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Morocco and South Korea signed a co-operation agreement covering the tourism sector on Friday (19 May) in Rabat. The agreement, signed upon completing the work of the 4th Joint Economic and Technical Commission, aims to highlight the opportunities of tourism investments in Morocco and benefit the tourism department of the Korean expertise in the information technology and strategic planning through technical trainings.

The 4th economic and technical joint commission discussed also the importance of a Free Trade Agreement between the two countries, considering their geographical location and the similarities in their economies. The South Korean side voiced readiness to support the efforts made in Morocco in economy liberalization.

Morocco launched a national strategy for gender equality aimed at reducing the gap between men and women through the full participation of women in the development process in all fields on Thursday (18 May) in Rabat. The strategy, which was presented by the State Secretariat in charge of the Family, Childhood and Handicapped People with the technical support of the German Co-operation for Development (GTZ) organisation, proposes five intervention fields, namely civic rights, decision-making, socio-economic rights, and individual and collective behaviours to face sexist stereotypes.

State Secretary Yasmina Baddou said her department will play a key role in implementing the strategy by working out a sector plan with measures to be taken and co-ordination schemes with the different operators.

France and Morocco plan to step up their fight against terrorism, French Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy said on Saturday (20 May). "We have decided to step up our co-operation against terrorism and the fight against drug trafficking," Sarkozy said after a meeting with his Moroccan counterpart Chakib Benmoussa in Marrakech. The Moroccan interior minister said the joint fight against terrorism would focus on "dismantling of a certain number of cells in the region". The two ministers also signed a co-operation agreement in "technical and scientific policing". They discussed the "massive influx" of migrants to Spain's Canary Islands, and agreed to bring in operational measures agreed upon at the interior minister meeting in Nice earlier this month.
The Moroccan documentary producer Hind Saih has made a documentary entitled “La Bataille de Tchernobyl” (Chernobyl's Battle) to commemorate the devastating Chernobyl accident and spotlight the struggle of tens of thousands of Soviet soldiers to limit radioactive effects after the accident.

The names of the five young stylists to participate in the special event “Caftan 2006”, which will take place on May 6 in Marrakech, will be revealed today in Casablanca's Touria Sekkat complex.


mardi, 07 mars 2006 23:17

Morocco, expert in greenhouse culture

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Morocco has the natural resources and scientific expertise that can make the country the leader in greenhouse cultures, the Holland-based news service “freshplaza” reported.

“Whereas Morocco didn't have more than 10 ha of greenhouse culture in the 80s, it now has more than 15.000 ha, most of which is in the region of Souss-Massa,” the website quoted Moroccan professor and researcher Abdelhak Hanafi as saying.

The researcher attributes this achievement to the diversification in the production and an opening for new technologies.

Besides tomatoes, Morocco has started to grow bananas, watermelons, strawberries and other sorts of fruit and vegetables in greenhouses as well.

The Moroccan growers use sixth metre high greenhouses and an average surface of 1 ha per culture. According to Hanafi, the improvement in the weather conditions and the reduction in the use of pesticides have resulted in a good quality product at a competitive price in the international markets.

Many growers in the region of Souss-Massa have changed voluntarily to this kind of production because of their concern in keeping the high position of Moroccan produce, which is known for its unbeaten quality-price relation.

Maroc telecom, Moroccan Telecoms operator, said that its net income rose to MAD 5.809 billion (USD 633.6 million), registering an increase of 12%, compared to 2004
mercredi, 22 février 2006 18:37

Wydad still atop, FAR go second as Raja draw

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Wydad Casablanca scraped a hard-fought victory away to jerky Moghreb Tetouan, to consolidate their status as leaders after 19 match-days in the Moroccan premier league. Meanwhile, defending champions FAR Rabat cashed in on Raja's home draw to clinch the second spot following an easy win over Difaa El Jadida.
dimanche, 12 février 2006 19:36

US Trade Deficit Hits All-Time High

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US Trade Deficit Hits All-Time High 

"Such a huge trade gap undercuts domestic manufacturing and destroys good U.S. jobs," said Richard Trumka, secretary-treasuer of labor's AFL-CIO. "America's gargantuan trade deficit is a weight around American workers' necks that is pulling them into a cycle of debt, bankruptcy and low-wage service jobs."

The U.S. trade deficit soared to an all-time high of US$725.8 billion in 2005, pushed upward by record imports of oil, food, cars and other consumer goods. The deficit with China hit an all-time high as did America's deficits with Japan, Europe, OPEC, Canada, Mexico and South and Central America.

The Commerce Department reported Friday that the gap between what America sells abroad and what it imports rose to $725.8 billion last year, up by 17.5 percent from the previous record of $617.6 billion set in 2004.

lundi, 06 février 2006 21:11

France issues new migrants' selection draft

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In a draft law, the French Minister suggests to favour qualified migrants with three-year residence cards.

In an interview published in the French paper Le Journal Du Dimanche, Sarkozy underlined that the residence cards will be granted to highly-skilled foreign workers such as “scientists, computer scientists, artists or those with a rare competence, to contribute to the economic dynamism of the country."

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