A Smugglers’ Haven In The Sahara

The Washington Post
Story by Kevin Sieff

Camel

The route to Europe for many African migrants passes through the underworld of Agadez, Niger

The smuggler walked past the diaper aisle, through the back door of the convenience store and into the metal shed where the migrants were hiding.

It was Monday in one of the world’s human-smuggling capitals, the day when trucks crammed with Africans roar off in a weekly convoy bound for Libya, the threshold to Europe. For Musa, an expert in sneaking people across the Sahara, it was time to get ready. (more…)

PharmaBoardroom Releases New Morocco Pharmaceuticals Report

Marketwatch
PRNewswire via COMTEX

Pharma

Quietly, sedately, Morocco’s pharmaceutical sector is shining. Thanks to decades of experience, the domestic pharmaceutical industry is strong, with a well-developed base of local producers that today manufacture products to high international standards.

One place where the quality of Moroccan pharma is well known is in sub-Saharan Africa: Morocco has quietly become the second largest African exporter of drugs right after South Africa. (more…)

In Morocco, Muslims And Jews Study Side-By-Side But For How Long?

PBS Newshour
By Madeline Gressel, Zoe Lake, Siyi Chen, Kelsey Doyle and Khadija Boukharfane

side by side

Watch a report about the Jewish community in Morocco, not as vibrant as it once was.

For many people, Judaism in the Middle East conjures images of discord. But the Islamic nation of Morocco is an exception — it’s a place where Jews are not just tolerated but embraced in some circles as an important part of the country’s history and culture. (more…)

Morocco: The Forgotten Frontline Of The Migrant Crisis

IRIN

Migrants

Morocco has become a choke point for sub-Saharan African migrants aiming to reach Europe, pinched by the Moroccan and Spanish governments working together to halt the flow across the Mediterranean.

Thousands of irregular migrants were unable or unwilling to take advantage of the Moroccan government’s limited “regularisation” process that granted less than 18,000 one-year residency permits. (more…)

Morocco Warns Israel Against Imposing New Status Quo In Al-Aqsa

Middle East Monitor

mosque

File photo of Israeli soldiers marching outside Dome of the Rock in Al-Aqsa compound

Morocco yesterday condemned Israeli police and troops who stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque, calling on the international community to protect it “in order to avoid inciting Muslims’ feelings”, Jordan’s Al-Ghad newspaper reported.

On Sunday, a large number of Israeli police and troops escorted tens of Israeli Jewish settlers, including Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel into Al-Aqsa Mosque. They clashed with Muslim worshipers, fired tear gas and bullets wounding a number of them. (more…)

Western Sahara: Polisario Embarrassed By Khat Achahid

Sahara Newsby Ali Haidar

W.Sahara

Khat Achahid disturbs the Polisario. The dissident Sahrawi movement continues to denounce abuses committed by the Algeria-backed separatist Front and rejects the Polisario’s claim that it represents the Sahrawi population confined in the Tindouf camps.

This rejection was renewed by the dissident movement khat Achahid to the Polisario, which referred to the Swiss Federal Council to claim the right to represent the Sahrawi population under the 1949 Geneva Convention. (more…)

AfDB Supports Competitiveness Of Moroccan Economy With $114.5 Million

AllAfrica.com
African Development Bank (Abidjan)

AfDB

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco signed on 28 July 2015 three funding agreements today in Casablanca, Morocco, for one loan and two grants to a total of $114.5 million, or about 1.13 billion dirhams.

The signing ceremony was co-chaired by the Moroccan Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohammed Boussaid, and the President of the AfDB, Donald Kaberuka. (more…)

Pura Vida Energy Readies Results From Offshore Morocco

Proactive Investors AU
by Proactive Investors

Pura Vida

Pura Vida Energy has some interesting news in the pipeline regarding preliminary results in relation to the MZ-1 exploration well, offshore Morocco.

Pura Vida Energy (ASX:PVD) has some interesting news in the pipeline regarding preliminary results in relation to the MZ-1 exploration well, offshore Morocco.

Pura Vida has a 23% interest. (more…)

Etisalat’s Net Profit Falls 40 Pct

Reuters
By Matt Smith

Etisalat

Abu Dhabi-listed telecoms firm Etisalat missed analyst estimates by reporting a 40 percent fall in second-quarter net profit on Tuesday that it blamed on its troubled Saudi Arabia affiliate Mobily and foreign exchange losses.

Etisalat, which operates in about 19 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, made a net profit of 1.5 billion dirhams ($408.4 million) in the three months to June 30, the company said in a statement. (more…)

Orange Takes Control Of Morocco’s Meditel

Telecompaper

Orange

Orange has acquired an additional 9 percent stake in Moroccan operator Meditel, raising its total holding to 49 percent. Orange said it signed an agreement with Fipar-Holding (the Moroccan Caisse de Depot et de Gestion group), FinanceCom to increase Orange’s interest in Meditel in application of the agreements they signed in December 2010. (more…)

Forest Certification: Innovating To Ensure A Sustainable Valorisation Of Mediterranean Forest Products

Cordis.europa.eu
Contributed by: AliénorEU

EU

Desertification is one of the major environmental problems faced by the Maghreb. The sustainable use of forests in these countries would help mitigate and adapt to this global change.

This is why forestry experts gathered in Barcelona to discuss opportunities and challenges brought by innovative solutions such as forest certification in the Mediterranean region. (more…)

Moroccan Authorities Arrest 2 Women Involved With Recently Dismantled Militant Cell

Fox News
Associated Press

Authorities

Moroccan authorities have arrested two women in connection with a recently dismantled militant cell planning attacks in the country.

The Interior Ministry announcement carried by the state news agency said the women were arrested in the port city of Tangiers and they had previously spent time in Al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (more…)

N. Africa’s Militant Troubles Take Toll On Morocco Tourism

Reuters

Tourism

French tourist Margot Benet thought twice before boarding her plane bound for Morocco’s legendary city of Marrakesh. It was just days after an Islamist militant gunman had killed 38 tourists in neighboring Tunisia.

After she and her family spent nearly a week in Marrakesh and other Moroccan towns without incident, she reckoned that she made the right decision. (more…)

Maroc Telecom Morocco Revenue Down 2% To MAD 10.44 bln

Telecompaper

Maroc-logo

Maroc Telecom’s operations in Morocco posted a 2 percent decline in revenues for the first half ended 30 June to MAD 10.44 billion, hit by a decrease in mobile revenues of 7.6 percent in a market under continued price pressure. This decrease was partially offset by the strong performance of fixed line and internet activities, which grew by 9.0 percent year-on-year. (more…)

Benkirane: Morocco Reforms Have Strengthened Its Position As EU Partner

Middle East Monitor

Benkirane

Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane has said that “political, economic and social reforms in Morocco have contributed to the kingdom’s stability and security and enhanced its status as an essential partner of the EU.”

Following Benkirane’s meeting on Tuesday with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini in Rabat, The Moroccan prime minister’s office said in a statement that “reforms undertaken by Morocco have made it a central actor in the African continent and the Maghreb region.” (more…)

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