News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Round table around the Moroccan Sahara: Beaconing the way of trust: "Morocco is taking part, in Geneva this Wednesday and tomorrow Thursday, in the round table organized by UN Personal Envoy Horst Köhler on the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara. The participation of the Moroccan delegation, led by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, follows Köhler's invitation to Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania on September 28 and November 23, 2018..."

Social dialogue: No way out in sight: "Another year will go by without perceiving the slightest sign of the outcome of the social dialogue. In any case, the meeting that the Head of Government held on Monday with the trade union centers did not make it possible to go beyond this dead end. Saâd Eddine El Othmani was counting heavily on this meeting to speed things up. Especially since this was the first meeting of the Technical Commission, set up in early November, to ease tensions..."

Public and private medical unions are united in their efforts: "The doctors' unions did not take off. Indeed, the protest movement of practitioners in both the public and private sectors may take on a new dimension. Many private and public sector medical unions have decided to join forces against the organization of the upcoming elections to the National Order of Physicians. In a new release, health professionals' representatives reaffirm their commitment to postponing the elections..."

Sustainable development at the heart of the profession's priorities: "And two for the National Leasing Conference. Operators in the sector will meet in Casablanca on Thursday, December 6, to discuss the relationship between leasing and sustainable development. Indeed, the theme chosen this year is the financing of sustainable development through leasing with a focus on the renewal of the road transport fleet and energy efficiency. "Sustainable development is a new concept of economic growth, conceived from the outset with a long-term perspective and which integrates the constraints linked to the environment and the functioning of society," according to the Professional Association of Financing Companies (APSF), organiser of this event..."

Morocco is taking part in Geneva today and tomorrow in a "round table" devoted to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara: "Morocco is participating in Geneva today and tomorrow in a "round table" on the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, an initiative that reflects its continued support for the efforts of the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy to revive the political process. The holding of this round table also takes place in a positive context marked by the increase in support for Morocco's position and its autonomy plan..."

A project to support the implementation of the National Action Plan for Democracy and Human Rights: "The Ministry of State for Human Rights and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed in Rabat on Monday the project document "Support for the Implementation of the National Action Plan on Democracy and Human Rights (2018-2021)" (PANDDH), which aims to promote democratic culture and human rights. Signed by the Minister of State for Human Rights, Mustapha Ramid, and the UNDP Resident Representative and Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Morocco, Philippe Poinsot, this project aims to facilitate the flow of information to all relevant actors to strengthen the knowledge and capacities of the institutional actors involved in the implementation of the NHRDP and to develop normative tools and indicators that will enable Morocco to report on the progress of the implementation of the NHRDP and the objectives to be achieved in the context of strategic programming in the field of human rights..."

Sweet drinks. The industrialists win the first round: "Finally, the lobby of the sweetened beverage industry emerged as a winner from its arm-wrestling match with MPs over the rise of TIC. On Sunday evening, at the Finance Committee of the House of Councillors, the first part of the 2019 Finance Bill was adopted, but without the amendments introduced by the deputies regarding the 50% increase in TIC on beverages, which was thus to increase from 30 to 45 dirhams/hectoliter..."

Merger-absorption. The Doukkala Cheese Dairy in the sights: "A notice convening Centrale Danone for an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) unveils its merger project by way of absorption of its Doukkala Cheese Factory subsidiary. The company shall motivate this operation by creating synergies between the structures and human, material, and financial resources of the acquired company and the acquiring company, as well as reducing the operating and management costs of the companies, which should allow a more rational use of their resources..."

Taxes: The clamp is tightening on the liberal professions: "After doctors, the General Directorate of Taxation (DGI) has just finalised the method of regularising the tax situation of the liberal professions. The protocol concerns architects, lawyers, notaries, topographers, etc. An internal note similar to the one concerning doctors was sent to the regional directorates..."

Fruits and vegetables: Less and less juice: "The fruit and vegetable sector is on a steep slope, not because of lower yields and production. On the contrary, it is its performance that is poorly exploited in terms of recovery and the least distribution juice. This applies both to exports (decline in the exportable share) and to the local market with very low prices..."

H.M. the King: The scale of the environmental challenges imposes a collective start on us: "Morocco includes environmental issues and climate challenges among the priorities of its national policies, said His Majesty King Mohammed VI in a message to the 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24), which opened its work in Katowice, Poland, on Monday..."

Serenity on one side and impertinence on the other around the round table on the Sahara: "A round table on the Sahara will be organized in Geneva today and tomorrow under the aegis of the United Nations and in the presence of the delegations of Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, and the Polisario. "These are not negotiations. It is only an initial round table," said Moussaoui Ajlaoui, an expert associated with AMES-Center. In addition to Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Omar Hilale, Morocco's representative at the UN, the Moroccan delegation to this round table is also composed of three ethnic Sahrawis, namely Sidi Hamdi Ould Errachid, President of the Laâyoune-Sakia Hamra region, Ynja Khattat, President of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, and Fatima Adli, community activist from the city of Smara..."