Morocco: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 3:27 pm AFKI Original
With investors showing increased interest in African equity and bond markets and through direct investment, data issues are getting more urgent. Accurate and transparent statistics are essential indicators of economic potential, economists say. African countries generally fail to accurately record the size of the informal economy which could account for up to 62.7 percent of GDP. Three of the 10 countries listed here are expected to see their GDPs decrease in 2016. For others, it’s still Africa rising. Here’s what we know.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:22 am AFKI Original
Over the past weekend the final qualifying matches took place for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which will take place in Gabon this coming January. With qualifying now complete, the 16 teams that will be present in Gabon to compete for the title of Africa’s best are now known, and final preparations can begin. Here are the 16 African national teams that have qualified to take part in the 2017 AFCON tournament.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:43 am AFKI Original
This coming weekend sees the final round of AFCON qualifiers, with teams from all over the continent finalising their qualifying campaign for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, which is set to take place in Gabon in January and February next year. Here is a brief look at some of the AFCON qualifiers, and what they will mean for the countries involved.
Dana Sanchez, 9:46 am
Used cars rule African roads. Africa’s tiny new car market is dominated by giant global automakers like Toyota. Eight out of 10 new cars are sold in just four African countries. It is in this environment that made-in-Africa auto makers like Uganda’s Kiira Motors hope to compete. How a school project became the focal point of Uganda’s vision for economic transformation may be one of the most amazing stories of the rise of African automakers.
Lillian Mutiso, 7:50 am AFKI Original
The Arab Spring was a series of anti-government protests that rocked Middle East and the North African nations of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. It started on December 18, 2010 in Tunis, Tunisia. The revolution led to the fall of long standing regimes in the region. In Libya, various factions sprang up, trying to seize control of the nation. Most parts of the country are still relatively unstable
Julia Austin, 11:56 am AFKI Original
Dakar’s colorful car rapides — “fast cars” — are the most popular mode of transportation in Senegal’s capital. Part of history, some of these buses and mini-buses have been operating for over 40 years, and even have an exhibit dedicated to them. A ride on a car rapide costs around 16 cents. Some newer buses called tatas or kinglongs cost around 90 cents per ride. There’s a plan to phase out car rapides by 2018 as Dakar upgrades its urban transportation network.
Dana Sanchez, 5:52 pm
Today, 80 percent of all West African airline traffic is carried by non-African carriers and about 15 percent by non- West African carriers. East African airline Kenya Airways recorded a 28 percent increase in passengers in West Africa for the year ending June 2016. Yet West Africa, with 40 airports and 300 million population in 15 countries, has no strong airline and no airport hub. Several airports are vying to be hubs.
Dana Sanchez, 12:23 pm
Global tech and mobile giants are increasingly involved in Africa’s 314 active tech hubs. New tech hubs are opening on a weekly basis, according to new research by GSMA, the powerful mobile trade and lobbying association. GSMA recently launched its own innovation fund to tap local startups. Regardless of their type, it’s the facilitator role of tech hubs that explains their proliferation in Africa.
Karen Elowitt, 9:16 am
While more modern methods prevail elsewhere in the world, in the tanneries of Fez, Morocco, artisans have been using techniques that date back 1000 years. These tanneries are tucked behind the medieval buildings that comprise the old city center, the medina. When you buy a pair of vivid leather shoes from the souk in Fez, bear in mind the backbreaking, dirty work that was required to produce those gleaming slippers — a tradition that will likely go on for another 1000 years.
Susan McKee, 9:56 am
Three cities in Morocco are especially known for their ceramic artistry: Meknes, Safi and Fez. Together, they produce at least 80% of the pottery in the country. The best known workshop in Fez is Art Naji. Here you can take a tour and watch craftsmen and women chip mosaic tile pieces, paint fanciful designs on plates, assemble elaborate mosaic tile fountain backsplashes and fashion tagines on foot-driven potter’s wheels. Take a look at the artisans at work at Art Naji, and some of their incredible creations.
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