Archive for December 2010

2011:THE CHALLENGES OF THE NEW YEAR IN THE MEDITERRANEAN   Leave a comment

ROME, DECEMBER 30 – MOROCCO – Strong in its unique position as the only partner country to have obtained advanced ”status”, Morocco under its young King Mohammad VI is looking forward to a future in which it can stand as a model of development for the Mediterranean area. And it does so not only on the basis of the economic reforms it has put through over the past fifteen years in order to promote foreign investment, but also on that of the social and political reforms aimed at consolidating the contry’s democratic structure, the safeguarding of civil rights and the furthering of those of women.

Nonetheless, the autumn of 2010 has seen Morocco in the spotlight of the international press because of the unresolved issue of the Western Sahara – the former Spanish colony integrated into Moroccan territory in 1975, but for which the Polisario Front is claiming independence and not the greater autonomy being offered by Rabat. The incidents which occurred during the clearing of the illegal Saharawi encampment of Layooune, which saw the deaths of around a dozen Moroccan police officers, and not of the dozens of civilians which Polisario alleged, have come as a sharp alarm call for the country, but also as an opportunity to awaken national pride in response to criticism coming from sources including the European Parliament.

TUNISIA – The year 2010 closes out with Tunisia becoming aware of a profound problem involving youth unemployment in the country (secondary school and university graduates in particular), which according to unofficial estimates, is at 14%.

The unrest has been underscored by large-scale protests and clashes in the streets, which began in the last 10 days of December in several cities in the country, starting with the inland region of Sidi Bouzid, where the attempted suicide of a young man from the area set off the protests. In order to deal with the new social emergency, the government, which has been led for over 20 years by President Ben Ali, announced an investment programme aimed at offering new job opportunities, focussing on Sidi Bouzid in particular to boost the economy in the region starting next year.

Tunisia is not lacking development prospects in the industrial and commercial sectors, as favourable regulations are set to go into effect regarding cooperation with the EU. Tourism should also be favoured by the Open Skies agreement, while they are working on the convertibility of the dinar. BALKANS – The challenge in the Western Balkans for 2011 is undoubtedly speeding up their path towards EU accession. Except for Slovenia, which is already in the EU, all of the other countries are currently going through the process: Serbia is looking to obtain the status of a candidate country by the fall, after in late January-early February they will deliver a questionnaire responding to the 2,500 questions asked by the EU Commission to Belgrade. Croatia hopes to successfully complete negotiations by the end of the year and enter into the EU at the start of 2012; Montenegro is hoping that a date will be set for the start of accession negotiations; Macedonia is looking to 2011 as a turning point in the long dispute over their name with Greece, which is blocking Skopje’s entrance into the EU; Bosnia-Herzegovina hopes that with the new government expected to begin work at the start of the year, the institutional reform process requested by the EU and the international community in order to join the EU will be sped up; Kosovo is expecting that next year visa requirements to EU countries will be abolished.

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Posted December 31, 2010 by newworldconsulting in Uncategorized

ALGERIA: NO NEED FOR CAPITAL BUT FOR KNOW-HOW, PM SAYS   Leave a comment

Algeria is not in need of foreign capital, but of know-how. This is according to the Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, who has been presenting the government’s political plan to Parliament.

The North African country ”does not currently need foreign capital,” he said, ”but is severely lacking know-how and modern technology for management and partners”.
Algeria ”offers many advantages for those who are prepared to follow the country through its development,” he added, saying that public spending for investing has totalled over 280 billion dollars in five years.
Referring to the regulations that force foreign companies to have an Algerian partner owning 51%, and to sustain the modernisation of a local business, the Prime Minister explained that the move had been made to ”exploit national quality”. (ANSAmed).

Posted December 31, 2010 by newworldconsulting in Uncategorized

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Posted December 30, 2010 by newworldconsulting in Uncategorized

Egyptian steel production to increase strongly by 2017   Leave a comment

24 December 2010 24-12-2010 – EGYPT, TURKEY Source : Reuters

A boom in construction and infrastructure spending will help drive an estimated 36 percent increase in Egypt’s production of reinforcing steel by 2017: the country’s output of reinforcing steel, known as rebar and used in the construction industry, will reach 15 million tonnes per year by 2017, up from about 11 million tonnes in 2011 according to Mohamed Sayed Hanafy, general manager of the Chamber of Metallurgical Industries.
According to Reuters, ‘[…] there is a very big shortage in property units in Egypt. The country needs to build some 1 million units per year for 10 to 15 years to meet that rising demand,” Hanafy said.
Demand for new housing in the Arab world’s most populous nation has kept its construction sector strong despite the global economic downturn, making Egypt a major market for steel exports, mainly from Turkey.
Egypt’s large and growing middle class, seeking new homes before marriage, would be a boost for steel firms and property developers for about two decades,

Posted December 30, 2010 by newworldconsulting in Uncategorized

TUNISIA-USA: LIMITED TRADE, ALGERIA MAIN PARTNER IN MAGHREB   Leave a comment

TUNIS, DECEMBER 23 – The volume of trade between Tunisia and the United States is only 4% of trade with the entire Maghreb. This was announced in a report of the American Department of State, which specifies that trade between Tunisia and the USA totalled 9.61 billion USD in 2009.The report also points out that Algeria is the main commercial partner in the Maghreb with 71%, followed by Libya (17%) and Morocco (8%). This ranks Algeria on 23rd place on the list of global economic partners of the USA

Posted December 30, 2010 by newworldconsulting in Uncategorized

INDUSTRY: TUNISIAN-ALGERIAN CHEMICAL PLANT OPENS IN ORAN   Leave a comment

TUNIS, DECEMBER 16 – The Société Maghrébine des Produits Chimiques Alumineux, result of a Tunisian-Algerian partnership, yesterday began production in its new plant in Oran in western Algeria.
The new plant will produce – with an annual capacity of 20,000 tonnes – aluminum sulfate and dry aluminum hydrate, substances used for the treatment of drinking water and for the manufacturing of paper and glass.

Posted December 30, 2010 by newworldconsulting in Uncategorized

ALGERIA: STUDY, GOOD EU-ALGIERS RELATIONS FOR 8 OUT OF 10   4 comments

BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 14 – Eight algerians out of ten believe the EU has good relations with Algeria. This is one of the results of a study, promoted by the EU-funded Opinion Polling and Research (OPPOL) project, under the 2007-2010 ENPI regional information and communication programme. It is carried out across the countries benefiting from the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI).

Thus, according to the Enpi website (www.enpi-info.eu), only a minority of opinion leaders feel the EU¿s involvement in Algeria is appropriate (46%, compared to 63% of the general public), while only a small majority (56%) believe Algeria has benefited from EU policies in the country ¿ a stark contrast to the 82% average across the Mediterranean partner countries, and below the 61% among the general public. There is also scepticism regarding the EU¿s promotion of democracy through its cooperation activities, with only 45% of opinion leaders subscribing to the view, compared to 59% of the general public. All agree, however, that they want more EU involvement in the country, with priorities on economic development, the environment and education. Opinion leaders in particular also feel the EU can bring peace and stability to the country (70%) and the wider region (80%).

Posted December 30, 2010 by newworldconsulting in Uncategorized

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