Posts Tagged ‘United Nations’

Business Briefs Morocco: New Finance Law Reflects King’s Prioritization of Social Development; Recent Study Looks at Moves to Support Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Growth; USAID Reports on Efforts to Bolster Role of Small Enterprises in Kingdom’s Economy– Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader August 22, 2018 Head of Government, Saadeddine Othmani, unveiled the proposed 2019 Finance Law, which strongly emphasizes social development. It clearly responds to King Mohammed VI’s recent speeches lamenting the uneven and inadequate state of economic and social development, which has led to demonstrations in several areas in Morocco and a boycott spurred by the rising costs of essential consumer items.  An article in La Tribune Afrique ...

Western Sahara: So Why Are They Still There? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley July 13, 2018 Reading through my Twitter feed a few days ago I came across something odd. There, back-to-back, were posts alleging to be from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Program (WFP) and the European Union’s humanitarian assistance program. I say alleging because each post at least carried the logo of either UNHCR, WFP or the EU. Each had basically the same ...

Western Sahara: Where is Algeria? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley August 14, 2018 In 2007, shortly after Morocco tabled its initiative for autonomy to resolve the dispute in Western Sahara, David Welch, at that time the Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East, told a Congressional committee that the United States welcomed Morocco’s proposal and found it “serious and credible.”  Conversely, he testified, “the Polisario proposal does not seem, in our judgment, to contain new ideas.” ...

The Passing of the Chief Moroccan Rabbi: Part of a Continuing History — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) August 13, 2018 The Chief Rabbi of Morocco, Aharon Monsonego, passed away on Tuesday morning, August 7th.  Rabbi Monsonego was the head of the Rabbinical Court in Morocco, having served since 1998. He was the son of Yedidya Monsonego, former rabbi of Fez, and much respected in Morocco as a religious scholar and advocate of dialogue among the Abrahamic faiths. He was also the head ...

Can Promoting Arab Women as Entrepreneurs Make a Difference? Or will age-old stereotypes relegate them to secondary roles? – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader August 9, 2018 The economic and business roles of Arab women have been discussed for more than two decades and initiatives have been launched on the consensus that their participation is worth promoting. With electoral quotas in several Arab countries to promote their political participation and with more women appointed to significant positions in the private sector, there are indicators that the roles of women are being ...
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