Morocco: African agriculture gets dedicated reinsurer
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.
AFP/Habibou Kouyate] Hundreds of Malian imams and soldiers are receiving training in Morocco as part of co-operation efforts between the two countries.
Mali, Morocco boost security collaboration
By Jemal Omar in Nouakchott for Magharebia – 22/07/2014
“The Malian army needs the experiences of countries that face the same security threats, such as Morocco,” a researcher says.
Morocco and Mali’s leaders want to confront joint challenges, represented by the danger of extremist religious discourse and the threat of terrorist groups in the Sahel and Maghreb. (more…)
King Abdullah holds talks with his Moroccan counterpart King Mohammed in Jeddah. Photo credit: SPA
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Morocco to Raise School Standards
21 July 2014 , By Siham Ali, Source: Magharebia
Morocco just launched a new body to deal with problems affecting the education sector.
The Higher Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research new body aims to address long-standing problems.
The council’s 92 members were installed by King Mohammed VI on Wednesday (July 16th) in Casablanca. The next day, it held its first session in Rabat.
Following consultations with various stakeholders and ministerial departments, the new group will prepare a roadmap to reform the education system.
According to the council’s secretary-general, Abdellatif El Moudni, the body intends to create Moroccan schools that are open to their surroundings and capable of assuming their responsibilities, and to evaluate the education system with a view to reform. (more…)
Morocco hailed as climate ‘poster child’ after oil subsidy axe
Last updated on 21 July 2014
Government move to stop funding cheap petrol and diesel hailed as major progress by World Bank’s Rachel Kyte
By Ed King in Pori
Morocco should be held up as a ‘poster child’ for effective green policymaking, according to the World Bank’s top climate official.
Speaking at an environmental meeting in Pori, Finland, Rachel Kyte said the Rabat government’s recent decision to cut tax breaks for petrol and gas used a template other developing nations could follow.
“What Morocco did was remove subsidies on fossil fuels, because they couldn’t afford it, not because they had a big climate goal, but because they couldn’t afford the subsidies,” she said. (more…)
IANS | Rabat Jul 21, 2014
Thousands in Morocco protest Israeli attacks on Gaza
Thousands of people from all over Morocco hit the streets of capital Rabat over the weekend to stage a mass national march to express solidarity with the Palestinian people and to condemn the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.
The march was held to reiterate the stand of the Moroccan people from across the political spectrum, human rights associations and trade unions, supporting the Palestinian cause and in condemnation of the Israeli action, the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.
The march was organised Sunday by the Moroccan Association for the Support of Palestinian Fight and the National Action Group for Supporting Palestine. (more…)
Terrorism | 2014-07-21
Jebel Chaambi slaughter spurs Tunisia to action
Tunisian authorities are closing down radical mosques and arresting suspected extremists, one week after terrorists ambushed soldiers in Jebel Chaambi.
Terrorism | 2014-07-21
Mali signs defence deal with France
France replaces Operation Serval in Mali with a new counter-terrorism project spanning the Sahel. (more…)
New York Post
Artwork of late Moroccan painter the center of lawsuit
Ahmed Yacoubi – He died in relative obscurity in Manhattan, but the works of a Moroccan painter, who once hobnobbed with the likes of fabled Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and socialite Peggy Guggenheim, are now the subject of a fierce court battle since they greatly increased in value when his native government posthumously dubbed him a cultural ambassador. Ahmed Yacoubi, born to a family of healers, became a jet-setting artist in the 1950s after meeting Guggenheim, who purchased his work for her private collection. The thrice-divorced Yacoubi settled above a theater on the Lower East Side in 1976, where he lived with artist Carol Cannon until shortly before he died in 1985 of lung cancer. (more…)
Decentralizing to municipalities in Arab spring countries by Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir
Posted By Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir | Sunday, July 20, 2014
DECENTRALIZATION – as a way of structuring public administration, in order to give local people and communities more control over their own affairs and to promote human development – is being closely considered for adoption by some Arab Spring countries.
Historically, there is no left- or right-wing political outlook that is more inclined toward decentralizing power to sub-national levels. Right-leaning political proponents seek decentralization because of its efficiency and ability to promote self-management. (more…)
US endorses Morocco’s plan on Sahara
US President Barack Obama has extended support to Morocco’s autonomy plan for the Sahara in line with the policy adopted by the last three US administrations.
This “explicit support” is a recognition by Washington of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI’s regional leadership and stabilising force in Africa, according to Peter Pham, director of the Africa Centre at the Atlantic Council. (more…)
Can Morocco Become A Global Aeronautics Player?
In 2005, McKinsey & Co, the global consulting company, conducted at the request of the Moroccan Government a report on the country’s economic strategy and drafted a comprehensive industrial program known as “Emergence”. The program listed several promising sectors likely to grow in which the country had to focus in order to achieve rapid development.
Oddly enough, this strategy plan did not identify Aeronautics as a possible key sector for the Kingdom. At the time, McKinsey’s believed that Morocco simply didn’t have “what it takes” to invest in this field.
Too much technology involved, not enough infrastructures, and lack of skilled workers were amongst the main challenges identified by the consulting firm.
Terrorism | 2014-07-18
ISIS caliphate splits AQIM
Senior leaders in al-Qaeda’s Maghreb branch are openly arguing over how to deal with the “Islamic State”.
Terrorism | 2014-07-18
Jebel Chaambi attacks kill 14 soldiers
The Tunisian army just suffered the bloodiest terrorist attack in its history. (more…)
BRIEF-Jiaozuo Wanfang Aluminum to acquire oil & gas related assets in Mongolia, Morocco
Wed Jul 16, 2014
July 16 (Reuters) – Jiaozuo Wanfang Aluminum Manufacturing Co Ltd
* Says signs framework agreement to acquire oil & gas related assets in Mongolia and Morocco for 1.5-2.0 billion yuan ($241.80-$322.40 million)
Source text in Chinese: bit.ly/1qGxBut
Further company coverage: ($1 = 6.2035 Chinese Yuan) (Reporting by Hong Kong and Singapore newsrooms)
Morocco weathers stormy Arab Spring
BY BEN BARBER, MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
July 17, 2014
As riots, rebellion and conflict spread across Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and Tunisia, the calm at the edge of the Arab world appears to be Morocco.
On a recent summer evening I saw perhaps 50,000 people thronging through Marrakech’s famous plaza, Jemaa el-Fnaa, to buy their children orange juice, eat snails, see the snake charmers, watch belly dancers, listen to poets and hear Berber tribal musicians from the Atlas Mountains.
Not a single police uniform or weapon was visible in the roiling chaos. (more…)
Morocco: Thousands of Moroccan Jihadists in Syria, Iraq
17 July 2014 , By Siham Ali, Source: Magharebia
As many as 3,000 jihadists of Moroccan origin could be fighting in Syria and Iraq, Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad told MPs on Tuesday (July 15th).
“A total of 1,122 Moroccans are affiliated with terrorist organisations in Iraq and Syria, alongside other European nationals of Moroccan origin whose number is estimated at 2, 000,” AFP quoted the interior minister as saying.
Of the 1,122 jihadists, 200 have died, including 20 in suicide attacks. The 128 who returned to Morocco have been arrested and interrogated. (more…)