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Challenges Cripple the Tunisian Business Sector, Expect Recession

Despite the promises of democracy, the Jasmine Revolution has had the expected debilitating impact on the conduct of business and the Tunisian economy at a large. The multi-billion dollar support packages promised by the likes of the G8, the World Bank, the EU and individual nations are not for trivial purposes. They are about keeping a country from moving into chaos and economic bankruptcy as entire industries and almost all companies are struggling to survive
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Global Investors Reassessing their MENA Posture: Investments in the Region Likely to Drop Considerably

[By Arezki Daoud | daoud@north-africa.com | 508-981-6937 | Twitter: @northafrica] Ever since former President Ben Ali was toppled by the Tunisian people, risk management and assessment executives in global corporations have been working around the clock to figure out what posture to take. The subsequent events that followed in form of a domino effect, starting with the deterioration of the Egyptian market, then the acceleration of risk in Libya as that country exploded forced corporations to halt operations, evacuate foreign staffs out of the danger zones, and reevaluate where they stood. ...
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The Irrelevance of Japan in Africa

Japan is one of the latest economic powers to make it loud and clear that it wants to compete for influence in the Middle East and Africa . But can its leaders build strong economic ties that would compete with those of China? Today’s situation suggests that the Japanese climb will be steep and difficult. Just in Africa alone, the Japanese economic presence is about one third of that of China and further dropping given the fast expansion of China there. ...
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Competing for Africa: Turkey Rising

The North Africa Journal | In a briefing we held with a former Turkish Ambassador to the U.N., he noted that global corporations generally like to point to the strong economic growth of markets like Brazil, China, India and Russia. But he added that they often neglect to mention the stellar performance of the Turkish economy. ...
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Announcing the U.S. - Maghreb Entrepreneurship Conference

[The North Africa Journal | Conferences] The U.S. Department of State and the U.S.-Algeria Business Council will host the U.S. - Maghreb Entrepreneurship Conference in Algiers on December 1-2, 2010. This conference is a direct result of the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship held in Washington, D.C., in April, 2010 and demonstrates the continuing work of business and non-governmental organizations to create regional partnerships that promote entrepreneurship. North Africa Journal Editor Arezki Daoud will moderate a panel of business leaders during the event ...
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A New War on the African Continent

[The North Africa Journal | Economy] There is a different type of war being waged on the African continent and North Africa is not spared. Economic influence is the goal and money in its many forms is the weapon used by powerful interests for the dual purposes of wining contracts in a slowly emerging Africa, while guaranteeing access to increasingly scarce commodities. ...
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Despite Global Economic Downturn, Tunisia's Economic Growth Stays in Positive Territory

Tunisia has managed somewhat to resist the effects of the world’s economic recession in 2009. ...
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Not a Bad Year for Some After All

Moroccan companies have released their results for fiscal 2009 and while most faced a challenging environment, a few managed to do very well. These reports look at five leading companies that are publically traded and review their 2009 financial performance....
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Signs of Economic Recovery in Morocco

The Moroccan economy is showing some positive momentum after a difficult time reacting to global economic crisis. With demand from European consumers picking up, Morocco is beginning to tally some good news. Although there is some temptation to credit European consumers for this start of recovery, the biggest positive impact has no doubt been the excellent weather conditions that have had strong positive repercussion on farming. ...
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Where to Invest in the Moroccan Economy

Although 2009 was a difficult year for those looking to place their money in Moroccan general investment and in equities in particular, 2010 may not bring immediate relief either, but opportunities could be up for grabs....
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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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Colin Kilkelly

Colin Kilkelly specialises in the Maghreb and is based in Marrakech, Morocco. He has worked in Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritania. Previously he has lived and worked in Pakistan where he was Regional Director for South Magazine, and has visited frequently since then. He interviewed President Musharraf on 3 occasions for Pakistan Special Reports in FIRST Magazine, and has written for Blue Chip Magazine based in Islamabad. He recently wrote the UKTI (UK Government Department for Trade and Investment) folders for commercial investment into Morocco, Pakistan and Libya. He is editor of the Marrakech based on-line English language magazine Yacout Info, which has been publishing since July 2008. He is also a correspondent for the North Africa Journal. He is a member of the Middle East Association(MEA) London.
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