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Morocco Week in Review 
March 13 2021

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

Former volunteers celebrate 60 years of the Peace Corps

(watch the video of RPCV/Morocco Rochelle Wilson)

Peace Corps provides international volunteer programs across the world.

Kayla Solomon  March 8, 2021 MACON, Ga.

2021 marks the 60-year anniversary of the Peace Corps, a service organization that gives people a chance to spend two years either in the states or overseas.
In 2015, Macon native Rachelle Wilson began her 27-month journey with Peace Corps. She says she did Peace Corps in Morocco in a small village of about 6,000 people. "The service itself was the most beautiful thing. I think a lot of people do community service or they do volunteerism, it's considered a very surface approach to volunteering, and the Peace Corps is quite the opposite of that," Wilson said. Wilson says she not only lived in the village, but fully immersed herself, learning the culture, the language, and taking part in a historical program run by former first Lady Michelle Obama. "I was able to participate with Michelle Obama's International Let Girls Learn Initiative and I was able to nominate multiple girls from my village, from my community, to participate in that," she said.
This year is the 60th anniversary of the Peace Corps, but instead of a large celebration, the organization is asking current and former volunteers, like Wilson, to share their memories…
Watch the video here: https://www.13wmaz.com/article/news/local/former-volunteers-celebrate-60-years-of-the-peace-corps/93-5bbe11c1-5d0b-47d2-8315-56f1685c9061
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We are moving 4500 Miles - Out of Morocco and into a bus  (RPCVs/Morocco)

Ben & Brandi here, to drop a little bomb, the effects of which are minimal to you - but completely life-altering for us. So here it goes . . . after 6 years in Morocco, we are heading back to the States and buying a school bus. The school bus will be the vehicle we use to begin crafting the next stage of our dream lives. It is and will continue to be hard. We are minimizing down from a 5 bedroom, 3 bath house to 200 square feet. We are saying goodbye to friends and communities that are like family. And building our new home with very minimal skills or training. We are buzzing, learning, and stretching in every way possible. Check out our individual thoughts and what led to this place and the decision below…
And if you don’t want to read all of this, you can check out our youtube video below: 
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fxjf0nzxwU8
Read more on our blog at www.remoteramblers.com
Read more here: https://www.remoteramblers.com/home/we-are-moving-out-of-morocco-and-into-a-bus=====================================================

Biden's foreign policy challenges - A view from Morocco

The world did not stand still from 2016 to 2020, many fundamental realities and ground truths have utterly changed.

By AHMED CHARAI   MARCH 11, 2021

President Joseph R. Biden has a unique strength that much of the world has overlooked: He has nearly a half-century of experience navigating the maze of agencies, departments in Washington. That experience is why President Barack Obama, who had only three years’ experience in the US Senate, tapped Biden to be vice president in 2008. And, since Biden knew who to invite from his vast Rolodex, his administration is staffed with DC veterans like himself: Bill Burns, Tony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, the list goes into the horizon. 

There are real virtues to this approach. Strategic leaks, lawsuits, and general bureaucratic foot-dragging will be minimized. Every constituency will be consulted and nearly every official or interest group will be on board before new policies are announced – ending the daily drama that once radiated from DC. One danger of the veteran-first approach: Needless energy will be squandered as returning officials simply try to revert to the rules of the status quo ante. The world did not stand still from 2016 to 2020, many fundamental realities and ground truths have utterly changed. ……
Check it here: https://www.jpost.com/opinion/foreign-affairs-challenges-facing-the-biden-administration-opinion-661593=====================================================

International Women’s Day: Morocco Among Countries ‘Closest to Gender Parity’

Morocco made progress in different fields to achieve gender equality, but the country is still away from closing the gender gap.

By Safaa Kasraoui - Mar 7, 2021 Rabat

Monday marks the International Women’s Day, a date when the world celebrates women and their achievements. Moroccan women continue to fascinate the world, reinforcing their positions in all fields, including higher education. Celebrating Moroccan women, Morocco’s representation at UNESCO has identified the North African country as “one of the countries closest to gender parity” in engineering fields. The representation pointed out women make up45% engineering graduates in Moroccan universities. Quoting data from the 2019 Gender Equality Report, the Moroccan representation noted that 46% of Moroccan  graduates in  Information and Communications Technology (ICT) are women. Every year, Morocco celebrates women of all ages, ethnicity, and education background.
Moroccan NGOs and media often publish reports about the country’s most influential women. Despite making considerable progress in terms of gender equality, Morocco still faces an urgent task of doubling its efforts to address some enduring challenges limiting Moroccan women.…………
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/336791/international-womens-day-morocco-among-countries-closest-to-gender-parity/
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From Morocco to Martha’s Vineyard

Silver Sahara brings instruments of Africa to Island Music.

By Abby Remer - March 10, 2021

Feeling a little antsy? Not doing much international traveling recently? A visit to Morocco is at your fingertips at Silver Sahara’s website, silversahara.com, or at a visit to Island Music in Vineyard Haven. These two Martha’s Vineyard businesses have teamed up to bring an assortment of alluring and intriguing instruments, all handmade in Morocco, to the Island. The instruments were fashioned in Essaouira, Morocco, a coastal town known for the Gnawa music genre, which mixes classical Islamic Sufism with pre-Islamic African traditions, and whose origins are attributed to formerly enslaved Black Africans who integrated into Moroccan culture. This whole endeavor had its origins in a yoga retreat Carolina Cooney, longtime resident and Oak Bluffs librarian, took on a 2016 trip to Morocco. “When I was there, I completely fell in love with the whole country, and the art and the crafts,” Cooney says. “It’s just a beautiful, vibrant place, and the people are very warm and friendly; I just adore it.
More here: https://www.mvtimes.com/2021/03/10/morocco-marthas-vineyard/=====================================================

Human Rights, Gender Equality: UN Celebrates Morocco’s Amina Bouayach

Amina Bouayach's CNDH presidency has given prominence to debates on individual freedoms and female empowerment

By  Tamba François Koundouno  - Mar 6, 2021

This week, the Office of the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights celebrated Amina Bouayach’s achievements for human rights and gender equality in Morocco.  The UN body recently chose Bouayach, the president of Morocco’s National Council for the Defense of Human Rights (CNDH), among four other influential female voices in their respective countries.  It described the group as being part of the world’s most tireless human rights advocates, fiercely campaigning for equality in a post-COVID world. The list included Cleo Kambugu (Uganda), Mitzi Tan (the Philippines), Editar Ochieng (Kenya), and Maria de Luz Padua (Mexico). Following the announcement by the UN, a CNDH statement quoted Bouayach as fully supporting “#IStandWithHer,” the UN’s campaign to commemorate the upcoming International Women’s Day and celebrate female leaders.  Only by embracing socially committed and inclusive expertise can the world’s thought leaders and decision-makers respond effectively to the challenges at hand, she commented, according to the CNDH statement. 
“Through my various experiences, I have learned that responsibility is a combination of knowledge, which must be continuously updated, and daily experiences which must be constantly renewed according to each question, while being attached to the principle of consultation,” Bouayach stated…………………………
Check it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/336749/human-rights-gender-equality-un-celebrates-moroccos-amina-bouayach/
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Morocco To Help Togo Launch Its Social, Economic Council

By Toms Dumpis Mar 5, 2021 Rabat

Morocco will lend its expertise to Togo in launching its Social and Economic Council (CES) in Aneho, near the southern border with Benin. Earlier in the week, a working session between a CES delegation and the Moroccan Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) took place. Secretary-General of CESE Younes Benakki led the Moroccan delegation. He also is the secretary-general of the Union of Economic and Social Councils of Africa (UCESA). Christian Trimua, the Togolese minister of human rights, led the work session. Trimua cited Morocco’s leadership of the UCESA as the reason for choosing to work with the North African country. “This way, we kill two birds with a stone, through the UCESA, and we will at the same time have access to 19 comparative experiences,” said Trimua…
Follow it  here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/336688/morocco-to-help-togo-launch-its-social-economic-council/
See also https://www.togofirst.com/en/economic-governance/0403-7420-morocco-to-help-togo-in-the-launching-of-its-social-and-economic-council=====================================================

Solar Water Pumping System at Akrich Nursery. (video)

On Sunday, February 28, 2021, the High Atlas Foundation inaugurated the solar water pumping system at our Akrich nursery. We are grateful to our partner Fenelec for donating the system and for their commitment to promoting renewable energies in Morocco.  The Akrich Nursery, established in 2012, is a pilot interfaith nursery in Morocco.  Annually this nursery grows nearly150,000 trees, which are then distributed in 16 provinces. The success at the Akrich nursery has led to the creation of a second interfaith nursery with the Moroccan Jewish community in Agouim/Ouarzazate, funded by INDH at the direction of HM Mohamed VI.  The USAID - US Agency for International Development Farmer-to-Farmer program plays a key role in providing technical assessments to these projects, along with Water & Forests, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Youth & Sports. HAF and its partners continue to develop organic fruit tree agriculture with farming communities and schools in Morocco to break the cycle of generational poverty……
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCrpIWzPR-I
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Morocco’s Environmental Sustainability on Display at United Nations

Morocco proclaims itself a “model country” for green energy despite domestic concerns that the country may not be on track to reach its sustainability goals.

Rabat

Morocco highlighted its dedication to environmental protection and sustainability at the 2021 convention of the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) early last week, remaining committed to global cooperation “in the name of a green world.” Aziz Rabbah, Morocco’s Minister of Energy, Mines, and Environment, took part in the UNEA’s virtual fifth session on February 22 and 23 alongside envoys from over 100 other countries. The theme of the conference was “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Morocco is a “model country” for green energy

Rabbah showcased Morocco’s noteworthy environmental progress before the Assembly, specifically the adoption of the country’s National Strategy for Sustainable Development in 2017. The policy boasts a comprehensive plan to propel Morocco to a “green economy” by 2030 through targeted investments, subsidies, and reforms. Per Rabbah’s remarks, Morocco remains heavily focused on environmental sustainability and the transition to green energy.
“Morocco has made real advances in the durability of our energy sector under the instruction of King Mohammed VI,” Rabbah claimed, “making Morocco a model country at a local and global level.”………………….
The rest here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/336697/moroccos-environmental-sustainability-on-display-at-united-nations/
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2021 Economic Freedom Index: Morocco Best in North Africa, 9th in MENA

With a “moderately free” economy marked by a vibrant business and investment climate, Morocco’s Economic Freedom scores are fairly encouraging.

By Tamba François Koundouno -  Mar 8, 2021

Despite facing its usual issues of low trust in government and rigid labor laws, Morocco’s performance on the Economic Freedom Index remained above regional and global averages, the latest index has found. With an “unchanged” overall score (63.3), a sizable decline in trade freedom, and some improvement in areas such as monetary freedom, the North African kingdom ranked 81st in the world and 9th in the MENA region. “Morocco’s economy remained moderately free this year,” the report found. While the overall performance is somewhat heartening – Morocco is the only country in North Africa to feature in the “moderately free” category – the report added a noted caveat.  “Three Index areas, in particular, are holding back greater economic freedom” in Morocco, it said. In the first position comes corruption, “which undermines government integrity.”  The second is the weakness of the judicial system. According to the report, improvement in this area should essentially entail making the Moroccan judiciary “more reliable,” transparent, and effective in the fight against government corruption and other institutional malfeasance…………………………
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/336815/2021-economic-freedom-index-morocco-best-in-north-africa-9th-in-mena/
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Ambassador Lalla Joumala Calls for Inclusion of Women in Decision-Making Processes

The Moroccan ambassador urged the inclusion of women in decision-making processes, describing the day as a “bittersweet” occasion.

By Safaa Kasraoui -  Mar 8, 2021 Rabat

Today, Morocco’s Ambassador to the US, Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui, delivered a speech on International Women’s Day during a Webinar event.
The Moroccan diplomat highlighted the persistent challenges women continue to face, around the world, in achieving gender equality.

Advancement of women, a top priority in Morocco

The Moroccan ambassador pointed out that the advancement of women in Morocco has been a priority for King Mohammed VI, as well as his father King Hassan II and his grandfather King Mohammed V. “I am indeed proud to represent a country where, for decades, the advancement of the status of women has been a priority of His Majesty and His forefathers, and where the Constitution enshrines gender equality,” she said. Taking pride in representing Morocco to the United States, she said she does not see herself as a pioneer, but as “merely and humbly perpetuating the tradition of a very long line of trailblazing Moroccan women.”
She mentioned many Moroccan women who have shone in Morocco and elsewhere throughout history, such as Fatima Al Fihriya, founder of Al Qarawiyine university, the world’s oldest university, as well as Princess Lalla Aicha, who became the first Arab woman to serve as Ambassador, representing Morocco in the United Kingdom in the 1960s. Princess Lalla Joumala went on to add that women “have always been, and continue to be, a force of positive change in Morocco.”

Bittersweet occasion

Lalla Joumala said the women empowerment challenge depends on the support of all of “society’s stakeholders,– both male and female.”………………………
More on the link here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/336869/ambassador-lalla-joumala-calls-for-inclusion-of-women-in-decision-making-processes/
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Morocco Considering Purchase of Hydrogen-Powered Trains

By Toms Dumpis -  Mar 10, 2021 Rabat

As Morocco is heading towards an increasingly green future, the country has, reportedly, shown interest in a new generation of hydrogen-powered trains produced by Alstom. The revolutionary new mode of transport uses carbon-free technology, producing the electricity on-board using a hydrogen-powered fuel tank. The new technology could be one of the means to help Morocco pivot towards a carbon-free economy. The French daily Le Monde quoted director-general of Alstom Morocco, Brahim Soua, who noted that “potential customers have come forward in the United Kingdom, in the Netherlands, in Belgium, in Denmark, in Spain, [and] in Morocco.” Not only can the trains produce their own electricity on-board, but they also have “dual-mode” trainsets which would also allow the train to connect to electrified railway lines………………………………..
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/337041/morocco-considering-purchase-of-hydrogen-powered-trains/
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WEF Names Moroccan Sanae Lahlou 2021 ‘Young Global Leader’

The new young global leader of the World Economic Forum is Sanae Lahlou.

By Nihale Azahhaf - Mar 11, 2021

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has recognized Moroccan woman Sanae Lahlou as one of its 112 Young Global Leaders of 2021. This young leader is the director of consulting firm Mazars’ Africa Business Unit in Morocco. Sanae Lahlou became a Young Global Leader thanks to her track record of successful leadership, according to a Mazars press release cited by Morocco’s state media. She has been at the forefront of a variety of structuring and diversified projects with high potential for African business communities, both in the public and private sectors, in Morocco as well as in Africa. Committed to changing the world, Sanae Lahlou will join a community of international leaders including global impact social actors, renowned activists, heads of government and senior officials, Nobel laureates, and other important figures. The young leader said, “joining this prestigious global community of young leaders is a great opportunity for me to amplify the impact of my commitment and actions in favor of African SMEs,” according to the same source……………………………….
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/337109/wef-names-moroccan-sanae-lahlou-2021-young-global-leader/
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Four Moroccans Among ‘Most Powerful Businesswomen’ in Middle East

Forbes magazine has featured four Moroccan women in the Middle East’s Power Businesswomen 2021 list, published on February 4. The list ranked 50 businesswomen in the Middle East and North Africa region according to their influence and achievements over the past year. Nezha Hayat was the first Moroccan to appear on the list, ranking eighth, followed by Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch (19th), Rita Maria Zniber (33rd), and Miriem Bensalah Chaqroun (36th). The criteria considered in the ranking include the accomplishments of the businesswomen over the last year, their work experience, their social initiatives, and the size of their businesses……
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/02/334439/4-moroccans-among-most-powerful-businesswomen-in-middle-east/=====================================================

Energy Dialogue: UN Names Morocco ‘World Champion’ in Innovation

The designation is a recognition of Morocco’s efforts to develop innovative renewables projects.

By Zineb Bourchouk - Mar 11, 2021 Rabat

Participants in the UN’s High Level Dialogue on Energy named Morocco as a “high-level champion of dialogue” on the theme “innovation, technology and data.”
Morocco received the designation during the UN’s High Level Dialogue on Energy, which took place virtually on March 10. The designation is a recognition of Morocco’s efforts to develop innovative renewables projects in order to source over 52% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030, according to a press release from the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN).  As part of the designation, Morocco will carry out global advocacy for innovation, technology, and data in the field of energy. It will also “mobilize national energy pacts” to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, and to meet the Paris Agreement’s climate objectives. ………………………..
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/337106/energy-dialogue-un-names-morocco-world-champion-in-innovation/=====================================================

Morocco Unveils New National Geology Plan

The plan aims to advance Morocco’s mining sector and garner more investment.

By  Salah Eddine Mazouz  - Mar 11, 2021 Rabat

Morocco’s Minister of Energy, Mines, and Environment Aziz Rabbah chaired on Wednesday the presentation ceremony of the National Geology Plan 2021-2030 (PNG) at the ministry’s headquarters in Rabat. Through the elaboration of the plan, the ministry intends to breathe life into the Geological Service of Morocco (SGM), according to a ministry press release. The National Geology Plan consists of four main strategic directions aimed at “increasing the attractiveness of mining in Morocco.” One of the orientations intends to ensure a national geoscientific infrastructure anticipating knowledge needs. Another aims to guarantee development of digital infrastructure and advanced services. The other two aim at securing the development of geoscientific applications, supporting broad transversality of the SGM mission, and the SGM’s institutional evolution. SGEM is an initiative that seeks to respond to the strategic issues of various sectors of the economy………………………
Check it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/337098/morocco-unveils-new-national-geology-plan/
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COVID-19 Causes Increase of Unemployment Among Women in Morocco

Despite a busy professional life, women spend more time doing domestic work than men.

By  Safaa Kasraoui  - Mar 10, 2021 Rabat

The participation of women in the labor market in Morocco remains low, a new study from Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP) said. The HCP published the new study this week in line with International Women’s Day. The assessment shows a wide gap between men and women in the labor market, reflecting similar findings in the US. The findings show that the participation of women in the labor market is still low, with an activity rate of 19.9% in 2020 compared to 70.4% for men. The statistics show that more than eight out of ten women are not involved in the labor market. Generally, women work more in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sectors, followed by services, and industries including crafts. Men and women are nearly equal when comparing employment by companies, with 47.3% of females and 51.7% of men.  In comparison, approximately 17.7% are self employed, nearly half compared to self-employed men, ………………………..
Check it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/337004/covid-19-causes-increase-of-unemployment-among-women-in-morocco/
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Morocco Wastes Over Three Million Tonnes of Food Annually

By Toms Dumpis - Mar 9, 2021 Rabat

Morocco wastes 3,319,524 tonnes of food annually, according to the 2021 Food Waste Index published by the United Nations (UN).  According to the estimates by the UN Environment Program, Morocco wastes approximately 91 kilograms of food per capita, per year. On the global scale; 931 million tonnes of food are wasted, the majority of which, 61%, is food waste derived from households, 26% from restaurants, and 13% from retail trade. “If food loss and waste were a country, it would be the third biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions,” noted Inger Andersen, the executive director of the UN Environment Programme. Furthermore, she explained that food waste also “burdens waste management systems, exacerbates food insecurity,” which makes it one of the major contributors to the climate change crisis, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste……………………
Check it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/336972/morocco-wastes-over-three-million-tonnes-of-food-annually/
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Morocco’s Environmental Sustainability on Display at United Nations

Morocco proclaims itself a “model country” for green energy despite domestic concerns that the country may not be on track to reach its sustainability goals

By  Luke Tyson  - Mar 6, 2021 Rabat

Morocco highlighted its dedication to environmental protection and sustainability at the 2021 convention of the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) early last week, remaining committed to global cooperation “in the name of a green world.” Aziz Rabbah, Morocco’s Minister of Energy, Mines, and Environment, took part in the UNEA’s virtual fifth session on February 22 and 23 alongside envoys from over 100 other countries.The theme of the conference was “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Morocco is a “model country” for green energy

Rabbah showcased Morocco’s noteworthy environmental progress before the Assembly, specifically the adoption of the country’s National Strategy for Sustainable Development in 2017. The policy boasts a comprehensive plan to propel Morocco to a “green economy” by 2030 through targeted investments, subsidies, and reforms. Per Rabbah’s remarks, Morocco remains heavily focused on environmental sustainability and the transition to green energy…………………………..
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/336697/moroccos-environmental-sustainability-on-display-at-united-nations/
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Recipe for Moroccan Harira Soup: A Vegetarian Dream

Harira is a delicious, chunky, tomato-based soup with chickpeas and vermicelli.

BY  Nihale Azahhaf  - Mar 7, 2021 Rabat

Harira is the most popular soup in Moroccan cuisine and the most popular recipe with any Moroccan cook during the month of Ramadan. In Moroccan homes and restaurants, you can find all sorts of soups, but harira stands out from the rest for being 100% Moroccan and very well-enjoyed throughout the entire country.
There are important reasons why Moroccans serve harira during Ramadan. It is like a melting pot of many different types of food. As a consequence, its legumes, vegetables, and grains solidly nourish the body. After a long day of fasting, it is a good way to increase blood sugar and provide some protein. But harira is not just for Ramadan. Most Moroccans find harira so absolutely delicious that they love making it outside the holy month.  Harira is also a great vegetarian Moroccan soup recipe, given that you can make a tasty version of it even without meat. Also, most of the foods in it are healthy vegetables. Additionally, it is simple to make a healthy, gluten-free version……………………………
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/336676/recipe-for-moroccan-harira-soup-a-vegetarian-dream/
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Moroccan Baghrir Recipe: Pancakes, But Better

This spongey snack is a bit more healthy than some similar options, so you can indulge without guilt!

By  Zineb Bourchouk  - Mar 6, 2021 Rabat

Every time someone asks me about my favorite Moroccan tea snack recipe, my mind immediately goes to baghrir. When I was younger, I looked forward to Saturday afternoons with a heart filled with joy and a stomach ready to feast.  Growing up in a big family meant we had to dedicate time to get together every week. Work and studies usually take up so much of our time but we understood the importance of spending time with one another and catching up on our hectic lives.  Although the table would be filled with all kinds of pastries and sweets, I had a special place in my heart for baghrir.  Moroccans know baghrir as a difficult recipe to make. But its fluffy, soft texture is worth the try.  My memories take me back to when my mother would smother the baghrir with butter and honey and we would drink sweet mint tea with it.  With the pandemic limiting our family reunions, I have not had a chance to eat these delicious pancakes that were always a staple of our afternoon snacks.  With nostalgic feelings and a happy heart, I will take you through an easy, fail-proof recipe to make these delicious Moroccan pancakes. ……
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/336680/moroccan-baghrir-recipe-pancakes-but-better/
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Moroccan Ambassador to South Africa Highlights Morocco’s Culture and Diversity

Youssef Amrani, the acting Ambassador to South Africa, outlined a “unique diversity of which only Moroccans have the secret” in a virtual Q&A with Pretoria’s Alliance Francaise.

By Luke Tyson -  Mar 10, 2021 Rabat

Youssef Amrani, the acting Moroccan Ambassador to South Africa, celebrated Morocco’s culture, cuisine, and diversity in an online interview published in advance of International Francophonie Day next week. International Francophonie Day, observed annually on March 20, is a global celebration of the French language and the diverse cultures of the “francophonie”: The term extended to the world’s 369 million French speakers. An estimated 33% of Morocco’s population, over 12 million people, is proficient in French. According to the 2004 national census, nearly 70% of the country’s literate population can read and write in the language. In a video posted to the Embassy’s YouTube page, Amrani answered questions about Morocco posed by the Alliance Francaise de Pretoria, a French-language school and culture center in South Africa’s executive capital city. “[It’s] a city of plural identities, civilizational links, and cultural depths,” Amrani said of his home city of Tangier. “If love could be summed up in one word, it would be ‘Tangier.’”…………………
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/03/337016/moroccan-ambassador-to-sa-highlights-moroccos-culture-and-diversity/
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