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Child Labour Affects 247K Kids Aged 7-17 in Morocco, HCP

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 21:28

247,000 out of 7,049,000 kids aged 7-17 are involved in child labour in Morocco, according to the national survey on employment by the High Commission for Planning (HCP).

In a statement on the World Day Against Child Labour, the HCP said that 162,000 of these children practice a dangerous trade, which means 2.3% of them.

76.3% of the said children are from rural areas, 81% of them are males, and 73% are aged 15-17, said the same source, adding that their number in urban areas is 38,000, which equals 85.6% of the children working in cities (45,000).

Multidimensional Challenges Facing Africa Should be Addressed in Depth

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 21:09

The multidimensional challenges facing Africa, including the persistence of conflicts, the proliferation of non-State actors, terrorism, migration and climate change, should be addressed in depth, said, Monday in Rabat, Youssef Amrani, chargé de mission at the royal office.

Morocco to Host OECD Days on July 9-13

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 21:07

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Days will take place on July 9-13 in Rabat, with the participation of an important delegation from the Organization, bringing together high-level representatives and experts in international relations management, public governance, education, territorial development, and statistics.

The Days will be marked by a series of events aimed at presenting cooperation projects and achievements of substance by the Morocco-OECD Country Program, sources from the organization said.

HRH Princess Lalla Asmae Chairs Deaf Children's School-Year Graduation Ceremony

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 21:06

Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Asmae, Chairwoman of the Lalla Asmae Foundation for Deaf Children and Youth, chaired, Monday in Rabat, the graduation ceremony of the 2017-2018 school year of the Foundation.

On this occasion, HRH Princess Lalla Asmae visited the practical work class (physics and chemistry) and heard explanations on the holiday village in Agadir of the Mohammedia Foundation of social works of magistrates and justice officials. Her Royal Highness also visited a mobile dental care unit developed by the Faculty of Dentistry at the Lalla Asmae Foundation.

Since Casablanca Attacks, Morocco Has Adopted Proactive Security Policy

Mon, 18/06/2018 - 19:47

Under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, Morocco has adopted a proactive security policy since the Casablanca attacks, said director of the central bureau for judiciary investigations (BCIJ), Abdelhak Khiame.

Morocco Back to Daylight Saving Time (GMT+1) on June 17

Mon, 18/06/2018 - 19:44

Morocco will put forward the clock one hour (GMT+1) on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 02:00 a.m., said the administration and civil service reform ministry.

This decision is an implementation of decree N° 2-13-781 dated Sept. 28, 2013, and head of government's decree N° 3-14-18 dated May 7, 2018 on changing time, the ministry added in a statement.

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Morocco Will Not Participate in Meeting of Coalition Communication Ministers to Support Legitimacy in Yemen on June 23 in Jeddah

Mon, 18/06/2018 - 19:31

Morocco will not participate in the meeting of communication ministers of coalition countries to support legitimacy in Yemen slated June 23 in Jeddah, KSA, due to its agenda.

A statement by the ministry of culture and communication said that minister Mohamed Laaraj will not take part in this event organized by coalition countries to support legitimacy in Yemen due to his agenda.

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HM the King, Commander of the Faithful, Performs Eid Al Fitr Prayer in Ahl Fez Mosque

Sun, 17/06/2018 - 22:21

 HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, HRH Prince Moulay Rachid and HH Prince Moulay Ismail, performed, Friday, the Eid Al Fitr prayer in Ahl Fez mosque in Rabat and received wishes on this joyful occasion.

Morocco to Celebrate Eid Al Fitr on Friday

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 19:35

Eid Al Fitr, marking the end of the holy month Ramadan, will be celebrated Friday, June 15 in Morocco, the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs announced on Thursday evening.

A statement by the ministry said that the moon-sighting committee confirmed, on Thursday, Ramadan 29, 1439 hegira, corresponding to June 14, 2018, after the prayer of Al Maghrib, the sighting of the crescent announcing the beginning of the month of Shawoual 1439 hegira.
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HM the King Congratulates Heads of State of Islamic Countries on Advent of Eid Al Fitr

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 19:31

On the occasion of the advent of Eid Al-Fitr, HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, sent messages of congratulations to the Heads of State of Islamic countries, extending to them his best wishes of health and happiness, and wishing their brotherly peoples more progress and prosperity.

In these messages, HM the King underlined that "this is a blessed occasion that reminds Muslims of the sublime values ​​they share, values ​​that are derived from the lofty ideals advocated by our holy religion".

Eid Al Fitr: HM the King pardons 707 convicts

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 19:29

On the occasion of Eid Al Fitr, HM King Mohammed VI granted his pardon to 707 people sentenced by the different Moroccan courts, said a statement by the Justice ministry.

The detained beneficiaries of the pardon are 407 and are divided into:

- 401 prisoners who had their prison terms reduced.

- 1 inmate who benefited from pardon over his remaining prison term.

- 5 inmates who had their prison sentences commuted from life imprisonment to fixed prison terms.

Ismaïl Haniyeh Lauds Morocco's Initiative to Send Emergency Humanitarian Aid to Palestinians

Thu, 14/06/2018 - 20:09

Head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement "Hamas" Ismail Haniyeh lauded, on Wednesday, the initiative of the Kingdom of Morocco to send emergency humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people.

In a statement to the press shortly after the Moroccan field hospital began providing medical services to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Haniyeh stressed that as the enemies of the Palestinian people are trying to worsen the blockade and inflict other forms of torture, loyal members of the Ummah intervene to perform their duty and bring the help and assistance needed.

Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project to Have Significant Impact on the Entire Region (French Website)

Thu, 14/06/2018 - 20:08

The Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project will have a significant impact on the entire region, says French website "La Tribune Afrique", specialized in African news.

This project, considered strategic by both countries, will have a significant impact on the populations of West Africa, Morocco, and Mauritania, specifies the same source, noting that it is also likely to evolve Morocco and Nigeria into leaders of South-South cooperation in Africa.

HM the King Holds Phone Conversation with Coach, Captain of National Football Team, Royal Office

Thu, 14/06/2018 - 20:05

HM King Mohammed VI held on Wednesday a phone conversation with coach of the national football team Hervé Renard and team captain Mehdi Benattia, said a statement by the Royal Office.

During this phone call, HM the King conveyed his and all the Moroccan people's wishes of full success for the national football team members and supervisors, ahead of Russia World Cup, it said.

The sovereign reiterated on this occasion to the national team his full support and encouragements in this important international competition, it added.

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Moroccan Sahara Issue, A Question of Territorial Integrity, Not of 'Decolonisation'

Wed, 13/06/2018 - 21:43

The issue of the Moroccan Sahara is a question of territorial integrity and not of "decolonization", said Morocco’s permanent representative to the United Nations, ambassador Omar Hilale, who was speaking at the C24 session in New York.

He added that the Security Council does not consider it a matter of "decolonization" but a regional dispute, which it deals with under Chapter VI of the Charter of the United Nations, relating to the peaceful settlement of disputes.

WB Approves 125 mln Dollars in Additional Financing for Morocco to Develop Noor Midelt Solar Power Complex

Wed, 13/06/2018 - 21:08

The World Bank announced Tuesday US$125 million in additional support for Morocco's adoption of innovative solar technology

The additional financing, which includes US$25 million from the Clean Technology Fund, will support the development and construction of the Noor-Midelt I and II plants, which will have a total capacity of 600-800 megawatts, the Bank said in a statement.

Historical Participation of Moroccan Sahara Elected Officials in Event Held at UN Headquarters

Wed, 13/06/2018 - 21:06

Two elected officials of the southern provinces took part Monday for the first time in the annals of the Committee of 24 under the UN General Assembly, in their capacity as elected representatives of the Moroccan Sahara region.

This participation, approved by all the members of the Committee, by consensus, constitutes a recognition by the United Nations of the democratic nature of the regional elections of 4 September 2015 as well as the legitimacy of the elected representatives of the southern provinces to represent the population of this region.

Firm and Frank Support for Morocco's Autonomy Initiative in UN Committee of 24

Wed, 13/06/2018 - 21:03

The Moroccan Autonomy Initiative for the Sahara region was strongly supported by a majority of member states of the Committee of 24, Subsidiary Body of the UN General Assembly. This Initiative, described as serious and credible by the Security Council since 2007, seeks to reach a negotiated and definitive political solution to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.

HM the King, Commander of the Faithful, Chairs in Rabat Religious Ceremony to Commemorate Laylat Al Qadr

Wed, 13/06/2018 - 20:45

HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan and HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, chaired, Monday at Hassan Mosque in Rabat, a religious ceremony to commemorate Laylat Al Qadr (26th day of Ramadan).

After Al Isha and Tarawih prayers, Koran verses were read out by Mohamed Aghlaich (aged 12, from city of M'diq), recipient of the Mohammed VI National Prize for Holy Koran memorization, declamation and psalmody. HM the King was afterwards greeted by the young Koran reader to whom he handed the prize.

Loudyi Receives Permanent Secretary of G5 Sahel Maman Sambo Sidikou

Tue, 12/06/2018 - 00:30

Pursuant to the High Royal instructions, Abdeltif Loudyi, deputy minister for National Defense Administration, received, Monday in Rabat, Maman Sambo Sidikou, permanent secretary of the G5 Sahel, who is on a two-day working visit to the Kingdom of Morocco.

A statement by the National Defense Administration said that during this meeting the two officials exchanged on the situation in the region, as well as on the initiatives undertaken to strengthen security in the region.