Archive for November, 2012
Baku-APA. Morocco has shipped humanitarian aids Tuesday to Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey, including 2, 000 tents, tons of foodstuff, medicines and covers, the local news agency MAP quoted a government official as saying, APA reports.
The humanitarian assistance was shipped to Syrian refugees in the camps of Zaatari, Jordan and Gazi Antep, Turkey, according to MAP.
Morocco provided months ago a medico-surgical military field hospital for Syrian refugees in the Zaatari camp in the Jordanian governorate of Al-Mafrik.
Mali-based terrorists are setting their sights on countries beyond the Sahel
By Hassan Benmehdi in Casablanca and Jemal Oumar in Nouakchott for Magharebia
[Jemal Oumar] International jihadists are flocking to northern Mali, posing a threat to countries in the Maghreb.
Morocco broke up a terror cell that allegedly trained and recruited fighters for the Mali conflict, the interior ministry announced on Saturday (November 24th).
The suspects seized last week in Casablanca, Laayoune, Nador, Guercif and Kelaat Sraghna are accused of sending more than 20 young Moroccans to join al-Qaeda and the Movement for Tawhid and Jihad (MUJAO) in northern Mali. (more…)
An effort by authorities to increase transparency is catching flak from some Moroccan lawmakers.
By Siham Ali for Magharebia in Rabat
[AFP/Chafik Arich] Moroccan Infrastructure Minister Aziz Rebbah says publishing the list of quarry license holders is the first step towards reforming the sector.
Morocco recently released the names of sand quarry licence holders in a bid to boost transparency.
But the November 12th move by Infrastructure Minister Aziz Rebbah stirred a heated debate over efforts to clean up the business of government and tackle the rentier economy. (more…)
28 November 2012
The motives that had led to Morocco’s decision to withdraw from the Organization of African Unity (OAU), after the admission of a “puppet republic” remain valid, said, Tuesday, Foreign Minister, Saad El Dine Otmani. “No Moroccan will accept the Kingdom’s return to the pan-African organization to be alongside a puppet republic,” said the Minister in response to a question regarding Morocco’s return to this regional organization at the House of Advisors. (more…)
28 November 2012
The Ministry of Industry, Trade and New Technologies signed, Tuesday in Casablanca, a Memorandum of Understanding with the Clusters and Competitiveness Foundation (CCF), the European Innovation Management Academy (EIMA), and the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP). (more…)
By: Eurasia Review
Protecting the lives of migrants and refugees, especially at sea, must be a key aim of the EU’s new “Eurosur” border surveillance system, said the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday. When using Eurosur, member states must respect migrants’ human rights and personal data, it added in a vote endorsing a draft law to establish the system. In 2011, over 90% of illegal border crossings took place in four EU countries: Spain, Malta, Italy and Greece. (more…)
By: Said Temsamani
November 28, 2012
On November 30 to December 1 the Moroccan High Commission For Planning and the Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA) are co-organising the second conference entitled “The Initiative For an Atlantic Community”.
The second inter-institutional meeting of the Atlantic Community will gather heads of the respective institutions, former and current ministers, ambassadors, CEOs and international experts coming from Europe, Latin America, Africa Canada and the United States. The forum will take place in Skhirat, a very beautiful beach resort near Rabat along the Atlantic coast.
The forum is aiming at mobilising political support for key Atlantic projects as well as at giving a major impetus to cooperation in different fields to countries of the Atlantic. (more…)
European public investors have committed more than half the funding required for the first phase of Morocco’s Ouarzazate solar project
A total of €345m (£286m) has been now committed to the Ouarzazate – pronounced ‘Wa-za-zat’ – project by a consortium of European public investors, representing more than half the cost of the first phase. Of this, the the European Investment Bank will contribute €100m, a figure which will triple as the project develops. (more…)