News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Thursday, December 6, 2018

Moroccan Sahara: Guterres welcomes the participation of Morocco and Algeria at the Geneva Round Table: "United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed on Tuesday the decision of Morocco and Algeria to participate in the round table, scheduled for December 5 and 6 in Geneva, on the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara. Mr. Guterres "welcomes the decision of Morocco, polisario, Algeria and Mauritania to accept the invitation of his Personal Envoy, Horst Köhler, to participate in an initial round table in Geneva on December 5 and 6, 2018," said his deputy spokesman, Farhan Haq..."

Parliament-Migration: Meeting on Thursday around the Marrakech Conference: "The Moroccan Parliament is holding a meeting on Thursday and Friday to discuss ways to implement the Global Compact on Migration and its legislative support. Organized jointly with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in preparation for the International Conference on Migration to be held in Marrakech (December 10-11), the meeting aims to "make the voices of the peoples they represent heard by promoting an approach that is both realistic and supportive, based on co-development and respect for human rights"..."

The Global Forum on Migration opens its work in Marrakech: "All eyes are currently on the 11th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), which opened its work in Marrakech on December 5, 2018 and continues until the 7th of the current month. Co-chaired by Morocco and Germany, this Forum coincides with the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in the Ochre City on December 10 and 11, at a time when the management of migration flows is returning to the forefront of the international arena..."

The Stock Exchange welcomes 14 new companies: "In addition to the companies that are listed, the Casablanca Stock Exchange has just signed two memoranda of understanding with two renowned institutions. The first is the Moroccan Capital Markets Authority (AMMC). Under this partnership, the AMMC is committed, jointly with the Casablanca Stock Exchange, to contribute to the development of the stock market by facilitating SMEs' access to financing through this market. "To do this, the AMMC is committed to optimizing its processes for processing applications submitted by Elite companies," say the initiators..."

A round table on the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara begins in Geneva: "A round table discussion on the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara began early Wednesday afternoon at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, with the participation of a Moroccan delegation led by Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The participation of the Moroccan delegation follows the invitation of the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General, Horst Köhler, addressed on September 28 and November 23 to Morocco, Algeria, the "polisario" and Mauritania..."

Rabat hosts the conference "Sijilmassa, Gateway to Africa, Shared Heritage, Site in Danger": "The Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco is organizing, in Rabat on December 5 and 6, a conference on the theme "Sijilmassa, Gateway to Africa, Shared Heritage, Site in Danger". This conference is part of the Academy's cultural and scientific activities, which attaches particular importance to the national heritage and intends to contribute to a better knowledge of its main components, to their enhancement and preservation, the Academy states in a statement..."

Tourist endowment. An IR-indexed bonus coming soon? : "In addition to the annual allocation capped at 40,000 dirhams, Moroccan tourists can enjoy a surplus proportional to the IR paid. A study by the Exchange Office should determine the impact of this measure on foreign exchange reserves. Good news for travellers who often travel abroad, but who must use their imagination to finance their trips. Because it is important not to lie, the annual tourist allocation capped at 40,000 dirhams is far from being sufficient for a large part of Moroccan tourists..."

Lessons from France: "Macron's France finally complied with the demands of the yellow vests. What are the lessons of this "bad thriller"? There are two levels of analysis that relate to substance and form. With regard to the analysis of the requirements of yellow vests, it must be said that they are legitimate, given that the Macron government, since its inception, has only honored an agenda manipulated by influential lobbies, the very ones that propelled the young novice in politics to the summit of the Elysée..."

Small amnesty big recipe: "Only 25 days left before the cancellation of penalties and increases for late payment of taxes and customs duties ends. This operation, which began on January 1, will allow the taxpayer to regularize his situation and the Treasury to recover part of the receivables. Except that taxpayers always wait until the "last minute" to go to the counters. The process is simplified since no prior request is required..."

Olives: New production record: "More than 2 million tons of olives are expected for this 2018-2019 season, an increase of 28%. The current harvest has benefited from favorable climatic conditions, particularly in terms of temperatures with abundant and well-distributed rainfall. In addition, young plantations have also started production. It is the region of Marrakech-Safi which should record a record production, about 24% of the national total..."

Marrakech at the time of the 11th GFMD: "The 11th edition of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) began its work in Marrakech yesterday. In a speech delivered on the occasion, the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in charge of Moroccans residing abroad and Migration Affairs, Abdelkrim Benatiq, stated, "For us, this forum is an opportunity to discuss the issue of migration at the global level, especially since Morocco is no longer considered as a country of reception or passage, but it has become a country of residence. This is why we are called upon, as a ministry and civil society, to offer the best conditions for the integration of migrants"..."

Pharmacists go on strike: "After convening its members to a Federal Council meeting in Rabat on November 29, the Confederation of Moroccan Pharmacists' Unions (FNSPM) organized a sit-in on December 3 in front of the Ministry of Health. Through this action, the members of the bureau of this body and the trade unions present decided to call for a national strike on December 27, 2018, in order to protest against the administration's slowness in implementing the promises it has made to pharmacists..."