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News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Monday, January 13, 2020

AUJOURD'HUI LE MAROC
Increase in benefits: The government's bogged down:
After the euphoria of the family allowance increase, a hard landing for the government. The Executive, which has to face an increase in its commitments for civil servants, also finds itself in a situation that is complicated to say the least for private sector employees. The generalized increase of MAD 100 for each of the first three children was decided without prior review of employee and employer contributions...

CNOPS: Disabled children will benefit from AMO for life:
The CNOPS has decided to exempt children of insured persons and those cared for by the latter, aged 21 and suffering from a physical or mental disability, from any request for renewal of their right to compulsory health insurance benefits (AMO). In a press release, the CNOPS states that children of disabled insured persons who certify from the age of 21 that they are totally, permanently and definitively unable to engage in a remunerated activity may continue to benefit, for life, from the coverage of their health care provided by the Code of Basic Medical Coverage...


LE MATIN DU SAHARA
Morocco and Antigua and Barbuda determined to give new impetus to their cooperative relations:
Morocco and Antigua and Barbuda stressed, in Rabat on Friday, their common will to give new impetus to their bilateral relations through the signing of an agreement in the form of a "roadmap programme of cooperation for the period 2020-2022", which covers various priority areas for the two countries...

The Council of the region approves partnership agreements covering several areas:
The Council of the Oriental region, meeting in extraordinary session last week, examined and adopted a number of partnership agreements on the strengthening of social structures and educational provision, the promotion of sport and culture, the encouragement of investment and the social and solidarity-based economy, as well as the preservation of the environment...


LES INSPIRATIONS ÉCO
Stock market. 2020 in line with 2019:
"The year 2020 should be a year of continuity and consolidation of stock market recovery," MSIN analysts say in their latest note. They expect an annual performance of around 5%. It should be noted that the Masi closed the year 2019 with a rise of 7.11%. For this year, MSIN forecasts a low level for interest rates...

Reform of the Labour Code. It's gonna be a tough battle:
The Minister of Labour and Professional Insertion, Mohamed Amkraz, has just stressed that the issue of the reform of the Labour Code will soon be negotiated with stakeholders. This point was on the agenda of the previous round of social dialogue, but has not yet been discussed with employers and trade union centres...


LIBERATION
The separatists bark, the Africa Eco Race passes:
Monaco. It is January 5, 2020. The Africa Eco Race has just kicked off. The participants, 688 people and 266 vehicles, arrived in Morocco on January 7, two days after the kick-off. 266 vehicles, divided into four categories: motorcycles, four-wheel drive vehicles, SSVs and trucks, are part of the race...

Antigua and Barbuda reaffirms its constant position regarding the Moroccan Sahara:
The government of Antigua and Barbuda reaffirmed, in Rabat on Friday, its "constant" position regarding the Moroccan Sahara and the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco over its southern provinces...