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News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

AUJOURD'HUI LE MAROC
Private teaching: The downward spiral:
Official statistics show job losses in 2020 and considerable drops in student enrolments. In primary education, the number of recruits has been on a downward curve from more than 10,458 in the 2018-2019 school year to some 8,000 teachers the following year. Is the private school bubble bursting? Official statistics show that the number of teachers in the private sector is falling to levels similar to those seen a decade ago. In this sense, thousands of jobs have been lost in the sector according to the statistical review for the year 2019-2020 of the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research...

Morocco is a candidate for the Human Rights Council for the term 2023-2025:
The Minister of State for Human Rights and Relations with Parliament, Mustapha Ramid, announced Monday that Morocco has decided to stand as a candidate for the Human Rights Council for the period 2023-2025, with the support of the African Union, the League of Arab States, and several other regional groupings. "Morocco's candidacy has the support of the African Union, the League of Arab States, several other regional groupings and friendly countries," said Mr. Ramid who was speaking by videoconference during the High-Level Segment under the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council...


LE MATIN DU SAHARA:
Moroccan Sahara: The Kingdom reaffirms its commitment to the UN process for a political solution that respects the sovereignty of the Kingdom and its territorial integrity:
The Minister of State for Human Rights and Relations with Parliament, Mustapha Ramid, announced Monday that Morocco has decided to stand as a candidate for the Human Rights Council for the period 2023-2025, with the support of the African Union, the League of Arab States and several other regional groupings. "Morocco's candidacy has the support of the African Union, the League of Arab States, several other regional groupings and friendly countries," said Mr. Ramid who was speaking via videoconference during the High-Level Segment under the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council...

Morocco now complies with all international tax standards of transparency and fair taxation:
"Since 2018, Morocco has been engaged in actions to ensure that its tax system complies with the global principles of transparency and fair taxation, as enshrined in the criteria of the EU list," said a spokesman for the European Union...international community..."


LES INSPIRATIONS ECO
Instance of probity. Reasons for blocking:
The bill relating to the National Integrity, Prevention and Fight against Corruption (INPPLC) is struggling to pass through the House of Representatives' Committee on Justice, Legislation and Human Rights, even though the government, the president of the body and many deputies aspired to pass it during the autumn parliamentary session...

Cryptomonnaie. Morocco joins the CBDC movement:
Cryptomoney has been the focus of attention since Bitcoin, the most popular virtual currency that has been setting records. Since the beginning of the year, the price of Bitcoin has risen by 89% and crossed the symbolic $55,000 mark for the first time. In 2020, it has posted an increase of nearly 200% and thus becomes the asset that has grown the most during this period marked by a health, economic and social crisis of unprecedented magnitude...


LIBÉRATION
Moroccan mega-project. Financial and technical constraints to be overcome before setting up the first super energy services company in Africa:
US$965,000 is the amount of assistance granted by the Sustainable Energy Facility for Africa (SEFA) to the Société d'Énergie d'Ingénierie Énergétique (SIE) to support its transformation into a Super Energy Services Company (Super ESCO). According to Brice Mikponhoue, Acting Country Manager of the African Development Bank in Morocco, this fund will provide SIE with the operational tools necessary to develop a pipeline of bankable investment projects in the field of energy efficiency...

Covid-19: The vaccination campaign extended to 60-64 year olds and people with chronic diseases:
The national vaccination campaign will be extended, starting Wednesday, to the age group between 60 and 64 years and to people with chronic diseases, announced Sunday the Ministry of Health. In parallel with the vaccination of the categories currently targeted, namely the over 65s, the vaccination operation will be extended, from February 24, to the age group 60-64 years, as well as to the first group of people suffering from chronic diseases, including cancer, and who benefit from compulsory medical coverage schemes (CNOPS, CNSS) and RAMED, the ministry said in a press release...