Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Report Highlights Transnational Cooperation – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC June 22, 2017 While a great deal has been written about the failure of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) to realize its potential for making North Africa a regional powerhouse, little is known in the US about the UfM and how it is creating new cooperative relationships across the Mediterranean basin. Led since 2012 by Secretary General Amb. Fathallah Sijilmassi, it pulls together its 43 member ...

Business Brief: President Macron Makes Morocco First Stop in North Africa; Moroccan Entrepreneurs Shine; and MCC-MCA Morocco Gets Going – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC June 21, 2017 It did not go unnoticed in the region that French President Emmanuel Macron visited Morocco on his first visit to North Africa. While it was a private visit, with a concurrent announcement of a pending visit to Algeria, it reinforces the special relationship that exists. Good news for Moroccan entrepreneurs who forge ahead with innovation for low-cost cooking; and MCC-MCA Morocco announces public ...

Business Brief: Tourism Up; Gas Exploration Up; Agadir Port Growing. What else are Moroccans doing right? – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC June 14, 2017 Morocco continues to see a rebound in tourism numbers this year, and expectations are that new markets in Asia will drive demand even further. Plans are unveiled for an expansion of Agadir Port, testifying to its growth from a regional fishing hub to a major tourism destination. Sound Energy looks to intensify its gas drilling operations and is optimistic. And finally, Morocco has ...

Business Brief: More Reporting on Morocco’s Regional and Global Standing – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC June 8, 2017 The United Nations and World Bank published reports that looked at global growth and projections for economic performance in the coming years. Bright spots for Morocco include progress in retooling its economy while still facing challenges in job creation, reducing urban sprawl, and enhancing overall economic performance going forward. World Bank looks to Morocco to continue growth. Based on its continuing analysis and ...

What to do with the Arab Maghreb Union? – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC June 7, 2017 In a previous blog, I focused on King Mohammed VI’s lament regarding the failure of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), speaking to the African Heads of State meeting in January, when Morocco joined the African Union after an absence of 33 years. He raised it as a reason for Morocco’s emphasis on building relations with sub-Saharan Africa. Now, a recent piece from the ...
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