Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

Facing High Public Employment, Morocco Continues to Build Support for Small and Medium Enterprises – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader February 10, 2020 Containing the costs of public sector employment while providing a decent level of government services in areas such as education, health care, and security, is a challenge in all of the Arab and African countries. Most recommendations for reducing national budgets include the need to reduce the public payroll both in terms of number of employees and associated costs such as pensions. At the ...

CorpsAfrica – From a Vision to Reality – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader January 22, 2020 Liz Fanning is more than a dreamer; she is a visionary who has made her dream, CorpsAfrica, a reality, overcoming multiple obstacles and demonstrating that Africans can work across tribal and ethnic identities to build their communities. Her background is well-known. She notes that, “When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, amazing young Moroccans used to ask me if they could do ...

Captain Ali Najab, A Moroccan Military Hero, Not Forgotten by the United States – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) January 17, 2020 In his newly released book presented at the national library of Morocco this month, Army Captain Ali Najab recounts the dire circumstances of being held in a Polisario prison for twenty-five years. My colleagues and I at the Moroccan American Center (MAC) can attest to Ali’s emotional reunion with his fellow prisoners of war and their families, as we were intimately involved ...

Western Sahara: Pompeo Visit Signals Change in Policy? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley December 23, 2019 Last week, my colleague Ed Gabriel wrote a blog commending the resolve of King Mohammed VI to not cave into alleged efforts, as reported in several press accounts, by Secretary of State Pompeo to persuade Morocco to bend its policy on Israel and Palestine to favor better prospects for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s reelection.  Press speculation suggested that Pompeo might offer some kind of ...

Morocco and the Complexity of Development – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader December 18, 2019 Analysts opine that Morocco is at a crossroads, but it’s not clear whether that captures the implications of future choices accurately since it implies at least four choices. In a recent news report, multiple issues emerged in a single complaint towards Minister of Agriculture and billionaire Aziz Akhannouch, lodged by the former head of government and leader of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) ...
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