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Morocco Improves its Position in WB Doing Business 2019, Ranks 2nd in MENA, 3rd in Africa

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 00:57

Morocco has improved its ranking in the World Bank's Doing Business 2019 report, published Wednesday in Washington, to 60th position worldwide.

In the MENA region, Morocco ranks second in this report, considered as the reference document on the global business environment, behind the United Arab Emirates (11th worldwide) and ahead of Bahrain (62nd), according to a statement by the department of the head of government.

In Africa, the Kingdom is in third place behind Mauritius (20) and Rwanda (29).

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Morocco, Germany Sign Declaration of Intent to Encourage Reforms under 'Compact with Africa' Initiative

Wed, 31/10/2018 - 23:55

The ministry of Economy and Finance and the German Federal ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development signed, Tuesday in Berlin, a joint declaration of intent to launch discussions under the "Partnership to Encourage Reforms", as part of the G20 initiative "Compact with Africa".

Morocco Urges German Investors to Seize Opportunities in Emerging Sectors

Wed, 31/10/2018 - 23:53

Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Benchaaboun, called, Tuesday in Berlin, on German investors to seize the opportunities offered by Morocco, particularly in emerging sectors such as the automotive industry, aeronautics, electronics and renewable energy, where Germany has extensive experience.

President of Republic of Azerbaijan Receives Administration Reform Minister

Wed, 31/10/2018 - 19:40

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received, on Tuesday in Baku, Minister Delegate for Administration and Civil Service Reform Mohamed Ben Abdelkader, who is on a working visit to Azerbaijan.

On this occasion, Aliyev hoped for the strengthening of economic and trade relations between the two countries, underlining that the visit of the Moroccan Minister is part of the reinforcement and diversification of bilateral relations.

Morocco, Spain Pledge to Boost Cooperation Between Strategic Bodies

Wed, 31/10/2018 - 19:38

Government secretary general Mohamed Hajoui met, on Tuesday in Rabat, with Spanish justice minister Dolores Delgado Garcia on means to reinforce cooperation between the government secretariat general and Spanish counterpart bodies, including the Spanish justice ministry and affiliated bodies.

Emir of Qatar Receives Morocco's DG of Police and National Territory Surveillance

Tue, 30/10/2018 - 19:49

Emir of Qatar HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani received, on Monday in Doha, Abdellatif Hammouchi, director-general of national police and of national territory surveillance, who is on a visit to Qatar to take part in the 12th international event for homeland security and civil defence in the Middle East "Milipol Qatar 2018".

UN Special Envoy to Libya Reiterates Commitment to Continuing Consultations with Morocco on Libyan Issue

Tue, 30/10/2018 - 19:48

UN special envoy to Libya Ghassan Salamé reiterated, on Monday in Rabat, his commitment to continuing consultations with Morocco on the Libyan crisis.

In a joint press briefing with Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, the UN official stressed that his visit to Rabat is the perfect opportunity to consult the Moroccan side on "how to benefit from the next stages in the service of stability in sister nation Libya".

FIFM 17th Edition: 'Conversation with', New Concept of Meetings with Leading Names in World Cinema

Mon, 29/10/2018 - 19:50

The 17th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM), which will be held from 30 November to 8 December 2018, proposes a new concept of meetings with leading names in world cinema through the "Conversation with" series, the organizers announced Wednesday in a statement.

Morocco Adopts Three-pronged Strategy to Promote Moderate Islam & Counter Radicalism: Indian Newspaper

Mon, 29/10/2018 - 19:49

Morocco adopts a three-pronged strategy to promote moderate Islam and fight radicalism, Indian newspaper ‘The Times of India’ pointed out.

“Morocco is pursuing a three-pronged strategy that includes security operations to bust terror cells, economic development to uplift vulnerable sections of society and the preaching of moderate, accurate Islam to counter radical distortions in the religion,” the paper said.

Indonesia Reiterates Support for UN Efforts for Durable Political Solution to Moroccan Sahara issue

Mon, 29/10/2018 - 19:47

Within the framework of the 2nd Session of the Morocco-Indonesia Joint Committee, held on Thursday and Friday in Jakarta, Indonesia reiterated its strong support for the efforts by the UN Secretary-General and his Special Envoy to reach a durable political solution to the issue of the Moroccan Sahara.

Austria Seeks to Promote Bilateral Ties with Morocco

Mon, 29/10/2018 - 19:45

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl stressed, on Saturday in Rabat, the willingness of her country to promote bilateral relations with Morocco.

Morocco and Austria, which have deep-rooted relations, seek to boost their cooperation in various fields, Kneissl said during a press briefing after talks with foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, during which she notably hailed Morocco's leadership as a center of regional stability and a credible and responsible partner.

Morocco Has Become Major Actor in Africa, Portuguese President

Mon, 29/10/2018 - 19:42

Morocco has become a major actor in Africa and is hugely respected by many countries, said, Friday in Lisbon, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Habib El Malki, who was granted an audience by the Portuguese President, told the press that Rebelo de Sousa also lauded the historical ties and relations of good neighborliness between Morocco and Portugal, adding that the Kingdom of Morocco is an important partner in the region.

Morocco-Indonesia Joint Committee: Signature in Jakarta of Five Cooperation Agreements

Mon, 29/10/2018 - 19:39

Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Mounia Boucetta and Indonesia's Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir signed, on Friday in Jakarta, five agreements and memoranda for the promotion of bilateral cooperation in several sectors.

The agreements, inked within the framework of the 2nd Session of the Morocco-Indonesia Joint Committee held in Jakarta on Oct. 25-26, focus on energy cooperation and visa exemption for diplomatic and service passports.

Holding in Rabat of 11th WPC Shows Morocco's Status Internationally

Mon, 29/10/2018 - 19:35

The organization in Rabat of the 11th World Policy Conference reflects the status of Morocco internationally in several areas, said, on Sunday, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell.

 "I congratulate Morocco for this initiative, the second of its kind in the Kingdom," said Borrell in a statement to MAP. The minister is visiting the Kingdom to participate in the event scheduled on Oct. 26-28.

Morocco is Essential Ally of Portugal, Portuguese FM

Mon, 29/10/2018 - 19:31

Morocco is an essential ally and a respected neighbor for Portugal, said, on Thursday in Lisbon, Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva.

In a meeting with Speaker of the House of Representatives Habib El Malki, who is on a working visit to Portugal, the Portuguese minister highlighted the distinguished relations between the two countries and their close cooperation on many issues as migration, confirming the participation of a high-level delegation at the United Nations Conference on Migration slated in Marrakech in December.

Statement by Royal Office

Mon, 29/10/2018 - 19:27

Here follows the statement of the royal office:

Following the working session chaired by HM King Mohammed VI on Oct. 1 and which touched on the development of the offer for vocational training, the diversification and upgrading of jobs, and the modernisation of pedagogical methods;

HM the King Congratulates Sahle-Work Zewde on her Election as President of Ethiopia

Mon, 29/10/2018 - 19:26

HM King Mohammed VI sent a message of congratulations to Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde following her election as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

On this occasion, the Sovereign expresses to President Zewde his best wishes for success in her high office and in her endeavors to lead the Ethiopian people towards further progress and prosperity.

The Four Agreements Inked under Chairmanship of HM the King on Occasion of Presenting Rehabilitation Programs of Medinas of Sale, Meknes, Tetouan and Essaouira

Tue, 23/10/2018 - 20:43

Here Follows the four agreements inked, on Monday in Marrakech, under the chairmanship of HM King Mohammed VI on the occasion of presenting the rehabilitation and upgrading programs of the medinas of Sale, Meknes, Tetouan and Essaouira.