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News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Thursday, March 14, 2019

AUJOURD'HUI LE MAROC
Framework law on education: The blockage persists:
Public opinion must still be patient. The draft framework law No. 51.17 on the system of education, training and scientific research is still blocked in the House of Representatives. And for good reason. The various parliamentary groups have once again failed to reach a consensus on the contentious issues, in particular the languages of science and technology education. Following two meetings held last Monday and Tuesday by the Standing Committee on Education, Culture and Communication in the House of Representatives, the status quo is maintained as all parties stand by their position. As a reminder, the adoption of the said draft framework law by the First Chamber comes up against the divergences of the political forces represented in Parliament around 15 articles and provisions contained in this law...

Financial technology: Huge opportunities to strengthen financial inclusion:
"In emerging and developing countries, with the penetration of the Internet and mobile telecommunications, Fintech offers huge opportunities to strengthen financial inclusion and economic and social development," said Mr. Jouahri, who spoke at the opening of a regional conference for Africa and the Middle East organized by Bank Al-Maghrib in partnership with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under the theme "Digital transformation: opportunities and risks related to Fintech". "In six years, 1.2 billion people have had access to financial services through technology," he noted, quoting a statement by the United Nations Secretary-General. Fintech is revolutionizing the financial landscape by expanding products and services, making them better, more accessible and less expensive, observed Bank Al-Maghrib's wali, noting, however, that "it is also in the financial sector that the risks are most varied and important"...


LE MATIN DU SAHARA
The fifth edition of the Crans Montana Forum opens today in Dakhla:
"It is in Dakhla, the Pearl of the Moroccan South, that the Africa of tomorrow is being built. It is with these words that the organizers of the Crans Montana Forum justified the choice of this southern Moroccan city to host the prestigious forum for the fifth consecutive year. Dedicated to Africa and South-South cooperation, this year's edition is scheduled for March 14-17. Placed under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, this grandiose event will bring together, as usual, Heads of State and Government, ministers, heads of regional and international organizations, parliamentarians and business leaders from Africa and elsewhere...

International Forum Africa Development: 5,000 B2Bs scheduled, good harvest in prospect:
The 6th edition of the International Forum on Africa Development (FIAD) kicks off today. Organized in Casablanca by the Club Afrique Développement of the Attijariwafa bank group, on the theme "When East meets West", this edition addresses the issue of regional integration and the continent's growth challenges. Its objective: to help "improve the levers of continental integration on the eve of the launch of the continental free trade area", Mohamed El Kettani, CEO of the Attijariwafa bank group, told Matin-Eco during the presentation of this edition. An ambition that requires great mobilization. This year, FIAD is in fact some 2,000 African and international economic operators who are meeting for two days. "The Forum has established itself as a platform for exchanges between economic operators on the continent and with those in the rest of the world. No less than 5,000 business meetings are scheduled for this year's edition," the bank's CEO told us...


LES INSPIRATIONS ÉCO
Petroleum products. Why does Morocco have to keep its refinery? :
In the presence of an audience of political personalities and associations, the Front national pour la sauvegarde la raffinerie marocaine de pétrole (FNSRM), presented on March 12 to Mohammedia its arguments for the restart of the refinery operated by SAMIR, now in judicial liquidation. FNSRM members have come back to the issue to convince the government to support the hypothesis of a return to refinery production...

Looking forward to a peaceful outcome:
Morocco is following very closely what is happening near its eastern borders. It is a calm that precedes the storm and it is to be taken very seriously because President Bouteflika's find is nothing more or less than a low-level ruse. Moreover, the Algerians soon expressed their anger at the lightness of Bouteflika's proposal. In fact, it is a final attempt to save a system rotten by prevarication. That is why the generals of Al-Mouradya*, who hold the real power, are trying to stifle the popular movement by sacrificing Bouteflika, who has become a burnt map, but without giving up their hegemony over power...


L'ECONOMISTE
The tax department disconnects the ATDs:
The notice to third party holders, a tool for the forced collection of public debts (taxes and social security contributions), is making people talk about it again. A wave of account seizures has just hit taxpayers for unpaid taxes, including those relating to local taxation. This has led to criticism of the procedure and errors in opinions...

Samir liquidation: Executive accused of "negative neutrality":
The liquidation of the Samir refinery, the largest ever seen to date, is increasingly taking on a political dimension. The Front, formed to save the company, criticizes the government for "its negative neutrality". Its fossil fuel policy is also being put in the dock for its "lack of clarity". However, a true sectoral vision could have given a better chance of a successful judicial transfer of the refinery. This plea is in addition to the Competition Authority's highly critical opinion on an "ill-prepared liberalisation" of fuel prices...


LIBERATION
The migrant disease propagator: The prejudice that kills:
The Association Banque de solidarité is calling for the resumption of tuberculosis screening operations carried out by the Ministry of Health in the informal camp for irregular migrants in Ouled Ziane. In fact, these operations have been on stand-by since last January as the truck equipped for tuberculosis screening has broken down...

Bilateral cooperation at the Moroccan-Qatari interview centre:
House Speaker Habib El Malki held talks on Tuesday in Rabat with the Chairman of the Qatar Shura Council, Ahmad Bin Abdallah Bin Zaid Al-Mahmud, focusing on ways to promote the various aspects of bilateral cooperation. According to a statement by the House of Representatives, both sides reviewed the various aspects of cooperation and ways to bring them closer together and show solidarity in the service of the common interests of both countries and peoples...