Energy News in Morocco: Getting Better All the Time – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC April 6, 2017 Morocco’s commitment to derive 50% of its domestic energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 took another giant step forward with the launch of the fourth and last stage of the Noor solar energy facility in Ouarzazate. Unlike the previous three segments, which use CSP technology, this 72MW facility will use the more common photovoltaic process for producing energy. Projected to cost $220M, ...

Let’s Do It Right this Time – UN Efforts on the Environment, Western Sahara – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 25, 2017 The new UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has given speeches indicating his priorities for both the UN’s external operations and the consistent issue of internal reforms. He strongly believes that the UN must look beyond conflict resolution to conflict prevention and emphasizes a more holistic approach to its programs. For example, in an address to the World Economic Forum (WEF), he “called for ...

Business Brief: Great News for Morocco’s Tourism and Financial Sectors – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 4, 2017 A topsy-turvy economic year ends on positive notes for Morocco, as tourism numbers rebound, positive budget news comes on the back of a projected higher growth rate for 2017, Morocco expands its role in promoting Arab and African trade, and Islamic banking is ready to launch. Passenger and tourism numbers up. According to Abderrafie Zouitene, director of the Moroccan National Tourism Office, annual ...

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 ...

And the Band Played On…Following COP22 – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC December 13, 2016 While the election of Donald Trump certainly created a stir at COP22 as participants speculated on America’s future policies on the environment, no hesitation marked Morocco’s commitments. King Mohammed VI received a great deal of praise for literally “walking the walk,” as a gracious host and, more importantly, because of Morocco’s long-term strategies to manage its energy and environmental policies, for the kingdom, ...
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