Business Brief: Innovation on the Uptick on Morocco; South African Investor Looking to Add Morocco to Portfolio; Islamic Finance Moves a Step Closer; Tangier Grabs Headlines for Place to do Business and Have Fun – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC March 9, 2017 Recent figures released by the government of Morocco show increases across the board in new business start-ups, patent and trademark applications, and other signs of a maturing private sector, while Islamic finance readies final steps for debut later this year. A major US investment fund announced plans to spread its activities in Africa, while the wonders of Tangier were given a thumbs-up by ...

News Brief: Polisario Fuels Standoff in the Sahara – Jordana Merran

By Jordana Merran March 8, 2017 Since last summer, Moroccan troops and Polisario fighters have stood “within 200 meters (yards) of each other in a narrow strip of land near the Mauritanian border.” On Sunday, February 26, days after a phone call between Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Morocco announced “‘a unilateral withdrawal from the zone’ in conformation with the UN Secretary General’s recommendations,” as ...

On International Women’s Day, a Reflection on the Past Year in Morocco – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott March 8, 2017 International Women’s Day – observed every March 8 – is an occasion to celebrate the achievements of women and the successes of the fight for gender equality while reflecting on the challenges that remain. In Morocco, the last year certainly brought some progress worth mentioning, as well as some reminders about the need for continued advancement. Most notably, the percentage of women in Parliament increased ...

So Many Reasons Why Morocco Should be your Tourism, Trade, and Investment Destination – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC March 7, 2017 Here are 13 good reasons why Morocco should be your priority for travel, whether for business or pleasure. And it’s getting better all the time! Morocco is the only country in Africa with both Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean coastlines. Stop almost anywhere on either coast and you will find welcoming cities, towns, and villages, not to mention world class resorts, and access ...

Business Briefs: Tourism Takes Spotlight in Several Reports; Casablanca Shines; and Allianz Launches New Offices – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC March 1, 2017 While much of the region continues to face declining tourism, Morocco holds steady due to its commitment to constantly upgrade its facilities and offerings. Speaking of which, Casablanca is profiled by Africa.com and is looking quite attractive to investors and visitors, including insurance giant Allianz, which recently opened offices there to serve the region. Morocco Benefits from Sustainable Tourism Efforts.  A recent report ...
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