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Maroc Export to Organize Arab and African Businesswomen Forum in 2017

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Rabat – “Maroc Export” was elected as organizer of the Arab and African Businesswomen Forum for the year 2017, during the board meeting of the Arab Union for Industrial Exports Promotion, under the Arab League.This forum is an opportunity to share viewpoints between Arab and African businesswomen, and an opportunity to highlight their potential and contribution to the commercial development of their countries, said Moroccan exports office in a statement.The Center was also named “Project Leader” for the Arab Training Institute for Arab Market Experts, which will be launched in 2017 and headquartered in Morocco. It will also host the 9th board of directors of the Arab Union for Industrial Exports Promotion, the statement said.Maroc Export is a founding member of the Arab Network for Trade Promotion Organizations (OPC), a network set up on November 22, 2016, in Marrakech, on the sidelines of the 11th edition of the Global OPC Conference. read more

Even as spotlight falls on Pakistani quake UN pushes ahead with tsunami

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Just this week Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of United Nations Human Settlements Programme UN-HABITAT, visited the tiny archipelago of the Maldives where her agency is jointly rebuilding homes on 58 islands with the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Ms. Tibaijuka travelled to Meemu Atoll and met with the Atoll Chief and 5 island chiefs in Muli, the Atoll capital. She planted a tree and laid a brick to symbolize a new beginning for these islands after the tsunami’s enormous waves, which killed more than 200,000 people and left many hundreds of thousands homeless in a dozen countries.In the Maldives, it is estimated that that it will cost $19 million to repair and reconstruct the 1,300 homes that the Government has requested of the UN. Currently, the shelter project faces a $7 million shortfall and the UN is appealing to donors to come forward to help with the tsunami reconstruction effort.But in the aftermath of other recent disasters, such as the quake and hurricanes in the United States, the Maldives faces challenges in securing all the funds for shelter recovery that is required for the 11,300 people still waiting to return to their homes. “UNDP and UN-HABITAT are committed to continuing their work with affected communities to restore people’s lives and livelihoods throughout the Maldives,” the agency said.In Sri Lanka, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is pushing ahead with a project to provide transitional shelters – each built with a galvanized iron frame and containing two rooms – for 14,000 people left homeless in the devastated Ampara district. As of this week, only 134 of the 2,800 planned shelters remain to be completed. These transitional shelters, more than temporary but less than permanent, are necessary because reconstruction on such a scale – tens of thousands of new permanent houses and apartments – will take several years: far too long to remain under temporary shelter such as tents in a hot country which has an annual monsoon season and is prone to storms.“While logistically it has been much more complicated to construct our shelters on small plots of private land, rather than a large shelter site, there are many advantages to keeping displaced communities in familiar surroundings,” Edward Benson, Head of the UNHCR office in Ampara, said.And on a visit last week to Indonesia, worst hit of all those devastated by the tsunami, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland toured projects to move more than 100,000 people into new transitional shelters while building tens of thousands of new permanent houses. read more

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