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Newsletter 01/24/13
Issue296 Vol.13 Number01
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OUR FEATURED COUNTRY: Morocco
Last December, the United States and Morocco signed new agreements that should allow stimulation of international trade between the two countries. Among the main measures, we can list: The implementation of new, more transparent, customs standards especially electronic payment of customs duties, taxes and charges applied to products when they enter the market; The finalization of an agreement for the promotion of investments, with the assurance of the United States that they will continue their investments in Morocco (which exceeded 350 million USD in 2011) and the Moroccan government's commitment to maintain a political environment that promotes and encourages international investment, especially in the field of investor protection; A joint statement for the free flow of information in the field of ICT (Information and Communication Technology).

These new agreements are part of a Free Trade Agreement that came into force on January 1st 2006. Since the signing of this agreement, U.S. exports to Morocco increased by 336% and imports increased by 190%. The United States are currently Morocco’s 6th largest client (with a market share of 3,8% of Morocco’s total exports) and its 4th largest supplier (with a market share of 7% of Morocco’s total imports). The trade balance of the United States with Morocco in 2011 showed a surplus of 1.8 billion USD.

Under the Trade and Investment Partnership Initiative in the Middle East and North Africa, Morocco is seen as a key strategic partner for the United States. Indeed, the Moroccan economy is doing well, characterized by macroeconomic stability, coupled with low inflation and a relatively strong economic growth (+3% in 2012). Furthermore, implementation of social measures by the Moroccan government (for instance in favor of equality in the areas of access to education, health and housing) has allowed the country to avoid an increase in the popular protest movement that started in 2011.

> View our complete country profile for Morocco
> Browse 88 more country profiles
MORE USEFUL LINKS

Doing business with Morocco:
> Doing Business in Morocco
> Doing Business in Morocco: Country Commercial Guide for U.S. Companies
> Doing business in Morocco: PKF Guide
> United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement
> Doing Business: data for Morocco

More information about relations between the U.S. and Morocco:
> U.S.-Morocco Trade Facts
> Trade in Goods with Morocco
> Moroccan American Business Council
> American chamber of Commerce in Morocco
> Morocco - U.S. Relations
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MARKET STUDIES
Travel & Tourism Economic Impact: Morocco 2012

The direct contribution of Travel & Tourism to the Moroccan economy in 2012.
MORE MARKET STUDIES

> The production, consumption and trade of citrus fruits in Morocco 
> The pet foods market in Morocco
> Agro-food trade and its logistics in the Mediterranean countries

TRADESHOWS & EVENTS
Moroccan International Agricultural Show (SIAM 2013)

The SIAM is the most important show of the agriculture sector in Africa. It will take place from 04/24/2013 to 04/28/16/2013 in Meknes, Morocco.
MORE TRADESHOWS & EVENTS IN MOROCCO
> Solaire Expo 2013
> Plast Expo 2013
> SICCAM
> Elec Expo
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STANDARDS & CODES
IMANOR

IMANOR, as the certifying body for management systems, manages and develops the national system of certification in accordance with international standards for companies and organizations in Morocco.
MORE STANDARDS & CODES

> AfriMAP
> South African Bureau of Standards
> African Organisation for Standardisation
> African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission
> North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

DOCUMENTATION
ArabNet

Comprehensive online resource on the Arab world, primarily dealing with countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Covers Morocco, Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
MORE DOCUMENTATION
> Africa Business Information Services
> Africa Search
> ArabDataNet.com
> Africa Daily
> SciNet - Multilingual Dictionary of Trade Terms

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> MCCG an expert in Accounting Services in Morocco
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> Zaynab an expert in B2B Marketing in Morocco
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