AU-PSC: Morocco in Favor of Multidimensional Approach in South Sudan

Arrouchi, who was speaking during a video-conference meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) on the political and security situation in South Sudan, reiterated the Kingdom’s support to the government and people of South Sudan in their aspirations and commitment to restore peace, stability and development in their country.


The Moroccan diplomat underscored the imperative for the signatory parties to the “2018 Revitalized Peace Agreement” to work together to fully implement the remaining key benchmarks, with a view to achieving a constitutional and electoral process by December 2024 and democratic governance by February 2025.


He further stressed the imperative of taking urgent steps to create conditions conducive to the return of displaced civilians and the provision of humanitarian assistance to affected populations.


Arrouchi, who heads the Moroccan delegation at this meeting, also stressed the importance of developing, within the framework of the multidimensional approach (Nexus-Project), peace-building, development and post-conflict reconstruction programs to achieve lasting peace and stability in South Sudan, as well as the need to foster inter-community dialogue to restore confidence and promote reconciliation between communities.


In this context, the Moroccan delegation commended the efforts deployed by the AU in collaboration with IGAD to support the implementation of the 2018 Revitalized Peace Agreement, and the United Nations through its Mission in South Sudan, for its tireless commitment to pursue efforts aimed at restoring peace and stability in this brotherly country, as well as other bilateral and multilateral partners, for their continued support to the AU-led efforts.


Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Government Has Worked to Rehabilitate Trade Union Action, Set up Innovative Model of Social Dialogue (Gov’t Chief)

Responding to a question at the House of Advisors, during the monthly session devoted to the discussion of public policies, focused on the theme “social dialogue, enshrinement of the concept of social equity and mechanism for achieving economic development,” Akhannouch said that the government has managed to structure and implement a modern model of social dialogue, stressing the positive involvement and efforts made by trade unions and professional organizations of employers in this regard.


He added that the government has worked responsibly to overcome the shortcomings that characterized previous experiences of social dialogue, including the lack of a regular and sustainable pace, the absence of clarity of the methodology followed and the various problems related to the weak capacity to implement commitments and agreements.


Referring to the government program and commitments arising from it, Akhannouch said that the signing on April 30 of the national charter of social dialogue attests to the strength of relations between the government and all its social and professional partners, and this far from approaches of seasonality or political calculations, and thus reflects the willingness of this government to engage in a deep and serious reform of various priority issues.


The provisions of this charter, he added, is a “national precedent” that has given substance to the Moroccan model of social dialogue, and this through the establishment of a framework based on the concept of the social year as a tool to enable the parties to the dialogue to monitor the progress of the implementation of agreements reached, as well as to further promote the governance of social dialogue.


Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Second National Prevention Campaign against Cyberbullying to be Launched on Thursday

Organized from 1 to 20 December 2022, the campaign aims to recall the need for greater collaboration of all actors in society to ensure better protection of children and youth in the digital world, they said in a statement, noting that this edition will focus on the importance of reporting as a mechanism for combating cyberbullying against children and youth.


In 2021, Morocco had become the 45th country in the world, the 13th in Africa and the first in North Africa to launch a reporting portal “Espace Maroc Cyberconfiance” (EMC) “”.


This event will also be an opportunity to present the statistics on cyberbullying in Morocco, as well as the efforts of the institutions concerned to address this issue.


Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Magnitude-4.1 Quake Recorded off Driouch Province

Rabat – A magnitude-4.1 earthquake was recorded Wednesday off the province of Driouch, said the National Institute of Geophysics (ING).


The tremor, whose epicenter is located off the province of Driouch, occurred at 12:06:59 p.m. (GMT+1), said the ING in a seismic alert bulletin.


At a depth of 21 km, the tremor occurred at a latitude of 35.610°N and a longitude of 3.624°W, the same source said.


Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Rabat: Morocco’s Central Bank, Bank of England Discuss Cyber Security

This event is part of the partnership agreement between the two institutions, says BAM in a statement.


The event brought together about 30 senior executives representing about 20 Central Banks from Africa and the Middle East. These experts were able to exchange their experiences and views on Cyber security.


The discussions focused on topics related to the implementation of the cyber security strategy, cyber-protection, cyber-governance and cyber-resilience. They also concerned the application of cybersecurity in the management of information systems, macro prudential supervision and supervision of financial market infrastructures.


In order to perpetuate their partnership in this important field, the participants agreed to set up a virtual exchange network covering all cyber security-related topics.


Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Rabat: Morocco, China Sign MoU to Promote Trade

Signed by Minister of Industry and Trade, Ryad Mezzour and Ambassador of the Republic of China to Morocco, Li Changlin, this agreement aims to simplify procedures for strengthening trade relations to promote economic cooperation between the two parties.


In a statement to the press on this occasion, Mezzour said that the signing of this memorandum of understanding, which is part of the promotion of trade between the Kingdom and the Republic of China, is a first step for the establishment of a working group responsible for simplifying procedures for facilitating access to goods.


This is a team composed of experts, both from the public and private sector, said the minister, stressing that the goal is to deepen this relationship and further exploit the potential for commercial growth of both countries.


Through this initiative, he added, the two parties are committed to strengthening both the attractiveness of Chinese investment in Morocco and the implementation of Moroccan projects in this country considered a global economic power.


For his part, Changlin said he was proud of the signing of this agreement, highlighting the “upward momentum” of Chinese-Moroccan relations noted in recent years.


The volume of trade between the two countries has increased remarkably, he said, thanking, at the same time, all the teams of the Department of Commerce for the support provided to Chinese companies recently settled on the national territory.


Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Government Increases Appropriations Dedicated to National Drinking Water Supply, Irrigation Program

This announcement came in a statement released by the Department of the Head of Government after the third meeting of the Steering Committee of the PNAEPI 2020-2027.


According to the statement, the government “is working to take various measures to remedy the delay in the deployment of a number of projects, in parallel with the launch of studies on new projects that will see the light in the short and medium term.”


“The government has assured, in this context, to accelerate the pace of investments in this area and to strengthen the appropriations dedicated to the program rising from MAD 115 billion to MAD 150 billion,” the same source specified.


In line with the high royal orientations, including those contained in the royal speech on the occasion of the opening of the legislative year, Head of Government Aziz Akhannouch, who chaired the meeting, affirmed the government’s will to accelerate the implementation of the 2020-2027 PNAEPI.


He further stressed the rigor and spirit of responsibility shown by the government against all forms of waste and anarchic exploitation of water resources, reads the department’s statement.


This program has been surrounded by a special interest on the part of the government, which has ensured the acceleration of its implementation pace, in particular as regards the supply of drinking water to citizens, the projects for the interconnection of river basins, as well as the dam projects, the desalination of seawater and the projects for the reuse of treated wastewater.


Akhannouch stressed that ensuring water security, as well as food security, for the benefit of all citizens, “is a challenge that the Government is committed to take up in order to face the water stress that our country is suffering from due to successive years of drought and the scarcity of water resources both on the surface and in the water tables.”


The meeting was devoted to discussing a series of draft resolutions and recommendations, divided into five axes: inter-basin connection, seawater desalination projects, dam construction projects, awareness programs and governance mechanisms, according to the same source.


The Government will present to His Majesty King Mohammed VI all the projects to be implemented, likely to alleviate the impact of water stress on citizens by ensuring the continuity of their drinking water supply and making available to them the necessary water resources for agricultural activities and irrigation, the Head of Government’s Department said.


Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Morocco Confirms 184 New COVID-19 Cases over Past 24 Hours

A total of 24,915,816 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while the number of fully vaccinated people (1st and 2nd doses) has reached 23,415,915, the ministry pointed out in its daily COVID-19 bulletin, noting that 6,859,388 people have received the third dose of the vaccine, while 56,454 people have received the fourth dose.


According to the same source, the number of COVID-19 cases reported since the start of the outbreak of the virus rose to 1,268,823, while recoveries increased to 1,251,256, i.e. a recovery rate of 98.6%.


The new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the regions of Rabat-Salé-Kenitra (61), Casablanca-Settat (60), Fez-Meknes (29), Marrakech-Safi (12), Souss-Massa (08), Guelmim-Oued Noun (04), Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra (03), the Eastern region (03), Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima (02), Beni Mellal-Khenifra (01) and Draa-Tafilalet (01).


As for coronavirus-related fatalities, their number remained at 16,284, with no case recorded in the last 24 hours.


The number of active cases stands at 1,283, with one severe or critical case reported in the past 24 hours.


Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Former Argentine Secretary of State Commends Monarchy’s Role in Preserving Social Cohesion in Morocco

“In Morocco you have a King. And the King is invested with the fundamental mission of maintaining the social cohesion of the Moroccan people,” Moreno said in an interview with the Moroccan news channel M24.


For the former Secretary of State and Argentine academic, “the spirit of Morocco is represented by the monarchy. There is a place where this spirit is preserved beyond the territory, and this place is called the monarchy”.


“It is true that in Argentina, a country built 200 years ago as a nation, we have a collective national spirit, but we have much to learn from social cohesion” as it is preserved in Morocco, stressed the current Argentine university professor.


Referring to the relations of his country with Morocco, and with Africa in general, Guillermo Moreno said that Argentina and Morocco have complementary economies in agriculture and industry.


For Argentina, the African continent is a very important market with which “we share the South Atlantic”, especially for Argentine agro-industrial products that have a considerable comparative advantage.


Regarding the current economic problems of his country, Moreno criticized the agreement on debt reached last March with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), believing that “the diagnosis was wrong and therefore the remedy will not be effective”.


Moreno also pointed to the problem of inflation, which passed the 88% mark at the end of October, while experts predict a three-digit rate before the end of the year.


Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

CORCAS President Meets with Parliamentary Delegation of Venezuela Opposition

In a statement to the press, the MP of the opposition in Venezuela, Jose Gregorio Correa, highlighted the importance of his visit to Morocco, calling it “a brotherly country with which we have always maintained very good relations”.


Accompanied by the parliamentarian of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur), Oscar Ronderos, Gregorio Correa said that this visit is part of the parliamentary democracy that “means nothing more than the representation and unification of peoples”.


In this regard, he noted the existence of an important Moroccan community in Venezuela that provides great services to the country.


Morocco and Venezuela are united by a feeling “whose content is that we are one country, and for us, both countries occupy a prominent place in our hearts,” he concluded.


Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Lower House Speaker, EPP Rapporteur for Morocco Discuss Morocco-Europe Relations’ Prospects

According to statement released by the lower house on Tuesday, the two sides discussed the importance of strengthening cooperation and friendship ties between the Moroccan and European parliaments to face all challenges, while exchanging views on various issues of common interest.


Talbi El Alami presented, on this occasion, the Kingdom’s progress in the fields of democracy, human rights, digital transition, renewable energies, management of the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions.


The lower house speaker further highlighted Morocco’s consolidation of security and stability at regional and international levels, in line with HM King Mohammed VI’s high orientations, said the same source.


El Alami also briefed Kovachev on the history and developments of the issue of the Kingdom’s territorial integrity, stressing the international community’s support and backing for the autonomy plan presented by Morocco, as a unique and realistic solution to resolve the artificial dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.


For his part, Kovatchev, currently visiting Morocco from November 29 to December 1, called Morocco a fundamental partner for the EU, praising the Kingdom’s efforts to establish peace and stability in the Sahel and Sahara region.


Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Morocco Elected Member of OPCW Executive Council

During this session, the Kingdom’s delegation, composed of members of national departments involved in the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, was chaired by the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the OPCW, Mohamed Basri.


Among the items on the agenda of this session were the follow-up of the implementation of the provisions of the Convention, including through the various capacity-building programs of the Member States, the biennial program budget of the Organization for the year 2023-2024, the completion of the process of destruction of declared chemical weapons stockpiles and measures to combat the resurgence of the chemical threat.


In the framework of the general debate, the Permanent Representative of Morocco reiterated the Kingdom’s principled position and its firm commitment to the objectives of disarmament, non-proliferation and the fight against weapons of mass destruction, reaffirming its unwavering support for the objectives of the Convention.


Regarding the strengthening of cooperation between the OPCW and Africa, Basri stressed the importance of active and proactive South-South cooperation, taking into account the specific realities of each State Party and each sub-region.


The election of Morocco for a new term on the OPCW Executive Council for the period 2023-2025 is a testimony of the confidence of the States Parties in the Kingdom, given its continued commitment to the noble objectives of the Convention, which can contribute to a world free of chemical weapons.


Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Sports Minister, IBF President Discuss Promotion of National Boxing

During these interviews, which were attended by Royal Moroccan Boxing Federation (FRMB) President Abdeljaouad Belhaj, both parties discussed cooperation means for the development of this discipline, the exchange of experiences and the training of referees and coaches.


In this regard, Benmoussa pointed out that Morocco has organized and participated in many boxing competitions, and Moroccan pugilists have managed to win many medals in various competitions in which they have participated.


According to the Moroccan minister, these competitions include the African Championship and the World Championship, in addition to Moroccan boxers’ performance in the Olympic Games.


For his part, Kremlev hailed Morocco’s efforts in general and those of the Royal Moroccan Boxing Federation in particular to promote this discipline, expressing his satisfaction with the results obtained by Moroccan female boxers during the Women’s World Championship held in Istanbul last May.


He considered it very important for the FRMB to be active in this field, adding that the Kingdom has all the conditions to host major sporting events and make them a success.


Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Le Monde: Regragui Banking on Players’ Qualities to Reach World Cup’s Round of 16

In an article, the French daily notes that in three months, Walid Regragui has barely had time to get the pulse of his team, noting that the recent winner of the African Champions League with Wydad Casablanca has hit the ground running, while not renouncing the legacy of Franco-Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodžić.


A World Cup victory, even if it is the country’s first since 1998, will not satisfy the ambitious 47-year-old, according to the paper, which notes that four days after upsetting Belgium 2-0 and plunging the Red Devils into crisis, the Moroccan team will face already-eliminated Canada on Thursday with ambitions of qualifying for the next round.


The Atlas Lions know they can put an end to a 36-year wait, the newspaper stressed.


The French media quoted Senegal Coach Aliou Cissen, who said that Walid Regragui’s men are “a source of inspiration” for African soccer and must validate their ticket to the knockout stage of the competition.


Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

‫يقدم مرفق الطاقة العالمي Universal Energy Facility منحًا لدعم كهربة الشبكات الصغيرة في جمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية

فيينا، 30 نونبر/تشرين الثاني 2022 /PRNewswire/ — ستساعد مبادرة جديدة أُطلقت في جمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية على تحسين الوصول إلى الكهرباء وتمكين آلاف الأشخاص والشركات.

فتح مرفق الطاقة العالمي Universal Energy Facility نافذة تمويل جديدة في جمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية تقدم منحًا للشركات التي تربط الناس بشبكات صغيرة. يوفر المرفق “تمويلًا قائمًا على النتائج” لهذه الشركات من خلال منح المنح بمجرد إنشاء التوصيلات الكهربائية والتحقق منها.Mini-grid developed with financial grant from the Universal Energy Facility, which recently launched in DRC.

الشبكات الصغيرة ضرورية لتحسين الوصول إلى الكهرباء في جمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية، حيث يقدر أن 19.1 بالمائة من سكان البلاد يتوفرون كهرباء حاليًا. توفر الشبكات الصغيرة وسيلة سريعة وفعالة لربط ملايين المنازل والشركات بكهرباء نظيفة وموثوقة وبأسعار معقولة في المجتمعات التي يصعب الوصول إليها.

قال السيد أيدسبالد تشاينامولا، المدير العام للوكالة الوطنية للكهرباء وخدمات الطاقة: “إن برنامج الشبكة المصغرة التابع لمرفق الطاقة العالمي Universal Energy Facility يدعم بشكل مباشر جهود حكومة جمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية والتزامها بتحقيق الوصول الشامل للطاقة وتقليل الانبعاثات الناتجة عن مصادر الطاقة التقليدية بما في ذلك مولدات الوقود وخشب الطاقة الناتج عن إزالة الغابات بشكل كبير”.

من خلال تزويد شركات الطاقة المتجددة بـ 592 دولارًا أمريكيًا لكل اتصال، يقدم مرفق الطاقة العالمي Universal Energy Facility التمويل الذي سيقلل من المخاطر المالية لمشاريع الشبكات الصغيرة، مما سيساعد الشركات على جذب تمويل إضافي لمشاريعها. في المقابل، سيدعم هذا النمو الإجمالي لقطاع الشبكة المصغرة في جمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية، مما سيساعد على تعزيز الفرص الاجتماعية والاقتصادية الجديدة.Worker using electricity from a mini-grid supported by the Universal Energy Facility in Mada-gascar.

قال داميلولا أوغونبيي، المدير التنفيذي والممثل الخاص للأمين العام للأمم المتحدة للطاقة المستدامة للجميع والرئيس المشارك لشبكة الأمم المتحدة للطاقة: “سيساعد مرفق الطاقة العالمي Universal Energy Facility في تحسين الوصول إلى الكهرباء في المجتمعات في جميع أنحاء جمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية”. “الشبكات الصغيرة التي يدعمها المرفق ستعمل على توفير الطاقة للمنازل والشركات، وخلق فرص العمل والنمو الاقتصادي داخل هذه المجتمعات”

تأسس مرفق الطاقة العالمي Universal Energy Facility في عام 2020 وتديره منظمة الطاقة المستدامة للجميع، وهي منظمة دولية يقع مقرها الرئيسي في فيينا بالنمسا. جمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية هي خامس دولة لديها برنامج مرفق الطاقة العالمي Universal Energy Facility ، بالإضافة إلى الدول الأخرى، وهي بنين ومدغشقر وسيراليون ونيجيريا.

في شتنبر/أيلول 2022، أعلن مرفق الطاقة العالمي Universal Energy Facility أنه قد تحقق من أول مجموعة من توصيلات الكهرباء الخاصة به ودفع أول منحة له مقابل 542 اتصالًا بشبكات صغيرة عبر ثمانية مجتمعات في مدغشقر.

من المتوقع أن تكتمل مشاريع الشبكات الصغيرة في جمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية بدعم من مرفق الطاقة العالمي Universal Energy Facility بحلول نهاية عام 2023 وأوائل عام 2024.

يمكن للشركات التي لديها عمليات شبكات صغيرة في جمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية وتهتم بالتقدم للحصول على تمويل قائم على النتائج من مرفق الطاقة العالمي Universal Energy Facility التقدم هنا قبل 9 دجنبر/كانون الأول 2022.

حول مرفق الطاقة العالمي Universal Energy Facility

مرفق الطاقة العالمي Universal Energy Facility هو مرفق تمويل قائم على النتائج متعدد المانحين تم إنشاؤه لتسريع وزيادة الوصول إلى الطاقة بشكل كبير عبر أفريقيا جنوب الصحراء الكبرى، بما يتماشى مع الهدف السابع من أهداف التنمية المستدامة للأمم المتحدة واتفاقية باريس. تطمح المنشأة إلى أن تكون منشأة بقيمة 500 مليون دولار أمريكي، توفر ما يقرب من 1.3 مليون توصيلة كهرباء و 300 ألف حل للطهي النظيف، مع تقليل 4.8 مليون طن من انبعاثات الكربون بحلول عام 2023. يدار من قبل الطاقة المستدامة للجميع ويدعمه تحالف الطاقة العالمي للناس والكوكب، مؤسسة شل Shell ، مؤسسة روكفلر Rockefeller ، ورابطة مطوري الشبكات الصغيرة الأفريقية Africa Minigrid Developers ، وشركة باور أفريكا Power Africa ، وطاقات جيدة Good Energies ، ووكالة المملكة المتحدة للتنمية الدولية UKaid ، وصندوق الكربون الاستئماني Carbon Trust ، ومؤسسة إيكيا IKEA ، والوزارة الاتحادية للتعاون الاقتصادي والتنمية، ألمانيا ( BMZ ) ، والوكالة الألمانية للتعاون الدولي ( GIZ ).