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Morocco Week in Review 
April 17 2021

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

OCP to Support Rural Youth Entrepreneurship in Central Morocco

Assisting local businesses, cooperatives, and entrepreneurs to create a lasting socio-economic impact are fundamental objectives in supporting the Rehamna province.


The Provincial Human Development Committee (CPDH) of Rehamna (Central Morocco) and NGO “Act4Community,” affiliated within Moroccan phosphate giant OCP Group’s Al Gantour site, signed a two-year partnership agreement to promote youth entrepreneurship on Wednesday………………

Study Links Happiness to Severity of COVID Response, Morocco at #100

By Michael Sauers -  Apr 13, 2021 Rabat

A study conducted by Tracking Happiness ranked Morocco as the 100th happiest country in comparison to the stringency of the COVID-19 response. 
In March, the World Happiness Report of 2020 ranked Morocco as the 106th happiest country out of 153. The report did not find any statistically significant changes from 2017-2019 compared to 2020.  Tracking Happiness changed the parameters to identify a correlation between the severity of COVID lockdowns around the world in comparison with their happiness score.  The researchers stated, “It’s very complex and finding a causal relationship is practically impossible.” However, the data still yielded a variety of observations relating to the two variables…….

HCP: 44% of Moroccan Men Are Victims of Violence in Public Spaces

By Salah Eddine Mazouz -  Apr 13, 2021 Rabat

A new report by Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP) shows how violence is commonplace across Morocco, with 44% of Moroccans said to have experienced different forms of violence in  their daily dealings.  HCP carried out the study in 2019 to shed light on the preponderance of violence across Morocco. It interviewed 3,000 men aged from 15 to 74 years, exploring how often they had been violently treated in the public space, the professional setting, or at home…

Three Regions in Morocco To See 100 New Preschool Classes

By Toms Dumpis -  Apr 9, 2021 Rabat

As part of special agreements, the regional academies will establish 100 new preschool classes in Morocco’s Marrakech-Safi, Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, and Fes-Meknes regions. BMCE Bank’s Foundation for Education and the Environment and the three regional academies for education and training signed the agreements in Rabat on April 7.  Moroccan Minister of National Education Saaid Amzazi and President of the BMCE Bank of Africa Foundation Leila Meziane Benjelloun were present at the signing ceremony. Built upon the framework agreement that the ministry and foundation signed in May 2018, the most recent agreements are a further implementation of the project of improving and generalizing preschool education in Morocco. The goals are part of the framework law 51-17 on the system of education, training, and scientific research………………….

Survey: 76.1% of Households Expect an Increase in Unemployment in 2021

The majority of Moroccan households are pessimistic about unemployment and their financial situation in the next 12 months.

By  Hamza Guessous  - Apr 14, 2021 Rabat

Moroccan household morale experienced an improvement in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same quarter in 2020, according to the High Commission for Planning (HCP) household survey. The determination of the household morale is based on the confidence index which revolves around four aspects, including the standard of living, unemployment, the opportunity to make purchases of durable goods, and the financial situation of households…………………………….

OCP Equips 27 Moroccan Preparatory Classes, Commits to Advancing Education

The Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP) Group continues to assist students and the ministry of education by providing educational means for a better learning process and suitable workplace.

By  Hamza Guessous  - Apr 14, 2021 Rabat

OCP Group has begun equipping 27 preparatory class centers across 12 regional academies of education and training with the necessary equipment for science courses. The Ministry of National Education and the OCP Group said in a joint that the first phase of the operation will concern 9,000 students in preparatory classes. The goal is to provide students and teachers with an appropriate work environment and a more stimulating framework, the statement added…………….

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI Introduces New Social Security Project

Morocco continues to promote social spending initiatives to stimulate working class Moroccans

By Michael Sauers  - Apr 14, 2021

King Mohammed VI attended on Wednesday the initial signing ceremony for a royal social security initiative designed to alleviate financial pressure on Morocco’s working class. The project will provide new health care benefits for Moroccan artisanal workers such as farmers, craft workers, and other independent private employees. In a second phase of implementation, the royal initiative will extend coverage to those currently covered by the Single Professional Contribution (CPU) System……………………..

How Morocco Can Protect Migrants in Efforts Against Human Trafficking

“Unfortunately, a slave trade still exists today and particularly threatens young women, women, and migrants.”

By  Nicole Luz  - Nicole Luz is an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia and an intern at the High Atlas Foundation, Morocco. Apr 10, 2021

Increased global awareness about human trafficking has shown many that slavery is not a thing of the past, but that it has rather just taken new forms. 
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime defines human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons (TIP), as “the recruitment, movement or harboring of people for the purpose of exploitation – such as sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery or organ removal…by the use of improper means such as the threat or use of force, fraudulent schemes, deception, or abuse of power.” ………………

Five Healthy Tips to Implement into Your Lifestyle This Ramadan

With the month of Ramadan starting worldwide, Morocco World News offers five tips for a healthier Ramadan.

By Safaa Kasraoui - Apr 15, 2021

Each year, Muslims around the world celebrate Ramadan with fasting, prayer, charity, and family but staying healthy often poses a unique challenge.
Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and consider the fast one of the biggest challenges they face throughout the month. This piece will offer five tips for a healthy month of Ramadan……

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