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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 11:06

"Morocco's Grand Export Festival" in Moscow

The Moroccan Export Promotion Centre (Maroc Export) organizes from November 6 to 20 in Moscow "Morocco's Grand Export Festival," an event designed to introduce authentic Moroccan products directly to Russian consumers.

Rabat - Montasser AlDe’emeh, a Belgian researcher and specialist in Islamic radicalization and international jihad, has criticized Moroccan Imams for being “monolingual.”

Marrakesh (Map) - German carrier Air Berlin inaugurated Monday a new route linking the German western city of Düsseldorf to Marrakesh with two weekly direct flights, the Moroccan airports authority (ONMT) announced.

The Ministry of Moroccans abroad and Migration affairs, the United Nations Programme for Development (UNDP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched on Tuesday, October 4 at Rabat, the program "Integrating migration into national development strategies."

German anxiety about its plans to curb immigration from the European Union, saying it would tackle what has become a major public concern regardless.

The number of illegal immigrants entering Britain could quadruple because a vital agreement with France is under threat.

A government whistleblower here has revealed that “furious” French chiefs are thinking about scrapping the Le Touquet Treaty which effectively moved the UK border across the Channel.

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 13:45

Europe’s Muslims feel besieged

On a continent where Muslim leaders are decrying a surge in discrimination and aggression, Alisiv Ceran is the terrorist who wasn’t.

Rabat –Global publisher and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG)  will be organizing a retrospective event in Casablanca on November 5th to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its presence in Morocco and the publication of the 10th edition of “The Report: Morocco”.

.The event, held under the theme “Morocco: the decade of change,” will see the participation of key Moroccan figures with the aim of “establishing a balance sheet of this decade of investments in Morocco to anticipate the foundations of the coming 10 years,” said the group in a statement.

Moroccan senior officials will be taking part in the event including Minister of Foreign Affairs Salaheddine Mezouar, the General Director of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM) Amina Benkhadra, the Minister of Industry, Trade, the investment and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy.

With Morocco World News

The role to be played by the expatriate Moroccan youth in the development and growth of its country of origin has been the focus of a panel discussion held as part of the 2nd edition of the Meeting of Moroccan Youth (RJM) open Friday night in Montreal, with several Moroccan officials.

The Conservative government plans to increase immigration levels significantly as it heads into an election year in 2015.

Abstract: One of the most important challenges facing the European Union over the next few decades is demographic: as birthrates continue to decline and the population ages, immigration will be needed to sustain a sufficient working-age population. This volume takes that fact as a point of departure for analyzing patterns and prospects of immigration from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe, taking into account existing migration links and current EU migration policies as well as demographic, economic, and political developments in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Jacques Berque center for Humanities and Social Sciences (CJB) and the Laboratory of Political Studies and Humanities and Social Sciences at the international University of Rabat (LEPOSHS), in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) organize a two-day seminar (3-4 November) entitled "Presence of foreigners, cosmopolitanism and social changes in contemporary Morocco."

This meeting will bring together researchers whose work is closely linked to the presence of foreigners in Morocco. It aims to create the framework for a cross-understanding of different issues related to foreign presence’s contribution. Particular attention will be given to how they deal with contemporary Morocco and its "cosmopolitanism."

Many aspects of mobility and settling of foreigners in this country have been of little scientific and media interest. In addition, some concepts such as "transit migration", "expat", "illegal immigrant" or "sub-Saharan" have been overused in the public debate and should be better explained empirically and epistemologically. The event will try to consider different interpretations that cover the term "foreigners" in the Moroccan context.

The seminar will revolve around two keys questions, notably: How did the presence of foreigners- temporary or in the long term- interact with the political, religious, as well as the various dimensions that represent the Moroccan society?  How does the Moroccan society incorporate the diversity that makes up its population?

The event is open to the public

Location: Centre Jacques Berque

Conference room

Beginning: Monday, November 3, 2014 - 09:00

Ending: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 17:00

More info at:

Monday, 03 November 2014 10:35

EasyJet Inaugurates Glasgow-Marrakech Flight

Marrakesh (Map) - The British low-cost airline EasyJet inaugurated its new route connecting Glasgow (Scotland) to Marrakesh, airport sources said.

Rabat-Visitors of the Morocco pavilion located within Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will now have the opportunity to meet “B’net Al Houwariyate”, an internationally-acclaimed ensemble of female performers from Marrakech who play traditional instruments, dance and perform songs ranging from rural Amazigh chants to Chaabi festival rhythms.

Rabat Map-Morocco's minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar launched Friday in Rabat his department's new strategy aimed at enhancing the performance and services of the Kingdom's consulates worldwide.

Violent protests are currently taking place in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso. Two Moroccan women working for the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) are on the scene, in danger.

Friday, 31 October 2014 10:09

Sweden Gives Recognition to Palestinians

Jerusalem— The Swedish government on Thursday officially recognized a state of Palestine, as the new prime minister, Stefan Lofven, ignored Israeli protests and followed through on a pledge he made at his inauguration this month.

Paris(Map) - HM King Mohammed VI gave his orders to the Moroccan diplomatic and consular services in France to take the necessary measures to facilitate access to Moroccan justice to Valérie Rhaba, whose husband was arrested on Oct.15 at the Casablanca airport while he was trying to board to join terrorist organization "ISIS" together with two daughters, aged 4 and 2.

Beirut (MAP) - The Arab organization for social responsibility and lasting development awarded on Tuesday its golden shield to the Rabat town council, on the sidelines of a conference on lasting development challenges at the local level held in Beirut.

A statement from the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the "Kingdom of Morocco welcomes the smooth and peaceful climate that characterized the legislative elections, held, on Sunday, October 26th, in the Republic of Tunisia."

Naples - The Mediterranean Foundation awarded, on Monday in Naples, the title of "Messenger of Peace" to Anna Lindh Foundation's president and HM the King's advisor André Azoulay for his commendable efforts in favor of peace and intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean region.

Halmstad  -  Moroccan Houda Alaoui Harouni, member of Swedish Moderate Party, was elected vice president of Halmstad town council (west) following Sweden’s latest general elections.

Rabat ( Map) – Indonesia formally appointed Mr. Hassan Berkani as honorary consul of the Republic of Indonesia in Casablanca.

Nieuwpoort (Belgium/MAP)- Princess Lalla Meryem represented King Mohammed VI in the ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, which took place on Tuesday afternoon in Nieuport and Ypres in Belgium.

Morocco will take part, on Nov. 3-6 in London, in the World Travel Market to shed light on the Moroccan assets in the field, said on Monday the Tourism Ministry in a statement.

Washington –According to an official statement released by the White House, American Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Morocco during the week of November 17th. He will lead the U.S. delegation to the Fifth Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakesh.

London(MAP) - HM King Mohammed VI leads with intelligence and clear-sightedness the process of democratic and economic development in Morocco, said Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Chairman of the United Nations Association - UK (UNA-UK).

A Muslim woman is nursing a broken arm after being pushed onto a road in an unprovoked racist attack in the Australian city of Melbourne, a report said.

Named after the Moroccan Jewish celebration that marks the end of Passover, "Mimouna" is a non-governmental association (NGO) founded by a group of Moroccan Muslim students to preserve and promote Moroccan Jewish culture and heritage in 2007.

The Ducci Foundation, in collaboration with the Moroccan Ministry of Culture, the Mayor of the city of Fez and the International Center for Intercultural Dialogue, organizes the fourth edition of the international initiative IncontriFès 2014 in Kassr Annoujoum, Fes, from October 30 to November 1.

Monday, 27 October 2014 10:47

Morocco second at the Enactus World Cup.

Morocco placed second-after China who won the competition- at the World Cup Enactus for Social Entrepreneurship, which took place from October 22 to 24 in Beijing.

Marrakech- The largest Moroccan mosque in the North Brabant (southern Netherlands) opened its doors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Roosendaal in the Netherlands on Friday, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).

Despite being home to some 20 million Muslims, Russia today has only two hotels – both in the traditionally Muslim region of Tatarstan – that are officially recognized as halal. (File photo: AFP)

A group of students at the New York University School of Law protested against an event on their campus that demonizes Muslims and promotes the use of torture.

Ahmed Herzenni, former President of the Advisory Council on Human Rights (CCHR), received Thursday, October 24, 2014 in Lexington (Kentucky, United States), the Thomas R. Ford Distinguished Lecture Award, presented by the university of Kentucky.

Four young Moroccan women were appointed members of the community of the Crans Montana Forum of "New Leaders of the Future of 2014″ after its latest meeting on global security held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Brussels (MAP) - Over 2.3 million first residence permits were issued in the European Union (+12.5 % compared to 2012), including 101,970 granted to Moroccans, according to new figures released Wednesday by the EU statistics body, Eurostat.

Police guarding Spain's borders with Morocco are being ordered to take care to prevent injuries when tackling migrants who scramble over the fences into Spanish territory, after evidence of abuse sparked outrage.

Friday, 24 October 2014 09:57

Morocco awarded two prizes by World Finance

London- The financial magazine “World Finance” awarded Morocco two prizes of excellence for the Wessal Capital initiative.

Morocco will host the second edition of the World Human Rights Forum (WHRF) in Marrakesh from 27 to 30 November 2014.

This is the first book to analyze the important phenomenon of South-South development initiatives. Drawing on critical theories and insights from intersectional analysis, the book examines the experiences and impacts of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) youth’s participation in South-South higher education programmes designed to maximise “self-sufficiency”.

This book will be a valuable resource for students, researchers and practitioners in the areas of migration studies, refugee studies, comparative education, development and humanitarian studies, international relations, and regional studies (Latin America, Middle East, and North Africa).

UNESCO has launched the process of carrying out a comprehensive assessment of the media landscape in Morocco, using its Media Development Indicators (MDIs). The project was launched on Friday 17 October at an information session organized by the UNESCO Office in Rabat for the Members of the Advisory Committee.

The acquired rights of Moroccan citizens concerned by the 1972 Moroccan-Dutch agreement on social security are a "red line", minister delegate for Moroccans Abroad and Migration Affairs Anis Birou said.

The White House on Wednesday cautioned against making assumptions about President Barack Obama's changes to immigration rules based on a new federal contract proposal from the Homeland Security Department to buy enough supplies to make as many as 34 million immigrant work permits and residency cards over the next five years.

A political party targeting the immigrant vote by advocating looser immigration laws and "a ban on banning" religious symbols has launched in Denmark amid record support for the populist right.

The Moroccan city Dakhla will have the honor to host the 9th annual session of the prestigious Crans Montana Forum scheduled to take place on March 4-6, 2015.

Britain’s bosses have come out fighting for the country to remain in the European Union and warned that David Cameron’s plans to cut migration from the EU could backfire by damaging business.

ZURICH (Reuters) - A narrow majority of Swiss voters look set to back a referendum next month which would place severe limits on immigration to the country, according to an online poll published on Tuesday by free Swiss daily newspaper 20 Minuten.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:27

Immigration becomes the key issue at polls

IT’S the economy, stupid. That was the crude message once delivered to the American electorate, but surprisingly, the economy may be relegated to second place in this country at next May’s general election.

New York(MAP) - President of employers' association (CGEM) Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun was appointed, Tuesday in New York, as a member of the board of directors of U.S. NGO "Initiative for Global Development" (IGD).

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:21

Ten myths about migration

Writers from the Guardian, Le Monde, El País, Süddeutsche Zeitung and La Stampa address some common claims about migration and assess whether they are true in their country.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday he risked upsetting allies and losing international clout if he pursued an anti-immigration agenda designed to placate domestic voters.

Although no one had imagined the creation of an Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant by an initially small minority group nor imagined the restoration of the old institution of the Caliphate (abolished by Atatürk in 1924 ) Daech and the caliphate of Al-Baghdadi are not epiphenomena. What is happening nowadays is to be taken seriously, as much as the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and the Islamic revolution of Khomeini in Iran. It is a sustained movement that the international military coalition that is taking place will fail to eradicate. They could kill Al-Baghdadi, but another caliph will arise because the ability to restore the caliphate is engrained in many spirits.

"Morocco in the Anglo Saxon Writings: Between Historical Relations and Cultural Otherness" is the theme of a conference to be held October 23 in Ifrane, at the initiative of the High Commissioner for former resistance fighters and former members of the liberation army. Launched in partnership with Al Akhawayn University, the symposium aims to promote the historical memory and disseminate the noble values ​​of citizenship and patriotism among young people.

Theo Francken, the Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration, apologized for his old racial statements against Moroccans, Algerians and Congolese immigrants.

Casablanca - King Mohammed VI received, on Friday in Casablanca Royal Palace, several foreign ambassadors who came to present their credentials as their countries' ambassadors to Morocco.

They are:

Friday, 17 October 2014 12:49

Jean Giono 2014 awarded to Fouad Laroui

Moroccan writer Fouad Laroui was awarded on Thursday in France the Grand Prix Jean Giono 2014 for his novel “The tribulations of the last Sijilmassi.”

Rabat  – Morocco’s ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation said all necessary measures will be taken to defend the interests and rights of Moroccan nationals targeted by the unilateral decision of the Dutch government to revoke the 1972 bilateral agreement on social security.

Economic studies on migration of skilled labor are mainly related to those trained in the country of origin but are increasingly including students trained abroad that return or not to their home countries. There are incentives and constraints that are provided by both origin and destination countries but the living conditions and the expected relative wages appear to be the most important sources of attraction of students to migrate. The restrictions of access to some schools such as those of medical sciences and architecture could be also driving further migration. The internationalization of the education system and the delocalization of universities in relation to globalization and trade in services are also encouraging these movements. These directions are likely to be expanded under the high levels of unemployment and the expected low local wages. This paper expands early models of skilled labor migration to account for students. Empirical investigations based on Arab countries are pursued. They show clearly the importance of this movement and its determination mainly by the differences in relative expected wages and the anticipated living conditions.

MARRAKECH - Over 900 stakeholders from across the African continent, including the Presidents of Cote d'Ivoire and Senegal as well as the Prime Ministers of Morocco and Cape Verde convened in Morocco for the UN's Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) African Development Forum. Participants came from 56 countries of which 37 countries were African.

Press release: On 6 October 2014, His Excellency Mr. Abdelilah El Housni, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Thailand paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Mr. Don Pramudvinai, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The global thinkers forum (GTF) will bring together policy makers from the region in conversation with civil society actors to discuss crucial gender equality priorities in the MENA region.

Madrid - About 300 African migrants stormed a border fence separating Morocco from the Spanish territory of Melilla on Wednesday, leaving at least 10 people injured, officials said.

A conference under the theme "Morocco, Africa's business gateway" will be held October 22 at the Mansion House in London.

Paris — Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem proceeded on Tuesday in Paris to the launch of the exhibition "Medieval Morocco: An Empire from Africa to Spain", organized by the Louvre Museum in partnership with the National Foundation for Museums and held under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI and French president François Hollande.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 12:09

Morocco in Top Three "Most Friendly Countries".

Just how friendly are Moroccans?  A new report, put out earlier this month by the World Economic Forum, has ranked which countries roll out the welcome mat to travelers and which give the cold shoulder. The good news is that Morocco was in the top three.

To explain popular racism we have to stop explaining it away, and look instead at the conditions that make sense of it.

The 2014 Morocco Trade and Investment Forum will take place on Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel. The event will be an exciting opportunity to discuss the benefits of working with Morocco, considering its geostrategic location making it a business portal to Africa and Europe. DRC President & CEO Dale Petroskey will join Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, His Excellency Rachad Bouhlal, and The Honorable Dwight L. Bush Sr. for the opening remarks.

Shanghai - Morocco's auto racer Mehdi Bennani scored Sunday his first World Touring Car Championship victory with a flawless drive from reversed-grid pole in race two in Shanghai, China.

A crackdown by European countries to track migrants without papers or official documentation got underway Monday amid a surge in refugees from Syria and the Middle East, officials and rights groups said.

Morocco is one of the eight countries taking part in the joint initiative on Immigration and Development countries. The program is funded by the European Union and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (9.5 million USD) and implemented by the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) in collaboration with the International Organization migration (IOM) and other international agencies.

Monday, 13 October 2014 14:53

Moroccan diversity celebrated in Houston

The Arab-American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) and the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) celebrated, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 in Houston, the 21st anniversary of the ACC with the presence of diplomats and  various Moroccan figures in the USA.

In an interview with Hespress, The general consul of Morocco in New York, Mohamed Ben Abdeljalil, talked about the efforts of the embassy to serve Moroccan immigrants in forty eight American states, along with the cities entrusted to the Consulate of Washington.

On the sidelines of Morocco submitting an official request to postpone the upcoming African Cup of Nations 2015 due to the increasing Ebola epidemic threat, a request which was initially rejected by the CAF though promising the Moroccan officials to re-examine the case next November, the Moroccan Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Mohammed Ouzzine, told le360 that ”We can not take slightly the risk of the spread of the Ebola epidemic, especially that the World Health Organization (WHO) has rung the alarm bell about the turmoil that the Ebola is causing.”

Despite the decline in the financials transfers of the Moroccans abroad ( MRE)due to the economic crisis, these transfers contributed to "maintain the financial balance of Morocco during the Year 2013" according to a Memorandum issued by the World Bank on the monitoring role of migrant remittances in the economic growth of their countries of origin.

Datecco's government wants January's Nations Cup soccer finals in the North African country to be postponed because of fears over the Ebola virus, state news agency MAP reported on Friday.

Morocco expressed in a press communiqué its deep disappointment and rejection of any upcoming decision of the Netherlands to revoke the Convention on social security with Morocco.

King Mohammed VI delivered a speech before both houses of the parliament on Friday at the opening of the first session of the fourth legislative year of the 9th legislature.

Here follows the full text of the speech delivered by the Moroccan monarch.

President of the CCME

Driss El YazamiMr Driss El Yazami, President of the council of the Moroccan community abroad

Driss El Yazami was born in 1952 in Fez.
Graduate of the training and development of journalists' center in Paris, Driss El Yazami is a member of the Advisory Council for Human Rights and former member of the Equity and Reconciliation Commission, he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation three cultures. Further, he's a delegate of "Generics", an association specializing in the history of foreigners and immigration in France, and he's the editor of the magazine "Migrance". He also served as the Former Vice-President of the French League for Human Rights (LDH), and former member of the Executive Committee of the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Human Rights. Driss El Yazami is currently the Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), President of the Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the defenders of human rights and a member of the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board of the national Centre for the history of immigration in France.

Mr. El Yazami was also co-director of the film "France, land of Islam?" (OROLEIS, Paris, 1984) and the general curator of several exhibitions:
- "France strangers, France Liberties" (Marseille, Paris, Orléans, Strasbourg / 1989-1992);
- "In the mirror of the other, immigration in France and Germany" (Frankfurt, May 1993);
- "Generations, a century of history of North Africans in France" (Lyon, June 2009).
He took part in the drafting and coordination of several collective works:
- "For Human Rights" (Bilingual French-English - Syros-Artis, Paris, 1989);
- "Foreigners in France, guide to public and private sources(nineteenth-twentieth centuries), 4 volumes archives;
- "The Arab Paris" - (Discovery - 2003).

Driss El Yazami is the co-author (with Rémy Schwartz) of a report for the establishment of a national center for the history and culture of immigration, submitted in November 2001 to Lionel Jospin. He has also written several articles published in the French press (No borders, Baraka, Turmoil, Point, Libération, Differences, Project Migration society, the Journal magazines, Men and Migration Seen from left, Rights and freedoms, Studies, Migrance).

The General Secretary

M Abdellah BoussoufMr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad

Born March 15, 1952 in Nador.

Abdellah Boussouf was appointed by His Majesty King Mohammed VI Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) on Friday December 21, 2007, serving until today.

Initially a historian, he received a Phd in 1991 on the subject of relationships in the Mediterranean in the thirteenth century.

In 1993, he served as the president of the Association of Strasbourg Mosque. He was responsible for the construction of the Great Mosque of Strasbourg, which is considered the first installation dedicated to the Muslim faith in Strasbourg.

In 2002 he was elected Vice-President of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM).

In 2006, he moved to Belgium to work at the Brussels Institute of Islamic Studies. He also served as the director of the Euro-Islamic center for Culture and Dialogue, based in Charleroi (Belgium).

Mr. Boussouf advocates a moderate Islam and open dialogue among religions and civilizations. In his many national and international interventions, Boussouf’s words invite to the discovery of the other and emphasize the importance of the cultural approximation.


Working groups

Working group: "Culture, Education and identities"


  • Younes Ajarrai: President
  • Mr. Hamed El Oufrassi, Rapporteur
  • Najat AZMY
  • Rachid BENZINE
  • Paul DAHAN
  • Mly Mehdi El Idrissi ZINI
  • Omar EL Mourabet
  • Raphy MARCIANO
  • Observers
  • Aziz nahya, Ministry of National Education, Higher Education, Staff Training and Scientific Research
  • Khadija EL GOUR, Ministry of Culture
  • Brahim ABBAR, Hassan II Foundation for Moroccans living abroad
  • Brahim Ounir, Ministry of the Moroccan community residing abroad
  • Mohamed RIFKI, Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs
  • Working Group: "Citizenship and Political Participation"


  • Abdou Menebhi, Rapporteur
  • Driss Ajbali
  • Amina Benlarbi
  • Hamid Bichri
  • Sidi Mohamed Farssi
  • Mohamed Moussaoui
  • Kamal RAHMOUNI
  • Observers
  • Mr. Jamal EL KAMIL, Ministry of Interior
  • Mr. M'barek Bouderka, CCHR
  • Mr. Abdelhadi ATTOBI, Diwan Al Madhalim
  • Mr. Lahoussine AKJARAÏ, Ministry of the Moroccan community residing abroad
  • Mohamed RIFKI, Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs
  • Fouad BENMAKHLOUF, Hassan II Foundation for Moroccans living abroad
  • Working group: "Administration, public rights of users and policies"


  • Abdelhamid El Jamri: President
  • Mohamed Anwar Haidour: Rapporteur
  • Mokhtar FERDAOUSSI
  • Nadia Serhani
  • Observers
  • Abid youbi, Ministry of Justice
  • Aziz Jillali SGHIR, Ministry of Interior
  • Ahmed EL KHDAR, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
  • Mr. Jawad El Himdi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
  • Mr. Mohammed BAALLAL, Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, Department of Employment
  • Mr. Mohammed SALHI, Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, Department of Vocational Training
  • Mohamed El Azami, Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity
  • Fouad BENMAKHLOUF, Hassan II Foundation for Moroccans living abroad
  • Ms. Bouchra EDDAOUIBI, Minister in Charge of Moroccans residing abroad
  • Mohamed RIFKI, Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs
  • Mr. Abdelouahab ABOUSSOF, Ministry of Economy and Finance Directorate of Customs
  • Mr. Abdelmjid MOURHIR, Ministry of Economy and Finance Directorate of Customs
  • Working group: "Scientific, technical and economic skills for inclusive development"


  • Faouzi LAKHDAR GHAZAL: President
  • Daniel AMAR: Rapporteur
  • Adil JAZOULI
  • Abdelghani DADES
  • Observers
  • Khalid EL Hammoumi, Ministry of Social Development, Family and Solidarity
  • Mr. Mohammed El Azami, Mohamed V Foundation for Solidarity
  • Mrs. Ghita Zouggari, Ministry of the Moroccan community abroad
  • Mohamed RIFKI, Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs
  • Fouad BENMAKHLOUF, Hassan II Foundation for Moroccans
  • Mr. Moha Hamaoui, Ministry of Equipment and Transport
  • Mohamed AKALLAL, Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing
  • Ms. Hassania Arsalan, Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing
  • Omar ATTOU EL YOUSSOUFI, Ministry of Higher Education
  • Working Group: "Worship and Religious Education"


  • REDOUANE Abdallah, President
  • Mohamed Kharchich, Rapporteur
  • Ahmed Ayaou
  • Ahmed EL HAMSS
  • El El Khemmar BAKALI
  • Observers
  • Brahim ABBAR, Hassan II Foundation for Moroccans residing abroad
  • Dr Touriya LIHIA, Higher Council of Ulemas
  • Brahim Ounir, Ministry of the Moroccan community residing abroad
  • Mohamed RIFKI, Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs
  • Working Group :"Gender Approach and New Generations"


  • Amina Ennceiri, President
  • Mina RHOUCH, Rapporteur
  • Najat BELKACEM
  • Nadia Bouras
  • Souad talsi
  • Observers
  • Ali Sadik, Ministry of Interior
  • Ms. Houria ZAIDI, Ministry of Youth and Sports
  • Mr. Rabii LEOUIFOUDI, Ministry of Social Development, Family and Solidarity
  • Dr Touriya LIHIA, Higher Council of Ulemas
  • Fatima Muhajir, Ministry of the Moroccan community residing abroad
  • Asma CHRAIBI, Ministry of the Moroccan community residing abroad
  • Mohamed RIFKI, Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs
  • Fouad BENMAKHLOUF, Hassan II Foundation for Moroccans living abroad

The council of the government, presided by the Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane convened on Thursday, October 9, 2014 in Rabat to adopt the draft law on assets and cash held abroad by Moroccans living abroad (MRE) transferring residence in Morocco.

The Arab-American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) celebrates in partnership with the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), its 21st anniversary on October 11, 2014 in Houston (Texas).

The Netherlands is poised to tear up a treaty on social security benefits with Morocco, the Volkskrant reports.

Morocco, faithful to a long-standing tradition of moderation and religious tolerance, is a country where coexistence of religions is a reality, writes the Vatican daily Osservatore Romano.

Thursday, 09 October 2014 17:52

Festival: "The origin of the Worlds"

With the support of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), the Mademoiselle S. Association of the Franco-Moroccan writer Samira El Ayachi organizes 'the origin of worlds,  a festival dedicated to literature from 6 to 12 October 2014, in Lille, France.

Medi1 radio aired on Sunday, October 5th, 2014 the first episode of its new show called "immigrants".

(Reuters) - Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders has been summoned for questioning by prosecutors over anti-Moroccan remarks he made at campaign rallies in the Netherlands earlier this year, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Souad Elmallem is one of those women who succeeded in what was once a field strictly reserved for men: aeronautics. Chief Representative of Bombardier Aerospace and of Strategy and International Business Development, Africa, Originally from Casablanca, Souad Elmallem has moved to Canada where she settled and started a family.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:24

Paris: "Contemporary Morocco" at the IMA

Morocco will be honoured by The Arab World Institute (IMA) through a big scale event, which will be inaugurated on October 15, is "it’s an exceptional event for an exceptional country," said the president of the IMA Jack Lang.

African immigrants living in Morocco should be real citizens, said Friday in Rabat Driss El Yazami, president of the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH).

In five years of existence, the CCME focused its research work on six specific groups, published more than 70 scientific productions closely related to the Moroccan emigration and its evolution since the 60s '. Mr Abdallah Boussouf, the General Secretary of the Council of Moroccans living abroad believes that the assessment of these “five years is positive "; because the council managed, since its inception, to put the finger on where the other European migratory policies have failed.

Welcome and farewell: It’s under this title of Goethe’s poem that we wanted to share the contributions to the conference “Migration, Identity and Modernity in the Maghreb”, held in Essaouira from March 17 to 20, 2010.

This conference is an initiative made by French and Moroccan academics, joined by colleagues from around the world in a common commitment to a pluralist reading of the recent history of Morocco and the Maghreb. Hosted in Essaouira and supported by two authorities responsible for human rights and the implementation of the recommendations of the Equity and Reconciliation Commission, the conference attempted to address, publicly, for the first time in the Maghreb, the question of the departure of Jews, repositioned in its historical depth and put into perspective with the migration of Muslim communities. Without dodging the specific dimensions nor the politics of these departures, the conference was an opportunity to reassess the whole process by questioning migration projects, Migrants' journeys and the dynamics of community constructions.

The memory of these migrant communities is also, undeniably that of the Maghreb, at various times in its history.

This conference resulted also in the publication of two other volumes on top of this one

Since around thirty years, the sociological and cultural base of the Moroccan community abroad knew deep and multiple transformations. Not only did it change profile but it was also crystallized by the emergence of several generations (2nd, 3rd and 4th generations) whose profile grow rich with a double emotional belonging, in reference to the identity of origin, and the one acquired by the naturalization.

The film industry in Morocco has, thus far, generated $100 million this year, four times more than the first nine months of 2013.

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