Morocco: Latest News
Staff, 10:43 am
Africa is known as the motherland, the birth of mankind, where it all began. Yet for many years it has also been called the “dark continent” due to the rate of development of many countries. This perception is changing quickly, with hundreds of tech hubs, who are creating cutting-edge technology products and services, popping up all over the continent, making the rest of the world take notice. A tech hub is an area of IT landscape by which people come together and breed innovations.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:26 am
The winners of the Facebook First Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge were announced this week, with submissions from Egypt doing very well. Egyptians featured prominently among the winners and runners-up of the three categories, as did Morocco. A total of 60 finalists from 64 countries in the Middle East and North Africa region were considered for the eventual winner’s prize, which included $20,000 in addition to three months of Facebook mentorship.
Staff, 8:08 am
Technological development is being seen as a key factor in improving a country’s productivity, competitiveness, and growth. Since the 1980s, the increase in technological innovations, along with the influx of new entrants into world markets, has exacerbated competition between economies. Morocco has embarked on a process of structural transformation in order to support its technological competitiveness, implementing sectoral policies, and promoting of internationally oriented professions.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:36 am
Ivory Coast is planning to build a new solar power plant in the north of the country in order to ease pressure on its already overtaxed power grid. The 25 MegaWatt solar power station will provide further electricity supply to the strained grid in the West African nation, which typically relies on gas and oil-fired thermal plants to produce energy. At a cost of $40 million, the power station will be built by Korhogo Solaire, a subsidiary of Morocco’s Nova Power, and it is expected to be complete by 2018.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:20 am AFKI Original
The United States provides foreign aid that benefits numerous African recipients, with over $43 billion of total obligations going to 222 countries around the world in 2015. Much of this goes to assisting countries in sub-Saharan and North Africa, with USAID funding countless programs for the good of people within those nations. We take a look at the 12 biggest African recipients of foreign aid from the United States.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:27 am AFKI Original
Morocco will be home to the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant when it is fully built in 2018, producing enough energy to power over a million homes in the country once it is completed. The Noor Complex will lower carbon emissions by an astonishing 760,000 tons per year when it is fully operational. The first of four phases was completed in February 2016, with the Noor 2 CSP and Noor 3 CSP still under development – it is around 75 percent built at this stage. The fourth phase of the project was launched by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI this month.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:33 am
In the interests of reducing inequality and poverty within the African continent in the long-term, and avoiding the growth of populism across Africa, the G20 countries, headed by Germany, are pushing for a plan that will increase private investment and infrastructure development in Africa. Speaking at a forum on global infrastructure at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble set forth a proposed scheme that will see various G20 member countries and international lenders partner with African countries in order to attract global investors.
Kurt Davis Jr., 2:00 am AFKI Original
Short-term volatility and uncertainty in the African growth story create opportunities for hedge funds. Hedge funds generally operate more flexibly than private equity, and they have the creativity to generate bond-like returns that outpace inflation. Critics say hedge funds have limited liquidity in an opaque world. The riskiest play — but with big returns — is in agriculture and land. Where land is for sale in Africa, investors are making a play for a limited resource, especially when it’s arable, ripe for production or ideal for commercial and residential construction.
Dana Sanchez, 4:53 pm
An IPO today on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange introduced a new option for investors who want to add African exposure to their portfolios. The AMI Big 50 ex-SA ETF offers 50 African blue-chip companies outside South Africa. The IPO is a world first – an ETF offering exposure to a pan-African index that excludes South Africa. “A lot of people do worry about the liquidity risk, but being an ETF means that there is a secondary market on the JSE which allows investors in smaller quantities to trade exposure in and out of Africa,” a stakeholder said. The ETF is managed by Cloud Atlas, which plans to launch two more Africa-focused ETFs by July.
Staff, 12:01 am
The fall in African private equity investment in 2016 could be a short-term blip. Among the losers was US-based Carlyle, one of the world’s winningest investment firms. Carlyle invested $147m in Nigeria’s Diamond Bank in 2014. The bank’s market cap fell by 90% over the subsequent two years. Bob Geldof’s PE firm 8 Miles just invested in Blue Skies, a British fruit firm that operates in Africa. Utilities including telecoms were the most popular target for private equity investment in 2016. West Africa was the most active region.
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