Posts Tagged ‘US-Morocco relations’

Pandemic Compounds Challenges to Tunisian Democracy – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader March 27, 2020 Although it is the birthplace of the Arab Spring and has been called the only country to create a democracy as a result of that disruption, Tunisia still faces very tough challenges in implementing economic and political reforms that will put the country on a sustainable strategy for national development. After nine years, the country still lacks a cohesive political leadership, an economy that ...

Going On in Morocco: Better Late than Never Urban Revitalization, Political Parties Start Maneuvering, and Banks Come Under Pressure for Unequal Treatment of Customers – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader March 17, 2020 After the displeasure of the people of northern Morocco was clear in the Hirak demonstrations, King Mohammed VI sacked a number of officials and directed the government to move ahead with long promised development projects in the region. Recently, a number of partnership agreements were signed between the central government authorities and local governments to renovate and develop the cities of Tangier, Chefchaouen, Ouazzane, ...

Business Update on Morocco – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader March 16, 2020 This past month has seen a burst of new information on the performance of Morocco’s economy, especially the business sector. End-of-year reports are mostly positive despite an uptick in the national debt, non-performing loans, and little change in the employment outlook. Morocco weathered its latest IMF review and received plaudits for its performance and the country’s health services received welcome support from the African ...

A Little Noticed Article Underscores Morocco’s Regulatory Strength; A Model for the Region – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) February 14, 2020 The article entitled, Morocco’s telecoms regulator hits Maroc Telecom with $375m fine, is worth reflecting on. Maroc Telecom is the original monopoly of the Moroccan government and it is still a 22% owner. Reuters reported that the Moroccan National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency, ANRT, had imposed the fine for anti-competitive practices, an example of the maturity of regulatory oversight in Morocco and a ...

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 ...
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