News & Analysis: Morocco

Moroccan Billionaire Aziz Akhannouch’s Fortune Triples Amid COVID-19

“The fortune of Moroccan billionaire and Agriculture Minister Aziz Akhannouch has more than tripled during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Forbes magazine, Akhannouch’s net worth went from $1 billion in March to $3.5 billion in October.”

via Morocco World News

Wedding Season Interrupted: How COVID-19 Impacts Moroccan Caterers

“Unlike other sectors in Morocco, for which the government set clear guidelines to operate within the special circumstances of COVID-19, the catering business still lacks the clarity of legal regulations. This leaves the whole sector in a heightened state of uncertainty.”

via Morocco World News

Life returning to normal in Africa, but virus fears linger

“While many nations ease their COVID-19 measures and citizens dare to breathe a little easier, experts are warning against letting the continent’s success lapse into complacency. The continent’s hardest-hit nation, South Africa has reeled under one of the world’s strictest lockdowns.”

via The East African

Morocco’s Health Sector Suffers Lack of Human, Financial Resources

“Morocco’s health sector continues to suffer from a shortage in qualified human resources, as well as an insufficient budget. While the majority of indicators are progressing on a positive path, only time will tell if Morocco can ensure the good health and well-being of its population by 2030—the deadline of the UN SDGs.”

via Morocco World News

COVID-19 Cost Morocco’s Poultry Sector $443 Million in 6 Months

“Morocco’s poultry sector activity achieved a turnover of MAD 32.5 billion in 2019, generating over 530,000 direct and indirect jobs. The sector, however, suffered a drastic drop in demand of -40%. The decrease is due to a lack of demand as scores of restaurants were closed due to lockdown and the pandemic.”

via Morocco World News

Surveys show just how unprepared African countries were for COVID-19 lockdowns

“On average, only 24% of households across the 34 African countries analyzed met all three criteria of readiness: availability of key amenities, availability of media devices and phones. and ownership of savings accounts or rate of formal employment.”

via Quartz Africa

COVID-19 genome sequencing laboratory network launches in Africa

“With several African countries now expanding COVID-19 testing, the World Health Organization and the Africa CDC have launched a network of laboratories to reinforce genome sequencing of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in Africa.”

via Africa CDC

Students Return to School in Morocco Against Backdrop of COVID-19

“The onset of a new school year is usually an exciting time for students, teachers, and parents. This week, however, some seven million primary and secondary students in Morocco are returning to school — some in-person, some online — with the added burden of the COVID-19 crisis.”

via Morocco World News

COVID-19: Morocco Calls for International Help for Developing Countries

“Morocco’s Permanent Ambassador to the UN, Omar Zniber, has called for a coordinated and concerted response to meet the ‘urgent circumstances affecting global trade and development.'”

via Morocco World News

The Unfinished Agenda of Financing Africa’s COVID-19 Response

“The continent’s pandemic-response funding gap is likely to amount to some $100 billion annually over the next three years. The international community – especially the G7, the G20, and multilateral development banks – must take bold, innovative, and expeditious action to close it.”

via Project Syndicate