GfK wins electronic TAM deal in Morocco

Germany-based GfK, a leading provider of audience measurement services, has won a tender with Morocco’s joint industry committee ‘Ciaumed,’ to deliver an electronic TV audience meausurement service (TAM) in the country.
 
Morocco is well known for its expertise in TAM and is the first country in North Africa to operate an electronic TAM system, said a statement.
 
GfK has also won a three-year extension on its current radio audience meaure (RAM) contract in Switzerland, it said.

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Thales-led consortium to install Moroccan GSM-R system

Photo: Kabelleger / David Gubler/ CC BY-SA 3.0.

Photo: Kabelleger / David Gubler/ CC BY-SA 3.0.

Morocco’s national rail operator, ONCF, has awarded a €30 million contract for the installation of a 712-kilometre GSM-R network.

A Thales/Huawei/Imet consortium will supply and install the radio-based communications network on conventional routes and the new high-speed corridor between Tangiers and Kenitra.

Over the next nine years, ONCF hopes to roll out GSM-R across the entire 1,923-kilometre network.

Thales and Huawei will deliver the GSM-R system, and Imet will complete the project’s civil works.

Maghreb news 2014-07-25

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Terrorism | 2014-07-25

Moroccan jihadists turn to crime

Terrorists in Morocco are finding new ways to fund their activities.

Politics | 2014-07-25

Morocco, EU examine civil society role

Rights activists and NGOs are vital partners in Morocco’s reform process, one top official says. (more…)

Morocco’s Grain Output Falls To 68 Million Quintals In 2014

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Morocco’s Grain Output Falls To 68 Million Quintals In 2014

RABAT, July 24 (BERNAMA-NNN-MAP) — Morocco’s grain output fell to 68 million quintals (6.8 million tonnes) this year from 97 million quintals in 2013, which was an exceptional crop year, says Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Aziz Akhannouch.

During the current crop year, farmers harvested 37 million quintals of wheat, 17 million quintals of barley and 14 million quintals of durum wheat, the minister said here Tuesday. (more…)

Morocco underlines serious impact of Israeli offensive

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IANS | Geneva Jul 24, 2014

Morocco underlines serious impact of Israeli offensive

Morocco has underlined the serious impact of the ongoing Israeli offensive on the human rights situation of Palestinians in Gaza.

“Israel has crossed the red lines by violating all human customs and all international agreements by these criminal, destructive and immoral attacks against the Palestinians,” said Hassan Boukili, the top diplomat of the Moroccan delegation in Geneva, at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Wednesday. (more…)

Maghreb news 2014-07-24

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Security | 2014-07-24

Libyan bloggers urge loyalty to the homeland

Libyan bloggers are calling for order to be restored and an end to division.

Elections | 2014-07-24

Tunisian political rivals promise ethical elections

As Tunisia prepares for its second national elections, political parties adopt a code of ethics. (more…)

Tangiers Petroleum Says TAO-1 Drilling Off Morocco On Track

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Tangiers Petroleum Says TAO-1 Drilling Off Morocco On Track
Mon, 14th Jul 2014 09:22

LONDON (Alliance News) – Tangiers Petroleum Ltd Monday said its drilling is on track at the TAO-1 exploration well off the Moroccan Atlantic coast.

The oil and gas explorer holds a 25% participating interest in the Moroccan Tarfaya Offshore Block, which is operated by Galp Energia with a 50% interest. (more…)

Morocco calls on Algeria to address conditions of displaced Moroccans

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The Moroccan Foreign Ministry renewed its call on Tuesday for the Algerian authorities to convene a meeting of the Moroccan-Algerian joint committee to address the rights of displaced Moroccans who were expelled from Algeria in 1975, Al-Quds newspaper reported.

The newspaper cited Mbarka Bouaida, Morocco’s Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, who reiterated her country’s call while answering questions from the opposition in the Moroccan parliament.

Bouaida pointed out that a joint committee was formed to address the displaced Moroccans’ rights; however, “Algeria has not shown willingness to discuss this file.”

The Moroccan official news agency reported Bouaida as saying that Morocco had been contacting Algeria for some time in order to solve this file. (more…)

‘Morocco most stable, reformist country in Maghreb region’

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'Morocco most stable, reformist country in Maghreb region'

Washington, July 23 (IANS) Morocco is the most stable country of the Maghreb region, encouraging religious moderation, thanks to the set of reforms initiated by King Mohammed VI long before the ‘Arab Spring’, says US think tank Atlantic Council.

“Today, Morocco not only receives top marks as the most stable country of the Maghreb region, it also leads the region in progress on social and political reforms,” underlines the author, Karim Mezran, senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Centre for the Middle East, focusing on the politics and economics of North Africa.

On a regional level, Morocco has become more engaged in the promotion of peace and security, he says, citing that the kingdom has trained imams from neighbouring countries, encouraging religious moderation, MAP news agency quoted him as saying. (more…)

Just Published: “Commercia​l Constructi​on in Morocco to 2018: Market Forecast” Previous Release Next Release

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Business: Just Published: “Commercial Construction in Morocco to 2018: Market Forecast”
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Just Published: “Commercial Construction in Morocco to 2018: Market Forecast”

Recently published research from Timetric, “Commercial Construction in Morocco to 2018: Market Forecast”, is now available at Fast Market Research (more…)

Maxim Engages Chapman Petroleum Engineerin​g to Manage Reprocessi​ng 2-D Seismic, Aero Mag and Gravity Data on Hassi Berkane Block in Morocco

Maxim Engages Chapman Petroleum Engineering to Manage Reprocessing 2-D Seismic, Aero Mag and Gravity Data on Hassi Berkane Block in Morocco

 

 

 

 

TORONTO, ONTARIO, Jul 21, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Maxim Resources Inc., (Maxim) CA:MXM -7.69%MXMSF -12.89% (frankfurt:M5H), further to a news release dated June 23, 2014 announce the signing of a reconnaissance contract, between ONHYM and Maxim, is pleased to announce the Corporation has engaged Chapman Petroleum Engineering Ltd. to manage the reprocessing of 600 kilometers of existing 2-D seismic data and 10,000 kilometers of aero mag and gravity data on the onshore Hassi Berkane Block in the Kingdom of Morocco (“Morocco”). (more…)

Morocco real estate group to issue Kingdom’s first mortgage bond

File photo showing an aerial view of Casablanca, Morocco, with the King Hassan II Mosque at the forefront. (Reuters)

 

 

File photo showing an aerial view of Casablanca, Morocco, with the King Hassan II Mosque at the forefront. (Reuters)

Casablanca, Asharq Al-Awsat—Morocco’s Addoha Property Group is planning to issue bonds worth 2 billion Moroccan dirhams (244 million US dollars) this week, in a bid to restructure existing debt.

Issued between July 23–25 the new restructured debt will be secured against a mortgage on a 355-hectare (3.5-million-square-meter) real estate property owned by the company north of Rabat, making the bonds the first of their kind issued by a Moroccan company.

The new eight-year bonds will be issued in four tranches, two with a 4.76-percent coupon rate and two set at 5.55 percent, with one of either pair to be traded over-the-counter and the other at the Casablanca Stock Exchange. (more…)

Research and Markets: Morocco Oil and Gas Market Report 2014 – Trends, Opportunit​ies and Outlook to 2025

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Research and Markets: Morocco Oil and Gas Market Report 2014 – Trends, Opportunities and Outlook to 2025

July 21, 2014 10:34 AM Eastern Daylight Time

 

 

 

 

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/k9jxkn/morocco_oil_gas) has announced the addition of the “Morocco Oil Gas Trends, Market Opportunities and Outlook to 2025″report to their offering.

Morocco oil and gas sector is constantly undergoing active transformation from the past few years. The country is expected to witness significant growth and attract new investments in the medium to long term future. Amidst the series of recent developments, the report from the author proves a strong guide for strategy formulation of all the players interested in Morocco oil and gas. (more…)

Year Four: The Arab Spring Proved Everyone Wrong


Shortly after the Arab Spring broke out at the tail end of 2010, two narratives took hold in the West. Optimists hailed a region-wide birth of democracy, as though the Middle East and North Africa were following the path blazed in Eastern Europe during the anti-communist revolutions of 1989. Pessimists fretted that the Arab world was following Iran’s example in 1979 and replacing secular tyrants with even more repressive Islamist regimes.

Both narratives turned out to be wrong, and not just because their adherents had the wrong narrative. Any narrative superimposed over this series of events was doomed to be wrong.

The Arab Spring isn’t one thing. Many countries in the Middle East and North Africa are experiencing wrenching change, but unlike in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, each affected country is moving in different and sometimes opposing directions. Each has its own history, its own narrative.* (more…)

Morocco: African agricultur​e gets dedicated reinsurer

Morocco: African agriculture gets dedicated reinsurer

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Source: MEIR eDaily | 22 Jul 2014

Three re/insurance companies from Morocco, France and Bermuda have joined forces to establish a reinsurance company to cover agricultural risks in Morocco and Africa.

The Moroccan Agricultural Mutual Insurance (Mamda) is aligning itself with the French company La Centrale de Reassurance Mutual (MCR) and Bermuda-based Partner Re to launch the venture, reported the Moroccan daily, l’Economiste.

Named Mamda Re, the new company has already got the green light from the Moroccan regulators. It will have a capital of MAD1 billion (US$120.6 million), half of which will be provided by Mamda. MCR will hold a 20% stake while Partner Re will have the remaining 30% stake.

Mamda Re plans to attain Casablanca Finance City (CFC) status.

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