Archive for June, 2012

Surge in religiousity reshapes Morocco

By Siham Ali for Magharebia in Rabat

[AFP/Abdelhak Senna] A recent CMERC report noted a "religious awakening" among Moroccan youth.


[AFP/Abdelhak Senna] A recent CMERC report noted a “religious awakening” among Moroccan youth.

As religious issues start to shape domestic and international policies, and the number of devout citizens continues to climb, Morocco’s novel approach to extremism is based on inclusion and understanding.

Noted Moroccan sociologist Ali Chaâbani talks with Magharebia about how information gleaned from a new report will help guide the government stategy.

Magharebia: The Moroccan Centre for Contemporary Study and Research (CMERC) recently published a study on the state of religious beliefs in Morocco. What led to this report? (more…)

Arab spring News : June 29, 2012

Analysis: Sudan rulers dig in as foes look for Arab Spring
Reuters
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Outside the University of Khartoum, riot police in blue fatigues perch on pickup trucks, keeping watch as young women in bright headscarves and men in button-down shirts walk by carrying.

Sudan police uses tear gas to disperse protest
Fox News
They also appeared to be inspired by Arab Spring uprisings in neighboring Egypt and Libya. Demonstrators demanded the removal of longtime Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Protests have taken place in different parts of Sudan for the past two weeks. (more…)

Solar Impulse Takes Off From Ouarzazate To Rabat

Ouarzazate  –  The experimental solar aircraft Solar Impulse, the first of its kind to make an intercontinental flight to Morocco, took off on Friday morning at 07:30 local time (06:30 GMT) from the Ouarzazate airport to Rabat, on its way back to Switzerland via Madrid.

According to a joint statement of Solar Impulse and the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), the aircraft is expected to land Friday night around 21:00 GMT.

  Solar Impulse, whose concept and objectives are consistent with those of the Moroccan solar program, flies at 70 km/h.

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Morocco Committed To Promoting Global Action In Fight Against Terrorism

New York (United Nations)  –  Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the U.N., Ambassador Mohamed Loulichki, underlined, on Thursday before the General Assembly, the firm commitment of Morocco to continue its efforts to promote global action in the fight against terrorism.

Morocco “is committed early in international efforts to fight against this blight (terrorism) and was able to put its experience into a comprehensive and multidimensional strategy, which goes hand in hand with the approach taken by the U.N.,” Loulichki said during a public debate of the General Assembly, devoted to the third biennial review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

Noting that terrorism constitutes one of the most serious threats facing the international community, the Moroccan diplomat said that “the U.N. represents for the member states the legitimate universal framework to strengthen a collective response to terrorism.” (more…)

WB Provides $50 Million Loan To Facilitate Access To Finance For Morocco’s MSMEs

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Washington – The World Bank on Friday announced it has approved a $50 million loan for Morocco to facilitate access to finance for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and encourage, thus, the development of job and income-generating activities in the Kingdom.

According to the World Bank, the project, developed with the International Finance Corporation, will support the provision of partial credit guarantees for loans to MSMEs. “Well-designed partial credit guarantee schemes can be effective in reaching underserved groups such as start-ups, small firms and women entrepreneurs,” said Teymour Abdel Aziz, World Bank Morocco MSME project team leader for the project. The WB considers that the MSMEs are the backbone of the Moroccan economy, as they represent more than 90% of the country’s enterprises and a big share of the job.

 

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WB Approves $300 Million Loan For Morocco To Back Second Phase Of Anti-Poverty Program INDH

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Washington  –  The World Bank (WB) on Thursday approved a loan of $ 300 million for Morocco, underpinned by a comprehensive program to build local institutional capacity,” in support of second phase of the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH), which aims at providing improved services and economic opportunities for disadvantaged communities in rural and urban areas of the Kingdom.

    The Initiative, launched in 2005 by HM King Mohammed VI, “is the centerpiece of the (Moroccan) government’s commitment to address social and economic exclusion in underserved areas,” said, on this occasion, the WB Vice President of Middle East and North Africa region, Inger Andersen.

“By supporting the second phase of this innovative program we stand proudly with the government in its drive towards greater results,” she noted. (more…)

New World Bank Lending to Morocco Raises the Bar on Results for the Poor

The Financial
The FINANCIAL — A World Bank loan package approved today targets poor rural and urban Moroccan communities for improved services and economic opportunities and promotes the development of smaller enterprises.

A $300 million loan, underpinned by a comprehensive program to build local institutional capacity, will support the second phase of Morocco’s National Initiative for Human Development (INDH). A $50 million loan will facilitate access to finance for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

“INDH is the centerpiece of the government’s commitment to address social and economic exclusion in underserved areas,” said Inger Andersen, World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa Region. “By supporting the second phase of this innovative program we stand proudly with the government in its drive towards greater results.” (more…)

Hilton Worldwide and Inveravante Sign Agreement to Open Two Premium Hotels in Tangier

The Financial

The FINANCIAL — Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with Inveravante Group to introduce two new premium hotels in the historic city of Tangier.

According to Hilton Worldwide, the agreement ceremony, held in Rabat, Morocco in the presence of Lahcen Haddad, Minister for Tourism in Morocco, was officially signed by Manuel Jove Capellan, chairman, Inveravante and Deepak Seth, vice president, development, Southern Europe, North & West Africa, Hilton Worldwide.

Located within Morocco’s modern business district in the heart of Tangier, the two properties, Hilton Tanger City Center Hotel & Residences and Hilton Garden Inn Tanger City Center, represent the first Hilton Worldwide hotels in Tangier, one of the country’s fastest growing commercial cities. The two new hotels will form part of Tanger City Center, a large upscale, mixed-use development promoted by Inveravante, and including the city’s largest shopping mall, quality residential accommodation as well as commercial office space.  (more…)

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