Business Brief: Major 3D Printing Facility Launched; Islamic Banking Expands, and Housing Developers Make Money by Doing Good in Social Housing; Casablanca Finance City Adds Well-known Tenant

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC September 14, 2017 Great news for Moroccan manufacturing as it adds a cross-sector capability in 3D printing. Bahrain’s Al Baraka sets its sights on Morocco’s Islamic banking sector, while the impact of social housing construction benefits both companies and needy families, thanks to government incentives. Thales makes an impression. Thales, a leading French electronics, technology, and IT corporation released information on the inauguration of its first industrial ...

Morocco’s Africa Policy highlighted in Jeune Afrique – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott September 13, 2017 Morocco’s return to the African Union in January – after a 33 year hiatus – marked a crowning achievement in the country’s decades-long leadership on the continent. Long a priority of King Mohammed VI, Morocco’s African diplomacy has only ramped up since then — on issues ranging from security and counterterrorism to trade and soccer. Last month, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita spoke with Jeune ...

Caftans in Colorado – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott September 12, 2017 Moroccan Caftans featured at Colorado State University’s Avenir Museum Morocco’s traditional clothing – the caftan – has been transformed over the last 20 years from a practical garment to haute couture. The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University in Fort Collins is currently hosting an exhibition documenting that evolution. “The Allure of the Moroccan Caftan” seeks to examine “what happens ...

Three Moroccans on 100 Most Influential Young Africans List – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC September 11, 2017 The top 100 Most Influential Young Africans list was recently announced, and three outstanding individuals from Morocco made it:, former mayor of Marrakech Fatima-Zahra Mansouri,  a prominent women in business and politics;  Mustapha Mokass, who uses technology to solve social issues; and Yasmine El-Baggari, an entrepreneur connecting people globally. Initiated in 2014 by Ghanaian Prince Akpah, the awards are devoted to bringing attention ...

Business Brief: Morocco Shines as Business Bridge with Europe; Automobile Manufacturing Continues Growth as New Companies Enter Sector – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC September 8, 2017 Although most of the recent attention on Morocco’s growing economy focuses on the success of its outreach to Africa, Morocco still has extensive and profitable ties with Europe, as illustrated by the increasing numbers of French professional schools establishing campuses in Morocco, and the number of international companies investing in the automobile sector and bringing high value jobs to the country. A solid ...
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