Education for a Better Morocco Conference Kicks Off Friday in Rabat

Rabat – The Association of Moroccan Professionals in America (AMPA) and the American University of Leadership (AUL) have released the agenda for “Education for a Better Morocco,” an international conference that kicks off on Friday June 3, Rabat. The conference focuses on education within the broader context of business, entrepreneurship, and the future economic growth of Morocco. The agenda lays out a program featuring an impressive array of international experts.Speakers include Dr. Lahcen Daoudi, Morocco’s Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Training, who will also offer keynote remarks; Hamid Ben Elafdil, President, La Fondation Marocaine l’Etudiant and former CEO of the Moroccan Investment Development Agency — AMDI, and Prince Youssouf Ouedraogo, Director, African Development Bank and former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso.Others include Malika Laasri, CEO of Education for Employment; Amine Bentahar, Managing Partner of Advantix Digital (formerly with Microsoft and Hilton Hotels) from the U.S., Sarah Ouakim, Multilingual and Multicultural Leadership Executive & Founder of Global Bridging, from Sweden; Professor Kamaleddine Tabine, Moroccan-American university professor; Prof. Christine Clarke, Academic Dean of the European University’s business school in Spain; Zouhair Benjelloun, Managing Director of SNTL Supply Chain; and two core team members representing the Moroccan and U.S. government respectively who participated in the recent establishment of MCC Compact 2. Delegates of the Minister of Moroccans Resident Abroad and Immigration Affairs, Anis Birou, and of the Minister of Equipment, Transportation, and Logistics, Aziz Rabbah, will present remarks on behalf of their ministers.The two panels on macro and micro issues will be moderated by Abdelmounim El Amrani, Bureau Chief in Rabat of Al Jazeera, and Adnane Bennis, Managing Editor of Morocco World News.The day’s session will close with a cocktail reception, celebrating the official launch of AUL’s new American University of Leadership Morocco Foundation. Saturday morning continues with a round table of invited experts to develop recommendations for strengthening and enhancing Morocco’s educational system.“We are looking forward to hosting this international conference, to provide a powerhouse platform for international experts in education and business from around the world to focus on Morocco’s bright economic future,” said Dr. Anass Lahlou, the President of AUL. “With our new foundation and university, AUL is well positioned to facilitate innovation, research, and business best practices in Morocco, thereby contributing to Morocco’s economic stability and growth.”“We are so pleased that we were able to springboard off of AMPA’s initiative last December in its Moroccan American Bridges 2015 conference to present this international conference in partnership with the American University of Leadership Morocco addressing important education issues,” said Chaouki Zahzah, President of AMPA. “This comes at an important time when Morocco is reconsidering its position in the world arena and its national brand in the global economy. It will be critical for Morocco to be able to provide the best qualified workforce to fill the jobs created by increasing entrepreneurship and investment in Morocco.”Morocco World News is a proud media partner of this conference, which is supported by other strategic partners and sponsors, including the Ministry of Moroccans Resident Abroad and Immigration Affairs; the Ministry of Equipment, Transportation, and Logistics; Royal Air Maroc; AMPA; AmCham Morocco; Amoud; AUL Global Radio; Africar; Belmejdoub Events; Event Travel International; Golden Tulip Farah Hotel; PIIMT, and the Washington, D.C.-based Middle East and North Africa Consultants Association.The conference is free, but registration is required. For the full agenda and to register, visit: http://events.aulm.us/education-for-a-better-morocco/. read more

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We need to find a way to live together says UN chief

“In far too many places, we have seen acts of extremism, unspeakable brutality and a deeply worrying escalation of tensions between communities and within societies. Addressing this discord in a manner that solves, rather than multiplies, the problem may be the greatest test our human family faces in the 21st century,” Mr. Ban told reporters at UN Headquarters.The Secretary-General’s appeal came after his informal briefing to the 193-Member UN General Assembly, where he launched the Organization-wide campaign for broad based action in 2015 to wrap up the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and outline a new global agenda centred on people and the planet, and underpinned by human rights. “All of us were deeply moved by the many images from yesterday’s despicable attack in Paris. Perhaps none was as horrifying as that of a French policeman ruthlessly executed on a sidewalk,” said the Secretary-General, adding: “We now know that policeman’s name. He was Ahmed Merabet. He himself was a Muslim.”The attack, continued Mr. Ban, in which 10 media workers and two police officers were killed by masked gunmen who ransacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, “is yet another reminder of what we are facing together.” “It should never be seen as a war of religion … for religion … or on religion. It is an assault on our common humanity, designed to terrify and incite. Giving in to hatred and sowing division only guarantees a spiral of violence – precisely what terrorists seek. We must not fall into that trap,” he declared.“I want to make a special appeal for tolerance and understanding,” he said, stressing: “We need to find a way to live together, in peace, in harmony, in full respect of universal human rights and fundamental freedoms.” As Nigeria readies for its election next month, the Secretary-General said the world faces another grave test. Boko Haram has continued its violence, killing Christians and Muslims, kidnapping even more women and children, and destroying churches and mosques. Mayhem has spread across the region, and is now having a direct impact on Cameroon and other countries.“I urge Boko Haram’s leaders to end the destruction of so many lives and communities, and immediately and unconditionally release the kidnapped school girls and all others. The international community cannot let human rights abuses continue with impunity,” he declared. “This is my personal appeal. As a father and grandfather and as Secretary-General, I will continue to actively explore with Member States what more can be done,” he concluded. read more

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