Equalizing the Playing Field-FIFA 2026 Bidding Process — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) May 30, 2018 (This article has been updated from its original version first published March 23, 2018) At first glance, one has to wonder if the competition to host the 2026 soccer (football) World Cup can even be competitive. It’s the United 2026 joint bid of the US, Mexico, and Canada versus Morocco.  With a combined GDP of more than $21 trillion, the US-led consortium ...

Business Brief: Diversifying Mix Tops Morocco’s Energy Strategy – Wants US Investors – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader April 23, 2018 On April 19, the US State Department hosted the second US-Morocco Strategic Energy Working Group meeting bringing together Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Sandra Oudkirk and Director General Amina Benkhadra, of Morocco’s National Bureau of Petroleum and Mines. Benkhadra has previously served as Minister of Energy in Morocco, has participated in numerous international conferences on energy issues, and is credited with ...

It’s more than just a game: How golf and the film industry are improving Morocco’s economic landscape — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) March 23, 2018 NBCUniversal’s Golf Channel recently produced a special on Morocco, Golf Gaining Popularity in Morocco, and has conducted a number of interviews this week during the Hassan II pro golf tournament, the Trophée Hassan II, hosted in Morocco’s capital city of Rabat. The American public is learning more about Morocco’s half-century love affair with golf thanks to recent headline articles in the Wall ...

Don’t Go to Morocco Without Visiting Mohamed Id Hammou in the High Atlas — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) April 2, 2018 With Spring in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco comes the harvest of the cherries, amidst the roaring rivers that flow from the snows of Mount Toubkal and surrounding peaks.  Mount Toubkal, the second highest peak in Africa, rises to nearly 14,000 feet, competing with the heights of most peaks of the Colorado Rockies.  In the Spring, a tourist will meet colorfully ...

King Mohammed VI Reaffirms Commitment to South-South Cooperation “At the Heart of Our Africa Policy” – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader March 19, 2018 In a message addressed to the Crans Montana Forum on “Africa and South-South Cooperation,” which was held last week in the southern Moroccan city of Dakhla, King Mohammed VI emphasized the centrality of Africa in Morocco’s foreign policy. He mentioned how highly he regards Morocco’s relations with countries on the continent and how there are many opportunities for Africa’s future if it seriously promotes ...
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