Ambitious Polytechnic University is Latest Step for First-Class Higher Ed in Morocco – Jean AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 19, 2017 Morocco’s higher education system is getting more sophisticated in addressing the need to create R&D facilities, as well as to link education to the global economy. Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, which King Mohammed VI inaugurated last week, is an integral part of this educational development and is the spearhead for building a comprehensive knowledge economy in the country. Located between Marrakech and Settat, ...

Business Brief: Great News for Morocco’s Tourism and Financial Sectors – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 4, 2017 A topsy-turvy economic year ends on positive notes for Morocco, as tourism numbers rebound, positive budget news comes on the back of a projected higher growth rate for 2017, Morocco expands its role in promoting Arab and African trade, and Islamic banking is ready to launch. Passenger and tourism numbers up. According to Abderrafie Zouitene, director of the Moroccan National Tourism Office, annual ...

Business Brief: Morocco Continues Economic Diplomacy in Africa, Enjoys Increase in International Partners and Recognition – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC December 7, 2016 The ambitious bilateral agreement to extend a gas distribution pipeline up the West Coast of Africa, announced during King Mohammed VI’s recent trip to Nigeria, captured world headlines. The pipeline will  , potentially affect more than nine additional countries on its way to Morocco. Other major deals were signed as well, including one focusing on the Nigerian agricultural sector. In Morocco, three major ...

From These Roots: Olive Trees Promise Brighter Future in Morocco – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC December 5, 2016 In the first Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact with Morocco that ended in 2013, more than $19m was allocated to planting and improving fruit trees. The agricultural portion included three efforts related to fruit trees: improving the use of scarce water resources through better irrigation and watering techniques; increasing the number of new plantings of olive and almond tree; and improving the production ...

Business Brief: COP22, New Investments, King’s Visit to Ethiopia Headline Recent Progress – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC November 22, 2016 Morocco’s hosting of COP22 was not only an opportunity for King Mohammed VI to promote his vision of energy/environment policies in Africa; it was also a showcase for projects and investments to make the promise of lower carbon emissions a global reality. Immediately following the meetings, the king went on his delayed trip to Ethiopia, where a number of agreements were signed and ...
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