Mixed Economic News as Morocco Moves Forward in Key Sectors – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC May 17, 2017 Fitch Ratings issued a cautionary assessment of Morocco’s banking exposure in Africa. Fez takes center stage in business and economic news with several initiatives announced. The aeronautics sector gets new public-private partnership to boost capacity. And a government agency issues updated statistics on the role of technology in the Moroccan economy. Looks good on paper. According to a recent bulletin released by Fitch ...

Morocco Confronts Difficulty of Workforce Development – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC May 12, 2017 It has become a nostrum in international development, especially in Africa and the Middle East, that job creation is the number one goal for ensuring greater domestic stability. For example, the latest reports from the World Economic Forum and Ernst and Young strongly emphasize the critical need for employment opportunities for the burgeoning youth population, including women. Having spent time on workforce development ...

US Energy Coalition Honors Morocco’s King Mohammed VI with Energy Efficiency Visionary Award

Washington, DC, May 11, 2017, Moroccan American Center for Policy (MACP) — Earlier this week, the Alliance to Save Energy honored Morocco’s King Mohammed VI with the Energy Efficiency (EE) Visionary Award, which recognizes “pioneering leadership in energy efficiency.” US Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) were also awarded. “Morocco’s leadership in adopting ambitious efficiency policies sets an example for other countries and will pay tremendous dividends for ...

Morocco Continues to Lead Economic Growth in the Region – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC May 11, 2017 Two major studies released this month, the African Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum, and the Africa Attractiveness Report from Ernst and Young (EY), point out that Morocco leads the other members of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) in many indicators of economic resilience. Unlike Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, and Tunisia, perhaps the most singular factor contributing to its success is Morocco’s ...

Latest Appropriations Bill Continues US Support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan for Western Sahara

Washington, DC, May 5, 2017, Moroccan American Center for Policy (MACP) — The FY 2017 Appropriations Bill passed by Congress and signed Friday by President Trump requires that “funds appropriated under title III of this Act” for Morocco “shall be made available for assistance for the Western Sahara,” thereby reinforcing longstanding US policy to support a negotiated solution to the dispute over the region based on autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty. ...
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