Mohamed Dekkak, Honorary President of The Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta and Mustapha Oudadess, Secretary General of Tangier-Tetouan-El Hociema Region at the Art Exhibition as a part of International Frstival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance)
Recognizing the contribution of arts in peace building is something the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta hopes to promote. Thus, the organization has decided to incorporate arts into its annual travel and culture event that seeks to foster international peace.
As part of the 4-day event of second edition of the International Festival of Ibn Battuta held on November 9-11, 2017, an Art Exhibition was prepared to showcase Morocco’s rich cultural arts.
The art exhibition which was housed inside Tangier’s Cultural Center of Ahmed Boukmakh displayed various historical artifacts and contemporary artworks. It was a great venue to appreciate the blend of Morocco’s past heritage and modern art presented by the new generation of local artists. The main hall was filled with paintings, literary works, sculptures, etc., it was a great day to celebrate art and history.
Mohamed Dekkak, Honorary President of the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta and Mustapha Oudadess, Secretary General of Tangier – Tetouan – El Hociema region graced the ribbon cutting of the said exhibition. An eye catching live painting performance by Benjamin Carbonne and Antonio Rodriguez Yuste stirred the crowd in amazement as cocktails and drinks were served after.
Some of the painters/associations who participated in the art exhibition includes: artist-calligrapher Mohamed Qarmad, Afif Bennani, Amina Badraoui Idrissi, Nadia El Mouaque, Afafe Slaoui, Sophia Abi, Hicham Zouine, Hassan Mrani, Chaimae Aboudi, Aicha Arji Lebbar, Mhamdi Alaoui, Nadia Skali, Jacques Samir Stenka, Houdamouaddah, Noufissa Benjelloun, Aouatef Khelloqi, Association Forsaty Assadaka, Association Marocaine Pour La Solidarité Musulmane, Younes Cheikh Ali, Abdelwahab Sibaouaih and Fondation Abdelhadi Tazi.
Creating art is a great way to envision the future, to build bridges that connects the world, develop empathy and nurture intercultural respect and understanding. The Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta sees the young generation to be the future leaders, thinkers and doers. Helping them hone their creative minds into understanding world cultures will help them deal better with differences and in resolving conflicts peacefully.
Mohamed Dekkak, Honorary President of The Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta and Mustapha Oudadess, Secretary General of Tangier-Tetouan-El Hociema Region at the Art Exhibition as a part of International Festival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance)
Mohamed Dekkak and Mustapha Oudadess with Benjamin Carbonne (Contemporary Art Painter) and Antonio Rodriguez Yuste (Text-Painting Artist) at the International Festival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance)
Mohamed Dekkak, Mustapha Oudadess with Mohamed Qarmad, artist, calligrapher at the International Festival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance)
The Kingdom of Morocco’s exceptional trade activities was at the center of this year’s Economic Report on Africa which presented the special industrial zones of Tangier as setting the region as a promising growing hub lead by sectors of trade, manufacturing, and logistics.
The report named “Urbanization and Industrialization for the transformation of Africa” was presented at The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa. The study emphasized the responsibility of Special Economic Zones in Tangier to enable the companies in gaining access to location economies.
Furthermore, it showed how the Kingdom gained success in the automobile industry by Tangier’s special economic zone which helped reap regular advantages of infrastructure, entry to markets in Europe and savings in location.
It adds that the development in Morocco’s automobile industry began in 2012 by Renault’s 2.1 billion dollar investment standing on a 280-acre location spot, thirty kilometers from Tangier with easy access to the city’s port.
The company’s plant provided more than 200 thousand vehicles in 2015. By end of that year, it was able to employ and train 9600 personnel in Automotive Career Training Institute set up with joint support from Renault and government officers.
Reports have it that Renault primarily exports automobiles to Europe, markets locally and will shortly move its way toward Southern America. In 2013, the company grabbed 39% of the market share.
The rebirth on the automobile sector of Morocco has significantly intensified the capacity of the country’s export distribution, stimulated port trades and has made a supply chain including manufacturers equipment production, electrical and air-con systems.
According to this year’s Economic Report of Africa, more than 30 international subcontractors have put up plans close to Renault factory, launching their production in Tangier’s free zone.
Ford, a global company giant from the United States likewise executed it component trade in the region which provides the company’s car factories in Spain. About eighty percent of Morocco’s local auto companies are situated in Tangier and hires approximately sixty thousand employees according to the report, noting that a smaller set of vehicle factories are located in Casablanca which is mainly concentrated on local market production.
The auto sector in Tangier is part of a wider industrial group that gathers 4 free zones in or close to Tangier: Mellousa area where Renault’s base is settled, Tangier Free Zone, the business free zone of Fnideq and Tangier automobile city. In total, the zones cover almost three thousand hectares for industrial improvement and more than a thousand space area are at present serviced.
Other 2 industrial sites in Tetouan are dedicated to light industry including small to medium sized business and extraterritorial activities. These zones form an industrial development system within a span of eighty kilometers starting in the port of Tangier Med.
The district of Tangier likewise holds a number of industrial parks, becoming a promising foundation of growth pushed by trade, industry, and logistics.
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