Business Brief: Diversifying Mix Tops Morocco’s Energy Strategy – Wants US Investors – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader April 23, 2018 On April 19, the US State Department hosted the second US-Morocco Strategic Energy Working Group meeting bringing together Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Sandra Oudkirk and Director General Amina Benkhadra, of Morocco’s National Bureau of Petroleum and Mines. Benkhadra has previously served as Minister of Energy in Morocco, has participated in numerous international conferences on energy issues, and is credited with ...

It’s more than just a game: How golf and the film industry are improving Morocco’s economic landscape — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) March 23, 2018 NBCUniversal’s Golf Channel recently produced a special on Morocco, Golf Gaining Popularity in Morocco, and has conducted a number of interviews this week during the Hassan II pro golf tournament, the Trophée Hassan II, hosted in Morocco’s capital city of Rabat. The American public is learning more about Morocco’s half-century love affair with golf thanks to recent headline articles in the Wall ...

National US-Arab Chamber Highlights Successful Morocco Tourism Investment Promotion in US – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader April 19, 2018 Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and New York City were the destinations for an investment promotion tour coordinated by the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) in partnership with the   Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT). This was the first-ever effort of its kind and was reported as a success in terms of meetings with companies, government officials, and investment firms. Morocco has enjoyed increasing ...

Business Brief: International media praise Morocco’s development, while economy slows in 2Q due to lagging agricultural production hit by lack of rain – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader April 16, 2018 Both the International Policy Digest and the MediTelegraph recently published articles praising the advances of the Moroccan economy and future prospects. In a post “Is The ‘Moroccan Exception’ Myth or Reality,” the International Policy Digest described the key factors in Morocco’s current success, going so far as to say “Morocco is unique in the region in its governance and culture.” In contrast to many ...

Business Brief: Economic Development Still Lagging in Rural Areas; Telecoms Sector Heats Up; Nexteer Automotive Opens Facility; and IFC Ups Game in Morocco and Tunisia – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader April 10, 2018 For more than two years, the lack of jobs has driven Moroccans into the streets. Tensions in rural areas of Morocco still simmer and sometimes explode into demonstrations demanding improvements in social services, stable and valued job opportunities, and credible government efforts to boost the local economy. Morocco’s leaders are in a conundrum. In a country of limited financial resources and where politicians have ...
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