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Morocco’s MASEN to lead renewables build-up

Morocco’s hard work to manage its economic future, despite the global economy continuing stagnation, has started to pay off as per this recent news that raised its profile and ranking amongst countries investing in renewable energies. Morocco’s Masen to lead renewables build-up means the country continues to lead all MENA countries in its investment in solar, wind, and hydro power projects.
According to Ernst and Young (E&Y), “Morocco is the most attractive green energy market in MENA, as several large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) and CSP projects have already entered the construction phase, and there are more solar tenders coming. On the subject meanwhile, an article of SeeNews Renewables by Mariyana Yaneva, was published on September 29th, 2016 under the title :
Morocco’s Masen to lead renewables build-up of 6,000 MW by 2030
The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy or Masen has officially taken the lead for the development of an additional renewable energy capacity of 6,000 MW by 2030 . . .

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OPEC agrees to cut Oil Production

The energy ministers of Qatar and Nigeria announced this decision after an informal meeting of the group in Algiers. The OPEC agrees to cut oil production. Its members have reached an agreement on Wednesday evening to limit but not freeze oil production. In effect, the agreement was to cap total members production to something between 32.5 and 33 million barrels per day. The deal which is the first in eight years is expected to come into force in November. Meanwhile, the 15th International Energy Forum (IEF15) did take place in Algiers as scheduled on from 26-28 September 2016, hosted by the Algerian Government in the newly completed Center for International Congress of the ‘Club des Pins’ of Algiers, gathering Ministers, senior officials, CEOs, International Organisations, and experts from the 72 member countries of the IEF. Sadly, it did not come to any conclusive new arrangement between the producers and consumers.
Oil Prices Climb on OPEC’s Output Cut Deal, But Skepticism Looms . . .

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On the Sidelines of the International Energy Forum 2016

An article written by Ebrahim Fallahi and published on Tehran Times of September 28, 2016. It is about the recent informal OPEC meeting held on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum 2016 ( IEF ), which groups producers and consumers.
It is against a background of the generalised exporting countries and Big Oil companies earnings shrinking, prompting OPEC producers and rival Russia to look for re-energising as it were, the oil market thus boosting revenues from oil exports and help their crippled budgets.
The idea among producers is to come to some agreement on a freeze of production levels but a deal has yet to be reached as it seems now it is complicated by acute political rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which are fighting several proxy-wars in the Middle East, including in Syria and Yemen.
Sources told Reuters last week that Saudi Arabia had offered to reduce its output if Iran agreed to . . .

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Amman celebrates first Design Week

Al Jazeera produced this programme titled “Amman celebrates first Design Week” and published it on September 9th, 2016
Design Week was a festival of juxtapositions, with different disciplines, backgrounds and styles joining together to create new possibilities in a place where design is still finding its feet. It was held in the Jordanian capital across three major locations, and was a celebration of the city’s blossoming arts and design scene.
100+ exhibitors took part in this show, with renowned artists and architects from across the Arab world. Organisers explored the links between contemporary and traditional Jordanian crafts, while revitalising disused spaces as creative hubs. Ordinary people who create art in their spare time were exhibited alongside international designers.
As per the UN HABITAT Jordan is growing quickly. With high rates of population growth and a unique geography, Jordan is faced with both unprecedented challenges in managing the country’s lands and development and also offered exceptional opportunities in revitalizing the Kingdom. Jordan is one of the smallest and poorest economies in the Middle East, with . . .

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OPEC’s Algiers Informal Meeting

A success for Algeria’s economic diplomacy ? The OPEC’s Algiers Informal Meeting tomorrow, regardless of the various scenarios of its running, would not be a failure, but a success for Algeria’s economic diplomacy, if it manages to bring together a good number of participants. According to our information, there will not be question of lowering any production but rather to try and reach a consensus with a view to reconcile, contradictory points of view so as to stabilize the market on an equilibrium price ranging between $50 and $60. However Utopian the idea might seem, of the growth of the world economy taking off, this is the very factor that will ultimately determine the price of oil. Taking into account the global geo-strategic map and the approaching fourth global industrial revolution whilst avoiding to reason on a model of linear consumption, one must as just announced by the Chinese president at the recent G20, that . . .
Contrary to some Algerian experts’ speculations, global demand for oil can only be mitigated as per the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for years 2016 and 2017 in its 2016 report.

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10 Trends for Life in the Future

A blog of Sartaj Anand, Global Citizen and Futurist dated September 17th, 2016 discusses the future 100 years and what it entails to live by then as per today’s norms and standards. The author proposes 10 Trends for Life in the Future that will presumably define the way we shall go through when simply put living our respective life’s. We republish only the first 3 but we would advise the reading of the rest on the original document. In the meantime, whilst one would perhaps deduce some sort of oriental touch to the philosophical approach of this dissertation, we believe that it could only be beneficial for each and every one.
Super Human Trends
10 trends that will define our way of living for the next 100 years
In the coming century we will accomplish more together as a people than the preceding million years put together, and chart out a new course for the human race.
This future that we are imagining for ourselves in the next 100 or 200 years is so different that it’s completely disconnected from our current way of life. Each of the Four Industrial Revolutions has only accelerated change and . . .

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Children in Britain today

by | Jul 16, 2016 | Developed Countries, Education & Culture, U K |0 comments

Children in Britain today

Education – A short account . . .

Children in Britain today often moan and groan about setting out on a winter’s morning to spend the day at school.  Education is, of course, compulsory to the age eighteen now.  Teenagers’ hormonally altered sleep patterns make early rising difficult.

There have been challenges to the `norms’ of education and then challenges to the things that replaced it.

One of the biggest influences on the school experience in my lifetime is probably the abandonment of corporal punishment in 1986 in State Schools.  The practice was generally in some decline during the preceding years, it always added a frisson of fear whilst there.

Read more at http://www.mena-forum.com/19976-2/

Sign & Graphic Imaging in the MENA

by | Jul 18, 2016 | Computing agility, Design, Diversification of the economy, Dubai, Gulf Cooperation Council, MENA, Youth employment | 0 comments

Sign & Graphic Imaging in the MENA

3D printing at Sign & Graphic Imaging Trade show 2017 . . .

DUBAI, July 17th, 2016.  The 3D printing industry is poised to spiral to new heights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, said the organisers of the upcoming Sign & Graphic Imaging, SGI Dubai 2017 , a leading trade show for the signage, outdoor media, screen and digital printing industry.

The 20th edition of the show will be held from January 15 to 17, 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.  Read more at http://www.mena-forum.com/sign-graphic-imaging/

 

 

 


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