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News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Tuesday, January 8, 2019

AL BAYANE
Social dialogue: The Interior gets involved:
A new approach to social dialogue is beginning to take shape. The case is now in the hands of the Minister of the Interior, Abdelouafi Laftite, who has called the most representative power plants to a meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday. By taking things in hand, the Laftite department wishes to overcome the deadlock in negotiations between the unions and the head of government...

Foreign Exchange Office: Publication of the system of bank declarations:
The Foreign Exchange Office has just published the 2019 Banking Reporting Scheme (DDB), a document describing the functional and technical specifications for the implementation of the computerised data exchange system between banks and the Office called the Banking Reporting System. As part of its missions, and in order to reduce the reporting burden on banks, the Foreign Exchange Office aims by this system to reduce the number of reports and to proceed with total dematerialisation in order to automate, optimise and secure data exchanges...


AUJOURD'HUI LE MAROC
More than 177,000 vehicles sold in 2018:
In 2018, the automotive market achieved a new sales record with 177,359 vehicles sold. This was unveiled by the Association of Vehicle Importers in Morocco (Aivam) at a press conference held in Casablanca on January 7, 2019, to announce the sector's performance. From this perspective, the automotive market is growing at a rate of 5.2% in both main segments. Thus, sales of passenger cars (passenger cars) and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) increased by 5% and 6.8% respectively during the same period...

The Government will present the results of its mid-term review:
This meeting will be eagerly awaited next April to get an idea of the government's achievements since the inauguration of the current team. As Parliament will soon close its doors for a winter break, the flagship event that will mark the beginning of the next session is already known. Indeed, the Government is currently preparing its mid-term review. This report will be presented as soon as Parliament resumes its work during the spring session, in April. This action is in accordance with the provisions of the 2011 Constitution...


LE MATIN DU SAHARA
177,359 vehicles sold in 2018: Fourth consecutive record for the national market:
New record for the national automotive market. After a difficult third and fourth quarter, the tone was not one of serenity about the market's ability to break its record. But thanks to a historically very prolific December (+21,000 registrations), the record was indeed broken, the fourth in a row. Overall sales (Passenger cars (passenger cars (PCs) and light commercial vehicles (LCVs)) amounted to 177,359 units, up 5.2% year-on-year...

Inclusive education: Less than 40% of children with disabilities are in school:
Only 37.8% of children with disabilities are in school. The figure is alarming and provides information on the failure to respect the principle of equity in access to school. To examine this question and exchange experiences on how best to ensure better inclusive education, the Higher Council for Education, Training, and Scientific Research and Unicef are organising a seminar on January 7 and 8 to reflect on the challenges of schooling for children with disabilities and identify actions to overcome the barriers that hinder children with special needs' access to education...


LES INSPIRATIONS ÉCO
Sectoral plans: The deputies demand an inventory of the situation:
Asked under the dome about the impact of sectoral plans, the head of government highlighted the contribution of sectoral strategies on the transformation of the Moroccan economy. There is almost unanimity among the members of the 1st Chamber regarding the evaluation of sectoral plans. Yesterday, in the House of Representatives, all parliamentary groups questioned the head of government about the impact of the structural plans for the country, with the impact of these projects as a central question. For El Othmani, "strategic planning has been initiated with sectoral projects as development levers...

Moroccan seasonal workers in Huelva. Green light for 15,000 female workers:
Will 15,000 or 20,000 seasonal workers visit the Huelva fields for the next berry picking season? According to the Moroccan Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Mohamed Yatim, 20,000 Moroccan farm workers will be recruited during the next season in Andalusian soft fruit farms...


L'ECONOMISTE
IS: Revenues exceed 50 billion dirhams:
The effort to broaden the tax base is being made. Net tax revenues increased by 4.3%, a level that exceeds growth, which is expected to reach 3%, according to the High Commissioner's plan for 2018. They reached 149.4 billion DH (excluding import VAT). This increase is accompanied by a 12% increase in tax refunds and reimbursements. More than 9 billion dirhams were refunded to companies for VAT inside, income tax, and corporate tax...

Cold wave: Unfailing optimism:
Farmers are not overly concerned about the cold snap across the country. The reserves of agricultural dams can cushion the impact for many market garden, fruit and industrial crops. For the time being, only cereals and some vegetables are slowing down their growth. The regions most exposed to frost have so far not recorded any damage...


LIBERATION
The supplement requested by Rabat, in order to manage migratory flows, is amply justified:
The additional support that Morocco recently requested from the Spanish government to better manage migration flows and intensify border control deserves to be taken into account, as it can help to further strengthen collaboration between the two countries, wrote the Spanish daily El Pais at the end of last week...

Driss Lachguar meets with the Provincial Secretariat in Rabat:
The Provincial Secretariat of Rabat held a meeting last Thursday at the party's headquarters in Agdal, chaired by the First Secretary, Driss Lachguar, in the presence of the members of the National Council from the province. After having examined the organizational situation, it was agreed to create working committees to monitor the action of the sections, to open up on ittihadies competences and to implement the resolutions of the Xth National Congress and the last National Council...