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Tourism: Spain Set to Step up Cooperation with Morocco

Fri, 25/01/2019 - 20:20

Spain is determined to advance its cooperation with Morocco in tourism, Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, said Wednesday in Madrid.

"Spain and Morocco are two very close friends that share a common history and are linked by strong relations" in several areas,” Maroto told MAP at the end of talks with Morocco’s minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy, Mohamed Sajid, on the sidelines of the International Tourism Fair (FITUR), which kicked off Wednesday in Madrid.

Moroccan Authorities Reject Political Positions, Erroneous Allegations and Conclusions in HRW 2019 Report

Fri, 25/01/2019 - 20:18

The Moroccan authorities have expressed their total rejection of the political positions and erroneous allegations and conclusions in the section on Morocco of the 2019 Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on the status of human rights around the world.

These political positions and erroneous allegations and conclusions will receive a detailed response in the weeks to come, said the Inter-ministerial Delegation for Human Rights (DIDH) in a statement on Thursday.

Morocco Has Succeeded in Preserving and Promoting its Historical Monuments

Thu, 24/01/2019 - 20:24

Morocco has succeeded in preserving and promoting its historical monuments, said, Thursday in Rabat, director general of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri.

Migration: UN General Assembly President Hails Morocco’s "Extremely Important" Role

Thu, 24/01/2019 - 20:22

President of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, lauded the "extremely important" role played by the Kingdom of Morocco in the adoption of the Marrakech Compact on Migration, a landmark reference document aimed at promoting enhanced international cooperation on migration issues.

In Spite of Brexit, UK Remains Strong Partner of Morocco, British diplomat

Thu, 24/01/2019 - 20:17

The United Kingdom remains a strong partner of its long-standing friends, including Morocco, even if it leaves the European Union, said, on Wednesday in Rabat, Simon McDonald, Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Head of the Diplomatic Service.

"Morocco is a key trading partner of the United Kingdom," McDonald said in a statement to MAP following talks with foreign minister Nasser Bourita, highlighting trade ties between his country and Morocco.

European Parliament's Committee on Fisheries Adopts by Large Majority Morocco-EU Fisheries Agreement

Thu, 24/01/2019 - 20:14

The European Parliament's Committee on Fisheries adopted Wednesday, by a large majority, the Morocco-European Union fisheries agreement.

This decisive vote is the final step at the specialized committees of the European Parliament before the final adoption in plenary session, which is expected to take place on February.

Morocco Plays ‘Extremely Positive’ Role in Consolidating Security and Stability, NATO Assistant Secretary General Says

Thu, 24/01/2019 - 20:12

Morocco plays an "extremely positive" role in consolidating security and stability, NATO's assistant secretary general for political affairs and security policy, Alejandro Alvargonzález, said Tuesday in Rabat.

"What Morocco is doing every day for the security of the people of the Mediterranean basin, and beyond this geographical area, is extremely positive for the stability of all of us," Alvargonzález told reporters following talks with Morocco’s minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Nasser Bourita.

HM the King Launches Entry Into Operational Use of Second Line of Casablanca Tram

Thu, 24/01/2019 - 20:09

HM King Mohammed VI launched, on Wednesday, the entry into operational use of the second line of Casablanca tram (T2), a new example of the sovereign's will to equip the Moroccan economic capital with modern infrastructure that meet the citizens' expectations.

HM the King Inaugurates Terminal 1 of Casablanca Mohammed V Airport, Launches Entry Into Operational Use of Airport Infrastructure of National Scope

Thu, 24/01/2019 - 20:07

HM King Mohammed VI inaugurated, on Tuesday, the extension, redevelopment and modernization project for the Terminal 1 of Casablanca Mohammed V Airport worth 1.585 billion dirhams.

On this occasion, the sovereign launched the entry into operational use of the new center for regional control (CCR) of Agadir air navigation safety, as well as the new air terminals of the airports of Guelmim, Zagora, and Errachidia Moulay Ali Cherif, carried out by the National Office of Airports (ONDA) for 647.73 million dirhams.

HM the King Extends Condolences to Colombian President Over Bogota Terror Attack

Thu, 24/01/2019 - 20:05

HM King Mohammed VI sent a message of condolences and compassion to President of Colombia, Ivan Duque Marquez, following the terrorist attack on a police academy in Bogota, which has claimed several lives and injured many more.

In this message, the Sovereign said he learnt with great grief the news of the despicable terrorist attack on a police academy in Bogota, which has left several people dead and many others injured.

Statement by Royal Office

Thu, 24/01/2019 - 20:04

Here follows a statement by the Royal Office:

HM King Mohammed VI received today, at Rabat Royal Palace, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-president of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, who is on a working visit as part of reinforcing the strategic partnership between the Kingdom of Morocco and the European Union.

Strong Royal Impetus to Rabat Old Medina Rehabilitation and Upgrading Programs

Thu, 24/01/2019 - 20:01

HM King Mohammed VI visited, on Monday, several projects that fall within the framework of the Rabat Old Medina Rehabilitation and Upgrading Program, one of the highlights of "Rabat City of Light, Moroccan Capital of Culture" integrated program that was launched by the sovereign on May 12, 2014.

HM the King Congratulates Rajoelina on his Election as President of Madagascar

Thu, 10/01/2019 - 19:57

HM King Mohammed VI sent a congratulatory message to Andry Nirina Rajoelina following his election as President of the Republic of Madagascar.

In this message, HM the King expresses to the new President of Madagascar his heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for success in fulfilling his mission.

Share of Renewable Energy in National Electricity Mix Reached 35% at the End of 2018

Thu, 10/01/2019 - 19:51

The share of renewable energy in the national electricity mix reached 35% at the end of 2018, with an installed capacity of more than 2,965 MW, said, Wednesday in Rabat, minister of Energy, Mining and Sustainable Development, Aziz Rabbah.

The ministry is working to develop an additional capacity of about 10,000 MW of renewable energy, divided into 4,500 MW solar, 4,200 MW wind and 1,300 MW hydroelectric by 2030, Rabbah noted at the opening of a media day initiated by the ministry.

In 2018, Moroccan Economy Estimated to Have Grown by 3.2%: World Bank

Thu, 10/01/2019 - 00:04

In 2018, the Moroccan economy is estimated to have grown by 3.2%, according to the January 2019 Global Economic Prospects report released by the World Bank on Tuesday.

“Robust agricultural production and tourism have helped support growth of Morocco”, the report pointed out.

Morocco, 'Exemplary' Partner for Ireland: Speaker of Irish House of Commons

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 19:46

Morocco has all the assets to become an exemplary economic partner for Ireland, speaker of Irish House of Commons, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, said Tuesday in Rabat.

Ireland seeks to open up to new economic partners, notably in Africa, Ó Fearghaíl told reporters following talks with speaker of House of Representatives (lower house), Habib El Malki.

He also praised the level of relations between Morocco and Ireland, adding that his country intends to develop its ties with the Kingdom in several areas, including tourism, agriculture and investments.

Political Settlement of Crisis in Libya Depends on Ensuring Adequate Security Conditions

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 19:44

The political settlement of Libya's long-standing crisis depends on ensuring adequate security conditions, said, Tuesday in Cairo, minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.

Speaking at a press briefing after talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, Bourita stressed that the security aspect is of paramount importance for the success of any political solution to the Libyan crisis, calling for greater attention to be paid to this issue.

Increasing Purchasing Power Tops Government's Priorities: El Otmani

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 01:24

Increasing the purchasing power of Moroccans is at the top of the government’s priorities, Head of Government, Saad Dine El Otmani, pointed out Monday, at the monthly meeting of the House of Representatives (lower house).

In this regard, El Otmani shed light on several measures aimed at increasing the purchasing power of people, including the subsidies of basic products in parallel with the reform of the compensation fund, adding that 17.6 billion dirhams were allocated in the year 2019 to subsidize butane gas, sugar and flour.

MEP Calls on EU to Work Towards Greater Integration of Morocco into European Single Market

Tue, 08/01/2019 - 19:47

The European Union has everything to gain from pushing for greater integration of Morocco into the European single market, said MEP Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández.

FM Co-chairs with his Omani Peer 5th Morocco-Oman Joint Commission in Muscat

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 20:08

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, co-chairs with his Omani peer, Yusuf bin Alawi, the 5th Morocco-Oman Joint Commission, which is being held on 6-7 January in Muscat.

Co-chaired by the Foreign ministers of both countries, this session is the first of its kind. Since its creation in 1995, the Morocco-Oman Joint Commission has been chaired by ministers of technical departments.

The Commission held its last session in December 2010 under the chairmanship of the minister of Employment and Training and his Omani counterpart.