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News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Wednesday, January 9, 2019

AL BAYANE
Temperature reaches between -3 and 0°C: The cold persists and the clemency of the sky is still waiting:
The cold still persists, and temperatures will continue to decrease in several parts of the kingdom. According to weather forecasts for Wednesday, the clemency of the sky is still awaited, while the cold wave will continue on the hills, the East, the Southeast, the plateaus, the interior of the country with local frost during the morning and at night. This cold snap, which will continue until early next week, will result in a sharp drop in temperatures to -7 degrees on the hills and the Oriental and 00°C on the northern plains, the central and plateaus of phosphates and Ulmes and the southeast of the country...

Meeting in Dakar of the CAF Executive Committee: Egypt, host of the CAN-2019:
Egypt has been designated to host the final phase of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN) football tournament, following the meeting of the Executive Committee of the African Football Confederation (CAF) in Dakar on Tuesday. The announcement was made by CAF President Ahmad Ahmad. Egypt, which had hosted four previous CAF Africa Cup of Nations editions, the last of which was held in 2006, was in competition with South Africa. Initially scheduled for Wednesday, the meeting of CAF's Executive Committee had been rescheduled for Tuesday with only one item on the agenda: "the decision concerning the host country of the 2019 African Cup of Nations"...


AUJOURD'HUI LE MAROC
Public health: 2019 starts with strikes:
The climate in public health remains as tense as ever. The advent of 2019 will be marked by the continuation of the arm wrestling between doctors in public hospitals and those in charge of supervision. In this sense, the Independent Union of Public Sector Doctors has just announced a new stage of protest to make its voice heard and above all to obtain from the supervisory authority the implementation of its demands, particularly with regard to remuneration and the practice of the profession. In this sense, the union has just formalized a four-month protest program...

The Ali Zaoua Foundation opens its 3rd "Les Etoiles" centre in Agadir:
After the two cultural centres "Les Etoiles" in Casablanca and Tangier, the Ali Zaoua Foundation is preparing to open a third in the city of Agadir next March. The aim of this centre is to be a real place of initiation and training in the arts and cultures of the world, open to young people from the Souss region. "The young people of Agadir will be entitled to a new space for learning and artistic development," says the foundation. Indeed, its creation is part of a tripartite partnership agreement with the city of Agadir and the NHRI...


LE MATIN DU SAHARA
The Head of Government presents to MPs the measures to support purchasing power in 2019:
The Head of Government considers that the achievements in relation to the compensation scheme, the INDH, the Medical Assistance Scheme, the programme to combat school drop-out, the programme to compensate for loss of employment, the direct support for widows, etc., contribute to improving the purchasing power of citizens...

The President of the Irish Chamber of Deputies underlines the importance of the partnership with Morocco:
Morocco has all the assets to become an exemplary economic partner for Ireland, said in Rabat on Tuesday the President of the Irish Chamber of Deputies, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, visiting the Kingdom. In a statement to the press following his talks with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Habib El Malki, Mr Ó Fearghaíl stressed that his country's ambition was to open up to new economic partners, particularly in Africa, noting that his visit to Morocco was in line with this objective...


LES INSPIRATIONS ÉCO
Resumption of social dialogue. Mission impossible for Laftit? :
The Head of Government has given the Minister of the Interior a task that is not easy, knowing that his offer does not meet with unanimous approval among the representative trade unions. Without a new proposal on wages and improving purchasing power, any dialogue would be futile...

World growth. 2019, annus horribilis:
The World Bank forecasts a gloomy outlook for the global economy in 2019. Global economic growth is expected to moderate from 3% in 2018 to 2.9% in 2019, due to higher risks to the outlook, the World Bank announced on Tuesday. International trade and manufacturing activity has eased, trade tensions remain high and some major emerging markets have experienced significant pressures on financial markets...


L'ECONOMISTE
Land income: The tax authorities in ambush:
The landlord/tenant relationship will no longer be what it used to be. The 2019 Finance Act has changed the rules of the game. Indeed, tenants who are legal entities (private companies or administrations) are required to withhold withholding tax on the rent they pay to individual landlords. The measure was introduced in the 2019 Finance Act. Its objective is to combat tax evasion in the field of property income...

Fuel: Tracking down price agreements:
The Competition Authority convenes oil tankers. They will be auditioned in Rabat this week. Total Maroc and Afriquia are on the list. The other companies will also have to provide their financial, commercial, and economic data to the investigators. The regulator will thus collect information that could establish a supposed price agreement. The investigation of this case raises questions: no judicial descent, the Competition Council is diplomatic for the time being...


LIBERATION
Visit of meditation on the tomb of Abderrahim Bouabid:
An Ittihadie delegation representing different jurisdictions led by the First Secretary of the USFP, Driss Lachguar, and Habib El Malki, President of the National Council, visited Ashouhada Cemetery in Rabat yesterday to visit the grave of the late Abderrahim Bouabid. On this occasion, Driss Lachguar announced that this meditation visit confirms the fidelity of the Ittihadis to their symbols of struggle. He added that the USFP is on the right track and that it reiterates its commitment to citizens through its positions and measures to serve the interests of Moroccan society...

Mohamed Ben Abdelkader meets with the Speaker of the Parliament of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation:
The Deputy Minister for Administrative and Civil Service Reform, Mohamed Ben Abdelkader, met on Monday with the President of the Parliament of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Philippe Courard, as part of a working visit he is making this week to the Belgian capital with a view to strengthening the bilateral partnership. During this meeting, which took place in the presence of the Ambassador of Morocco to Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Mohamed Ameur, both parties underlined the commitment of Morocco and Belgium to move forward in their exemplary cooperation, after a year particularly rich in activities to promote exchanges in different fields...