Monthly Archives: February 2012

Secretary Clinton Praises the Work of the Local Advisory Boards for the U.S. in Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria

Fact SheetOffice of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

February 29, 2012

While in North Africa, Secretary Clinton met with the local advisory boards for the U.S. – North Africa Partnership for Economic Opportunity (NAPEO) and praised the work being done by these private sector leaders and innovators.

NAPEO is a regional public-private network launched last year in Algeria by the U.S. Department of State jointly with the Aspen Institute to advance the goals of the flagship global partnership initiative, Partners for a New Beginning. NAPEO Local Advisory Boards exist in Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, and Tunisia, with one currently in formation in Libya. Members of NAPEO in these countries work with American and North African business and civil society leaders within the network to foster entrepreneurship, develop market-relevant skills training, and create opportunities for job matching and cross-border exchanges.

The Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP), part of the Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, is scheduled to launch in Morocco and Tunisia this spring in partnership with USAID. It will lead entrepreneurship efforts in the Maghreb for the U.S. – North Africa Partnership for Economic Opportunity. The Department of State regularly engages public sector leaders in the Maghreb through bi-annual NAPEO Economic Ministers meetings to discuss the business-enabling policy environment in the region for entrepreneurship and youth employability. Read the rest of this entry

Sahara : The Polisario divided in Manhasset

Written by Khalid Ibrahim KhaledFriday, 24 February 2012 10:20


The next round of negotiations on the Sahara divides the ranks of the Polisario because of the recent warming of the inter-Maghreb relationships. A situation which torments the Chief of the Front, Mohamed Abdelaziz, less than three weeks before the meeting of 11 March in Manhasset, in the suburb of New York. From well informed sources in Tindouf, it is the recent Maghreb rapprochement which is at the origin of the disagreement between the main leaders of the separatist Front. The discords have appeared during the meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Maghreb countries, on February 18, in Morocco. For certain members from the Polisario leadership, the exchanges happening between the five UMA delegations are signs which do not deceive. Time is from now on for the rapprochement of the Maghreb countries and the Polisario cause is paying the cost of it. Read the rest of this entry

Arab spring News : Feb 29, 2012

Arab Spring tackles Russia’s winter
Adelaide Now
SPRING is in the Russian air but the civilian unrest in Moscow is unlikely to rival theArab spring, which saw a succession of governments toppled in the past year. After two presidential terms and a stint as prime minister, Vladimir Putin retains a
Arab spring inspires Burma’s 88 generation
The Nation
One of them admits that the events of “Arab Spring” prove that Burma will inevitably follow the path of democracy.”We are not afraid to be arrested again. It’s perhaps part of Burma’s political culture. Jail is our second home anyway,” said Mya Aye, Read the rest of this entry

Morocco’s New Constitution Enables Woman Empowerment -Minister

New York (UN) – Moroccan minister of solidarity, woman, family and social development Bassima Hakkaoui said, on Tuesday in New York, that Morocco’s new Constitution provides many opportunities for the empowerment of women.

Hakkaoui told the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which opened on Monday at the UN headquarters, that Morocco witnessed the democratic momentum triggered by the Arab Spring in accordance with its own specificity reflected by the broad political and national consensus, with the reform process crowned by a new Constitution which anchored a new democratic rights-based era.

Indeed, the Minister said, the new Constitution provides, from the preamble, for the fight against all forms of discrimination, noting, in this regard, that the government platform “is an action plan which reflects the provisions” of the Constitution. Read the rest of this entry

Morocco Presents Candidacy To UNHRC For 2014-2016 Mandate

Rabat – Morocco submitted, in Geneva on Tuesday, its candidacy to the UN Human Rights Council for the 2014-2016 mandate, Minister of Justice Mustapha Ramid said.

Ramid made this announcement on the occasion of signing the third optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure, at a ceremony organized by the UN on the sidelines of the High Level Segment of the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council held from February 27 to March 23.

The minister called, on this occasion, on brotherly and friendly countries to support the candidacy of Morocco.

He said that Morocco decided to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, recalling that the Kingdom used the provisions of this protocol in its experience of transitional justice.

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