King Mohammed VI Arrives in Medieq After Eid Al Adha Ceremony

Rabat – King Mohammed VI arrived on Friday evening in the northern city of Medieq following the Eid al Adha ceremony in Rabat.According to the Moroccan online media oultet le360, the monarch flew from Rabat to Tetouan before heading to his residence in the neighboring beach town of Medieq.King Mohammed VI arrived in Rabat on Thursday following a one-week stay in Paris. In Rabat, the King presided over the Eid al Adha ceremony, during which performed the Eid prayer and sacrificed a sheep.He then received congratulations from members of the royal family, the Head of Government, presidents of both houses of parliament, government ministers and high civilian and security officials.The monarch is an habitué of the northern Moroccan region, known for its beautiful beaches, where he spends a good part of his summer vacation.Northern Morocco has attracted a number of heads of states this year. King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba, and Sudanese president Omar Bashir, spent part of their holidays in Tangier and neighboring cities in the north of the kingdom. read more

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Annan appoints veteran Nigerian diplomat new UN Political Affairs chief

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed career diplomat Ibrahim Agboola Gambari of Nigeria the new head of the Department of Political Affairs, effective 1 July, with responsibility for advising him on global political developments.Mr. Gambari, Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser on Africa, succeeds Sir Kieran Prendergast and is expected to hold the position until February 2007.A professor who became a career diplomat and Minister of External Affairs of Nigeria, Mr. Gambari joined the UN Secretariat in 1999. In his capacity as Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), he promotes UN support for African development; especially the set of strategies spearheaded by Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa and called the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD).As a Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), he headed the UN Mission to Angola (UNMA) from September 2002 to February 2003. In that position, he helped shape UN support for the social reintegration of Angola’s ex-soldiers, the organization of the electoral process, landmine removal, the upgrading of human rights skills and the mobilization of resources for a successful international donors’ conference.Born in Nigeria in 1944, Mr. Gambari earned his first degree at the London School of Economics (LSE) and a doctorate at Columbia University. He taught at the City University of New York (CUNY), the State University of New York (SUNY) and at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, where he created Nigeria’s first undergraduate programme in international studies.A distinguished teaching and research career included visiting professorships at Howard and Georgetown Universities, as well as at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, all in Washington. He was also a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington and a Resident Scholar with the Rockefeller Foundation Centre in Italy. read more

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Car exports to India increase ninefold in five years

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, has announced that the number of UK-built cars exported to India has increased nine-fold since 2009, with 2,836 British-built cars sold in the country in 2014.Much of this growth has been driven by demand for the UK’s premium and luxury vehicles. With India’s middle class set to quadruple over the next decade and the country’s new vehicle market expected to be worth £64 billion by 2020, demand for new cars in India is on course to boom over the coming years. The nine-fold increase in UK car exports to the nation and global reputation for high quality engineering demonstrate that the UK is well placed to take advantage of these opportunities.Mike Hawes made the announcement while attending ACMA Automechanika New Delhi, India’s leading international automotive trade fair. The SMMT Chief Executive attended a panel discussion on the Indian automotive aftermarket to give an international perspective on the component supply chain. A number of UK automotive companies also exhibited their latest products and services in the UK Pavilion hosted at the show.The increase in UK imports is a trend that has been seen across the Asia region, with exports to the continent more than trebling in the last five years. More than 220,000 cars were exported to Asia in 2014, which is now the UK automotive industry’s largest export market after Europe with 18.5% of all UK-produced cars destined for the region.For more information on the Indian automotive industry take a look at our Focus on: India feature.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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