King Mohammed VI Inaugurates Aquaculture Farm in Oued Eddahab

Dakhla, Morocco – King Mohammed VI inaugurated, Tuesday in the El Argoub municipality (southern province of Oued Ed-dahab), the “Azura Aquaculture” farm.This aquaculture project, which required an overall budget of MAD 81 million, is part of the national Halieutis strategy, developed in accordance with the guidelines of King Mohammed VI and aimed at upgrading the different stages of the value chain of the fisheries sector and improving its competitiveness and performance.Besides the socio-economic development of the local region, the project will contribute to improve the sustainability of resources, promote farming, processing and marketing of nearly 970 tons of oysters, clams and abalone, and to decrease animal health risks related to the import of these species. Featuring state-of-the-art equipment, “Azura aquaculture” houses notably a two-hectare farm boasting facilities for water filtration, phytoplankton production, spawning and fertilization, a laboratory, a micro-nursery area and a nursery.This project is part of the aquaculture development plan in the Dakhla-Oued Ed-dahab region (2015-2020), one of the flagship projects of the new development model of the southern provinces, launched by King Mohammed VI on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Green March.This regional aquaculture development plan provides for the establishment, for a total investment of MAD 2.8 billion, of 878 production units over three identified geographical areas, namely the Bay of Dakhla (520 units), the Bay of Cintra (243) and the area between these two bays (115).Expected to generate some 3,350 direct jobs, these projects suprevised by the National Agency for Aquaculture Development (ANDA) will be carried out over an area of 6,556 hectares and will eventually reach a total annual production of 115,450 tons.These various aquaculture projects reinforce the Halieutis plan that aims to make the fisheries sector a real engine for the sustainable growth of the national economy and increase its contribution to GDP to MAD 21.9 billion by 2020 and generate some 115,000 direct jobs.MWN with MAP read more

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Moroccos Ambassador Aims to Promote Kingdom among US Opinion Shapers

Rabat – Morocco’s ambassador to the United States, Lalla Joumala Alaoui seeks to promote Morocco’s position among US opinion makers during talks she held on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. with President of the National Press Club (NPC) Andrea Snyder Edney.The two officials met at the National Press Building, which houses NPC headquarters and dozens of US and foreign media offices, including Morocco’s news agency MAP.The meeting was aimed at discussing the means of strengthening relations between the National Press Club, one of the world’s most influential media organizations, and Morocco. Alaoui affirmed that she will strive to boost cooperation between the two sides, expressing the embassy’s willingness to be an interlocutor with members of the National Press Club.The Moroccan representative went on to list recent reforms implemented in Morocco, particularly those that touch institutional sectors, socio-economic issues, women’s empowerment and the religious field as part of a forward-looking and proactive approach that makes Morocco a haven of peace and stability in the region.The president of the National Press Club said she was delighted to receive Morocco’s ambassador to the US, and she expressed her willingness to push for the consolidation of relations between the NPC and Morocco through training, organizing conferences about Morocco, and future exchange visits.The meeting was also attended by former NPC President Thomas Burr and NPC Executive Director William McCarren.After the talks finished, Alaoui visited MAP’s offices at the National Press Building, where she met with journalists who report on news related to Morocco-US relations, international institutions based in the US and the United Nations, and issues affecting the Moroccan community in the US. read more

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