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World Top Container Ports: Tanger Med, Largest Container Port in Africa

Wed, 15/08/2018 - 19:56

Tanger Med is the largest container port in Africa and ranks 45th in the world, according to the latest ranking of World Top Container Ports issued by the specialised magazine "Container Management".

With a capacity of 3 million containers, Tanger Med 1 Port handled 3,312,409 TEUs in 2017, Tanger Med Port Authority said in a release. TEU measures a ship’s cargo carrying capacity, and the measurement is equivalent to 20 feet in length and 8 feet in height.

This performance enabled Tanger Med Port to move up by 6 spots in 2017 and to rank 45th in the world.

Tourist Arrivals Up 10% in Morocco by End of June

Wed, 15/08/2018 - 19:55

A total of 5.1 million tourists visited Morocco in the first half of 2018, up 10% over the same period a year earlier, according to the Tourism Observatory.

The number of foreign tourists has increased by 17%, and the arrivals of Moroccan expatriates have increased by 1%, said the Observatory which has just published its statistics on Moroccan tourism for June 2018.

Rabat to Host In Decembre International Conference of African Civil Society, SG of PASOCI

Wed, 15/08/2018 - 19:10

The city of Rabat will host the International Conference of African Civil Society (CISCA) on Dec. 18-22, Secretary General of the Parliament of the African Civil Society (PASOCI) Koffi Fiagbedou has announced.

Morocco's Net International Reserves Up 9.7%

Mon, 13/08/2018 - 20:50

Morocco's net international reserves amounted to 225.2 billion dirhams until August 3, 2018, recording a 9.7% year-on-year increase, Morocco's central bank (Bank Al-Maghrib) said.

During the week of August 2-8, Bank Al-Maghrib injected 69.8 billion dirhams.

As for the interbank rate, it remained at 2.27%, while the average trading volume fell from 4.4 billion Dirhams the week before to 4.1 billion Dirhams, the source added.

During the same period, the Dirham appreciated by 0.8% against the Euro and depreciated by 0.05% against the Dollar.

MAP 10 August 2018

Migration: Madrid and Berlin Call on EU to Step up Cooperation with Morocco

Mon, 13/08/2018 - 19:13

  Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, stressed on Saturday in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Spain) the need to intensify cooperation between the European Union (EU) and Morocco in the area of migration.

"Morocco is suffering from the pressure of African sub-Saharan migratory flows and we need to strengthen our cooperation not only with countries of origin but also with transit countries such as the Kingdom," Sanchez said at a press conference following his meeting with the German leader.

Sahara Issue: Vatican Says its Position 'has not Changed', Condemns Political Exploitation

Mon, 13/08/2018 - 18:58

The Holy See's position on the Sahara issue "has not changed," said the Vatican's official representation in Morocco.

Following the publication in several newspapers of pictures of the Pope blessing children presented as Sahrawis, the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the Kingdom of Morocco points out, in a statement received Saturday by MAP, that "the position of the Holy See on the Sahara issue has not changed," while condemning the political exploitation of these pictures.

New Colombian President Highlights Depth of Relations with Morocco

Fri, 10/08/2018 - 20:13

The new Colombian President, Ivan Duque Marquez, highlighted on Tuesday in Bogota the quality and depth of relations between his country and Morocco.

By Gaining Expertise in Renewable Energy Development, Morocco Strengthens its Position at the International Level: MASEN Head

Thu, 09/08/2018 - 23:38

By gaining expertise in renewable energy development and optimizing the price of electricity, the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), together with the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), is strengthening Morocco’s advantageous position in the renewables sector at the regional, continental and international level, President of MASEN, Mustapha Bakkoury, said.

Security Council Members Unanimously Support Political Solution to Dispute over Moroccan Sahara

Thu, 09/08/2018 - 22:38

Horst Köhler, Security Council Members Satisfied with his Visit to Moroccan Sahara

UN Secretary-General's Personal Envoy for the Sahara, Horst Köhler, briefed the Security Council on Wednesday about his recent visit to the region and on the various contacts he made, particularly in the Moroccan Sahara, according to diplomatic sources in New York.

In this regard, Köhler expressed his appreciation for the efforts made by Morocco to ensure the success of this visit, during which he met, in complete freedom, all the interlocutors he had wished.

Speaker of House of Representatives Represents HM the King in Inauguration Ceremony of New Colombian President

Thu, 09/08/2018 - 20:02

Speaker of the House of Representatives Habib El Malki represented, Tuesday in Bogota, HM King Mohammed VI in the official inauguration ceremony of new Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez.

The ceremony was attended by several Heads of State and Government, political leaders, several figures, as well as the diplomatic corps accredited in Bogotá.

In a meeting he had with the new President, El Malki conveyed to the Colombian leader the congratulations of HM the King and his sincere wishes of full success in conducting his mission.

Unique Social Register to Provide Concrete Answers and Alleviate Social Tension

Thu, 09/08/2018 - 20:00

The Unique Social Register will significantly improve the indicators of the various social programs in favour of the beneficiaries, said head of government Saâd Eddine El Othmani.

In an interview on Tuesday by "l'Economiste", El Othmani assured that this mechanism will provide concrete answers and alleviate social tension, noting that this project, which is "strictly technical", will be operational in 2019.

HM the King, Commander of the Faithful, Chairs in Tetouan Allegiance Ceremony

Thu, 09/08/2018 - 19:42

HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan and HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, chaired, on Tuesday in the Meshuar square in Tetouan Royal Palace, the allegiance ceremony in commemoration of the 19th anniversary of the accession of the sovereign to the throne of his glorious ancestors.

HM the King Chairs in Tetouan Oath-taking Ceremony of Graduate Officers of Major Military and Paramilitary Schools

Wed, 01/08/2018 - 00:56

HM King Mohammed VI, Supreme Commander and Chief of general Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan and HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, chaired, Tuesday afternoon at the Mechouar Square in the Royal Palace of Tetouan, the oath-taking ceremony of 1,889 officers who graduated from various military and paramilitary institutes and schools, and officers who were promoted, including 294 women-officers.

HM the King has named this year's Group of Graduates "Othman bin Affan".

Renewable Energy: Morocco, an "Example" to the World thanks to HM the King's Leadership

Tue, 31/07/2018 - 18:38

Morocco has become an example not only to Africa but to the world in clear energy and in climate change mitigation thanks to the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Adnan Amin, said Monday in Tangier.

The Kingdom "has become a leader in Africa and a world leader in renewable energy as well as in the fight against terrorism," Amin told reporters following the reception chaired by HM the King in Tangier on the occasion of the 19th anniversary of the Sovereign's accession to the throne of his glorious ancestors.

Colombia-Morocco Parliamentary Friendship Group Set Up in Colombian Senate

Tue, 31/07/2018 - 18:36

The first Colombia-Morocco parliamentary friendship group was recently created at the Colombian Senate as part of the reinforcement of interparliamentary cooperation between the two countries.

The creation of this group was announced during a meeting between President of the External Relations Commission in this legislative body Ivan Leonidas Name Vasquez and Ambassador of Morocco to Colombia Farida Loudaya.

At the origin of this initiative, Name Vasquez from the Green Alliance Party (Left) will chair this friendship group.

HRH Prince Moulay Rachid Chairs in Tangier Luncheon Offered by Govt. Head on Throne Day

Tue, 31/07/2018 - 18:35

HRH Prince Moulay Rachid chaired, on Monday at the Royal Golf in Tangier, a luncheon offered by the head of government on the occasion of the 19th anniversary of the enthronement of HM King Mohammed VI.

Upon his arrival, HRH Prince Moulay Rachid reviewed a detachment of the Auxiliary Forces, which made the honors, and was greeted notably by head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani.

HM the King Receives in Tangier José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and Miguel Angel Moratinos

Tue, 31/07/2018 - 18:33

HM King Mohammed VI, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan and HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, received Monday at the Marchane Palace in Tangier José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, former head of the Spanish Government, and Miguel Angel Moratinos, former Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

Miguel Angel Moratinos was accompanied at this audience by his son David Moratinos.

MAP 30 July 2018