International Donors Conference on the Sahel, Much Ado…Will It Make a Difference – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader March 22, 2018 According to a number of reports, more than 60 delegations and 14 partner countries gathered in Brussels last month to put meat on the bones of the G5 Sahel force set up in 2017 to enable Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad build their military capabilities to conduct anti-terrorism operations in their countries and along their borders. There were also discussions concerning the ...

King Mohammed VI Reaffirms Commitment to South-South Cooperation “At the Heart of Our Africa Policy” – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader March 19, 2018 In a message addressed to the Crans Montana Forum on “Africa and South-South Cooperation,” which was held last week in the southern Moroccan city of Dakhla, King Mohammed VI emphasized the centrality of Africa in Morocco’s foreign policy. He mentioned how highly he regards Morocco’s relations with countries on the continent and how there are many opportunities for Africa’s future if it seriously promotes ...

Business Briefs: Moroccan Agricultural Sector Lauded; New Investments Push Packaging, Finance, Aerospace, and Energy Sectors; While Kosmos Puts Its Project on Hold – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader February 14, 2018 Why Agriculture is a key sector in Moroccan economy was detailed in an article in the North Africa Post. It reviewed a report in the Euro Med Invest Business Guide that pointed out that despite the variances in rain that result in swings of up to 5-8% of GDP a year, the country is investing in long-term solutions to add value to the sector. ...

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 ...

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, ...
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