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The Thorny Issue of Algeria’s Solid Waste Treatment

The French waste management firm Suez Environnement is currently seeking fresh opportunities to enter the Algeria solid waste treatment market. The firm has recently dispatched some of its senior managers to explore the possibility of offering services either by itself or through a joint venture with the Algerian counterpart EPIC.
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Moroccan Government Less Stressed about 2014 Economic Performance

The Moroccan government has had many battles to wage on the economic front, and the Premiership of Benkirane was at risk because of it. Weak finances, decreasing exports to traditional markets, a rollercoaster phosphate market, and a series of shortcomings promised to bring bad news for Morocco this year....
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Tunisia: A Stabilizing Political Environment but not the Economy

The North Africa Journal | Tunisia may be headed toward economic disaster if more money is not raised urgently. Endless labor strikes have had a paralyzing effect on many industrial sectors. In mid-March 2014, four major strikes crippled the economy, starting with the truck drivers who refused to deliver merchandise to businesses for two days....
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Algeria Receives 'B-' Neutral Negative Stability Rating, Graded 50.7, According to MEA Risk

The North Africa Journal: MEA Risk rating and assessment service announced the release of its Stability Rating for Algeria. As of November 5, 2013, Algeria receives rating “B-”, with a numerical grade of 50.7 on a scale of 1-to-100, with 100 representing the highest level of stability and anything below 16 representing a failed state....
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Reflections from The Morocco Summit: Gateway for Unlimited Opportunities

In a stimulating and action-oriented atmosphere, over 200 prominent Moroccan and international leaders from a breadth of disciplines and legal traditions convened on November 19-12, 2013, at the inaugural Morocco Summit at Sofitel Jardin des Roses, Rabat, Morocco to promote Morocco as an investment hub and gateway to doing Business in North Africa. As the President and Chief Counsel of ARPA International (www.arpainternational.org ), ARPA had the privilege to co-lead the process of convening such a diverse international gathering of leaders....
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Competing for Africa: Is China’s Africa’s Economic Campaign Unstoppable?

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | China's Africa's economic policy remains a major topic among Analysts and watchers. But while the China offensive on the African continent seems unstoppable, a number of issue are facing Chinese companies as they deal with African decisions makers. Cultural differences, lack of transparency and corrupt practices have forced some Chinese companies to be on the defensive. And as the relationships between Africa and China grow stronger, Chinese executives and the officials that oversee them should think harder about the way they do business there. ...
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Debt Crisis in the Moroccan Subsidy System: Undesirable Gift for Islamist PM

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | There is a bumpy road ahead for the new government leader in Rabat. As he enters his offices, both excited and energized by a fresh electoral victory with the prospect of governing a nation, Prime Minister Benkirane has to deal with the country’s accounting books, and what he sees does not please him. The ledger looks dangerous and could force him to chose between making unpopular decisions or maintain a financially unsustainable status quo. ...
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Betting on the Wrong Horse: China and Russia Struggling to Deal with the New Libya

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | It is becoming increasingly evident that China and Russia have bet on the wrong horse when they sided with Muamar Gaddafi as other UN members sought to condemn him over the killings of his own people. On the short term at least, and in the foreseeable future, Chinese companies that have done business in Libya during the Gaddafi era are being scrutinized by the Libyan interim authorities, while the Russians find the Libyans evasive and unwilling to cooperate at the moment....
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Debt Crisis in the Moroccan Subsidy System: Undesirable Gift for Islamist PM

There is a bumpy road ahead for the new government leader in Rabat. As he enters his offices, energized by a fresh electoral victory with the prospect of governing a nation, Prime Minister Entrance has to deal with the country’s finances, and what he sees does not please him....
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Tunisia: Painful Recovery for the Business Sector

As if the Jasmine Revolution was not enough in itself, the Tunisian economy is also suffering from a massive drop in trade with its troubled eastern neighbor of Libya. Government data suggests that during the recent disturbances, Tunisia lost in all between 5 to 8 billion dinars as a consequence of the inevitable crisis. ...
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The Thorny Issue of Algeria’s Solid Waste Treatment

The French waste management firm Suez Environnement is currently seeking fresh opportunities to enter the Algeria solid waste treatment market. The firm has recently dispatched some of its senior managers to explore the possibility of offering services either by itself or through a joint venture with the Algerian counterpart EPIC.
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Moroccan Government Less Stressed about 2014 Economic Performance

The Moroccan government has had many battles to wage on the economic front, and the Premiership of Benkirane was at risk because of it. Weak finances, decreasing exports to traditional markets, a rollercoaster phosphate market, and a series of shortcomings promised to bring bad news for Morocco this year.
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Tunisia: A Stabilizing Political Environment but not the Economy

The North Africa Journal | Tunisia may be headed toward economic disaster if more money is not raised urgently. Endless labor strikes have had a paralyzing effect on many industrial sectors. In mid-March 2014, four major strikes crippled the economy, starting with the truck drivers who refused to deliver merchandise to businesses for two days.
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Reflections from The Morocco Summit: Gateway for Unlimited Opportunities

In a stimulating and action-oriented atmosphere, over 200 prominent Moroccan and international leaders from a breadth of disciplines and legal traditions convened on November 19-12, 2013, at the inaugural Morocco Summit at Sofitel Jardin des Roses, Rabat, Morocco to promote Morocco as an investment hub and gateway to doing Business in North Africa. As the President and Chief Counsel of ARPA International (www.arpainternational.org ), ARPA had the privilege to co-lead the process of convening such a diverse international gathering of leaders.
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Algeria Receives 'B-' Neutral Negative Stability Rating, Graded 50.7, According to MEA Risk

The North Africa Journal: MEA Risk rating and assessment service announced the release of its Stability Rating for Algeria. As of November 5, 2013, Algeria receives rating “B-”, with a numerical grade of 50.7 on a scale of 1-to-100, with 100 representing the highest level of stability and anything below 16 representing a failed state.
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Competing for Africa: Is China’s Africa’s Economic Campaign Unstoppable?

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | China's Africa's economic policy remains a major topic among Analysts and watchers. But while the China offensive on the African continent seems unstoppable, a number of issue are facing Chinese companies as they deal with African decisions makers. Cultural differences, lack of transparency and corrupt practices have forced some Chinese companies to be on the defensive. And as the relationships between Africa and China grow stronger, Chinese executives and the officials that oversee them should think harder about the way they do business there.
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Debt Crisis in the Moroccan Subsidy System: Undesirable Gift for Islamist PM

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | There is a bumpy road ahead for the new government leader in Rabat. As he enters his offices, both excited and energized by a fresh electoral victory with the prospect of governing a nation, Prime Minister Benkirane has to deal with the country’s accounting books, and what he sees does not please him. The ledger looks dangerous and could force him to chose between making unpopular decisions or maintain a financially unsustainable status quo.
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Betting on the Wrong Horse: China and Russia Struggling to Deal with the New Libya

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | It is becoming increasingly evident that China and Russia have bet on the wrong horse when they sided with Muamar Gaddafi as other UN members sought to condemn him over the killings of his own people. On the short term at least, and in the foreseeable future, Chinese companies that have done business in Libya during the Gaddafi era are being scrutinized by the Libyan interim authorities, while the Russians find the Libyans evasive and unwilling to cooperate at the moment.
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Debt Crisis in the Moroccan Subsidy System: Undesirable Gift for Islamist PM

There is a bumpy road ahead for the new government leader in Rabat. As he enters his offices, energized by a fresh electoral victory with the prospect of governing a nation, Prime Minister Entrance has to deal with the country’s finances, and what he sees does not please him.

Tunisia: Painful Recovery for the Business Sector

As if the Jasmine Revolution was not enough in itself, the Tunisian economy is also suffering from a massive drop in trade with its troubled eastern neighbor of Libya. Government data suggests that during the recent disturbances, Tunisia lost in all between 5 to 8 billion dinars as a consequence of the inevitable crisis.
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Alessandro Bruno

Deputy Editor of The North Africa Journal Alessandro Bruno is a leading analyst of North African, Arab and international affairs. He specializes in strategic political and economic developments relating to the North African oil industry and Middle East politics. Mr. Bruno is also an analyst in the global investment banking sector for a leading international advisory group. Quoted in the press such as The Financial Times, Mr. Bruno holds a Master of Arts in Middle East Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Near Eastern Studies. He has completed course work for a PhD in Middle East Politics at the University of Toronto. Mr. Bruno brings a wealth of international experience, having lived and worked abroad in a variety of different countries. Most recently, he lived in Libya working as a Program Officer (JPO) with the United Nations Development Program. Mr. Bruno is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and French and has a working knowledge of Portuguese, Arabic and German.
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