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News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Monday, February 11, 2019

AL BAYANE
3rd MRE Lawyers' Forum: Urgent need for an "advanced" Family Code:
The Ministry Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, responsible for Moroccans residing abroad and migration affairs, organised a conference on February 8 and 9 in Marrakech on the occasion of the 3rd MRE Lawyers' Forum on the theme "The Family Code in the light of comparative law and international conventions". This activity was initiated in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, the Presidency of the Public Prosecutor's Office, the Higher Council of the Judiciary and the Moroccan Bar Association...

An Iraqi national accused of transferring money to Moroccan fighters in the East:
The investigation carried out by the National Brigade of the Judicial Police, in cooperation with the General Directorate of Surveillance of the National Territory, into the Iraqi national arrested on February 6 in Casablanca, revealed his involvement in the illegal collection and subsequent transfer of large amounts of foreign currency money outside Morocco. The suspect opened several bank accounts in Morocco, in parallel with the creation of fictitious companies and the opening of exchange offices to receive money in exchange for foreign currency, says the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) in a statement, stating that the money collected is then transferred to Moroccan fighters affiliated to the so-called "Islamic State" in Syria and Iraq...


AUJOURD'HUI LE MAROC
Foot and mouth disease: More than a million vaccinated cattle:
The booster vaccination campaign for cattle against foot-and-mouth disease continues in all regions of the Kingdom. As of February 6, 2019, the National Food Safety Authority (ONSSA) has vaccinated more than one million cattle against foot-and-mouth disease. In some provinces such as Oujda, Boujdour and Laayoune, the vaccination rate for cattle has reached 100%. This operation, which is carried out at the national level, is carried out by 552 private veterinarians as well as technicians and veterinarians under the responsibility of the ONSSA...

A museum of the art of photography opens its doors in Rabat in 2019:
After the opening of the ceramics museum in Safi and the carpet museum in Marrakech, two other museums are undergoing renovation. The first will be dedicated to the art of photography while the other will be dedicated to the art of music. "We have just finished renovating the music museum in Meknes. It will be completed in a month. After that, we'll work on the inside. As for the second, it will be open between July and September in Rabat," Mehdi Qotbi told ALM...


LE MATIN DU SAHARA
The 5th edition of the National Crafts Week brings together 1,200 exhibitors in Marrakech:
The activities of the fifth edition of the National Crafts Week (SNA), which kicked off last Saturday on the Bab Jdid esplanade in Marrakech, continue until the 17th of this month. The event, which brings together more than 1,200 exhibitors from the 12 regions of Morocco, is an opportunity to highlight the contribution of this sector to the national economy. This was underlined by the Minister in charge of the sector, Mohamed Sajid. In a statement to the newspaper "Le Matin", the Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Crafts and Social Economy said that the handicraft sector in Morocco employs nearly 2.3 million people, or nearly 20% of the working population, and contributes 7 to 8% of the gross national product...

The President of HACA calls for objective media coverage of the migration issue:
The President of the High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HACA), Latifa Akharbach, called on Saturday in Casablanca for objective media coverage of the migration issue, far from stereotypes and prejudices. The media often treats the issue of migration as a crisis or an evil that affects the development of countries, even though it is a global and entirely human phenomenon that has existed since time immemorial, Ms. Akharbach observed during a meeting on "Migration and Media Treatment in Morocco", organized by the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) as part of the 25th edition of the International Book and Publishing Fair (SIEL) in Casablanca...


LES INSPIRATIONS ÉCO
Public service. A strategic vision in the making:
We must no longer navigate by sight in the management of public administration's human resources. A strategic vision is being prepared for public service reform. Mohamed Benabdelkader obviously intends to bury the current system, which is no longer reformable. Several scenarios are considered...

Casablanca Stadium. Green light for the expropriation of land:
According to the sources of the Confidential Maghreb, the Grand Stadium of Casablanca will be built in Mansouria, a municipality in the province of Benslimane. The media also announced that the head of government had just signed the decree expropriating the necessary land. The decree in question dates from January 23, it was published in the Official Gazette on February 4. The expropriation will be to the detriment of the members of the Hakam family...


L'ECONOMISTE
Income tax/Rental income: Your new obligations:
The new rental income tax regime is giving taxpayers the creeps. This is probably one of the most difficult measures to implement. Despite the Taxation Circular, it appears that taxpayers are still asking a lot of questions about the new system. So much so that the General Directorate of Taxes is in the process of finalizing a second circular with more simulations...

Cement: Sales are picking up again:
Good news for construction professionals. The cement market has been growing again since last December. A recovery was also observed in January, with consumption up 5.31% - This long-awaited recovery is explained by the continuation of structural projects, the relaunch of public procurement since last November and housing programmes. A breath of fresh air for a market that had reached its lowest level since 2006...


LIBERATION
Africa is challenged by the reforms to be carried out, the financing to be provided and the tensions to be resolved:
The 32nd Summit of the African Union was held Sunday in Addis Ababa in the presence of Morocco, which was represented at this African meeting by a large delegation including the Head of Government Saad Dine El Otmani and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita. The issue of the Moroccan Sahara was raised at the summit by the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat. "I welcome the relaunch, under the auspices of the United Nations, of the process of seeking a solution to the Sahara conflict," he stressed last Thursday at the opening of the ordinary session of the AU Executive Council...

A charter of the good driver to fight against road accidents:
In a few days' time, Morocco will celebrate the National Day for the Prevention of Traffic Accidents. In anticipation of this event, which is scheduled for February 18 of each year, the National Committee for the Prevention of Traffic Accidents (CNPAC) has decided to introduce a kind of responsible driver charter entitled: the National Charter for Good Driving on the Road...