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(update) Barthe Cortes sells a 70 % stake in BVC Airlines for € 1 billion

CLARIFICATION: Barthe Cortes did not sell the BVC shares

"SAN would like to issue a formal apology to BVC Group for news ("Barthe Cortes sells a 70 % stake in BVC Airlines for € 1 billion") that was inadvertently published recently onto our website and social media with unconfirmed details. News was based on preliminary information. We apologize for this publication before details were confirmed from official sources " (source: SAN)

Barthe Cortes, the owner of BVC Cargo group sells slice of BVC Airlines to SAAfrica and Emirates SkyCargo for about € 1 billion , meaning Barthe Cortes is no longer a majority shareholder

"This partnership which is unprecedented in scale gives us leadership position in the worldwide airline industry, With BVC and ESC we are reinforcing our trans-Atlantic alliance, making us the number one alliance between Africa and the rest of the world in terms of traffic" - said SAA chairman Mussa Zwane
source : Saudi Arabic News

El Othmani Decries Opponents Who Want to ‘Hold Morocco Back’

Rabat – Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has accused parties, which he did not name, of wanting to “hold Morocco back,” reports the official website of his Justice and Development Party (PJD).
“There are people who don’t want this country preserve its Islamic reference [point], who don’t want it to continue its transition to democracy, and who also want to hold it back,” he said during his speech to the national convention of Attajdid Atolabi, an organization generally considered the student wing of PJD.
The Islamist party leading member said that these challenges should be met with a “mature way of thinking.”
El Othmani, whose government was appointed in April following a six-month deadlock during which his predecessor, PJD leader Abdelilah Benkirane, failed to form a coalition, said that the current government coalition was “born after difficult period.”
The head of government said there are some people who did not want a PJD-led government to be formed, regardless of whether it was headed by Benkirane or by himself.
“These people still continue their plots. Yet, we affirm again that we are here to positively contribute to the progress of our country,” said the President of PJD’s National Council./ more: MW


Energy: Morocco,52% of needs satisfied by renewables by 2030

Morocco is aiming to satisfy 52% of its energy needs with renewables by 2030, in particular with solar and wind energy and opportunities for Italian companies are manifold.

In particular, solar and wind energy offer many opportunities to Italian companies, stressed Moroccan Energy Minister, Abdelkader Amara, in Rome to attend the conference on the Mediterranean.

Reduced production costs and competitive prices in a true integrated regional market could benefit Countries belonging to the Northern flank, among which Italy, remarked Amara.

Investments in the Reign are not to be discounted. "Italian companies - he stressed - can position themselves very well in Morocco, which is a transparent market in need of Italian technology and know how". In order to reach "our objective by 2030 - he added - between 2016 and 2030, we will need to produce 11 thousand megawatt more through renewables, in particular with solar and photovoltaic thanks to an additional investment of 30 billion dollars". There is also another project the government is working on, Amara revealed, one in the field of liquified natural gas.

"We expect additional investments for 4.5 billion dollars".

In this sector as well - he concluded - opportunities for Italian enterprises are in the cards.

source: ansamed

Aactivists claim draft rights law fails to treat disabled people as equals

Critics claim proposed legislation designed to benefit disabled people focuses on prevention and diagnosis rather than rights and legal protection

A draft law on rights for disabled people that has gone before the Moroccan parliament has been criticised by civil society groups for perpetuating outdated notions of disability. Moroccan disability associations are being supported by the campaign group Human Rights Watch, which recently wrote to the Moroccan parliament calling on lawmakers to ensure that the draft law accords full rights to disabled people.
Human Rights Watch says draft law 97.13 “on the protection and advancement of persons with disabilities” focuses too heavily on preventing and diagnosing disability, rather than giving disabled people rights and legal protection.
“People with disabilities in Morocco have been treated as objects of charity rather than as equal citizens, leading to stigma and discrimination,” said Eric Goldstein, deputy Middle East and north Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

One of the major stumbling blocks to full inclusion in Moroccan society has been the right to education. Some disabled children have missed out altogether, putting the onus to provide learning on disabled people’s associations instead of the state school system.
“I didn’t want my daughter to go to a special school,” says Soumia Amrani, mother of Aya, 22, who is autistic and still lives at home with her parents. “When Aya was two, she saw her sisters going to school and she wanted to go too, but there was nowhere available for her. I tried to educate her myself, at home with the help of specially trained teachers, but it was very difficult.”
Amrani says she is disappointed with the proposals for the new law, and feels it doesn’t do enough to give disabled children the right to attend regular schools. She feels that money earmarked for disabled people’s associations to deliver schooling would be better spent making existing schools more accessible and training teachers to help children with special educational requirements.

 readmore: The Guardian

Morocco issues arrest warrant for Paris attack suspect

Moroccan authorities issue an arrest warrant for Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam 

The hunt for Europe’s most wanted man has spread to North Africa after it emerged that Moroccan authorities issued an arrest warrant for Salah Abdeslam, the only alleged attacker known to have escaped alive after the massacre in Paris a month ago.
Belgian-born French national Abdeslam fled Paris after allegedly dropping off three suicide bombers outside the national stadium on the night of the coordinated attacks that left 130 dead and more than 300 wounded.
The Moroccan warrant for the 26-year-old’s arrest was issued late last month, it has emerged. A Moroccan security source said it was not clear whether Abdeslam had fled to Morocco or another North African state.
The news came as the Swiss city Geneva remained on heightened security alert amid an ongoing hunt for suspects allegedly linked to the Islamic State (Isil) terror group who had entered the country this week.

Abdeslam is known to have been in Holland, Greece, Austria, and Hungary before the attacks, and “probably has a support network in several European countries,” a source close to the investigation said.
Earlier reports said he may have managed to return to Syria, where he had trained with Isil before travelling back to Europe to allegedly participate in the Paris attacks claimed by the terror group that controls swathes of Syria and Iraq.

read more :telegraph


Trump and Terrorism Loom Over Marrakech

I was lucky to attend the Marrakech International Film Festival last week. Though only in its 15th year, it has quickly risen to prominence, in part thanks to the large number of films shot in Morocco over the years—from Orson Welles’s Othello all the way back in 1949 to Lawrence of Arabia, The Last Temptation of Christ, Gladiator, Spectre, and many, many others—and in part thanks to the fact that Marrakech is a highly desirable tourist destination.
The festival thus attracts a strong array of films—I saw good ones by directors Cesc Gay, Julien Leclercq, and Sergio Castellitto—and some intriguing guests. Among those receiving tributes this year were Bill Murray, South Korean director Park Chan-wook (with whom I spoke briefly), and Willem Dafoe. (The last was unfortunately not in attendance: more on this in a moment.)
Yet looming over questions of cinema throughout the week were the issues of terrorism and anti-Muslim bias.
Morocco prides itself on being a force for pluralism in the Islamic world, and my limited time there—I claim no greater expertise—tended to corroborate that distinction. Marrakech was a welcoming locale (again, tourism is key) with Western-style bars, hotels, and casinos very much in evidence. Wandering the city, one saw many local women with their heads covered, and many without. (There appeared to be a strong generational correlation.) The female festival attendees with whom I spent time did not feel remotely harassed or unsafe—less so, probably, than in many European or even American cities. Security efforts (metal detectors, police, etc.) were in place at the festival’s major locations but, again, no more so than would likely have been the case in other cities across the globe.

Egypt to build 1 million homes for poor to help ease shortage

Egypt plans to build 1 million homes for poorer people at a cost of almost $20 billion over the next five years, the housing minister said, to ease a crunch that has seen slums and unlicensed buildings spread since the 2011 revolt.
With a population of about 90 million, and projected to exceed 120 million by 2050, and with many Egyptians living in sprawling slums, the country is struggling to build enough houses for the poorest in society. So many people live in a network of tombs in Cairo that the area has become known as the City of the Dead.

Housing Minister Mustafa Madbouly told Reuters Egypt needed to build 500,000-600,000 new homes a year to keep up with demand, 70 percent of which should be aimed at the poor. The social housing project will see 200,000 new homes built each year, meeting over half the annual demand for cheap housing.
Private developers, who have built new suburbs around Cairo, are meeting the needs of middle and higher income Egyptians who can buy homes outright or obtain mortgages.
Egypt is financing its social housing scheme through land sales to developers building higher-end homes, Madbouly said. "This is totally being implemented by the Egyptian government and the ministry of housing with a total investment that exceeds 150 billion Egyptian pounds ($19.16 billion)," he said on the sidelines of the Egypt Mega Projects conference.
"We are making use of the projects we are offering to the private sector to finance and cross-subsidise the social housing programme."
Mammoth task
Madbouly said he was also working to upgrade informal settlements, which comprise 40-50 percent of urban areas, and to bring 24-hour piped water to all homes within three years. Three percent of Egyptian households have no running water at all and in rural areas some homes receive water for only 12 hours a day.
Madbouly also plans to bring sewage treatment to 50 percent of rural areas, up from 15 percent now. "(We are) upgrading slums and unsafe areas. We are talking here about 248 areas ... 150,000 families," Madbouly said.
But Madbouly faces a mammoth task. Egypt's population is squeezed into a narrow strip of land along the banks of the Nile, the river delta and the Mediterranean coast. The rest of the country is largely desert.

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