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

AUJOURD'HUI LE MAROC
Taxis: Restart of the scrapping bonus:
The scrapping bonus scheme for taxis, which has been dormant for several months, has just been officially reactivated. A joint decision between the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Economy and Finance entered into force following its publication in the Official Gazette. Following this decision, the owners of taxis in both categories A and B will be able to submit files to the competent services of the prefectures and provinces to benefit from them until the end of December 2021...

Phosphate industry: OCP is committed to sustainable development and innovation:
The OCP Group is committed to sustainable development, innovation and scientific research in the phosphate sector. This is reflected in the Group's support for the work of the 5th edition of the International Symposium on Innovation and Technology in the Phosphate Industry (Symphos), which began on October 7 at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Benguérir and will continue until the 9th of the current month. After four editions (2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017), Symphos is back in force and is in line with previous meetings...


LE MATIN DU SAHARA
The council will be devoted to the presentation by the Minister of Economy and Finance on the measures relating to the preparation of the draft Finance 2020 bill:
The government is holding an exceptional Council meeting today. With a single item on its agenda, this meeting is devoted to the presentation of the preparatory measures for the preparation of the draft finance law 2020. According to a statement issued yesterday by the Head of Government's department, it is the Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Benchaâboun, who is in charge of this presentation...

Doing Business 2020: Morocco absent from the list of great reformers:
Bad news for the government. Morocco is not on the list of the 20 most reformist countries in Doing Business 2020. It is therefore difficult to expect a significant leap in the ranking that will be announced by the World Bank at the end of the month. Pending the publication of this annual report, which measures business regulation and its effective enforcement in 190 economies, the World Bank has announced the 20 countries that have introduced the most reforms over the past 12 months. Among them, there are 5 in the MENA region and as many in Africa, but none in North Africa...


LES INSPIRATIONS ÉCO
Public debt. S&P upgrades Morocco's rating:
Should we be concerned about the burden of public debt on macroeconomic balances, the health of the economy and the resilience of the budget? The answer is not obvious as some structural factors do not change. Vigilance is therefore essential, as Abdellatif Jouahri, Wali of Bank Al-Maghrib, explained clearly a few weeks ago, at the end of his Board of Directors...

Refining industry. Nationalizing La Samir, the ultimate solution? :
"We call on the Moroccan State to fully assume its responsibilities to organize in extreme urgency the rescue of the Moroccan oil refinery, to initiate the necessary procedures for its nationalization and reincorporation into the public heritage," according to the statement of the National Front for the Safeguarding of the Moroccan Oil Refinery (Front). For this coalition composed of SAMIR employees, political parties, trade unions, associations and civil society personalities, the reasons for this request are fourfold...


LIBERATION
Driss Lachguar at the National Forum of the ittihadi education sector:
After the meeting of the ittihadis lawyers sector, the Chabiba ittihadia sector and many others, the ittihadi education sector held a meeting last Sunday under the chairmanship of the First Secretary of the USFP, Driss Lachguar, and in the presence of two members of the Political Bureau, namely Abdelhamid Fatihi and Saadia Bensahli...

Call for the proclamation of a World Day Against Islamophobia:
The national section of the House of Representatives within the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA), on Sunday in Marrakech, called on the Assembly to support the initiative to proclaim a World Day Against Islamophobia...