Western Sahara: 42 and Counting – Time to Make a DEAL! – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley November 8, 2017 This week marks the 42nd anniversary of King Hassan II’s famous Green March into the Moroccan Sahara to reassert Morocco’s historical sovereignty over the region. An event in which several hundred thousand Moroccans, led by their King, calmly marched through lines of armed Spanish colonial soldiers carry nothing but their flags, their faith, their patriotism, their children and the Koran. Shortly after, Spain withdrew ...

Morocco Gets High Marks from KPMG Senior Officer, While Finance Minister Boussaid Raises Concerns with Uneven Development – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC November 3, 2017 Morocco’s business environment was the factor addressed in an interview with Fouad Lahgazi, CEO and Senior Partner of KPMG (Morocco). He spoke to The New Economy about the ongoing evolution of Morocco’s investment and business climate and why stability is such an important factor in the country’s development. While enumerating the many positive conditions that attract business to the country, he pointed specifically to ...

Last Week in Morocco Security News – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott November 1, 2017 Morocco continues to use both hard and soft measures to confront terrorism and violent extremism in the Kingdom. Over the last week, there have been a few notable developments in the country’s ongoing CT and CVE efforts. In hard security news, authorities announced two new anti-terrorist operations: On October 23, Moroccan authorities arrested six people on terrorism charges in Rabat, Beni Mellal, and El ...

Morocco’s Leadership in Agriculture Begins in Africa – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC October 27, 2017 With the reality that Africa will increase its food imports bill from $35 billion to $110 billion by 2025, improving agriculture, building an agri-business sector, and upgrading the overall sector are keys to alleviating poverty, creating new sources of wealth, and maximizing the value of African natural resources. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, food production must double by 2050 in order ...

Western Sahara: New Envoy, Same Old Problem – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley October 25, 2017 Former German President Horst Kohler has just made his first visit to the Maghreb as the UN Secretary General’s new Personal Envoy for Western Sahara.  We all wish Mr. Kohler success in his mission to help the parties find a “mutually acceptable political solution” to this 40 plus-year-old dispute. But, optimism, indeed even hope, needs tempering here, considering the long record of repeated failures ...
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