Paris Attack Victims: Father-Of-One Died When He Took A Bullet For His Girlfriend

The Telegraph


One of them is Moroccan.

One of Mohamed’s cousins, Akram Benmbarek, wrote on Facebook that Mohamed had died, while his wife was in a critical condition.

He said: “I just learned that one of my cousins was a victim in the #Paris attack. A newly wed Mohamed Amine Benmarek passed away while his wife received 3 shots and is in critical condition at the hospital.”

Desperate loved-ones hoping for news of the missing after the Paris attacks took their search to the world through social media. (more…)

Morocco: Cimar Sees 7.6% EBITDA Rise In 3Q15

By ICR Newsroom
Published 16 November 2015


Italcementi-owned Ciments du Maroc (Cimar), Morocco, saw its turnover rise 1.8 per cent to MAD823m (EUR77.4m) in 3Q15, according to analysts at BMCE Capital Bourse.

The figures do not reflect the current slowdown in public works and a lack of investment in social housing, which saw cement and clinker flows fall by 15.8 per cent QoQ (-4.2 per cent in 9M15). The rise in the cement price as well as the healthy sales of ready-mix concrete and aggregates, which expanded by 39.4 and 21.1 per cent, respectively in the quarter. (more…)

Morocco Launches Tender For Mobile Satellite Licences



The Moroccan government has launched a tender for Global Mobile for Personal Communication System (GMPCS) mobile satellite phone service licences. Interested parties have until 2 December to purchase the bidding documents for MAD 24,000. It was reported in July that the two applicants for GMPCS licences, CLS Maroc and Global Satellite Morocco, were turned down in the first tender, when VSAT and trunked radio network licences were awarded.

Moroccan Insurer AFMA Aims To Raise $18 Million In Share Listing

By Aziz El Yaakoubi


Moroccan insurance broker AFMA SA plans to raise 180 million dirham ($18 mln) in an initial public share offer, the country’s stock market watchdog said on Monday.

AFMA is owned by private Moroccan holding company Tenor group, which has subsidiaries in distribution, real estate and media. AFMA’s revenues have increased by about 10 percent annually over the last three years and reached 82.8 million dirhams for the first half of 2015, the company’s data showed. (more…)

Séché Environnement: Tredi (Seche Group) Becomes Established In Morocco



Moroccan Environment Minister inaugurates new transformer treatment and materials recovery facility.

Séché Environnement (Paris:SCHP):

On November 17, Madame El Haité, Morocco’s Minister for the Environment, opens Tredi’s new facility in Casablanca, specializing in the treatment of transformers contaminated with PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). (more…)

Western Union Marks 20 Years In Africa; Continues To Expand Its Retail, Mobile And Digital Channels


This week, The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services, will celebrate 20 years of providing cross-border money movement solutions to consumers in Africa and African diaspora living outside of their home countries.

Over two decades, Western Union has expanded the choice for consumers both through its extensive retail network on the continent and with new digital (more…)

Morocco Arrests Four militants With Suspected Islamic State Ties

by Aziz El Yaakoubi



Moroccan police have arrested four people suspected of belonging to a militant cell linked to the Islamic State group, the interior ministry said on Monday.

The cell, the latest of a series of Islamist militant groups the authorities say they have uncovered, had been active in the central city of Beni Mellal, the ministry said in a statement. (more…)

Morocco Jan-Oct Trade Deficit Falls 20 pct On Cheaper Imports

by Aziz El Yaakoubi


Morocco’s trade deficit fell 20.1 percent to 128.64 billion dirhams ($12.90 billion) in the first 10 months of 2015 compared with a year earlier, thanks to lower energy costs as oil prices fell, the foreign exchange regulator said on Monday.

The trade gap was down from 161 billion dirhams at the end of October 2014. Energy imports fell by 30.8 percent from a year earlier to 56.64 billion dirhams, data showed. (more…)

Time To Resolve The Western Sahara Dispute

The Hill
by Alison Lake Benadada

(photo: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

Love and patriotism are difficult emotions to fake. Last week, Moroccans around the world commemorated a peaceful march that 40 years ago declared Morocco’s historical claim to its beloved Saharan lands. King Mohamed VI, who is devoted to the cause of the nation’s claim to its southern provinces, continues to draw crowds and support. (more…)

Etihad To Commence Flights To Rabat

Business Traveller


Etihad Airways is launching a twice-weekly service between Abu Dhabi and Rabat.

The service will start on January 15, operating on Wednesdays and Fridays, using an A340-500 aircraft configured to carry 240 passengers, with 12 in first class, 28 in business and 200 in economy.

The new service is Etihad’s second destination in Morocco, joining its existing daily service to Casablanca. This brings to nearly 4,200 the total number of seats available to passengers travelling on the carrier’s services between the UAE and Morocco each week. (more…)

Q&A: The Gender Imbalance In Moroccan Politics

Al Jazeera
Yahoo! News

[Photo courtesy of Nabila Mounib]

[Photo courtesy of Nabila Mounib]

Nabila Mounib, 55, is the first woman to lead a major political party in Morocco. In January 2012, she was elected secretary-general of the Unified Socialist Party, a secular and socialist party created in 2005. A lifetime political activist and advocate for women’s rights, Mounib also teaches biology and endocrinology at University of Hassan II in Casablanca. (more…)

Paris Attacks: France Must Boost Cooperation With Morocco To Fight The Jihadi Menace

Times of India


The horrific terror strikes in Paris that have resulted in the deaths of at least 127 people and injured another 200 mark the worst attack on French soil since World War II. Eight heavily armed terrorists struck at different locations across the French capital that included a local concert hall and the famous Stade de France football stadium.

That seven of the terrorists blew themselves up highlights the fidayeen nature of the attacks. The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has been blamed for the massacre with some reports suggesting that the outfit itself has claimed responsibility. (more…)

HM The King Offers Condolences To French President Following Terrorist Attacks In Paris

All Africa
Maghreb Arabe Presse (Rabat)


HM King Mohammed VI sent a message of condolences to French President François Hollande following Friday’s terrorist attacks in several neighborhoods of Paris.

The Sovereign expresses deep emotion and sadness over the odious terrorist attacks in several neighborhoods of Paris. (more…)

Western Sahara: The Speech Of Mohammed VI In Laayoune Inflames Situation In Algiers, Tindouf

Sahara News
by Ali Haidar


The visit of King Mohammed VI to the Western Sahara and principally the speech he delivered on November 6 from Laayoune, have stunned Algerian leaders and inflamed the situation in the Polisario-run Tindouf camps.

King Mohammed VI delivered the speech to the Nation on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Green March which put an end in 1975 to the presence of Spanish colonial forces in the southern provinces of the Kingdom. (more…)

Renewed Tension Between Morocco And Algeria Over Western Sahara

Middle East Monitor

Morocco’s former Minister of State, Mohamed El-Yazghi

Morocco’s former Minister of State, Mohamed El-Yazghi

Senior politicians in Morocco and Algeria have ruled out concerns that the mounting tension between the two countries could escalate into war over the situation in Western Sahara. They have called instead for political initiatives to solve the dispute.

According to Morocco’s former Minister of State, Mohamed El-Yazghi, war is unacceptable. “Those who start it will defy the UN, which has safeguarded the ceasefire (more…)

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