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 ...

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 ...

Morocco Confronts Difficulty of Workforce Development – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC May 12, 2017 It has become a nostrum in international development, especially in Africa and the Middle East, that job creation is the number one goal for ensuring greater domestic stability. For example, the latest reports from the World Economic Forum and Ernst and Young strongly emphasize the critical need for employment opportunities for the burgeoning youth population, including women. Having spent time on workforce development ...

Morocco Continues to Lead Economic Growth in the Region – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC May 11, 2017 Two major studies released this month, the African Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum, and the Africa Attractiveness Report from Ernst and Young (EY), point out that Morocco leads the other members of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) in many indicators of economic resilience. Unlike Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, and Tunisia, perhaps the most singular factor contributing to its success is Morocco’s ...

Business Review: Arab Finance Institutions in Morocco, Bilateral Investments with Rwanda, Morocco Agriculture in the Spotlight, and More Tourism Kudos – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC April 20, 2017 While the World Bank Group prepares for its spring meetings in Washington, DC, leaders of Arab financial institutions are meeting in Morocco. Morocco’s annual Agricultural Fair is scheduled for the end of this month. And if you’re in the mood for a vacation without your laptop, don’t miss these eight reasons to go to Morocco. Arab Finance Community Discusses Steps to Support Economic ...
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