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Head of Gvt. Announces 'Important' Decisions for Inhabitants of Jerada Region

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 20:28

Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, announced on Saturday in Oujda several 'important' decisions for the inhabitants of the north-eastern province of Jerada, stressing that the government has set up an integrated program for the development of the region.

SG of Euro-Mediterranean-Arab Association Highlights Partnership Opportunities between Morocco & Germany

Fri, 09/02/2018 - 21:19

Morocco and Germany offer various opportunities for partnership in several areas, Secretary General of the Euro-Mediterranean-Arab Association (EMA), Clara Gruitrooy, said on Wednesday in Berlin.

Morocco-China 6th Joint Economic Cooperation Committee Convenes in Rabat

Fri, 09/02/2018 - 21:08

The 6th session of Morocco-China joint committee for economic cooperation was held on Thursday in Rabat with a view to discussing the means to develop cooperation between the two countries.

Co-chaired by minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, and Chinese vice minister of commerce, Qian Keming, this session coincides with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Morocco, Belgium Discuss Means to Develop Bilateral Cooperation in Energy

Fri, 09/02/2018 - 21:01

Chairman of the Board of the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), Mustapha Bakkoury, held talks here on Thursday with Belgian Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Marie-Christine Marghem.

During the meeting, the two sides underlined the important opportunities for cooperation between the two countries in the field of renewable energies.

Morocco’s assets combined with the Belgian expertise can be used to further develop bilateral cooperation in the field of renewable energies, Bakkoury said at the meeting.

Morocco Achieved 'Remarkable Progress' in Justice Reforms and Strengthening of the Judiciary: European Official

Fri, 09/02/2018 - 20:58

Morocco has made a "remarkable progress" in the areas of justice reforms and the strengthening of the independence of the Judiciary, Rapporteur of the political affairs and democracy committee at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Bogdan Klich, said in Rabat, noting that the measures undertaken in this regard are on the "right track".

Morocco-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee Stresses Need to Counter All Attempts to Undermine Morocco-EU Partnership

Fri, 09/02/2018 - 20:55

The Morocco-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee, which met in Strasbourg, underlined the need to counter all attempts aimed at undermining the partnership between Morocco and the EU, said on Thursday its chairman Abderrahim Atmoune.

Morocco Has Paid Its 2018 Regular Budget Dues in Full, UN Spokesperson

Fri, 09/02/2018 - 20:52

Morocco has paid its regular budget assessments to the UN in full for the year 2018 which amounts to 1,312,582 US dollars, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq said on Thursday.

Morocco is among the first countries to have paid in full their regular assessments, following the adoption by the UNGA in Dec. 2017 of UN 2018-2019 Regular Budget, which means within the 30 day due period specified in Financial Regulation 3.5 (by 9 February 2018).

Morocco thus responded favourably to the request by UNSG Antonio Guterres who invited member states to pay their dues for the UN regular budget.

Cold Wave and Snowfall: Exceptional Mobilization to Open Up 1205 Villages.

Fri, 09/02/2018 - 20:48

All public authorities are mobilized to open up regions hit by heavy snowfall via the implementation of an intervention plan to weather the impact of the cold wave and snowfall, said on Thursday head of government Saâd Eddine El Othmani, noting that this plan involves 22 provinces, including 1205 villages under 169 communes, totalling a population of 514,000 inhabitants.

Sahara: Talking About Direct Negotiations with Polisario is 'Desperate Attempt to Hide Front's Failure'

Fri, 09/02/2018 - 20:44


Minister delegate for relations with parliament and civil society, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi flatly denied, Thursday in Rabat, the existence of direct talks between Morocco and the polisario front concerning the Moroccan Sahara issue, underlining that the fact of talking about such allegations reflects a desperate attempt to hide the polisario's repeated failures.

HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan Inaugurates 24th Casablanca International Book Fair

Fri, 09/02/2018 - 20:36

HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan inaugurated, Thursday in Casablanca, the 24th edition of the International Book Fair (known by its French acronym SIEL), held under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI on Feb. 8-18.

The inauguration by His Royal Highness of this fair shows HM King Mohammed VI’s solicitude for the cultural sector and his strong determination to promote various cultural events to build an open, prosperous, civilized and knowledge-based society.

Morocco, Saudi Arabia Discuss Means to Enhance Bilateral Cooperation

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 22:04

Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mohamed Ali Al Azrak, held talks on Wednesday in Riyadh with Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar bin Obaid Madani, which focused on the means to strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

The talks touched on different aspects of bilateral cooperation in all areas, as well as issues of common interest.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the preparatory meeting for the 13th Moroccan-Saudi Joint Cooperation Committee to be held this year in Rabat.

Over 700 Exhibitors at Casablanca’s 24th International Book Fair

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:10

More than 700 exhibitors will take part in the 24th edition of Casablanca’s International Book Fair (SIEL), which will be held on Feb. 8-18, minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed Laaraj, said on Friday.

Some 350 writers, poets and researches from different backgrounds will take part in the SIEL 2018 edition, Laaraj pointed out at a press briefing in Casablanca.

The choice of Egypt as the guest of honor of the 24th SIEL reflects "the strong and renewed links between the two brotherly countries", he pointed out.

China Donates 'Gamma Knife' to Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 20:56

Secretary general of the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment Latifa El Abida and her counterpart from the China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development inked, Wednesday in Beijing, a donation agreement for a "Gamma Knife", which is an advanced radiation treatment for adults and children with small to medium brain tumours, for the benefit of the Lalla Salma Foundation.

Gamma Knife is a leading stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) platform, offering unparalleled accuracy in both the localization and radiation dose delivered to the targeted brain tissue.

Cold Wave: 98 Medical Caravans for Over 230K Beneficiaries

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 20:47

Some 98 medical caravans have been organized for the benefit of more than 230,000 beneficiaries, as part of efforts to open up areas hit by snowfall and a sharp drop in temperature, said on Wednesday Secretary-General for the Monitoring and Coordination Supervision Centre, under the Ministry of Interior Hassan Rochdi.

HM the King Extends Condolences to Family of Late Abdeljalil Fenjiro

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 20:40

HM King Mohammed VI sent a message of condolences to the family of late Abdeljalil Fenjiro, former director general of Morocco's news agency (MAP) who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 80.

In this message, HM the King said he was deeply moved by the news concerning the passing of late Abdeljalil Fenjiro.

HM the King Gives High Instructions to Concerned Governmental Sectors and Services to Remain Mobilized, Redouble Efforts to Alleviate Impact of Snowfall & Heavy Rains in Affected Regions

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 20:38

HM King Mohammed VI gave his high instructions to the concerned governmental sectors and services to remain mobilized and redouble efforts to alleviate the negative impact of snowfall, heavy rains and sharp drop in temperatures in some prefectures and provinces of the Kingdom, and to take steps to open up the affected areas and provide assistance and support to their populations, the Ministry of Interior said Wednesday in a statement.

Bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup: Morocco will highlight its strengths and specificities

Wed, 07/02/2018 - 21:09

Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup is an opportunity for the Kingdom to shed light on its strengths and specificities, Chairman of Morocco’s Bid Committee, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, said, noting that no unnecessary expenditure will be undertaken.

A strategy has been set up to highlight and better exploit the country’s potentialities, he pointed out in an interview with French weekly “Jeune Afrique”, adding that the government, the private sector, as well as sports specialists and professionals will join efforts to win the bid for the 2026 tournament.

Cold Wave: Around 44K Families Benefited from foodstuff and Blanket Distribution Operation

Wed, 07/02/2018 - 21:03

A total of 43,896 families in 22 provinces have benefited from the foodstuff and blanket distribution operation, as part of efforts to open up areas hit by snowfall and a sharp drop in temperature.

According to data from the Ministry of Interior, this operation concerns a total of 514,000 people in 1,205 villages in 169 communes.

ONHYM Sign Petroleum Agreement with Shell & Repsol

Wed, 07/02/2018 - 21:00

Morocco's National Office for Hydrocarbons and Mining (ONHYM) signed a petroleum agreement with “Shell Exploration et production du Maroc” (GmbH) and Repsol exploration Tanfit covering the onshore area named "Tanfit" which spans over 9990 km².

Morocco Takes Part in Abu Dhabi International Trade Fair for Intensive Animal Production and Processing

Wed, 07/02/2018 - 20:57

Morocco takes part as a guest of honour in the second edition of Abu Dhabi International Trade Fair for Intensive Animal Production and Processing (VIV MEA), which opened on Monday.