Business Brief: Reports on Morocco’s Industrial and Education Sectors; Announcements of a New Tourism Development Partnership and Music Festival in the News

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC September 15, 2017 The progress of the Industrial Acceleration Plan was featured in a story that looks at the role of the African Development Bank. A World Bank officer visiting Morocco reinforced the results of a recent Bank study of youth in Morocco. On the tourism front, a major partnership was announced to pursue projects, and Agadir provided details on an upcoming Amazigh music festival. Morocco partners ...

Caftans in Colorado – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott September 12, 2017 Moroccan Caftans featured at Colorado State University’s Avenir Museum Morocco’s traditional clothing – the caftan – has been transformed over the last 20 years from a practical garment to haute couture. The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University in Fort Collins is currently hosting an exhibition documenting that evolution. “The Allure of the Moroccan Caftan” seeks to examine “what happens ...

Morocco’s World Cup Dreams – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott September 6, 2017 Morocco’s Atlas Lions made it one step further in their quest to qualify for the 2018 Soccer World Cup, drawing with Mali after having beaten the Malian squad 6-0 on September 1. For the moment, the Lions remain in second place in Group C behind Ivory Coast and will face Gabon October 7 and Ivory Coast November 6. To qualify, Morocco will need to ...

North Africa and the Birth of the US Navy – David S. Bloom

David S. Bloom August 23, 2017 Many people already know that Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States, on December 20, 1777, while it was still in the throes of the revolutionary war. Less well known is the fact that this act of recognition was but a small chapter in the long and complicated story of one of America’s first global entanglements–which ultimately led to the birth ...

King Mohammed VI Marks Commitment to Africa in National Address – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC August 21, 2017 August 20 is the day Morocco marks Revolution of the King and People Day, commemorating the 1953 exile by the French colonial authorities of King Mohammed VI’s grandfather, King Mohammed V. The exile is considered the beginning of the modern independence struggle that was successful in restoring Moroccan independence in 1956. The King chose to focus in this year’s speech on Morocco’s history ...
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