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Morocco Week in Review 
September 25 2021

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

State Department Hails US-Morocco ‘Close’ Partnership

The US and Morocco discussed several issues, including human rights.

Safaa Kasraoui, Sept, 23rd, 2021

In the statement, the state department also reiterated its commitment to support Morocco’s reform agenda under the leadership of King Mohammed VI.
The remarks followed a visit of a high-level Moroccan inter-agency delegation to Washington to discuss bilateral relations. The visit was part of the “permanent and long-standing relationship between the United States and Morocco on many issues, including human rights,” Morocco’s state media quoted State Department sources as saying.  In addition to describing Morocco as a “close partner” of the US, the State Department stressed that the two countries regularly discuss a variety of topics, including discussions on Rabat-Washington cooperation to advance King Mohammed VI’s reform agenda. Morocco has in recent years introduced a broad-ranging agenda of social and political reforms, with topics like freedom of expression and association, criminal justice reforms, women’s rights, and gender equality………….

Morocco sees lowest levels of migratory pressure, but expects numbers to rise post Covid

Amira EL MASAITI Monday 20 September 2021

Migratory pressure on Morocco has been at its lowest levels since 2019, after the COVID-19 pandemic drove off flows from Morocco’s northern shores to the more dangerous West African route leading migrants across the deadly Atlantic to the Canary Islands. The Chief of Morocco’s border security Khalid Zerouali revealed in an interview with Hespress Eng that his agents stopped 40,300 migrants who attempted to use Morocco as a springboard to reach Europe in 2020, down by about 45% from figures recorded in 2019. In the first five months of 2020, the number stood at 13,000. “The flow chain from Morocco has been broken,” he said, citing the prolonged, near-complete shutdown of air traffic in 2020, that extended to the better half of 2021 with the many conditions imposed on travelers arriving to Moroccan territory……

Corps Africa Moroccan Volunteers’ experiences  (video)

In this new podcast of “My CorpsAfrica Story,” you’re invited to listen as two former CorpsAfrica/Maroc Volunteers, Mourad and Saâdia, share their experiences serving in remote villages.

Find out what happens when a big city girl finds herself in a small village, teaching children and falling in love with them. While there, she built trust and relationships and helped the village with farming and water projects. Saâdia said, “I wanted to be useful and helpful. This is what CorpsAfrica offered me. To take a year and do something different with my life.”Mourad added, “And when we help others, we help ourselves. You find you can be stronger and more useful than you realized.”

In Saâdia’s site, because of her willingness to be an ambassador of change, paved roads are being constructed and plans for a hospital being made – eliminating the 4-hour walk to the nearest healthcare facility. She said, “I learned as I volunteered, the values of – compassion, humility, listening, and not to judge anyone. I wish every Moroccan young person would serve in CorpsAfrica. Then we could build a whole different society. As a people, we could be cohesive and loving and solve many, many problems.”

Mourad summarized, “Our volunteering helped us be responsible citizens. We learned to care about real issues. We can learn to build a bridge across the gap of conflicts and make a real difference.”

Treat yourself and listen to the complete conversation to discover what struggles they overcame, what they share in common about candles, and what they are doing now.
Watch the video here:

Partnership between Morocco and Ethiopia for the production of fertilizers amounts to 33 billion MAD

Sunday 19 September 2021 - 15:30

The OCP signed aagreement with Ethiopia for the implementation of a fertilizer production project in the town of Dire Dawa in eastern Ethiopia, an agreement amounting to 33 billion Moroccan Dirhams. This agreement came after a visit by an Ethiopian delegation to Morocco headed by Ahmed shide Minister of Finance, and officials from the Ethiopian Chemical Industries Corporation, the Ethiopian Agribusiness Corporation, and the Ethiopian Minerals, Petroleum and Biofuels Corporation. According to the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance the agreement was reached during the delegation’s meeting with the officials of the Sharif Phosphate Office, headed by Mustafa Al Tarab, to establish a joint company to establish a fertilizer factory in Ethiopia……………………

Handicraft Industry employs 20% of the active population

Les professions de l'industrie traditionnelle reprennent progressivement leurs activités. 25062020

Ibtissam KADIRI Wednesday 15 September 2021

Morocco’s handicraft sector employs about 2.4 million people, or about 20 percent of the active population, contributing to the promotion of Moroccan exports with an amount of nearly 800 million dirhams annually. Despite its good performance, the sector still suffers from a number of structural obstacles that prevent major transformations. Obstacles for the contractors and workers are demonstrated in the weak level of governance, insufficient risk management, and lack of support in the field. Difficulties in accessing finance and markets, and the weak encouragement of Moroccans to consume local products and services also adds up to those challenges……

Oldest bone tools for clothes making found in Morocco


Archaeologists in Morocco have identified clothesmaking tools fashioned from bone dating back 120,000 years, the oldest ever found, one of the researchers said. "It's a major discovery because while older bone tools have been found elsewhere, it's the first time we have identified bone tools (this old) that were used to make clothing," Moroccan archaeologist Abdeljalil El Hajraoui said. The international team discovered more than 60 tools in Contrebandiers (Smugglers) Cave, less than 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the North African country's capital. They had been "intentionally shaped for specific tasks that included leather and fur working", the team wrote in a study published in the journal iScience… =====================================================

Cradle of Civilization: New Artifact Research Suggests Morocco as Origin of Human Culture

The recovered beads date back over 142,000 years, making them among the oldest signs of cultural development among early humans.

Shaqile Goff, Sept. 23th, 2021 Denver

Recent research on personal ornaments recovered from the Bizmoune cave in southwestern Morocco indicates the jewelry could be evidence of the first signs of advanced human culture. 
The collaborative academic paper, published by researchers investigating the artifact, stated the ornaments were among the first sign of “symbolic behavior” by early Homo sapiens. Symbolism is one of the key early indicators of abstract thought and advanced cognition in humanity. 
The paper specifically referred to the 33 shell beads found in the Bizmoune caves. The shell beads are speculated to be over 142,000 years old. This would place the artifacts less than 300,000 years after the current oldest recorded human ancestor. …………..

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