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The Maghreb Competes to Attract European Call Centers

Offshoring is often the preferred term used by French speaking professionals to refer to the outsourcing of business functions in foreign sites.
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Heineken to Erode SFBT Stronghold of Tunisian Beer Market

With the end of the monopoly on beer making in Tunisia, competition is expected to heighten with the emergence of new players and global brands. ...
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China’s Makes Major Industrial Inroad in Algeria

For years, Algeria has been attempting to build an auto assembly industry. But bad luck, poor timing, and a whole set of economic and political troubles forced it to postpone its project to a better time. ...
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Mauritania Fisheries in State of Disarray

Once a major fishing hub, Mauritania is now facing a draconian environment as a result of an overnight and poorly planned political decision....
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Cooling of Demand for Cars in Morocco

Although 2008 is on track for a new record for the auto industry in Morocco, the fourth quarter is turning out to be more challenging than predicted. ...
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Canal+ Dropping out of North African TV Screens

North Africans have long been accustomed to receiving the television programs of France’s Canal+....
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Algeria: DHL to Use Biggest Airport Terminal in the Maghreb

DHL, one of the world’s largest express shipping and international logistics companies, has inaugurated the Maghreb’s largest airport terminal to accompany the economic growth of the North African country....
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Tunisia Continues Investing in Oil Exploration and Production

A new gas field in Tunisia has begun production. Situated off shore the island of Kerkennah, the field required TND 100 million to develop, with its output entirely purchased by the Tunisian power company Société d’Electricité et du Gaz (STEG)....
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Algeria Looks at Solar Energy for More Power

Algeria ambitions to develop its own solar energy industry with a goal of producing 1,200 megawatts of power from that source by 2015. ...
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Canamens to Search for Oil in Morocco

Canamens, a small private equity funded upstream oil and gas company based in the United Kingdom, signed several agreements with Morocco’s Office National Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) to explore for oil in Morocco....
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Medgaz Links Algeria and Spain with Deepwater Pipeline

Medgaz has completed the pipe-lay operations that will directly connect Algeria to Spain. ...
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$1.2 Billion for an Oil Refinery in Morocco

Oil companies in Morocco are on track to build a refinery and pipeline network over the next four years, despite global oil prices dropping to their lowest levels in months. ...
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First Gas Discovery in Morocco

UK-based independent hydrocarbons exploration firm Circle Oil Plc confirms that it has found natural gas in the north-east of the Moroccan capital Rabat. ...
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An Impossible Mountain to Climb for Oil Producing Countries

Oran was in the media spotlight like never before. Hundreds of reporters and dozens of television cameras descended on the Algerian western city on the Mediterranean to cover an event that could potentially reshape entire economies and even political systems. ...
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2009 Economic Outlook: North Africa Staring at a Tough Year

By Arezki Daoud: Despite statements that their economies are in good shape and built to withstand the ongoing global economic meltdown, North African politicians must be aware that the outlook looks shaky at best. Various indications hint that the region should brace for a tough time this year, as each country in the region is facing a specific set of challenges. ...
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Case Study: Doing Business in North Africa: Negotiations 101

Algerian Negotiators Learning Contract 101 the Hard Way: How Air Algerie Failed to Sell its Old Fleet....
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Brazilian Firms to Build Transrhumel Overpass in Constantine, Algeria

Two Brazilian firms have been awarded a contract to build a viaduct known as Transrhumel in the eastern city of Constantine, Algeria. ...
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Algeria: Businesses Edge Closer to Universal Weekend

Completely out of synch with the world, Algeria is one of the handful of countries whose weekend is officially Thursday and Friday. ...
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Orascom Telecom Disappoints Investors

Orascom Telecom, which has a strong presence in the Tunisian and Algerian mobile phone markets, saw its second quarter profits drop by a stunning 64%. ...
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Libya and Italy Sealing their Rapprochement with Libyan Investment in ENI

The Italian oil giant ENI is a big interest for the Libyan government. ENI has always been an active player in the Libyan hydrocarbon sector, even when the country was isolated. ...
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Morocco’s Military Equipment Purchases from France Exceeded $750 million in 2013

Morocco spent more than $2.5 billion in acquiring French military hardware over the past five years. In the decade ending 2013, Morocco was been France’s 6th biggest buyer of French weapons, behind Saudi Arabia, India, Brazil, the UAE and the USA.
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Trapped Between Delusion And Denial

The Israelis and Palestinians have been trapped for decades between delusions and denial and both have resorted to ideological and religious dogmas that dismiss with conviction any factual evidence to the contrary.
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Maghreb & Sahel Face Deadliest Period on the Security Front

The North Africa Journal - MEA-Risk released its latest assessment on the state of security and stability in the Maghreb and Sahel region. Findings from MEA-Risk's Critical Incidents Tracker shows that the region continues to face unprecedented violence. All data measuring negative factors tracked by MEA-Risk’s Critical Incidents Tracker have been on the rise, some at alarming rates.
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Intensity of Crises in Maghreb and Sahel Regions Remains Dangerously High, Says MEA-Risk

The North Africa Journal: For the week ending June 8, 14, the combined disruptive events recorded by sister company MEA-Risk’s Critical Incidents Tracker showed an intensity that remained within the “High-Risk Zone” level, just as in the previous week.
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Severity of Crisis in Maghreb/Sahel Region Intensifies, Says MEA-Risk

The North Africa Journal: Sister company MEA-Risk issued its weekly analysis on the multi-faceted crisis affecting the whole Maghreb and Sahel region. The findings show while the number of incidents for the week ending June 1, 2014 dropped by about 10% from the previous cycle, the intensity of the crises rose at an alarming 22.4%. Casualties in the Maghreb/Sahel region rose 11% to 83 deaths, mostly concentrated in the Mali/MLNA conflict and in Libya.
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Morocco: Growing Social Tension amid Rising Costs of Living

The North Africa Journal | With the government focused on reducing the weight of subsidies on the national economy, Moroccan households continue to struggle with the rising costs of living. So much so that an unusual consensus has emerged among three competing labor unions as they now form a common front against the government and Morocco’s corporate bosses.
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With Another Bouteflika Term, Algeria Faces Uncertain Future

The North Africa Journal | President Bouteflika extracted his fourth term like a dentist extracting a tooth from a child. It was a painful and ugly scene, but also an embarrassing moment for a country that has so much to offer.
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US Military Capture Tanker Carrying Libyan Oil

The American military have seized an oil tanker carrying crude illicitly obtained from a rebel-held port in Libya.
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Libya: Time for Something Radically New

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | The sacking of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan may be long overdue, but Libya’s problems remain the same with a dysfunctional and divided Congress, and regions and ethnic groups feeling neglected. The country wants to run as a normal nation but there is nothing normal in its current situation.
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Mayhem in Ghardaia: Ethnic Conflict Tearing Apart Central Algeria

The North Africa Journal | A 22-year old Mozabite man of Berber decent was assassinated by a gang in early February 2014, making him the fourth victim since the start of the year.
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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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