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Morocco Week in Review 
October 23 2021

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

Filming Starts in Fez for 5th Indiana Jones Movie

Many popular series were also filmed in Morocco, such as Game of Thrones, Homeland, and The Spy.

Amal El Attaq, Oct. 21st, 2021 Rabat

Crowds gathered on Sunday October 17  to watch the first days of recording for the 5th edition of the famous Indiana Jones saga. Filming commenced in the Mellah and Bab Semmarine districts in Fez, featuring the typical sets of the film about Hollywood's most famous archaeologist. In addition to filming scenes of the first day of “Indiana Jones 5” in Fez, shops in the Mellah were closed to make way for old cars and camels and to furnish the main street with decorations reflecting scenes from the sixties. Filming for the latest opus in the iconic saga began in London on June 7 and will continue in Fez and Oujda. The filming in Morocco started on October 17 and will continue until the beginning of December 2021…

2022 Finance Bill: Morocco Increases Government Spending for Ambitious Social Programs

The new finance bill has increased government spending compared to both 2020 and 2019.

Khouloud Haskaoui, Oct. 21st, 2021 Rabat Morocco’s new finance bill for the year 2022 was submitted to Parliament on Monday, October 18, offering a glimpse into the incoming government's performance in the face of its first challenge.  The main figures of the first draft budget proposed by Aziz Akhannouch’s government are aligned with his government plan, allowing for additional state expenses and a slight decrease in resources. The total amount of expenses for this upcoming fiscal year is set at MAD 519.2 billion ($57 billion). For 2021, the budget for state expenses was an estimated MAD 476 billion ($52 billion). 
The 9.1% increase was expected of the new RNI led government, as many of its ambitious goals require significant state funding……

German NPO to Raise Awareness on Energy Challenges in Morocco

The International Energy Day is an annual event dedicated to global energy challenges.

Oumaima Latrech, Oct. 21st, 2021 Rabat

With the World Energy Day around the corner, the Heinrich Boll Foundation is launching a campaign to raise awareness on the issue of energy and the energy transition across Morocco and promote basic concepts related to the energy sector. Themed “State of energy emergency,” the campaign aims to explain in a simplified and accessible way the functioning of the energy sector in Morocco through 7 different short tutorial videos in Darija (Moroccan dialect) that last 2 minutes each. The videos will be separately released over a period of one year. The first 3 tutorials are mainly about the sources of energy, its use, and energy transition, while the other 4 address the issue of energy in Morocco in-depth. As part of its civic education missions, the foundation intends to allow Moroccan citizens to familiarize themselves with the challenge of the energy transition. The campaign also entails the commitment to discuss, analyze, and to debate in a more reactive and effective way to set goals and to work toward the improvement of energy access challenges faced by many people around the world……

Finnish Company SWS to Install Ten Solar Water Treatment Units in Morocco

Solar Water Solutions (SWS) intends to use the financing for the manufacturing, delivery, and installation of 10 water treatment systems in Morocco's Guelmim Oued Noun.

Hanna Chaudhry, Oct. 21st, 2021 Rabat

Solar Water Solutions (SWS) has been contracted to provide water treatment systems in the Guelmim Oued Noun region in southern Morocco. The Finnish company will install its containerized solar water treatment systems with a loan from Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO). SWS and NEFCO signed a partnership agreement on October 18. NEFCO's Green Recovery program releases a loan amount that is unspecified as part of the company's efforts to accelerate the growth and scaling of Nordic green solutions in global markets, including Africa. Depending on the size of the project, Green Recovery loans may range from MAD 1 million (€100,000 ) to MAD 5.2 million (€500,000), repaid over a maximum of five years. Solar Water Solutions expects that the financing will cover the costs of manufacturing, delivering, and installing ten water treatment units in Guelmim Oued Noun. Seawater or other contaminated waters can be treated with these systems. The regional government awarded the contract to the Finnish company, whose objective is to reduce water shortages resulting from drought. Atlas Inclusive Partners, a local green solutions company, will implement the project in partnership with Solar Water Solutions………………….

Morocco’s Agrotech to Focus on Improving Agriculture Waste Management

Agricultural plastic waste will be collected and recycled in Morocco’s Souss-Massa region as a part of a new initiative led by the Association Agrotechnologies du Souss-Massa (Agrotech)

Hanna Chaudhry, Oct. 19th, 2021

After more than a year of preparation, the program for the recovery of agricultural plastic waste in Morocco’s Souss-Massa region was launched on October 12, 2021.  This training program begins with the "training and support" of collectors and recyclers in the northern Moroccan region. A training session is scheduled for the OFPPT (Office of Vocational Training and Promotion of Work) Taddart training Center, located in Agadir. Discussions will initially focus on “Finance and financial management.” There will also be six other sessions aimed at improving the technical, managerial, and fiscal efficiency of collectors and recyclers of agricultural plastic waste in Souss-Massa, primarily in Chtouka Ait Baha, Taroudant, Inezgane-Ait Melloul, and Agadir Ida-OuTanane……

Morocco’s Fertility Rate Declines by 1.01% in 2021

Morocco’s population is growing at a rate of 1.2% per year, which has declined slightly in the past few years.

Oumaima Latrech Oct. 18th, 2021 Rabat

The High Commission for Planning (HCP) released its annual report on the status of women in Morocco entitled “Moroccan women in figures: 20 years of progress.” The report highlighted a decline in birth rate among Moroccan young couples. The HCP report showed that the fertility rate declined from 23% in 2014 to 19.3% in 2019 for those aged 15-19, while the following age range (20-24) dropped by 12.5% between 2004 and 2019. The fertility of the 25-29 age group also declined from 126.6% to 112.2% to 108.5% in 2004, 2014, and 2019, respectively. The fertility rates of Morocco decreased sharply across all age groups, with those aged 30-34 experiencing the largest drop of 27.6% from 2004 to 2019. There has been a slight decline in birth rates among young Moroccan women between urban and rural areas in the past decade, with the percentage dropping by 0.1% in urban areas compared to 0.3% in rural areas. The fertility rate for adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 fell from 32% in 2011 to 19.4% in 2018……………………

Moroccan INPT Students Win 2nd in Arab IoT & AI Challenge in Dubai

The global Gitex Technology Week enables young innovators’ to enhance and showcase their outstanding abilities in the technical fields across the Arab World.

Oumaima Latrech, Oct. 22, 2021 Rabat

Three Moroccan students from the National Institute of Posts and Telecommunications (INPT) won second place in the Arab IoT & AI Challenge at the Gitex Technology Week, held in Dubai between October 17 to 22. Kaoutar El-Ghaich, Mayssae Chimi, and Hajar Ait Iddir, competed in a preliminary phase in Morocco’s local finals “Morocco IoT & AI Challenge” competition with several other participants from several engineering universities, schools, and institutes. The three participants designed NoFoasty, a mobile application for kitchen users, catering and restaurant service managers.  implements Artificial Intelligence models to reduce food waste and to improve the quality of food. In a statement to Morocco’s state media, El-Ghaich said that her team has participated in several competitions, winning several awards for the mobile application developed last year……

More Moroccans to Benefit from Literacy Programs in Mosques

Morocco is actively fighting against illiteracy by allowing more and more people to benefit from the national literacy program, which provides in-person and online courses for nearly 4 million people.

Nisrine Jaouadi Oct. 15th, 2021 Rabat

Around 300 000 people are set to benefit from literacy programs in mosques during the fiscal year 2021-2022 according to data provided by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs on Friday October 15. In 2001, the Moroccan government implemented a national strategy aiming to fight against illiteracy. The strategy introduced classes in many mosques throughout the country. The courses were led by 7,959 supervisors, accompanied by 1,188 educational coordinators and advisers, and 401 educational trainers. “During the period from 2000 to 2021, 3 911 384 people were able to benefit from the literacy courses provided in the mosques of Morocco,” stated the ministry in a report listing the actions taken within the national program in 2021, and those set to be carried out in 2022. For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the ministry said enrollments in levels I and II of the program totaled 283,758 in 6,677 mosques across the country…

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