Morocco See Gains in International Business Ties; Tourism Sector Faces a Shake-up – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 24, 2017 Although 2016 was not a bad year for Morocco, key indicators look like 2017 will show significant growth in important sectors including agricultural, financial services, manufacturing, and tourism. Although the government agency responsible for tourism development has come under criticism, private leisure and recreation developers and promoters continue to post good results. Bilateral ties with Pakistan are showing improvement, and so is Morocco’s ...

Business Brief: Moroccan Auto Exports Roll On; Hilton Plans Expansion – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 10, 2017 There was good business news on several fronts, including an uptick in auto exports and increased domestic auto sales; expanded gas and oil drilling activities; growth in the exports of handicrafts; and Hilton making its presence felt in several locations. In general, there are strong indications that the Moroccan economy will continue to grow, despite the haggling over the composition of the new ...

Moroccan Entrepreneurs Garner Recognition and Success – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 5, 2017 At a time when countries in the MENA are struggling to create jobs for increasing numbers of job seekers, the success of entrepreneurs promoting small scale enterprises is worth celebrating! This past month, this happened with great fanfare for Moroccans who have combined business acumen with local resources to generate opportunities for workers with basic skills, mostly women, to make a difference. The ...

Business Brief: MCC Releases Final Results of First Compact with Morocco; Economy Plows Ahead on Expanding Exports and Push for Tourism – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC December 20, 2016 Despite lower growth in 2016 due to last year’s drought and depressed phosphate prices, Morocco continues to invest both to boost the national economy and to increase commercial ties in Africa and elsewhere. The MCC released its final report on its initial compact with Morocco, which completed in 2013, and provided more details on a portion of the second compact now being rolled ...

Business Brief: Morocco’s Infrastructure Projects Continue to Draw International Attention; Hollywood’s Love Affair with Morocco Grows; and US Finalizes Missile Sale – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC December 14, 2016 A high-speed train project is expected to see its first passengers in 2017, and it is just the beginning for an ambitious effort to link up Africa. Solar power projects in Morocco have gained international recognition because of their role in advancing solar energy, making cost-effective solar energy, and innovative approaches to green financing. Thanks to a boost from Comcast and a pending ...
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