Thursday, 19 September 2019 22:15

Tetouan - HM King Mohammed VI delivered, on Monday,29 July 2019, a speech to the Nation on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Sovereign's accession to the throne of his glorious ancestors.

Here follows the full text of the royal speech:

"Praise be to God,

May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and Kin

Dear Citizens,

Twenty years have elapsed since Almighty God entrusted me with the sacred duty of leading the nation. It is a position of immense trust and a heavy responsibility.

I made a solemn commitment to you and to the Almighty to work earnestly so as to live up to that trust.

As God is my witness, I have not - and I shall not - spare any effort to serve your best interests and your just causes.

God knows that I have made serving you and the nation my main concern, so that all Moroccans, wherever they may be, can lead a free, dignified life on an equal footing.

I give thanks to Almighty God for bestowing upon us the blessings of unity, cohesion and the mutual Bei’a between the Throne and the people, in addition to the bonds of reciprocal affection and loyalty between the King and the citizens, which have become stronger and deeper over the years.

I also give praise and thanks to God for the Moroccan people’s consensus on the nation’s immutable, sacred values and its major policy choices.

Firstly, there is the national, citizen-based monarchy, which is grounded in closeness to the citizens and which takes to heart their concerns as much as their aspirations, and seeks to respond to them.

Secondly, there is the democracy and development-based policy, which I have been implementing resolutely and confidently.

Thirdly, there are the sweeping reforms we introduced, the reconciliations achieved and the major projects implemented.

Thanks to these accomplishments, we have managed, by the grace of the Almighty, to press ahead with the process of building modern Morocco and to overcome the difficulties faced.

Praise be to Almighty God for helping me carry out initiatives and actions successfully to serve you and the nation.

It is a fact that, at times, we did not accomplish all that we were hoping to achieve. Today, our resolve is greater than ever to press ahead with our efforts, to build on our achievements, to continue the reform process and to address the shortcomings revealed by past experience.

Dear Citizens,

We have made a quantum leap in infrastructure development, whether it is highway construction, the high-speed railway, major ports, renewable energy facilities or urban development and revamping.

We have also made undeniable progress in promoting rights and freedoms and consolidating sound democratic practice.

Nevertheless, I realize that, though important, infrastructure development and institutional reforms are not enough on their own.

Let me say this clearly and frankly: what undermines this positive result is that the effects of the progress and the achievements made has not, unfortunately, been felt by all segments of the Moroccan society.

Indeed, some citizens may not directly feel their positive impact on their living conditions, or in terms of helping them meet their daily needs, especially in the areas of basic social services, the reduction of social disparities and the consolidation of the middle class.

God knows how much I suffer personally when a fraction of the Moroccan people - even if it were just one per cent of the Moroccan population - endures hardships and lives in poverty.

For this reason, I have attached particular importance to human development programs, social policies and the need to respond to Moroccans’ pressing concerns.

As I said in last year's address, there will be no peace of mind for me so long as we have not properly tackled the hurdles faced and found the right solutions to development and social issues.

This, however, cannot be achieved without a comprehensive vision, without qualified human resources or without meeting the conditions required to carry out planned projects.

Dear Citizens,

In recent years, our development model has proven to be inadequate in terms of helping us meet the growing needs of a segment of the population, reduce social inequalities and tackle regional disparities. For this reason, I have called for revisiting that model and updating it.

To be honest, I personally do not like setting up ad-hoc committees to tackle issues; for some, this is the surest way to evade problems and walk away from them.

However, I did resort, in the past, to setting up committees to tackle some key national issues, such as regionalization, the amendment of the Constitution, family law and the Justice and Reconciliation Commission. I was keen to ensure close follow-up to their work, and the results achieved were positive and constructive.

I have therefore decided to set up an ad-hoc committee for the development model. God willing, I will inaugurate that committee in the autumn.

As regards membership, I have seen to it that the committee includes representatives from various fields of knowledge and intellectual currents, including prominent Moroccans from the public and the private sectors who meet the requirements of competence and impartiality, who are able to feel the pulse of society, who understand its expectations and who have the nation’s best interests at heart.

I should like to emphasize, in this regard, that the said committee will not serve as a second government or be a parallel official institution. This is an advisory body with a specific time-bound mission.

It will have to take into consideration the major reforms introduced - as well as those to come - in a number of sectors, such as education, health, agriculture, investment and taxation. The committee is expected to make suggestions on how to improve these reforms and increase effectiveness.

I expect the committee to be totally impartial and objective, and to report on facts as they are on the ground, however harsh or painful they may be. And when proposing solutions, I want it to be daring and innovative.

This is not about a break with the past. Rather, we want to add a new building block to our development agenda, as part of a continuing process.

Most importantly, we must be resolute and audacious and show a keen spirit of responsibility as we implement the relevant conclusions and recommendations adopted, no matter how hard or costly that may be.

God willing, I will go back to this at a future date.

In the meantime, work pertaining to the management of public affairs and response to citizens’ concerns must continue with greater commitment and a keener sense of responsibility.

In particular, emphasis should be placed on improving basic social service delivery and enhancing the performance of public institutions.

In parallel, I ask the Government to start working on major, integrated next-generation sectoral plans, which will form the backbone of the new development model.

Dear Citizens,

Revamping the nation’s development model is not an end in itself. Rather, it is a gateway to a new era – one into which, with God’s help, I intend to take Morocco.

It is a new phase, whose distinguishing features will be responsibility and the pursuit of a comprehensive take-off.

It is a phase which holds great promise because Morocco’s potential and competencies allow for greater accomplishments than what has been achieved so far. And we are, indeed, capable of accomplishing more.

Our main ambition is for Morocco to join the ranks of developed nations.

Nevertheless, the new era we are about to enter is fraught with internal and external challenges to which we must rise. They include the following in particular:

• Firstly: the challenge of enhancing trust and consolidating achievements: this is the recipe for success and a condition for fulfilling our ambitions. It concerns trust among citizens and trust in the national institutions that bring them together. It is about having faith in a better future.

• Secondly, the challenge of avoiding isolation, especially in some sectors which require openness towards international experiences. This is a gateway to economic development and progress. It makes it possible for Moroccan businesses and operators to hone their competitive skills.

Openness is a catalyst for investment and for the transfer of foreign expertise and know-how. Not only is it a driver for improved services and better training opportunities, but it also creates jobs.

It is a fact that the state, the public sector and national professional institutions have made significant efforts to carry out their mission and improve performance.

Nevertheless, some sectors and liberal professions, for instance, need to be open to international expertise and competencies, and to private investment, both domestic and foreign.

Many international companies and businesses have expressed a desire to invest and settle in Morocco.

This is a matter of deep satisfaction because it is a sign of confidence in our country. However, the constraints imposed by some national laws, and the fear and hesitation characterizing the mindset of certain officials sometimes isolate Morocco or lead to damaging indecision.

Those who refuse to open up to the outside world in certain sectors - which I do not want to name here - arguing that it leads to lost jobs, do not care about Moroccans but fear, instead, for their own personal interests.

As a matter of fact, foreign investment in those sectors would boost state efforts, not just by creating jobs, but also by promoting quality training, attracting expertise and showcasing successful experiences.

• Thirdly, the challenge of accelerating economic development and enhancing institutional efficiency: the aim is to build a strong, competitive economy by continuing to incentivize private entrepreneurship, in addition to launching new programs for productive investment and creating more jobs.

This requires greater institutional efficiency and a change in the mindset of those in charge.

The public sector needs an immediate three-dimensional revolution: a revolution in simplification, a revolution in efficiency and a revolution in ethical standards.

I have already drawn attention, in the past, to the need to change and revamp work methods, and to show diligence and innovation in the management of public institutions.

• Fourthly, the challenge of social and regional justice: the aim is to complete the building of a nation of hope and equality for all; a country where there is no place for blatant inequalities, frustrating behavior, rent seeking or time and energy wasting.

Therefore, there must be a final break with such negative attitudes and conduct; we must uphold the values of hard work, responsibility, merit and equal opportunity.

Dear Citizens,

For this new phase to be successful, all national institutions and actors concerned should be involved in injecting fresh momentum into economic and social development in our country.

This requires collective mobilization and making the motto of putting the interests of the homeland and the citizens above any other consideration a concrete reality - not just a slogan.

In addition to the important role that has to be played by national institutions, I should like to emphasize the need for Moroccans to be involved, since the citizen is one of the most important actors in the success of this phase.

I therefore call upon all Moroccans to make a positive contribution in keeping with a spirit of effective civic engagement. Indeed, the results we seek to achieve, the projects we implement and the initiatives we launch all have but one goal: to improve the citizens’ living conditions.

God willing, the new phase will see projects of a different type. They will require qualified elites in all managerial and executive positions. Furthermore, new life will have to be injected into institutions and political, economic and administrative bodies, including the Government.

In this regard, I ask the Head of Government to submit to me, after the summer break, proposals to fill executive posts in the Government and the civil service with high-level national elites chosen on merit and competence.

This does not mean that the current Government and our civil service are completely lacking in qualified human resources.

I simply want to make sure the new phase is a success thanks to people with a different mentality and officials who are capable of raising performance levels and bringing about the radical change we are yearning for.

Dear Citizens,

The celebration of the glorious Throne Day is a most fitting occasion to reiterate our unwavering commitment to the Moroccanness of the Sahara, to our national unity and territorial integrity, and to full sovereignty over every inch of the Kingdom’s territory.

I am proud of all that our country has achieved at the United Nations and at African and European levels. We need to remain mobilized across the board to consolidate these achievements and face up to the plots of our adversaries.

Morocco remains resolutely and earnestly committed to the political process, under the exclusive aegis of the United Nations Organization.

Morocco is also clear in terms of its fundamental convictions: the way to achieve the desired settlement can be none other than through Moroccan full sovereignty and within the framework of the autonomy initiative.

The security and development challenges facing us cannot be tackled by any country on its own.

With that in mind, I wish to reaffirm our sincere commitment to the policy of the outstretched hand towards our Algerian brothers, out of loyalty to the bonds rooted in brotherhood, religion, language and good-neighborliness that have always existed between the peoples of the two sister nations.

This was shown recently by the sincere and spontaneous manifestations of friendliness and support expressed by Morocco - its King and its people - for the Algerian national football team at the African Cup of Nations held in our sister country, Egypt. Moroccans shared in the Algerian people's joy and pride when their national team deservedly won the Cup. It was as if Morocco had won, too.

Because of this awareness and of the belief that ours is a common destiny and that we share the same historical and cultural heritage, we are optimistic and hopeful that we can work for the fulfilment of Maghreb peoples’ aspirations for unity, complementarity and integration.

Dear Citizens,

Morocco belongs to all Moroccans. It is our common home. We must, all of us, each in his or her respective field of competence, contribute to building our nation, ensuring its development and preserving its unity, security and stability.

We want a country that accommodates all its sons and daughters; a country in which all citizens - without exception - enjoy the same rights and have the same obligations, in an environment where freedom and human dignity prevail.

I remember with deep respect and reverence all honorable Moroccans who made tremendous sacrifices for freedom and independence, and who contributed to building modern Morocco – a country committed to development, democracy and progress.

Chief among them were my venerable grandfather, His Majesty King Mohammed V, and my revered father, His Majesty King Hassan II. May they rest in peace.

I wish to pay tribute to all members of the Royal Armed Forces, the Royal Gendarmerie, the Auxiliary Forces, the National Police and the Civil Defense for their continued mobilization, under my leadership, to defend the homeland and preserve its security and stability.

Almighty God says: “Allah has promised those who have believed among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession (to authority) upon the earth, just as He granted it to those before them". True is the Word of God.

Wassalamu alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh."

MAP

Following the defamatory statements as published on 11 june 2019 in the conservative spanish Newspaper El Mundo, the CCME launches a legal action against the daily for offense of private life and Honor.

The extremely misleading charges of the Newspaper against a constitutional Institution are an affront to the reputation of the CCME, it’s secretary general, a member of his family and another member of the Council.

The complaint was submitted to the Court of First Instance in Madrid on Wednesday 31 july 2019.

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«Extremism, globalization and post-narrative history », was the theme of the opening session of the first spring edition of the University of human sciences of Rabat. The Meeting took place on 22 April 2019 at the Education science Faculty (FSE).

Rabat - HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, delivered on Saturday at the Esplanade of the Hassan Mosque in Rabat a speech on the occasion of the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Morocco.

Mr Abdellah Boussouf, secretary general of the council of the moroccan community living abroad (CCME), said that the living together was the keystone of the moroccan way of life, during the political TV show "Moubachara maakoum" aired wednesday 27 mars 2019. The program’s main subject was about the Pope’s François two days visit to Morocco on March 30 and 31.

The Mohammed First university of the eastern city of Oujda organizes, in partnership with the Council of the Moroccan community living abroad (CCME), the Ministry of Foreign affairs, charged with the moroccans living and the regional council of the Eastern part of Morocco, an international symposium on « linternational migration in the African context : current realities and challenges ». The two day meeting takes place march 27 and 28 2019 at the university of de Medecine and Pharmacy of the city.

The Council of the Mocroccan community living abroad (CCME) participates to the  Moroccan programming of the second edition of the Maghreb Film Festival of Quebec.

The opening of the exhibition « Christians in Morocco : living-together » took place on first spring’s day (20 March 2019), at the Direction of Morocco’s Archives in Rabat. 

The Direction of Morocco’s Archives organizes in partnership with the Council of the Moroccan Community living abroad from 20 march to 30 may 2019 under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, an exhibition on « Christians in Morocco : living-together ». 

The Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) took part in a day-long seminar on "Post-migration" organized on 8 March, 2019 by the Aix -Marseille (CIELAM) interdisciplany  Center of research and literature in Aix-Marseille (France). 

The photography exhibition " Morocco, in an instant"  will take place in Codoba from 7th June to 23 september 2019. Organized by Casa Arabe and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) in Madrid, from June 7 to September 23, 2018 , the very successful exhibition had made a long stop in Sevilla place from November 28, 2018 to January 21, 2019.

The round table on "Experiences of administering local diversity",  was attended by Ms Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, former French minister and politician, and Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg (France), who answered Moroccan journalist Amine Boushaba's questions . 

The last round table of the day gathered on "Media and the image of Morocco abroad" gatherd journalists gathered Mr Zouhir Louassini (Italy), Ms Fadoua Massat (USA), Mr Anas Bouslamti (United Arab Emirates), Mr Mustapha Tossa (France) and Nabil Bouhajra who responded to Mr Mohammed Saibari (journalist/CCME).

The Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) organized, Saturday, February 16, 2019 a round table on the "Globalization of Moroccan culture in the digital age". The meeting was moderated by Mr Mohammed Moussaoui, CCME member and gathered MsFatna El Hamrit, Ms Mariame Tighanimine, Ms Sofia Kacim.  

Sunday, 17 February 2019 09:22

SIEL : program, Sunday February 17th

10.00-12.30

Youth matinees

14h45-16h45

The Agora meetings

"Dealing with diversity in the city"

Speakers: Mrs Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Mr Roland Riesand Mr Abdellah Boussouf

The round table "Dealing with Diversity in the City", gathers politicians and cultural decision-makers, who will try ntably to share successful their experiences work on  diversity, the efforts made to promote cultural relations, interculturality in local policies and strategies.

17h00-18h00

CCME publications

- "Voyage en France", Mohamed Saad Zemmouri

- "The Catholic Church in Morocco under the French protectorate Rabat-Paris-Rome or the clash of logics (1912-1956)", Moussa Marguich

Moderator: Mrs Najat Azmy

Travel in France

This book translated by Al Hachimi Al Hashtouki Naciri the secretary of Caid Goundafi who went to France among many Moroccan dignitaries to attend in 1926 the historic inauguration of the Muslim institut of Paris Paris (Grand Mosque), presided by Sultan Moulay Youssef and President Gaston Doumergue.

The Catholic Church in Morocco under the French protectorate

This study seeks to describe, in the colonial context, the mechanisms determining the relations between the political and ecclesiastical power.

Saturday, 16 February 2019 07:30

SIEL : program, Saturday February 16th

10.00-12.30

Youth Matinee

 

14h00-15h15

CCME publications

  "مغاربة العالم, أنموذج عمالة رونو", Khalid Ouassou, Mostafa Idbihi (testimony)

 

The Literary hour

"Tangellois, no, perhaps! , by Amidou Si M'Hammed

Moderator: Mr Mohamed Anouar Haidour

 

15h30-17h15

The Agora meetings

 

"Globalization of Moroccan culture in the digital age"

Speakers: Ms Fatna El Hamrit, Ms Mariame Tighanimine, Ms Sofia Kacim and Mr Nabil Bouhajra,

Moderator: Mr Mohammed Moussaoui

 

17h30-19h15

The Agora meetings

«Media and the image of Morocco abroad»

Speakers: Mr Zouhir Louassini, Mr Fadoua Massat, Mr Anas Bouslamti and Mr Mustapha Tossa

Moderator: Mr Mohamed Saibari (CCME)

Friday, 15 February 2019 17:51

Plural identity and civil engagement

A round table on "Plural identity and civil engagement" took place Friday 15 ferbruary at the CCME stand. Parcticipated to this meeting : Mr Ahmed El Khannouss (Belgium), Ms Nessrin Mr El Hachlaf Bensaid (Spain) and MsFatima Orsatelli (France). It was moderated by Mr Zouhir Louassini (journalist).

Friday, 15 February 2019 07:30

SIEL : program, Friday, February 15

10.00-12.30

Youth matinees

 

15.00-16.15

The Agora appointments

"Multiple identities and citizen commitment"

Speakers: Mr Rachid Benzine, Mr Khaled Chaouki, Mr Ahmed El Khannouss and Ms Nessrin El Hachlaf Bensaid

Moderator: Mrs.Fatima Orsatelli

The round table "plural identities and citizen commitment" proposes to focus on the added value of dual membership in political engagement abroad and understand the importance of preserving cultural diversity to cope with the challenges of the world, political and religious extremism.

16.30-18.00

Journeys

Moroccan women and politicians of the world: cross-cultural experiences

Speakers: Ms. Nadia El Yousfi, Ms. Salwa El Gharbi, Mr. Mustapha Laabid and Mr. Rachid Moktadir

Moderator: Mr Abdelghani Dades

The round table "Moroccan men and women politicians of the world: cross experiences" would like to highlight the singularity of the courses that will take part, elected representatives from the cultural diversity of various European countries.

18h15-19h15

"The literary hour"

- "Illegitimate old age? Elder Moroccan migrant women or the difficult paths of recognition » ", by Ms. Fatima Ait Ben Lmadani, Bouregreg Publishing

- "Between the Hammer and the Anvil" Documentary, Al Hassania Moroccan Women's Center (Ms. Souad Talsi)

Moderator: Ms Amina Ennceiri

The round-table on "The sense of Moroccan style in world" will gather Albert Oiknine, Faouzi Skali, Younes Duret and Souhail Serghini. The meeting is moderated by Aziz Rifki (CCME).

Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:53

Round table: "Plural Morocco "

The meeting  on "Plural Morocco" was conducted by the researchers Mr Mohammed Hatmi, Mr Mohamed Reda Boudchar, Mr Mohammed Ahmed Ghayn and Lahoucine Bouyaakoubi  was moderated by Mr Jaouad Achakouri, Project Manager at the CCME.

Thursday, 14 February 2019 07:30

SIEL : program, thursday, February 14

10.00-12.30

Youth Matinees

 

14h00-14h45

Signing session

"The Besieged Child" and "The Song of the Hoope", M'hammed Mellouki, Marsam Editions

15h00-17h00

The Agora meetings

"Morocco’s plurality"

Speakers: Mohammed Hatmi, Mohamed Reda Boudchar, Mohammed Ahmed Ghayn and Lahoucine Bouyaakoubi

Moderator: Jaouad Achakouri

During this meeting, we will discuss affluents and components that have contributed to the enrichment of the culture of Moroccans for centuries, and dedicated a cultural specificity that covers many areas

17h15-19h15

Course

"Moroccan savoir-vivre throughout the world"

Speakers: Albert Oiknine, Faouzi Skali, Younes Duret and Souhail Serghini

Moderated by Aziz Rifki

During this meeting, the participants will discuss the tributaries  and components that have contributed to the enrichment of the Moroccan culture for centuries.

The last meeting of Wednesday, gathered the authors of "The wind starts blowing, death in exile" by Abdelhamid El Bayouki (Spain) and "Prayers on high seas, memories of an illegal migrant" by Mohamed Doublali (Italy) . The round table was moderated by Mr Hamid Bichri( CCME) moderated and attended by Professor Mohamed Mokhtari (United Arab Emirates).

During this meeting, Mr Mostafa Chendid (Denmark), Mr Khalid Ghazali (Italy), Mr Youssef Sbai (Italy) ), and Mr Mustapha El Mourabit (CCME) will discuss the "Religious culture among Muslims in Europe: sources and transmissions". The meeting will be wil moderated  by Mr Abdellah Redouane (CCME member).

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 17:53

Books: Singular migration journeys

The second meeting of the day, reviewed three books published by the CCME: "course of the Moroccans of the Gulf countries", "course of the Moroccans of the Netherlands" produced by the digital Newspaper Hespress and "memory of suitcases" written by Ms Rachida El Ansari Zaki.

Two new Books have been presented during this fist meetings : Abdelhak El Kouani's "Contemporary legislation of Muslims in Europe" and "the different images of Moroccan Culture in the German and Swiss Works from 1830 to 1911 (Comparative Study)" by Redouane Daoui. Mr Mohamed Kharchich, member of the CCME, moderated the debate.

The last meeting of the day  “the legal status of Moroccans living abroad ". The round table gathered  Mr Mohamed Benyahya, Mr Ahmed Bouachik, professors at Mohammed V University in Rabat Ms Imane El Malki, magistrate at the Court of appeal and cassation. The meeting was moderated  moderated by Mohamed El Firdaoussi, a member of the CCME and a lawyer in France.  His Excellency Mr. Marc Trenteseau, Ambassador of Belgium to Morocco took part to the round table.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) organized, Tuesday, February 12, 2019, a round table on "the role and place of the Moroccans of the livins abroad ine  the region of Souss-Massa ". Mr Mohamed Charef, Mr Safini Brahim, Mr Jamal Lhoussain and Mr Ahmed Ezzahidi.  The meeting was moderated by Mr. Abdellatif Maroufi, researcher in economics and migration.

The first round table organized on Monday, February 11, 2019 gathered Mr Jamal Bouoiyour (France), Mr Jean Baptiste Meyer (France), Mr Aouatif El Fakir (France), Mr Rachid Aouine (Morocco) and Ms Aouatef Khelloqi (France-Morocco). The meeting was  moderated by Faouzi Lakhdar-Ghazal, member of the CCME.

Monday, 11 February 2019 07:30

SIEL : program, Monday 11 february 2019

10.00-12.30

Youth matinee

 

15h00-17h00

The Agora meetings

"Development projects in Morocco: In which fields do Moroccans living abroad invest?"

Speakers: Jamal Bouoiyour, Jean Baptiste Meyer, Aouatif El Fakir, Rachid Aouine and Aouatef Khelloqi

Moderator: Faouzi Lakhdar-Ghazal

This round table will dedicated to how Moroccans abroad contribute to the development of Morocco.

 

17h15-19h15

The Agora meetings

"Moroccans living abroad: the experience of "homecoming"

Speakers: Ms Mouna Louhamane, Ms Mahjouba Tridi, Mr Mohamed Ezzouak, Mr Ramzi Ammou, Mr Nabil Brouz and 

Moderator: Ms Ghislaine El Abid

The myth of the return (home),  will be discussed during this 2nd meeting of the evening.Essentially,  the "return" of these generations born in Morocco or abroad, who decide to live in Morocco. The question being asked is : Should we continue to talk about the return/coming back of someone born abroad who in fact has never left ?

The second round table of this Sunday, February 10, 2019 celles the Moroccans living abroad to talk about their concerns and ambitions. Nora Noor (Belgium), Izza Genini (France), Hélène Meyer (France), David Serero (United States) and Mustapha Zoufri (Belgium) took part to this meeting. David Serero, French-moroccan opera singer (Baryton) sang the Moroccan national anthem.

The Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) organized Sunday, February 10, 2019 a round table on the plurality on the language creativity of the o Moroccan writers living abroad. Participated to this round table : Ms Nadia Dala (Belgium), Ms Esther Bendahan (Spain), Ms Intissar Haddiya (Morocco), Mr Kamal Benkirane (Canada), and Majid Blal (Canada). The meeting was moderated by Mina Rhouch, a CCME member.

Sunday, 10 February 2019 07:30

SIEL : program, Sunday, February 10 2019

10.00-12.30

Youth matinees

14h00-14h45

Signing session

 "الريف والبحر الأبيض المتوسط 1830 - 1926", Mohamed Ahmiane, Bouregreg Editions, CCME Collection

Ahmiane Mohamed: Professor of Contemporary History at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Mohammed Premier University, Oujda, and member of the Moroccan Association for Historical Research. He has participated in numerous conferences and national and international meetings, and has published articles and studies in peer-reviewed scientific journals, both in Morocco and abroad.

15h00-17h00

The meetings of the Agora

"Moroccan writers living abroad and the linguitstic pluralism "

Speakers: Esther Bendahan, Majid Blal, Kamal Benkirane, Intissar Haddiya and Nadia Dala

Moderator: Mina Rhouch

This CCME round table gathers a panel of writers from around the world who have chosen to write in different languages and create a new Moroccan literary production.

17h15-19h15

Journeys of writers

"Moroccan artists of the world: inspirations and aspirations"

Speakers: Izza Genini, David Serero, Nora Noor, Mustapha Zoufri and Hélène Meyer

Moderator: Driss Rahaoui

This round table on  « Moroccan artists around he wold: pathways, inspirations and aspirations », which gathers several Moroccan artists  will talk about the evolution of the migration and the Moroccan creation and its plural identities.

The (CCME) organized, a round table on « the culture of origin in the writing of the Moroccans living abroad ».

Saturday, 09 February 2019 08:41

SIEL : program, Saturday 9th February 2019

10h00-12h30

Youth matinees

The CCME organizes every matinee during the book fair, morning trainings for the youngsters. During this edition, four subjects will be given: « Islam within us », a didactical game produced by the CCME, « The Moroccan personality », « with the guest » and «theatre and improvisation »

14h00-14h45

Signing session

« الحلم الإيطالي », « زمن الخوف » Charki Bakrine

15h00-17h00

The Agora meetings

« The culture of origin in the writings of the Moroccans living abroad »

The meeting will notably try to deepen the discussion about culture but also its contradictions and its impact on the improvement of the different cultural areas. The Participants are : the writer Mohamed Ahroba (Germany),the novelist and writer Rachid Santaki (France), Mr. Dahiri Mohamed, professor and writer (Spain), the French-Moroccan writer Hamisultane Maï-Do, and the writer and journalist Maati Kabbal.

17h15-19h00

The second part of the evening, will deal with « the Moroccan culture in Africa and in the Arab world » . The participants : Mr Driss El Ganbouri, Mr Ismail Regragui Ould Dahah and Mr Sidi Mohamed el Farsi who will discuss the millennial relationship between the Kingdom and the Arab and African world.

Friday, 08 February 2019 23:59

Success stories of Moroccans living abroad

The second meeting of the day dealt with the theme success stories of moroccans who achieved their dreams. Every participant recounted his pathway to success.

The first round table of the CCME, was introduced by Mr Mustapha El Mourabit who said that thanks to their cultural legacy, the Moroccans living aboad, are creative, inspiring and known for their openness. He gave Spain as the most telling example, a country where the Moroccan community is part of Spain’s history.

Thursday, 07 February 2019 23:34

SIEL : program, Friday 8th February 2019

15h00-17h00

The CCME inaugurates its participation in this 25th edition of the International Book and Publishing Fair with the "Agora's Meetings".

This inaugural meeting, whose topic is: "Moroccan culture beyond borders: realities and challenges", will try to understand the foreign cultural actor's view on the Moroccan culture in some countries of residence, through an institutional debate on the reality and prospects of Moroccan culture beyond borders. The attendants will try to examine how to develop the cultural production of the Moroccans living abroad, and strengthen Morocco's receptiveness to their cultural productions.

The round table will bring together Mr. Abdellah Boussouf (Secretary General of CCME), Mr Mohamed El Araj (Moroccan Minister of Culture and Communication) and Mr Pedro Martinez Avial (Director General of Casa Arabe in Madrid) will be moderated by Mr.Mustapha El Mourabit (CCME)

17H15 to 19H00

The second meeting of the day entitled "Pathways" will deal with the topic « success stories of Moroccans around the world » and analyze some unique experiences achieved in the countries where they live. 

The roundtable brings together Ms. Hanane Benkhallouk, Mr. Paul Dahan, Mr Noureddine Fatty, Mr Rachid Hanbali and will be moderated by Ms. Ghita Zine.

The prime minister, Mr Saad Eddine el Othman, opened the 25th edition of the Internatioal book fair ( SIEL) the 7th February 2019, held in Casablanca under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI.

A meeting with a Beligian Delegation was held at the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), wednesday, February 6, 2019. The group was led by Mr. Rudi Vervoort, Minister President of the Brussels-Capital Region.

The Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) takes part to the 25th edition of the Casablanca, International Book Fair (SIEL), from February 8 to 17, 2019. "The Moroccan culture beyond borders"is the theme chosen by the council for this edition. 

The Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) conceives the teaching game « Islam in us » (in French and English) with the purspose to help the young generations of moroccan muslim migrants living abroad,  learn the values of authentic Islam, based on the Moroccan heritage defined by tolerance and respect ".

Marrakech - HM King Mohammed VI sent a message, Monday 10 december 2018, to the Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration, which opened Monday in Marrakech.

The meeting conducted around  the book "The state, role and place of Moroccans  lliving abroad in the region of Souss-Massa" took place on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in Agadir. The Conference is organized by the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), in partnership with the laboratories LARLANCO and LRMECSS of the Faculty of Humanities and Letters of the University Ibn Zohr of Agadir.

The Council of the Moroccan community living abroad organizes, in partnership with the laboratories LARLANCO and LRMECSS of the Faculty of humanities at the University Ibn Zohr of Agadir, a scientific conference on "the State and the rights of the Moroccans living abroad in Souss-Massa region", Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 9:30, at the conference hall of the Prefecture of Agadir Ida-Outanane.

The photography exhibition " Morocco, in an instant" organized by Casa Arabe and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) in Madrid, from June 7 to September 23, 2018 , will take place in Sevilla from November 28, 2018 to January 21, 2019.

The opening of the 13th edition of the World Sufi Meeting began on November 17, 2018 in Madagh (province of Berkane- eastern Morocco), under the theme "Sufi Culture and the Universal Common: For the Values of Dialogue and Compromise" .

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) organizes in partnership with the civil society networks of Boujdour and the Great South, from November 18 to December 18, 2018, an exhibition and workshops dedicated to the book produced by the CCME: "Moroccans, Migrants and Travelers".

The conference program of the meeting on "Moroccan Judaism: for a Moroccan sharing" held from 12 to 18 November 2018 in Marrakech fialized its conference on Thursday, November 15.

The conference "Morocco in the world: challenges and perspectives" led by Professor Simon Serfaty is the focal point of the Marrakech meeting. Professor of American Foreign Policy at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and Emeritus Professor of Zosigniew Brzezinski in Geostrategy at the Center for Strategic Studies and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, he answers questions from journalist and host Hanane Harrath.

During the closing session of the conference program of the meeting on "Moroccan Judaism: for a shared Moroccanity", a synthesis report and recommendations were read by Dr. Willian Déry, Former President of the Sephardic Community of Quebec and founding member of the World Assembly of Moroccan Judaism.

The second session of Thursday, November 15, 2018 was dedicated to the offering of 15 personal projects by the guests at the meeting.

The  first round table of Thursday 15 november 2018 dealt on the theme"Youth Sequence: Side by Side, face to face, together and separately, how to build the future?.  Ms. Zhor Rehihil, conservator of the Museum of Moroccan Judaism, Mr. Ariel Danan, historian, Mr. El Mehdi Boudra, founding member of the Mimouna Association, Mr. Kamal Hachkar , historian and filmmaker, and Mr. Maxime Karoutchi, artist and community actor participated to the round table moderated by Mr. A. Aziz Rifki, Project Manager at the CCME. 

"Perceptions and images of the Jew in literary, cinema and media production in Morocco" is the title of the last session scheduled this Wednesday, November 14, 2018 as part of the meeting on "Moroccan Judaism: a shared Moroccanity".

A documentary on Jewish-Muslim relations in Morocco, entitled "Jewish Moroccans thwarted destiny" was screened and followed by a discussion led by Mr.Yehuda Lancry, diplomat and writer, Mr. Younes LAGHRARI, producer and director, Mr. Faouzi Skali and anthropologist. The debate was  moderated by Sonia Sarah Lipsyc, sociologist and director of the Center for Contemporary Jewish Studies of the Unified Sephardic Community of Quebec.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 18:32

The writing of history of the Jews of Morocco

On the agenda of this first day of the conference on "Moroccan Judaism: for a" shared "Moroccan", placed under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, a second session was held under the theme "the writing of the history of the Jews of Morocco "with the participation of Mr. Jamaâ Baida, Historian, Director of the Archives of Morocco and Mr. Michel Abitbol, Historian and specialist of Judo-Muslim relations, with the moderation of Mr. Salomon Malka, writer and journalist.

 The conference on "Moroccan Judaism: for a shared Moroccanity" started on Wednesday, October 14, 2018 in Marrakech, with a plenary session attended by several dignitaries from Morocco and abroad.

The Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) exposed, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Marrakech, two exhibitions of photographies in the margins of the conference, "Moroccan Judaism: for a shared Moroccanity". 

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) organizes in partnership with the Council of the Jewish Communities of Morocco (CCIM), a meeting under the theme: "Moroccan Judaism: for a shared being Moroccanity" from November 13 to 18, 2018 in Marrakech, under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI.

“It was with profound sadness that we learned of the loss of  Mr. Abdelhamid El Jamri, member of the Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) and chairman of the working group "administration, user rights and public policies".

Rabat   -  HM King Mohammed VI delivered, Tuesday 6th March, a speech to the Nation on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the Green March.

In an inaugural speech at the Faculty of Languages and Humanities of El Jadida on October 26, 2018, Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) said that Moroccan religiosity was essential to the Moroccans living abroad for dealing the challenges of pluralism in Western societies.

The Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) welcomed a delegation of imams and representatives of Muslim communities from the French region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) on Tuesday 23 October 2018  .

Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) said, at the 63rd edition of the international book fair in Belgrade where Morocco is guest of honor, that "the Moroccan model in dealing of the religious question gives the answers to establish the coexistence of cultures and civilizations and respect for religions ".

The French-German Institute for European Studies organized an international symposium on "Migration Crisis and Political Perspectives in France, Germany and Europe" on 15 and 16 October 2018.

The Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME), Mr Abdellah Boussouf exposed the Moroccan experience in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, driven by a global vision Royale, during a meeting on "de-radicalization in the Maghreb countries" held on 18 and 19 October 2018 in Madrid.

Rabat : HM King Mohammed VI delivered a speech on Friday 12 October 2018, before the members of both Houses of Parliament on the occasion of the opening of the 1st session of the 3rd legislative year of the 10th legislature.

Here follows the full text of the royal message:

A delegation of Congolese officials led by His Excellency Mr Jean Philippe NGAKOSSO, Ambassador and Deputy Secretary General, Head of the Department of the Congolese community  Abroad were received at the Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME),  Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at  the Council, in Rabat. 

The program of Support to projects of international Solidarity organizations  for migrations (FORIM) has chosen two projects for Morocco for the year 2018. 

The evaluation of the bid of cultural programs for Moroccans living abroad, conducted by the Court of Auditors for the years 2016 and 2017, raises several anomalies and makes some suggestions.

HM King Mohammed VI delivered, on Monday 20 august 2018, a speech to the Nation on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People.

The Ministry Delegate to the Prime Minister, in charge of Relations with Parliament and Civil Society announced recently the launch of the candidacy for the 2018 civil society award. The sheduled date of the applications has been agreed from 02 August 2018 to 3 October 2018 until 16h30.

Al Hoceima  -  HM King Mohammed VI delivered, on Sunday, a speech to the Nation on the occasion of the nineteenth anniversary of the Sovereign’s accession to the throne of his glorious ancestors.

Here follows the full text of the royal speech:

The Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) hosted Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Rabat, a meeting with a delegation of political and religious leaders of the French city of Saint-Etienne. The group was headed by the Mayor of the city, Mr. Gael Perdriau who carries out a project of a Muslim Cultural center in Saint-Etienne.

The Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) participated in the Annual Meeting of the United Nations Academic Council (ACUNS) on "Migration, Human Rights and Global Governance", from 12 to 14 July 2018, organized in partnership with LUISS Guido Carli University, in the city of Rome. 

A tribute was paid to Hakim Ashraf, international moroccan football player as well as player for the Spanish club Real Madrid, July 9, 2018 in the northen city of Tetouan at the end of the Days of the football training campus. 

Mr. Mohammed Chaib, a member of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), was sworn in Madrid on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, becoming the first Spanish deputy of Moroccan origin.

The Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) takes part to the exhibition " Morocco, in an instant" organized by Casa Arabe and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) in Madrid, from June 7 to September 23, 2018, at the foundation. The Council’s purpose is to strengthen the artistic creation of Moroccans living abroad and bolster the Moroccan culture in international events. 

The Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) and the "Diwan" editions, in partnership with the cultural Association for Development Cooperation "Xenia", organize on Friday, May 25, 2018, a Moroccan-Spanish conference on " the weight of literature in the cultural harmony between Morocco and Spain "at the Eugenio Trías library during the Madrid Book Fair.

The Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) and the editions "Diwan", in partnership with the Cultural Association for Development and Cooperation "Xenia", organized on Friday, May 25, 2018, a Moroccan-Spanish conference on " the weight of literature in the cultural harmony between Morocco and Spain", at the library Eugenio Trías at the Retiro Park in the Spanish capital.

The Faculty of Law, Economic and Social Sciences in Rabat hosted a meeting organized in partnership with the Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) around the book :"The Legal Condition of Moroccans living abroad ", recently published by the CCME.

The Faculty of Law, Economic and Social Sciences of the University Mohammed V in Rabat and the Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) are organizing, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 15 am, within the university, the presentation of the book "The Legal Status of Moroccans Living Abroad"realized by the Council.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) received, Friday, April 27, 2018, a delegation of young Moroccan skills from Belgium.

The Moroccan Diplomatic Club organized, Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, a conference on the theme "diplomacy of civil society and the economic actor facing challenges". The meeting aims to honor the 62nd anniversary of the national day of Moroccan diplomacy.

The Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) took part, from 21 to 23 March 2018 in the Faculty of Legal, Economic and Social Sciences of Ain Chock in Casablanca, at the international symposium on "the logic and scope of economic models.

The book "Morocco-Senegal: secular friendly relations and multiform cooperation", written by Mr. Mohamed Farssi, member of the CCME and President of the National Council of Moroccans in Senegal is the latest acquisition of the Council’s Library.

The Moroccan House of Representatives and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Parliament signed a memorandum of understanding, Tuesday March 27, 2018 in Rabat, on strengthening cooperation between the two institutions.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) received Monday, March 26, 2018, a group of 40 Moroccan students living Spain. The visit was organized in accordance with the framework of the activities of the Higher Commission of Culture and Catalan Muslims (ACSCIM-CAT).

The Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) strongly condemns the terrorist attack , on Friday, March 23, 2018, against civilans and security officers in a supermarket of the French city of Trèbes (Aude).

Marrakech - HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, Chairwoman of the National Union for Moroccan Women (UNFM), chaired, here on Thursday, a ceremony to celebrate the International Women's Day.

Washington - Morocco’s ambassador to the United States, Lalla Joumala Alaoui, and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, chaired on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., a ceremony celebrating the Kingdom of Morocco, its culture, traditions and history.

Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, the  Secretary-General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad CCME), recieved, March 7, 2018, , a delegation of the three monotheistic religions from the French PACA region.  

The opening of the meeting on the "social rights of Moroccans living abroad and advanced regionalization" was given this Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the conference room of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Oujda.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Living Abroad (CCME) and the University Mohammed 1st of Oujda, organize Tuesday, March 06, 2018 an international conference on the "Social Rights of  Moroccans living abroad and advanced regionalization", at the Medicine and Pharmacy faculty of the eastern city of the Kingdom.

The Spanish Supreme Court has recently authorized the equal distribution of the pension between the wives of a polygamous a Moroccan migrant in Spain after his death.

The last meeting organized by the Council of the Moroccan community abroad at the book fair in Casablanca, during this edition of the year 2018 (18 february)  dealt with the theme of mutual benefit and various readings of Moroccan migration in Europe.

Vincent Geisser (France), Khalid Hajji (Belgium), Mustapha El Mourabit (Morocco).

"To be Imam in a multi-religious and multicultural society" is the theme of the round table organized Sunday, February 18, 2018 by the Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) at the Casablanca Book Fair.

J11 TR 2 3Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the CCME, Mr. Mohammed El Mahdi Krabch, Researcher in Cultural and Religious Affairs, Mr. Saliou Salih Faye, Imam, Preacher and Educator in Strasbourg, Mr. Khalid Chaouki, President of the Association of Young Muslims from Italy moderated this round table moderated by Mr. Jaouad Achakouri, for the CCME.

Mohammed El Mahdi Krabch: pluralism and diversity are inherent values ​​of Islam

J11 TR 2 1Mr. Krabch, said pluralism is a universal matter that reclaim all parts of the society to recognize the existence of the other. A principle inherent to the Muslim religion which encourages, in the Holy Quran, diversity and respect for others.

Mr. Krabch also said that the living-together "is a historical reality in Morocco, a country of diversity as stipulated in the preamble of its Constitution". Values ​​and a model of religiosity for many European countries or Muslim communities "have not managed to accompany the development and modernity of Western societies".

For Mr Krabch, this is due to idealism and nostalgia for the past, and creates obstacles to religious anticipation. "We are also seeing a gap between theory and practice and the difficulty of translating texts and verses that respect pluralism and diversity," he said.

The Franco-Moroccan researcher advocates some principles to "liberate oneself from this ideological prison". The imam must bring rationality, understand that citizenship is the essence of his conduct and his exercise and know the historical and cultural context of the society in which he lives.

"The exemplary imam is not unaware that the treatise of Voltaire, The Dreyfus case by Emile Zola are as much as other Muslim sources of elements of language with the French population, because these stories are part of the collective memory," he argued.

Finally, Mr. Krabch deplored "the use of religion for political and ideological purposes that makes Islam lose its meaning and substance of attening spiritual peace."

Mr. Saliou Salih Faye: practical experience of an imam in France

J11 TR 2 4Mr. Faye, for his part, considers that the imam in plural societies is like a doctor who can not give a prescription before the diagnosis. "The imam can not achieve his mission without understanding the society in which he lives," he said.

Imam Saliou Salih Faye, considers that verses or religious texts are not rigid but enclose messages that determine that "Islam is a religion of construction and not destruction." A principle also embodied by the Prophet who was a model of interreligious dialogue as it is read in the charter of Medina.

To bring people closer to the values ​​of Islam, Mr. Faye said that the Strasbourg Mosque organizes open-house days for connecting people from different communities, including a day dedicated to citizenship. The purpose of the subject of citizenship  is to explain to other members of society that the Muslim religion has become a citizen religion.

Regarding the mission of the Imamate, Mr. Faye explained that "the imam should not only talk about sermons but a project leader for the good of the community. He said that the Imam should  avoid the confinement that hampers development and peace ", as it is sung in" The Hymn to Citizenship that begins with the expression freedom, equality, fraternity to demonstrate that this equation is only French ".

Mr. Khalid Chaouki: Islam is not conflicting with modernity

J11 TR 2 5Khalid Chaouki, working with the Muslim community in Rome (Italy), the West gives the opportunity to the exchange between Muslims and non-Muslims, that is lacking in Italian society.

A value that must also be at the center of the concerns of the mosque, which must welcome all communities to promote the values ​​of Islam. « When we speak of a mosque we inevitably talk about the imam," Mr. Chaouki said that the latter should not only communicate with the Muslim minority but also understand its context and communicate with other  parts of the society .

« The imam became after the events of September 11 a spokesman for Islam and Muslims without realizing it". To achieve this mission, "the imam must have a knowledge of theology in which he lives, skillfull in the language of welcome and be aware of Islamist movements to be able to produce a counter-speech for young people. The imam must be able to explain, especially to young people of the 3rd and 4th generations, that Islam is not irreconciliable with the values ​​of democracy or modernity.

Mr. Abdellah Boussouf: The imam's role at the heart of the CCME

J11 TR 2 2Mr. Boussouf, secretary general of the Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME)  said that the imamat in European societies were one of the the main matter of the CCME which organized 8 years ago a meeting in Strasbourg on religious leadership. He said  that "the imam who has received a classical training is not qualified to operate in plural societies." "The imam must also be trained in the humanities and social sciences. This does not mean that he has to become a sociologist or philosopher but to have basic knowledge ». According to Mr. Boussouf, to fit to the reality of European societies the imam must have a rational mind and be armed with a scientific knowledge, need to fluency in the majority language  which is an essential communication tool and be in interaction with the societies where he lives . The "Imam must also understand other religions and philosophies, because" we can not operate in a society without a knowledge of the history of the host societies, because the values ​​of secularism, equality or human rights are all concepts that have a history that resonates with the current reality.

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Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) organized on Sunday, February 18, 2018, a round table on "Moroccans : Migrants and Travelers" at the CCME at the book fair with a tribute to reading circles around the book.

Mr. Mohamed Laâraj,  Minister of Culture and Communication, awarded Saturday, February 17, 2018 the trophy of excellence to the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) the brightness of it’s program at the 24th edition of the International Casablanca Book Fair. 

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