Ahead of 2015 Election, Morocco Debates Voting Law

With the 2015 elections around the corner, the Moroccan government and political parties discuss the merit of compulsory voting. Magharebia reports: Some Moroccan parties support the idea of requiring citizens to vote. In 2011, just 45.4% of registered voters actually appeared at polling centres to cast a ballot. Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) chief Driss Lachguer on August 4th said that Morocco needed to introduce compulsory voting. He even ...

Morocco Pledges Support for Overseas Citizens

Through its Ministry of Moroccans Residing Abroad and Migration Affairs, the Moroccan government is considering ways to support the millions of Moroccan citizens living overseas. Magharebia reports: Integration into Western societies is no longer a problem for Moroccans living abroad (MREs), according to Migration Minister Anis Birou. The focus now is on strengthening their ties to the kingdom. Speaking August 10th in Rabat at an event marking National Migrant Day, ...

Morocco Calls for Acceleration of Maghreb Union – Yahoo! News India

* “We must draw lessons from the experience of European countries which managed to develop and maintain their relationship despite their profound differences.” *   Yahoo! News India, IANS (Abu Dhabi, August 7, 2014) — Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar has called for acceleration of the process of the Maghreb Union in order to enable this regional grouping to deal with globalization and development challenges. Mezouar, who ...

Forum: Morocco’s Emergence as a Gateway to Business in Africa – Atlantic Council

  . * A new report finds that Morocco, a bastion of stability on the doorstep of an often-turbulent continent, is a rising economic power. With burgeoning economic and commercial links—across the continent and beyond—and expanding contributions to regional political stability and security, Morocco is an especially attractive portal for investment and a significant US partner in Africa. * . Atlantic Council (Washington, DC, August 5, 2014) ― The US-Africa Leaders ...

Morocco’s Emergence as a Gateway to Business in Africa – Atlantic Council, J. Peter Pham, Ricardo Larémont

. Issue in Focus brief: * “Morocco’s strong economy and political stability make it an attractive portal into Africa for US investors… Morocco is well-suited to serve as a bridge for American commercial diplomacy into the continent. It is a long-standing US ally and a burgeoning regional power on a critical continent, and it is in the United States’ strategic interests to further deepen economic and commercial cooperation and cultivate ...
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