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News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Wednesday, January 13, 2021

AUJOURD'HUI LE MAROC
The Interior Ministry is suing Mohamed Ziane:
The Ministry of Interior decided to initiate legal proceedings against Mohamed Ziane through the filing of a complaint before the Public Prosecutor's Office at the Rabat Court of First Instance, following the statements and serious accusations he made against a national institution. In a statement, the Ministry said that "in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Kingdom, including those relating to the guarantee of the rights of individuals and institutions, and in order to implement the legal provisions governing the rule of law, and following the statements and serious accusations made by Mohamed Ziane against a national institution, the Ministry of Interior has decided to activate the legal proceedings against him through the filing of a complaint before the prosecutor's office at the Court of First Instance in Rabat...

Remote trial: 7,838 cases registered from January 4 to 8, 2021:
Remote courts recorded a total of 391 hearings across the Kingdom from January 4 to 8, 2021. This was reported on Monday by the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ), stating that during these hearings, 7,838 cases were scheduled. In this sense, 9,081 detainees benefited from the remote trial system during the same period, without having to go to court, according to the same source...


LE MATIN DU SAHARA:
In accordance with the High Royal Instructions, the Moroccan-American Defense Advisory Committee holds its 11th meeting in Rabat:
In accordance with the High Royal Instructions relating to the holding of the 11th session of the Defense Advisory Committee (DCC), the Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of National Defense Administration, Abdeltif Loudyi, received, Tuesday at the headquarters of this Administration, the U.S. Under Secretary of Defense, in charge of Political Affairs, Anthony Tata, on a three-day working visit to the Kingdom at the head of a large military delegation. At the beginning of their discussions, the two officials expressed their satisfaction with the strength, excellence and sustainability of the special ties and exceptional strategic partnership between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Morocco, said a statement of the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR)...

Dakhla is well on its way to becoming a major economic pole and a link between Morocco and its African depth:
The platform "Dakhlaconnect.com," dedicated to investment promotion and territorial marketing, was launched Sunday at the headquarters of the wilaya of the region of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab, in the presence of the U.S. Under Secretary of State in charge of Middle East and North Africa issues, David Schenker. Funded by the United States Government, Office of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), through its branch of the U.S. Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), this platform aims to build a bridge between companies in the region, investors, customers and potential suppliers...


LES INSPIRATIONS ECO
Impact of the floods: Pending the decision of El Otmani... :
Delays are running for the Executive on the subject of the state aid to be brought to the victims of the heavy rains that fell on the whole national territory during the last week. Following the fact that Casablanca was, during the first days of the rains, the first to be concerned by the evaluation of the damages suffered, several other cities were subsequently visited, in order to rule on the extent of the damages through the Solidarity Fund against Catastrophic Events (FSEC)...

Tourist revival. The ONMT is looking at three "very promising" markets:
The Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT) is actively preparing the revival of the tourist sector, one of the most affected by the collateral effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. To give itself the means for a rapid recovery, the Office intends to study closely three issuing markets which it considers "very promising." A study is to be carried out by an external service provider to examine the potential of sub-Saharan Africa (Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, South Africa and Guinea), Israel and Portugal...


LIBÉRATION
Intensity of events and disruption of rhythms. The new characteristics of the climate in Morocco:
In Morocco, rainfall plays a very important socio-economic role and several sectors depend on it, particularly water resources and agriculture. During dry periods, irrigated agriculture, water supply and electricity production are often threatened and the intensity of this threat depends on the accentuation of droughts that hit the country, as in the 1994-1995 season. Heavy rainfall is also a threat to lives and infrastructure (the floods of November 2009 - February 2010)...

National growth is expected to keep pace with global economic growth in 2021:
"Morocco is expected to return to 4% growth in 2021." This is what emerges from the latest semi-annual edition of the World Bank's World Economic Outlook (WB). The resumption of economic activity would result from increased agricultural production following the drought period and the government's relaxation of containment measures, explained the Bretton Woods Institution, referring to the outlook for countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region...