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Morocco’s Economic Council Calls for Decriminalization of Sex Outside Marriage

Rabat - On April 29 the Economic, Social and Environmental Council discussed a new report about the conditions facing Moroccan women, drafting controversial recommendations that are likely to stir up debate in Morocco. The council, presided by Nizar Baraka, former Minister of Economy, called for the decriminalization of sex outside marriage and raised the issue of equality in inheritance. Moroccan daily new ...

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Morocco’s Net International Reserves Rise by 31.3% in April

Rabat - Morocco’s net international reserves amounted to MAD 239.9 billion until April 22, 2016, recording a 31.3 percent increase on an annual basis, Bank Al-Maghrib said. The reserves recorded a 1.4 percent weekly decrease, the central bank pointed out in its weekly indicators. During the week of April 21-27, 2016, the central bank injected MAD 6 billion. Over the course of this period, the interbank rate ...

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Government Wants to Encourage Social Dialogue, Official

Rabat - The government wants to encourage social dialogue, its regularity and rules whether at the national and provincial levels or within enterprises to uphold democracy and social peace, said on Saturday minister of employment and social affairs Abdesslam Seddiki. In a speech to the working class on the occasion of May 1st (labor day), the minister underlined that the government spared no effort over the ...

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Spanish Agriculture Minister Underlines Dynamism of Cooperation with Morocco

Madrid - Spanish agriculture minister Isabel Garcia Tejerina underlined the dynamism of cooperation and commercial relations between Morocco and Spain in the field of agriculture. These diversified cooperation relations cover the areas of animal and plant health, water management and transfer of technology, she said on the occasion of her participation in the 11th Moroccan International Agriculture Fair (SI ...

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SAMIR to Resume Production for Three Months as Appeal Continues

Rabat - SAMIR, Morocco’s sole oil refinery, plans to restart its 200,000 barrel per day production rate for a period of three months while its administrators appeal a court-ordered liquidation, Reuters reported. The trustee at the helm of SAMIR - which suspended production in mid-2015 after it burned through funds for crude oil purchases - said the Commercial Court of Casablanca and Morocco's tax administra ...

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Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire Ink Framework Agreements to Boost Cooperation in Agriculture

Meknes - Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire on Wednesday signed frameworks agreements to boost bilateral cooperation in agriculture. The agreements, signed on the sidelines of the 11th edition of Morocco's International Agriculture Fair (SIAM 2016) held in Meknes, are aimed at promoting funding for training, technology transfer and exchange of experience in the field of animal and plant production. The agreements we ...

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Morocco’s National Phosphate Company Ramps Up Production to Meet Demand

Rabat - Morocco’s national company for the mining of phosphate, OCP, has been planning for an elevation in demand for phosphate-enhanced fertilizer as the world population increases by more than 53 percent by the year 2050, according to an article by Alyaoum24.  The extra provisions will double the company’s mining capabilities.  OCP, which also participates in Meknes’ International Exhibition of Agricultur ...

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Marriott Hotel Leads the Way to Boost the Halal Tourism Economy in Philippines

Rabat - The Manila Marriott has become the first premium hotel chain to be rated for its Halal friendly services to help accelerate the vision of Philippines to become one of the world’s preferred destinations for Muslim tourists. The five star Manila Marriott Hotel has been recognised by CrescentRating, the leading authority in Halal travel, with a rating of five for its halal friendly services and facilit ...

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Morocco, FAO Discuss Means to Boost Cooperation

Rabat - Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mbarka Bouaida, held talks on Wednesday in Rabat with FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo, which focused on the means to boost bilateral cooperation. Morocco maintains "excellent" cooperation relations with FAO, Bouaida told MAP following talks. This meeting was an opportunity to discuss ways to further strengthen thes ...

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Morocco, Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire to Develop Strong Cooperation Model

Meknes - Morocco, Côte d'Ivoire and Gabon are determined to develop a partnership model in various fields, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch said Tuesday in Meknes. "This cooperation will touch priority areas such as health security, the transfer of agricultural skills and know-how, investment in agriculture, agricultural research, soil fertility and agricultural training", Akhannouch to ...

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Tangier to Host the 4th MED Ports 2016 Exhibition and Conference

Rabat - The 4th MED Ports 2016 Exhibition and Conference is scheduled to take place April 27-28 at Tangier-Med Port Center. The two-day event will be convened by Tangier-Med Port Authority. The conference will feature 30 expert speakers who will address topical issues and challenges related to global transportation and logistics. The event will involve representatives from the Mediterranean, including senio ...

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Morocco and Colombia Share Long-Standing Friendship Relations, Colombian Official

Rabat - Executive Director of Colombian Federation of Regions Amylkar Acosta Medina lauded the long-standing relations of friendship between Morocco and Colombia. The Moroccan-Colombian ties have been getting stronger over the year thanks to the momentum of the Moroccan economy, he told MAP on the sidelines of his participation in the World Regional Governments Summit, which was held recently in Rio de Jane ...

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