Arezki Daoud

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Orascom vs. Algeria

[The North Africa Journal] In a lingering conflict that underscores lack of transparency and weak business rules, the case of Orascom Telecom Algerie (OTA), which has raised a great deal of concerns in foreign investor circles, has not been settled yet. It underscores that the rules of engagement when doing business in Algeria are still unclear and that many leaders of foreign companies remain dangerously ignorant of operating conditions and the business environement in the North Africa country.
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Morocco's Draft Constitution: Much Ado about Nothing

[By Arezki daoud | The North Africa Journal | daoud@north-africa.com | US+508-981-6937] The Moroccan people are holding their breath on what's coming on the political front. Insiders involved in the political reform with front seat view of a proposed draft of the new constitution promised by the King say this one is a "game changer." Many even go as far as calling it "revolutionary." But how revolutionary is this draft document? For those seeking smooth transition to democracy, they are going to be hugely disappointed. In many critical areas, it seems as if the reform commission used a thesaurus to change words to make it sound like a real change is happening. But the reality is otherwise. The King will continue to rule, may be not so directly now yet certainly via proxy....
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Arab Revolts: Painful Transitions, Hopeful Future

North Africans are going through unusual times. Most nations there are attempting to plan the reformation of their political systems in an environment full of risks. One of them, Libya, precipitated into a civil war and the embattled Muamar Gaddafi is still entrenched in his bunkers directing the terminal destruction of his nation. Libya’s recovery when the conflict ends will not be smooth either. A new Libya will have to reinvent a new constitution, new institutions, new leaders and tribes willing to respect each others....
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image Arezki Daoud Arezki Daoud is a leading analyst on North African affairs. He has been editor of The North Africa Journal since 1996. The publication reaches over 50,000 decision makers worldwide. Having lived and worked in North Africa, Mr. Daoud's analytical expertise on the region spans from the energy and industrial sectors to security and political affairs. Arezki is familiar with the speech circuit and briefing the business and government communities on the countries of the Maghreb region and is widely quoted in the press.
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