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News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Tuesday, April 6, 2021

AUJOURD'HUI LE MAROC
All about the variants in Morocco:
The British variant continues to spread in Morocco. The SARS-CoV2 genomic surveillance system has allowed the detection and confirmation of the circulation of the British variant and its spread in 7 regions. This was revealed by the Ministry of Health through the publication of a communiqué. However, the Ministry did not give any details about the regions where these variant cases were detected. To get clarification on the situation in Casablanca, we contacted several times Dr. Nabila Rmili, Regional Director of Health of the region of Casablanca-Settat, in vain...

The national economy is growing again:
The national economy is growing again. Indeed, it is expected to recover by 0.7% in the first quarter of 2021, after four quarters of successive declines, due to a 13.7% rebound in agricultural value added and a 1% decline in non-agricultural activities. "Taking into account a 15.9% increase in agricultural value added and 13.4% in non-agricultural value added, economic activity would progress by 14.7% in the second quarter of 2021, instead of a contraction of -15.1% in the same quarter of the previous year," explains the High Commission for Planning in its latest conjuncture note...


LE MATIN DU SAHARA:
The Republic of Senegal opens a consulate general in Dakhla, the 21st diplomatic representation in the southern provinces of Morocco:
The Republic of Senegal opened, Monday, a consulate general in Dakhla, the tenth diplomatic representation inaugurated in this city for just over a year. The inauguration ceremony was presided over by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese abroad, Aïssata Tall Sall...

Morocco's experience highlighted at regional meeting in Abu Dhabi:
The Moroccan experience in the fields of climate and sustainable development was highlighted, Sunday in Abu Dhabi, during the Regional Dialogue on Climate Change for the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). The Secretary General of the Department of Environment at the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment, Mohamed Benyahia, who takes part in this virtual meeting, stressed during his speech that Morocco has adopted, in recent years, a proactive and integrated approach that has promoted the harmonization of climate policy with the objectives and challenges of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, in accordance with the directives of His Majesty King Mohammed VI...


LES INSPIRATIONS ECO
Catering and tourism. Extension of support measures, but how much longer? :
Three additional months have just been granted to professionals in the tourism and restaurant sectors and their employees to benefit from aid and monthly lump-sum allowances from the National Social Security Fund (CNSS). This decision, which emanates from the last working meeting of the Economic Monitoring Committee (CVE), held last April 2, enters its implementation phase, as part of the implementation of accompanying measures provided by the decree-law No. 2.20.605 for the benefit of companies affiliated to the CNSS. Also, the payment of the lump sum will be extended until the end of June this year...

Trade. Morocco, a good African partner:
The overall value of Morocco's trade to African countries increased during the period 2000-2019 by an average of 9.5% to reach nearly MAD 39.6 billion in 2019. This is according to the "Policy Africa" published by the Directorate of Studies and Financial Forecasts (DEPF), under the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Administration Reform...


LIBÉRATION
The variant made in Morocco seems to be less nasty than the others:
If air pollution has killed three times as many people worldwide as Covid-19 over the last 15 months, our health concerns are not likely to change their focus any time soon. The new coronavirus continues to punctuate our days as the health situation changes...

Press conference of Driss Lahguar and Carol Moseley Braun, distinguished guest of Morocco and the USFP:
USFP First Secretary Driss Lahguar and Carol Moseley Braun, a member of the U.S. Senate, will hold a press conference this morning from 9:30 am at the party's headquarters in Rabat. Carol Moseley Braun, the first African-American woman to be elected to the Senate, is currently visiting Morocco at the invitation of the USFP...