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 ...

Western Sahara –The US Congress Strikes Again While State Still Dithers – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley April 10, 2018 For the past five years one of Morocco’s main goals with US policymakers has been to persuade official Washington that it could advance prospects for a “mutually agreed political solution” in Western Sahara by helping them to improve the quality of life for the residents of the region and help the Moroccan Government in its efforts to prepare the region for autonomy by providing ...

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 ...

[The Hill] Hopeful signs for religious reform in the Arab world

Edward Gabriel, the U.S. ambassador to Morocco from 1997-2001, published an op-ed on Moroccan efforts to teach moderate religious values focused on tolerance and openness to counter extremism and radical religious interpretation: The Hill (April 9, 2018) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s visit to the United States has generated much press and excitement about the future monarch, a leader who appears to be committed to religious, socio-economic and ...

Celebrating Abderrahmane Youssoufi as a Moroccan National Hero — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) March 13, 2018 Abderrahmane Youssoufi was appointed by King Hassan II as Morocco’s Prime Minister on February 4, 1998, one week after I arrived to Morocco as the new US Ambassador.  This month, his memoirs were published, reminiscing about the life of one of Morocco’s greatest patriots, a man who fought for independence, was jailed for challenging Morocco’s human rights and political beliefs, and finally ...
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