Business Brief: Unsteady Signals on Morocco’s Economy; Trade Deficit Widens; Corruption Called Out by Head of Government; Jobs Report Continues to be Weak; and PJD Promises Educational Reforms – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader August 7, 2018 Economy Jolted by firing of Minister of Finance and Economy Mohamed Boussaid three days after King criticized slow pace of social and economic development; no reasons yet given from the Royal Palace. Although the RNI politician is considered by some to be one of the best and brightest in the cabinet and may not have direct responsibility for the issues raised by King Mohammed ...

King Mohammed VI, Then and Now — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) July 30, 2018 Following his enthronement on July 30, 1999, His Majesty King Mohammed VI gave his first public speech on August 20th on the anniversary of the Revolution of the King and People.  Rereading it nineteen years later provides an interesting insight into his thinking then and now. The sorrow expressed at the death of King Hassan II was still fresh on the new ...

Remembering King Hassan II, 19 years after his death — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) July 23, 2018 Today marks the 19th anniversary of the death of King Hassan II.  Anyone associated with Morocco remembers where they were and what they were doing at the moment they heard of the King’s passing.  And although that day is remembered with great sadness, it was also filled with hope for a new beginning with his son, King Mohammed VI.  Few people argue ...

Western Sahara – Facts on the Ground – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley July 3, 2018 With impending visits to the region scheduled by UN Personal Envoy Kohler and US Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan, the Moroccan American Center for Policy (MACP) recently convened an informal discussion of circumstances in Morocco’s southern Saharan provinces. We were pleased that many of our contacts in government, business and the think tank community in Washington with considerable experience in the region took time ...

Elections in Libya Mired in Controversy – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader July 2, 2018 The leading political factions in Libya represented by Fayez al-Sarraj, President of the Presidency Council of Libya, Aguila Saleh, President of the House of Representatives (HoR), Khaled Meshri, President of the High State Council (HSC), and, General Khalifa Haftar, Commander of the LNA, agreed on May 29th in Paris to a UN supervised process for new elections by December 10th for president and parliament. ...
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