HM the King’s Atlantic Initiative to Promote Ship Mobility in Atlantic Ports (Official)


Casablanca – The Atlantic Initiative launched by His Majesty King Mohammed VI to promote access of Sahel States to the Atlantic Ocean will promote the mobility of ships in Atlantic ports, Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests (Fisheries Department), Zakia Driouich, said Monday in Casablanca.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the third Regional Coordination Meeting of FAO Agreement on Port State Measures, Driouich underlined that ‘this international initiative of HM the King will allow Morocco to better control and fight illegal fishing’.

In this regard, she stressed that the meeting highlights the continued efforts of the Kingdom of Morocco, initiated since the launch of the Halieutis Plan by HM the King in 2009, and crowns the actions undertaken to fight illegal and unregulated fishing.

For his part, FAO Representative in Morocco, Jean Senahoun, said that through holding this meeting in Casablanca, FAO recognizes Morocco’s exceptional efforts i
n implementing the Agreement on port State Measures, adding that the collaboration between FAO and the Kingdom aims to amplify these efforts and guarantee tangible results in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

He also stressed that IUU fishing represents a major threat to oceans, economies and societies, causes significant financial losses, estimated at billions of dollars, disrupts the international market and weakens the livelihoods of local communities, particularly small-scale fishermen.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

AfDB Approves Morocco’s New Country Strategy 2024-2029


Nairobi – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved Morocco’s Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for the 2024-2029 period.

This new roadmap will serve the priorities of the Kingdom’s New Development Model (NMD) for 2035 and will help strengthen the competitiveness and resilience of the Moroccan economy, says the AfDB in a press release issued on the occasion of its Annual Meetings 2024, taking place from May 27 to 31 in Nairobi.

It also aims to support a strong and sustainable growth and consolidate the economic and social inclusion dynamic, adds the same source.

‘This new strategy sets the course, objectives and pace of our investments over the next five years in the Kingdom, our leading partner on the continent with over 12 billion euros mobilized in strategic sectors,’ explained Achraf Tarsim, AfDB Country Manager for Morocco, quoted in the press release.

According to the AfDB official, the Kingdom, a country that proves that with vision, capacity and resources, emergen
ce can become a reality, is a source of inspiration, noting that ‘with this new strategy, our ambition is to move to the next level to strengthen the excellent partnership that has united us for almost 60 years’.

This roadmap defines two priorities, namely to strengthen inclusive growth through skills development, employability and entrepreneurship, and to consolidate the economy’s resilience to exogenous shocks through the deployment of sustainable infrastructure.

According to the AfDB, this new CSP innovates in particular through its ‘water-energy’ nexus approach, which will enable the development of more integrated projects to mitigate water stress and support strong, inclusive growth.

The result of wide-ranging consultations with public and private stakeholders, the new country strategy draws on the lessons learned from the previous CSP, which contributed to Morocco’s significant progress in socio-economic development.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Moroccan Think Tank Publishes Policy Paper on Digital Sovereignty


Rabat – The Moroccan institute of Strategic Intelligence (IMIS) announced on Monday the publishing of its latest Policy Paper titled ‘Digital Sovereignty: Why Morocco cannot escape it?’.

Written by Mouad Agouzoul, under the supervision of Professor Ahmed Azirar, Director of Research at IMIS and with the participation of Karim Amor and Victor Pauvert, this innovative document deals with digital sovereignty and how the Kingdom should progressively build and manage this strategic tool on the long term.

According to a press release by IMIS, this Policy Paper introduces the notion of Critical Digital Assets, with the goal of gradually achieving digital autonomy.

The objective highlighted by the institute’s experts is identifying the strategic fields which will lead to the building of a solid foundation for a sovereign and pragmatic digital policy, while keeping in mind the realities on the ground and the capital limitations that Morocco faces.

‘Although digital sovereignty suffers from the absence of a real de
finition agreed upon by all experts, the authors of this Policy Paper attempt to bring the specific analytical prism of this concept to bear on public initiatives,” stresses the press release.

The document also proposes to complement and extend the work undertaken by the public authorities to accelerate Morocco’s modernization and digitalization dynamic, including the ‘Digital Morocco 2030’ strategy and the national strategy for artificial intelligence.

In the face of the urgent need to strengthen Morocco’s digital sovereignty, the authors explore and list the critical areas to be enhanced in the digital sovereignty strategy and aim, through this analysis, to map critical interests, key digital protagonists and how the Moroccan ecosystem can generate a cyberforce capable to act in the ongoing cyberwar to preserve the country’s vital interests.

Against this backdrop of increasing globalization of digital activities, this Policy Paper proposes a number of pragmatic recommendations for the public and private
sectors, as well as an implementation roadmap and a governance model, taking into account the prospects for co-development and collaboration on the African continent and in South-South-North relations.

The document can be accessed through the following link: “https://imis.ma/wp content/uploads/2024/05/IMIS_SouveraineteNumerique_VF.pdf”.

IMIS is a think-tank specializing in the study of Morocco’s strategic challenges, with several reference works on the Kingdom to its credit, including “A Moroccan path: 1999-2019 Journey of a Kingdom in Transformation”, “Strategic Morocco”, “A Moroccan Ambition”.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Casablanca Stock Exchange Starts Week on Steady Note


Casablanca – The Casablanca Stock Exchange began trading on a stable note on Monday, with its main index, the MASI, up 0.03% at 13,375.27 points.

On Friday, the MASI had closed with a slight loss of 0.04% to 13,370.70 points.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Syria, India discuss prospects of boosting bilateral cooperation in oilfield and mineral wealth


Damascus: Feasible means of collaboration in the minerals and oil fields were the focus of the meeting that brought together Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources, Firas Hassan Qaddour and Irshad Ahmad, Ambassador of India to Syria.

Qaddour voiced Syria’s readiness to offer the required facilitations and promote an environment that is conducive to attract Indian companies interested in investment across Syria in the minerals and oil sectors, along with encouraging exchange of experiences and carrying out joint projects in these areas.

Reviewing the bilateral MoUs signed in addition to establishing and activating joint companies were also touched upon during the meeting.

Ambassador Ahmad, in turn, expressed confidence in the possibility of achieving opportunities for bilateral multisectoral collaboration, attaching great importance to sharing expertise and technology in all vital areas.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Syria, India discuss prospects of boosting bilateral cooperation in oilfield and mineral wealth


Damascus: Feasible means of collaboration in the minerals and oil fields were the focus of the meeting that brought together Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources, Firas Hassan Qaddour and Irshad Ahmad, Ambassador of India to Syria.

Qaddour voiced Syria’s readiness to offer the required facilitations and promote an environment that is conducive to attract Indian companies interested in investment across Syria in the minerals and oil sectors, along with encouraging exchange of experiences and carrying out joint projects in these areas.

Reviewing the bilateral MoUs signed in addition to establishing and activating joint companies were also touched upon during the meeting.

Ambassador Ahmad, in turn, expressed confidence in the possibility of achieving opportunities for bilateral multisectoral collaboration, attaching great importance to sharing expertise and technology in all vital areas.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency