News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Fight against terrorism and irregular migration: G6: Morocco in the big league: "The European G6 meeting on terrorism and irregular migration, to which Morocco was invited with the United States, held Monday and Tuesday in Lyon (central-eastern France), provided an opportunity to present the Kingdom's efforts in these areas and its approach to dealing with them. In his speeches before this six-party summit, convened at the initiative of France, the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Abdelouafi Laftit, highlighted the leading role played by Morocco in the fight against terrorism and the management of migration flows, as well as the multidimensional and humanist strategy put in place by the Kingdom in these areas..."

Launch of the 2018/2019 crop year: Incentives and deficiencies: "The 2018/2019 crop year has just been launched. It comes after a record year of cereal production of around 103 million quintals, according to official figures. The clemency of the sky played a positive role last year and helped to guarantee a good performance. The supervisory department proposes a series of incentives to ensure its success at each launch operation of the agricultural season..."

Job loss compensation reform: The three CNSS scenarios: "On Tuesday, October 9, the National Social Security Fund (CNSS) held its Board of Directors meeting after its postponement on September 17. Among the points examined are the assessment of the Job Loss Indemnity (IPE) over the period 2015-2017 and the analysis of the impact of the change in IPE conditions over the period 2018-2027. This analysis consists in reducing the conditions concerning the number of days of declarations and assessing the financial impact with the same contribution rate of 0.57%..."

Mohammedia: The municipal council paralyzed: "Mohammedia's communal council, led by the Justice and Development Party (PJD), is paralyzed because of deep differences between the president and councilors who are demanding his resignation. These differences became more acute after the decision of 14 members of the Council, belonging to the PJD, to join the ranks of the opposition, with other elected representatives of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) and the National Rally of Independents (RNI), two allies of the PJD within the Council..."

Moroccan Sahara: Trinidad and Tobago in favour of a mutually acceptable political solution: "Trinidad and Tobago expressed its support for a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution to the question of the Moroccan Sahara at the Fourth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, currently being held in New York. "Trinidad and Tobago encourages the parties to continue negotiations in a spirit of compromise and sincere commitment, with the objective of achieving a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution," stressed the representative of the Republic of the Twin Islands, during the general debate of the Fourth Committee..."

Decree-law establishing the Moroccan Health Insurance Fund: The Social Sector Committee of the First Chamber gives the green light: "Final step for the draft decree law No. 2.18.781 establishing the Moroccan Health Insurance Fund. Adopted at the Government Council meeting on October 4, the text was given the green light yesterday by the Social Sectors Committee of the First Chamber at a second reading..."

Finance Act. A copy without surprise: "Nine days before the deadline for tabling the 2019 draft Budget in Parliament, the country's money launderer presented, in the Government Council, the main orientations of the 2019 Finance Bill, pending its validation by the Council of Ministers..."

Dematerialization: Good news for government creditors: "The General Secretariat of the Government finally published the two decrees adopted by the Government on last September 20. The two regulations aim to introduce an identical article in both the regulation of public expenditure and State accounting. The provision thus indicates that it is possible to dematerialize "the preparation, storage, and transmission of invoices and documents certifying expenditure transactions" on the one hand, and those relating to "State financial debts" on the other..."

Budget 2019: The Company toasts: "The progressive corporate tax grid, introduced for the first time this year, will be modified. This is one of the key measures of the 2019 finance bill scheduled for the Council of Ministers and the Council of Government on Wednesday, October 10. Observers will note the changes in corporate tax in recent years, reflecting an image of "fiscal instability" feared by investors..."

Agriculture: OCP mobilizes its troops: "ACT4FARMERS" is the new creation of OCP Group. This initiative has just been launched in Khouribga. This operation is in the middle of launching the agricultural season, which targets the 24,000 employees of the phosphatier group. Based on a proactive approach, this system aims to strengthen the capacities of employees so that they are well equipped to support, or even initiate, new regional development initiatives that create value and jobs in agriculture...."

Moroccan-Malaysian relations examined in Rabat: Rkia Derham receives Amirudin bin Shari: "The Secretary of State to the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade, and Digital Economy, in charge of Foreign Trade, Rkia Derham, met on Tuesday in Rabat with the Chief Minister of Selangor of Malaysia, Amirudin bin Shari, to discuss ways to promote trade relations between the two countries. This meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of trade relations between Morocco and Malaysia and to explore new horizons in order to strengthen cooperation and bilateral trade, particularly in the aerospace, leather, halal, and e-commerce sectors, as well as in the field of smart cities..."

The Nador International Film Festival has not escaped the deterioration of Moroccan-Dutch relations: "The small incident that occurred at the 7th edition of the Nador International Film Festival organised by the Center for Common Memory for Democracy and Peace reflects how relations between Morocco and the Netherlands have deteriorated in recent weeks..."