Attijariwafa Bank, one of the biggest banks in North Africa, will boost its Islamic subsidiary as soon as the Islamic finance bill passes parliament, its managing director said. (more…)
CONAKRY, March 4 (Xinhua) — Guinean and Moroccan authorities have signed 21 cooperation agreements in the socioeconomic investment sectors, according to an official source.
The agreements were signed in Conakry during the official visit to Guinea by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, who arrived here on Monday. (more…)
His Majesty King Mohammed VI welcomed, Sunday at the international airport of Félix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan, His Excellency Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, during his return ceremony to Abidjan, after a period of recovery abroad. (more…)
Moroccan soldiers help an immigrant in waters close to Ceuta. / JUAN MEDINA (REUTERS)
Morocco has reinforced security near the borders separating its territory from the Spanish exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, on the northern coast of Africa, the Interior Ministry said. (more…)
By Aziz El Yaakoubi
RABAT, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Morocco has opened a final tender for construction of five wind farms totalling 850 megawatts, worth an estimated $1.7 billion, for which five consortia have been pre-qualified, state-run power utility ONEE said. (more…)
Richard Miniter – Susan Rice said this Sunday she had “no regrets” about trotting out her flawed Benghazi talking points last year, touching off a predictable storm of controversy. Certainly Rice’s talking points deserved more scrutiny than they got from reporters. There are simple questions that Rice could have been asked: If the Benghazi attack was a protest that went awry, why did it begin at night? (more…)
Economy | 2014-02-28
Tunisians optimistic about economic recovery
With tangible political progress, the Tunisian economy is showing signs of turning around. (more…)
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What if? – policy analysts ask it everyday. They are scenario builders, operating under the assumption that their course of action will bring about a desired outcome. Sometimes they even break the taboo and look backwards too, turning their “what ifs?” into “if onlys” – should we have done that thing we were pondering but then dismissed, they ask; had we done things differently, might we have avoided the mess we are in now? And yet, what sets policy analysts apart from historians is that they try to draw practical lessons from their “what ifs” rather than simply lamenting lost chances. (more…)
Morocco raises stakes in diplomatic spat with ally France
By Aziz El Yaakoubi and John Irish
RABAT/PARIS (Reuters) – Morocco has halted judicial cooperation with France, blocking procedures from prisoner transfers to joint investigations, officials said on Thursday, in a growing dispute with its former colonial ruler over allegations of human rights abuses. (more…)
African migrants camp out in the hills of Morocco near the Spanish enclave of Melilla.
SAMUEL ARANDA FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
By SUZANNE DALEY
MELILLA, Spain — It is easy to pick out the new arrivals at the shelter for immigrants here on this tiny patch of Spain in North Africa. One man limps by on crutches with a plaster cast on his ankle. Another has a bandaged arm in a sling. Abbdol Cisse, 19, had stitches on his face. (more…)
French President François Hollande phoned King Mohammed VI of Morocco on February 24th to reiterate the two countries’ friendship.
Relations between Morocco and France have become clouded in recent days following legal action taken against Directorate General of Territorial Surveillance (DGST) chief Abdellatif Hammouchi.
In response to the French president’s gesture, the King’s office issued a statement saying: “The two heads of state have agreed to continue contact… in the spirit of the special relationship between Morocco and France.”
Security | 2014-02-27
Benghazi youths protest assassinations
Fed up with lawlessness in Benghazi, young Libyans took to the streets to demand justice. (more…)
The incident involves the rumored new French ambassador.
By Carol Ross Joynt
Has a three-year-old incident involving France, its onetime colony Morocco, and actor Javier Bardem complicated the rumored appointment of a new French ambassador to Washington? No one is speaking officially, but there’s speculation in the international press. (more…)