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US Department of Labor Gives $5 Million Dollar Grant. . . to Morocco




The United States Department of Labor has made a $5,000,000 grant of U.S. taxpayer dollars to Morocco.

From the Department of Labor press release:

The project aims to reduce child labor in the Marrakesh-Tensift-Al-Haouz region of Morocco by promoting children’s participation in educational programs and delivering vocational training focused on sectors, such as farming and ecotourism. Additionally, it will offer support to youth of legal working age to secure quality employment opportunities.

The press release further states U.S. taxpayer dollars will be used in Morocco ”to promote access to social services for families and help them improve their livelihoods by providing access to microlending and savings programs and other activities to increase household resilience.”

New impetus seen to boost China-Morocco ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi transmitted on Monday a “message of friendship and esteem” from Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting with Moroccan King Mohammed VI , the Royal office said in a release in Rabat.

Wang Yi underscored the Chinese president’s will to give new impetus to the excellent ties existing between the two countries and reiterated the invitation extended by the Chinese president to Moroccan king to pay an official visit to Beijing, to craft a genuine strategic partnership as a new frame of cooperation, the release added.

King Mohamed welcomed the invitation and he voiced satisfaction at the important perspectives that the visit will open for relations between the two friendly countries.”

He also stressed the particular relationships between Morocco and China and their constant evolution to better meet the two countries’ specific needs.

The release said that Wang Yi “renewed his country’s support and backing to Morocco’s modernization and diversification effort and his country’s appreciation for Morocco’s leading role in the region.”

“The Chinese FM also commended the Sovereign’s action at the service of the developing world and of consolidating South-South cooperation” the release added.

Several international and regional issues were discussed during the meeting, such as the situation in the Maghreb, the Middle East and in sub-Saharan Africa, said the release.

Morocco, China sign visa exemption agreement


RABAT, Dec 23 (KUNA) — Morocco and China signed on Monday an agreement on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic passports, and protocol on a grant to Morocco.
The agreement was signed by Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, who started a three-day official visit to Morocco earlier today.
After the ceremony, the Moroccan Minister told reporters that the agreement falls within the framework of the creation of a favorable environment and strengthening bonding between Rabat and Beijing, stressing the common goal was to expand the horizons of bilateral cooperation in all fields.
As far as the grant, the minister pointed out that the donation made by China for his country totaling Moroccan Dirham (MD) 27 million, which will be employed for the advancement of sectors related to human and social development. (end) adt.mb KUNA 240016 Dec 13NNNN

Maghreb news 2013-12-24

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Security | 2013-12-24
Algeria boosts security in south
The number of tourists has fallen over the past three years because of the security crisis in the Sahel region.

Politics | 2013-12-24
Moroccan opposition blocks draft finance act
A row has erupted in Morocco over the rejection of the draft finance law in the Chamber of Councillors. (more…)

Arab Spring: new media, new journalism, same old tensions? – Saba Bebawi

The Malaysian Insider


The Arab Spring protests have presented interesting examples of the complex power relations between traditional and new methods of social media reporting in times of crisis. Traditionally, global crisis reporting has been mainly controlled by mainstream journalists. Audiences around the world previously received their knowledge of political happenings through dominant media players such as CNN, BBC World and others.

The wave of political unrest in the Arab world has somehow tipped the power balance that such dominant news networks hold and left them struggling to “control” the flow of information. The Arab Spring, therefore, has brought about a shift in power in more than just the political halls of the Arab world.

Alternative “journalists” on the streets have risen to play a prominent role in the coverage of these political events. This shift has been made possible through digital and social media channels. These media have allowed alternative reporters, activists and protesters to disseminate information globally. (more…)

Maghreb news 2013-12-23



Sports | 2013-12-23
Raja Casablanca stir football pride
Raja Casablanca may have lost the FIFA Club World Cup final, but the Green Boys remain winners for fans across the Maghreb.

Terrorism | 2013-12-23
Libya suffers first suicide bomb attack
In an ominous sign for the future of post-Kadhafi Libya, jihadists are now using suicide bombers. (more…)

UAE building new city…in Morocco?! Joint venture signed for mega retail, leisure destination


Morocco has been planning and designing the Zenata Eco-City for over a year (Courtesy of the French Agency for Development-AFD)

Morocco has been planning and designing the Zenata Eco-City for over a year (Courtesy of the French Agency for Development-AFD)
Dubai-based Al-Futtaim group, a leading diversified conglomerate operating through 100 companies across 30 markets, said it has signed a joint venture agreement with a tripartite consortium with Moroccan and Portuguese entities to drive the development of one of the region’s biggest superregional retail and leisure destinations. (more…)

Al-Futtaim signs Morocco joint venture

Khaleej Times


Dubai-headquartered Al-Futtaim group, a leading diversified conglomerate operating across 30 markets, has signed a joint venture agreement with a tripartite consortium with Moroccan and Portuguese entities to drive the development of one of the region’s biggest super-regional retail and leisure destinations.

Al-Futtaim and Marjane Holding, Morocco’s leading developer of retail destinations and modern retail will jointly lead the Zenata Commercial Project joint venture that also includes international shopping centre specialist Sonae Sierra and Société d’Aménagement Zenata.

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