Efforts are gathering pace in Morocco to boost growth in key, labor-intensive manufacturing sectors, including electronics and aeronautics, which will allow the country to increase exports and diversify its traded products, while improving employment. The move forms part of a broader, long-term bid to increase trade and modernize the industry sector, which is being driven forward under Morocco’s National Pact for Industrial Emergence 2009-12 (Pacte National pour l’Emergence Industrielle, PNEI) initiative, a plan that aims to create 220,000 new jobs in the sector by 2015 and boost GDP by Dh50bn (€4.45bn) and exports by Dh95bn (€8.45bn).
On Nov. 18, 2012, members of February 20 Movement rallied in Rabat protesting against the 2013 Royal expenditures budget, recently introduced by Finance Minister Nizar Baraka. The protest was highlighted by the presence of Khadija Ryadi, head of the MoroccanAssociation for Human Rights (AMDH), and her associate Abdelhamid Amine.
Brahim Fassi Fihri, the young president of the Amadeus Institute, is in the news again and for the wrong reasons. The young Fassi Fihri, son of Morocco former minister of foreign affairs and current adviser to the King, made” a fool of himself “ during an interview with the semi-official 2M TV.
Washington / Morocco News Board--- In a sign that Nigeria is in and South Africa is out, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) chose the Nigerian capital to announce their decision to send 3,000 troops to flush out terrorists from Northern Mali. With Nigeria contributing the largest Military contingency and leading a new diplomatic offensive, President Goodluck Jonathan signals a Nigerian comeback on the African scene.
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Regarding a growing unease over moves by current islamist Justice Minister Mr. Ramid efforts to restrict adoption in Morocco, at a time when the situation of orphaned or abandoned children is critical. A recent circular from the Ministry of Justice dismissing the right of non-resident foreigners to adopt has led to grave concerns about the future welfare of Moroccan orphans.
Marrakech / Morocco News Board - He came into life under difficult circumstances. He is Saeeda’s son (name changed for privacy). Such a curious, funny, quick child. Since his birth, his mother, who is unmarried, drew the veil of secrecy around herself and her child in order to protect them both from scrutiny. With time however, she introduced him to her family as “the son of a woman who can’t take care of him”.
It’s not all the time a client comes to the interior designers and ask to create a Moroccan cigar lounge. Well, that’s exactly what happened and thus begins the enviable task of learning all about Moroccan style. In a search for room examples that would fit the design goal, a few main characteristics had to be included in a Moroccan inspired space.
The Tanjazz festival has nothing left to prove. The artistic performances were of very high quality as usual but this 13th edition pushed the envelope even further by allowing the public to discover Karim Kadiri a talented Moroccan oudist.
We applied for Cooperative status back in May, and now, five months later, I can confidently say that I’ve been initiated into the high realm of Moroccan bureaucracy. It’s everything they promised it would be, long, unclear and unexplained, and hopelessly rooted in the ’50s.
Washington / Morocco News Board--- Camel’s head, sheep’s testicle, calf’s feet and plenty less exotic treats – all to be had at Marrakech’s famous open-air restaurant. Paula Wolfert’s book, Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco, won the Cookbook Hall Of Fame award, twenty-five years after its publication. At the time, Moroccan cuisine would probably have seemed pretty exotic. ...
Two Auctions by Sotheby's in Paris, on October 9th, 2012, contains an impressive selection of 50 Orientalist paintings by Western-born artists inspired by North Africa, including the spectacular Gorges of El Kantara near Biskra by René-Charles-Edmond His and Young Women in Festive Costume by Edy Legrand.
Ramadan has left us for another year…so sad to see it go, although it was a tough one. For all of us in Marrakech, having day upon day of intense heat, hardly ever dipping under 45 degrees, well let’s just say it was a Ramadan to separate the men from the boys. When we go outside in that heat, simply breathing becomes a laborious task, struggling to draw a breath like one struggles to draw water from a well. It made most of us do as little as possible.
Royal Air Maroc and a couple of other airlines were fined by the US Department of Transportation on Wednesday for violating the department’s expanded airline passenger protection rules. Royal Air Maroc was cited for violation of the rule on baggage fee disclosure. Egypt Air was found to have breached a rule requiring the inclusion of assurances in its customer service plan allowing consumers to cancel a reservation without penalty for 24 hours after they book a flight.
Morocco’s Fez Medina project is an ambitious and challenging undertaking that includes renovating four 14th- and 15th-century fondouks in the ancient medina of Fez, as well as a public square called Place Lalla Yeddouna, and renovating or reconstructing approximately 20 buildings surrounding Place Lalla Yeddouna. While there has been progress, challenges still lie ahead
This year, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of one of the most overrated (but still great) films ever, ‘Casablanca’ (1942). Its blend of humor, romance and action has apparently riveted audiences in ways totally unexpected while the film was being made.