Morocco: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 7:00 am
You need a visa to visit Eritrea, and another permit to go to Eritrea’s Dahlak Archipelago, a chain of 124 small islands and two larger ones in the Red Sea near Massawa. Off the beaten path doesn’t begin to describe it. You can expect pristine beaches and unparalleled marine life with few other tourists for miles. Dahlak’s pearl fisheries have been famous since ancient times. Charter yachts can be hired for scuba diving and pearl fishing. During years of war, fishery came to a halt in the area. The unexpected result of isolation? There are lots of fish and they aren’t shy.
Kurt Davis Jr., 4:29 pm AFKI Original
A sense of what Zimbabwe can expect post-Mugabe. Partnership in the fight against terror for Tunisia. Better strategies combating poverty and HIV in Swaziland. These are just a few of the wishes that a U.S. investment banker visualizes for African countries as the old year winds down and 2016 gives way to 2017.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:30 am AFKI Original
While much of the focus inevitably falls on the African Player of the Year accolade, the various nominees for other soccer award categories have been revealed by CAF ahead of the gala event in January. The additional categories included Women’s Player of the Year, club and national teams of the year, coach of the year and accolades for promising young players.
Kurt Davis Jr., 11:34 am AFKI Original
Businessman Trump knows better than anyone that you must have the right friends to survive. Tunisia could be the surprise special relationship. A successful democracy there would boost the fight against terror. Nigeria could go either way with Trump. He wants to help oil in the U.S. This could hurt Nigeria. Political and financial engagement with Egypt, South Sudan, and South Africa will see some rebalancing. Trade that benefits the U.S. is low-hanging fruit for Trump, but how does he view AGOA? He promised to re-evaluate all trade agreements.
Colin Kilkelly, 7:00 am
Merzouga, a bustling desert town, is the jumping-off point for journeys into the desert. You’ll need a 4×4 and a local driver. You can feel the sand, soft as talcum powder, sucking the vehicle down as you cross the wadi. The locals are friendly. They’ll invite you for tea in exchange for cigarettes. Nomads have been living here for millennia, but the rhythm of life is the same as it ever was. To be a nomad is the pinnacle of Arabian nobility. The Prophet himself was a nomad. In ancient times, it took camel trains two months to get from Merzouga to Timbuktu. Now the same journey takes two days in a 4×4.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:33 am
Nigeria has signed a deal with Morocco to construct Trans-African gas pipeline that will connect the continent’s largest oil producer to Europe’s lucrative gas market. The 4,000 kilometer-long pipeline, to be funded by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority and Ithmar Capital, a Moroccan sovereign wealth fund. The two governments signed the joint partnership during a state visit by Morocco’s King Mohammed to his Nigerian counterpart,
Dana Sanchez, 1:39 pm
There is a gap for hospital services in Africa and property investors can benefit from this with healthcare real estate investment trusts, an expert says. A REIT is a company that owns, and in most cases operates, income-producing real estate. Large hospital owners like Netcare or Life Healthcare in South Africa could sell hospitals to a property manager who runs a healthcare REIT. The REIT would then lease them back. REITs provide investors with a liquid stake in real estate, special tax considerations and typically high-dividend yields. In more mature markets, healthcare REITs are often popular investments.
Peter Pedroncelli, 12:21 am AFKI Original
The third round of African World Cup qualifying continued this past weekend, with the 20 teams from the continent left with a chance of securing one of the five spots allocated to Africa in action across the continent. This is how the 10 African World Cup qualifying matches turned out for the participating nations looking to earn their ticket to Russia in two years’ time.
Dana Sanchez, 3:36 pm
A hedge fund with Carlyle Group LP, the world’s second-largest private equity firm, has lost $400 million it invested in 2015 in a Moroccan oil refinery deal, according to a securities filing. Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi owns 67.26% of Morocco’s Samir refinery. The deal highlights the risks U.S. investors face in emerging markets that have unfamiliar investor-protection laws. Still, despite the risks, investors continue to find the lure of higher growth in emerging markets attractive.
Ishay Govender-Ypma, 7:17 am
The narrow cobbled streets are alive with the colors, smells, and essential rawness of market life. Vendors hawk breakfast breads, olives and live chickens. But we are late for our cooking class at Clock Café, and cannot linger. Donkeys and mules laden with pails of milk are led slowly through the streets. In the gentle lilt of Moroccan Arabic, the donkey minders shoo us out the way. Men and women in plain djebella are buying their breakfasts. It’s a rhythm of the everyday here in Fez. Food is bought fresh. The customers know the vendors by name.
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