business Brief: Economic Outlook Mixed with Good News in Tourism and from IMF Assessment while Personal Income Continues to Lag Overall Economic Growth – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 29, 2018 Morocco has to do better for its citizens according to Nizar Baraka, speaking in his capacity as President of the Economic, Social, and Environmental Council (CESE). Using the cost of bottled gas as an example, he pointed out that in urban areas the cost was around $5 and it could more than $7.50, even as high as $10.80 in inclement weather. He made this ...

Business Brief: Casablanca Finance City Again Featured as Financial Center in Africa; Laureate University in Casablanca under New Ownership – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 22, 2018 Morocco’s Casablanca Finance City (CFC) is showing its potential after only five years. Major tenants including Lloyd’s of London, Allianz, Thomson Reuters, and Clifford Chance are a few of the world class companies that now make CFC their headquarters for Africa. More than 120 companies representing 20 countries from four continents have already signed up and taken advantage of its tax incentives and geostrategic ...

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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