Business Brief: Morocco Set to Host International Conferences on Aviation and Sustainable Development; Announces Large Scale Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Projects; and Looks Ahead to Building its Agricultural Sector – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC August 18, 2017 Several international conferences have announced plans for events in Morocco. Key transportation, ports, and highway projects have been announced, as well as further investments in urban development, desalination/solar energy initiatives, and agricultural sector improvements. Upcoming conferences. The Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) Conference, will hold a one-day conference on September 11 in Marrakech. It has announced a full roster of ...

The Maroc Talk Podcast

Welcome to the Maroc Talk Podcast. Follow this space for news, discussion, and interviews on Morocco: Maroc Talk 8.16.17: Leila Hanafi on Regional Reform and Women’s Rights Maroc Talk 8.2.17: Talking about Throne Day 2017

Business Brief: Financial Sector Continues to Strengthen and Morocco Reaches Out to New Markets – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC June 29, 2017 Three developments—in funding for environmental projects, Islamic banking, and currency reform—will help tie Morocco to international markets; Argan oil’s growth has turned remote villages into economic engines; and Morocco’s solar energy agency, MASEN, is working to attract Swedish partners. Morocco hones financial instruments to strengthen economy. An initiative announced at COP22 to provide financing for green projects is gaining momentum. As reported in ...

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 ...
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