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Morocco: Can Tourism Carry the Economy Through the Difficult Years Ahead?

Marrakech - The Moroccan government insists that 2014 will be a good year despite the fall in phosphate exports and the likelihood that agricultural production of cereals may fall by 31% this year due to adverse conditions. Growth projections from the IMF, World Bank, and the HCP vary from 3 to 3.5%. Morocco’s automotive sector has now done better in exports than in phosphates, as OCP encounters a difficult ...

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King Mohammed VI in New York Monday to Participate in UN General Assembly

New York- As announced by Morocco World news 10 days ago, King Mohammed VI will fly to New York to participate in the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which is due to kick off on Wednesday. King Mohammed VI is expected to arrive in the Big Apple on Monday, and will be accompanied by an important delegation. According to UN official documents obtained by MWN, King Mohammed is due to addre ...

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Benkirane Says Hardworking Mothers Are Superwomen

Fez- In a new appearance during a meeting organized by the Regional Secretariat of Justice and Development Party (PJD), on Sunday morning, on "Women's work, a fundamental pillar in democratic building," Morocco's head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, called upon men to apologize to working women for the hardships they endure. "We, men, must all offer a formal apology to woman who work," Benkirane said. B ...

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The Myth of Reform: Why is Moroccan Education Deteriorating?

Fez - The alarming degradation of the Moroccan education system has caused considerable controversy while the situation remains dismal according to NGOs’ reports. After decades of continuous downturns on diverse fronts such as economics, employment, social justice, and even sports, Moroccan education has also reached its crisis peak. UNESCO has unmasked the continued miserable state of Moroccan public schoo ...

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Road Safety in Morocco: 34% of Radars Are in Good Condition

Fez - Only 55 street radars out of Morocco’s 150 are in good condition and able to detect speed and track traffic violations. 80 radars are in the process of being repaired or connected, while 15 are unsuitable to work. Minister of Transportation and Equipment Aziz Rabbah revealed these statistics in an interview with Moroccan daily Akhbar Alyoum in its Thursday issue. According to the Minister, these radar ...

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Morocco, Spain Ink MoU in Public Service Modernization

Rabat-  Morocco and Spain signed, here Friday, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in public service and administration modernization. Signed by Minister-delegate for public service and administration modernization Mohamed Moubdi and Spain's Secretary of State for Public Administration Antonio German Beteta Barreda, the agreement provides for promoting know-how exchange in public governance, public service ...

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Moroccan Wine: Important Revenue-generating Activity Threatened by Taxation

Marrakech- Morocco is the second largest producer of wine in the Arab world. Wine production in Morocco began with the Phoenicians and the Romans. Following Morocco’s Independence in 1956, the wine industry declined as vineyards were nationalized. Later King Hassan II allowed foreign winemakers to pay for vineyards on a long lease, and winemakers, mainly French, began to restore Morocco’s wine industry to i ...

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Morocco’s Main Tourist Destination Upgrades its Transport System

Marrakech- Marrakech’s bus transport system will be upgraded in 2015, according to a report in L’Economiste. A rapid bus service will be launched from departure points at Koutoubia and Bab Doukkala to the main city suburbs. The first two new routes are planned for 2015, with service to the suburbs of Mhamid Guemassa, Massira, and Sidi Youssef Ben Ali. The new bus station will be located on Boulevard Allal E ...

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Morocco Slams Algeria’s Attitude on Human Rights in Western Sahara

Geneva- Morocco condemned, here Thursday, Algeria's position on human rights in the Western Sahara, criticizing its "hostile and irresponsible attitude". "We reject Algeria's false allegations concerning alleged violations of human rights in the Sahara," chargé d'affaires of Morocco in Geneva Hassan Boukili said before the UN Human Rights Council in a reaction to the statement of the Algerian ambassador, in ...

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Morocco Government Strengthens Antiterrorism Legislation

Taroudant, Morocco- In an attempt to tighten its grip on extremists who seek to join the ranks of the Islamic State (IS), the Moroccan government strengthened its anti-terrorism legislation on Thursday by adopting a bill to fight against jihadism in Syria and Iraq. The new bill includes a new section of the Criminal Code providing for prosecution against anyone who "endorses or tries to rally individually o ...

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Because of ISIS Morocco Asks Turkey to Require Visa For Moroccans

Fez - To tighten its grip on extremists who seek to join the ranks of the Islamic State (IS), the Moroccan government reportedly asked Turkey to require a visa for Moroccans wishing to visit or pass through Turkey, Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Al Youm said in its Thursday edition. According to the same source, the Moroccan authorities aim to curb the flow of Moroccans joining IS, most of whom travel to Syria a ...

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Three Moroccan Women Among Forbes’ 200 Most Powerful Arab Women

 Fez- Three Moroccan women were selected among Forbes’ 200 most powerful women in the Arab World in 2014 in the category “family business.” The three powerful Moroccan women fare well as they occupy the first 50 spots of the most influential Arab women included in the list. The first Moroccan woman on the list is Meriem Bensalah Chaqroun, who ranked 15th, followed by the CEO of Aksal Group, Salwa Idrissi Ak ...

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