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News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

AUJOURD'HUI LE MAROC
Land grabbing: Aujjar takes action:
The amendment of the Code of Obligations and Contracts is on track since the parliamentary committee will today follow a presentation of Bill 31.18 amending and supplementing the Dahir of Ramadan 9, 1331 (August 12, 1913) forming the Code of Obligations and Contracts. It is the end of the tunnel for Bill 32-18, which amends and supplements Act 22-01 on criminal procedure. This is one of two texts intended to combat the phenomenon of land grabbing. MEPs have scheduled a voting session in committee on Tuesday. It is indeed a busy day for the members of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Legislation in the House of Representatives...

The Mobile One-Stop-Shop in Spain is a great success:
The Mobile One-Stop Shop recently dedicated to MREs in Spain by the responsible ministry has successfully fulfilled its mission. This success and the interest of this event are unanimously expressed in the various consular districts of Malaga, Almeria, Barcelona, Bilbao, Girona, Las Palmas, Madrid, Mallorca, Seville, Tarragona and Valencia, by the MREs, the participants as well as the department of Abdelkrim Benoutiq, which has overseen and monitored the initiative itself. A demonstration that was intended to be local...


LE MATIN DU SAHARA
The Head of Government presents the five pillars of his mid-term review to both Houses of Parliament:
The Head of Government, Saâd Eddine El Othmani, presented yesterday to both Houses of Parliament the mid-term review of government action. The Chief Executive's intervention was thus structured around five main axes that form the backbone of the government's program. These are the strengthening of democratic choice, the moralization of public life, the improvement of the economic model, the strengthening of human development and the defence of the just causes of the Kingdom, at the head of which is the Sahara issue. While stressing that his team's achievements would not have been possible without the homogeneity and solidity of the governing coalition, Mr. El Othmani conceded that much remained to be done to meet the expectations of citizens...

Fez: A meeting on the market situation during the month of Ramadan:
A meeting on the supply of markets in Fez and its region during the blessed month of Ramadan was organized last Friday in Fez, at the initiative of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (CCIS) of the Fez-Meknès region. This meeting has become an annual event, on the occasion of each month of Ramadan, which is experiencing a remarkable increase in demand for certain products and food, said the vice-president of the CCIS of Fez Meknes, Mehdi El Iraki El Houssaini, at the opening of this meeting, which aims, he added, to raise awareness among traders and professionals of the need to ensure the supply of these essential commodities to markets during this month...


LES INSPIRATIONS ÉCO
Medical students strike. The round of last chance:
Medical students will return to the negotiating table with the Ministries of Health and Higher Education on May 14. This meeting will attempt to put an end to the general strike of 22,000 students in Morocco's seven faculties of medicine, pharmacy and dentistry. This protest movement, which began in February 2019, went on strike on March 25. This is an unprecedented movement in the annals of this prestigious sector of public higher education, which is the result of "the deterioration in the quality of education". At the heart of this conflict is "the refusal to privatize the university and the public hospital", in other words, the strikers refuse to open boarding and residency positions to students from private faculties in Morocco...

Youth employment. The World Bank relies on "Neet":
The Moroccan authorities would benefit from drawing inspiration from the World Bank's new programme to promote youth employment. With a budget of $50 million, this project involves various public institutions and focuses on complementary aspects: training, support for budding entrepreneurs and investment in local businesses. Many programmes have been launched in recent years to promote the employability of young people in Morocco, but nothing is being done. Unemployment remains very high among young people who are struggling to enter the labour market for several reasons. The World Bank points to the fragmentation of programmes and the difficult alignment between the skills sought and the profiles available. Now more than ever, we must put an end to working in silos, in terms of developing skills and promoting the employability of young people...


L'ECONOMISTE
Stamp duties: The tax authorities are back on the attack:
Stamp duty arrears are coming up again. For a few days now, the tax authorities have been reminding companies and businesses that have not made a declaration or paid these fees. The first reminders are sent by registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt, in accordance with a number of articles of the General Tax Code (CGI)...

Payment terms: Be careful, Morocco is still bad:
In 2018, Morocco saw customer payment terms extend by 2 days to reach 84 days of revenue. On the list of the most affected sectors: technology, transport, pharmaceutical industry, construction... In activities that are more oriented towards the end consumer (such as distribution and food, energy or retail trade, etc.), lead times are shorter. Euler Hermes expects a rebound in corporate insolvencies of +3% for this year...


LIBERATION
Unbearable repression in the shameful camps:
Surrounded, banned from circulation and having no means of being heard, except to organize sit-ins and demonstrations, even if it means being killed or crushed under the tracks of tanks and other devices that the Polisario leadership does not hesitate to use to disperse them, the populations of the Tindouf camps persist in their movement called "Manifestations of Freedom"...

World cereal production is expected to reach a record level:
World cereal production is expected to reach a record level of 2,722 million tonnes in 2019, 71 million tonnes more than in 2018, according to the first estimates of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, showing an increase of 2.7% over last year. "The increase in cereal production is mainly due to wheat, maize and barley, which are estimated to have increased by 2.5%, 2.2% and 6.1% respectively compared to the previous year," the organization explained, stressing that world rice production should remain close to the historical record set in 2018...