Tourism and Aeronautics Sectors Show Great Results; Renewable Energy Experts Meet in Marrakech; Ties Strengthen with China and Indonesia; and Seafood Sector Exports are Set to Rise – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader February 16, 2018 Tourism results for 2017 were recently announced and Morocco recorded 11.35 million tourists, a 10% increase over 2016 and a new record for the sector. European visitors grew by 15% from Germany, 8% from Spain and France, and 9% from Holland and Italy. The pattern of rising arrivals from new markets continued as Chinese arrivals jumped 151%, with Japanese rising 39% and Brazilians up ...

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. ...

Morocco, Snow and the Olympics — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) February 9, 2018 Morocco is faced with yet another massive snowfall this week, hitting the low lands as well as the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains.  This comes during the very week the Olympics open in South Korea and brings to mind my time as US Ambassador to Morocco when I skied a great mountain outside Marrakech in the shadow of the second highest ...

Moroccan Soccer “On a Roll” – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott February 9, 2018 The FIFA headline following Morocco’s victory in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) said it best – “Morocco on a roll after local triumph.” That is certainly the case for the Atlas Lions, whose 4-0 win over Nigeria capped off an exciting few months for the national team.  As the FIFA article noted, “Truly, these are heady times for Moroccan football.” It all started ...

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 ...
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