Chinese Electric Vehicles to be Produced in Tangier

By Alexandra KrauskaRabat – The Chinese company Yangtse announced Thursday that it would open a factory in Tangier to produce electric vehicles. This is the first factory of its kind in Tangier, and will be a 1 million MAD investment in the region.The factory will produce electric buses and cars to be sold in Morocco and exported. The construction of the plant will begin soon. When completed, it will create nearly 2,000 jobs, according to Telquel. Ilyas El Omari, the president of the region, said that this is a part of the implementation of the plan established by COP countries regarding climate change and sustainability.Tangier will also be the location of a Siemens wind turbine blade factory, the opening of which was announced in March. Both of these factories represent a commitment to renewable energy and eco-friendly practices. read more

Central African Republic UN mission French forces retake public spaces in Bria

UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters in New York that the operation, conducted with the support of French forces, took place after the repeated refusal of the armed groups to peacefully evacuate the premises, and aimed at ending the existence of a parallel administration. Mr. Haq added that Babacar Gaye, head of the UN mission, known as MINUSCA, reiterated the determination of international forces to protect the population and support the restoration of the State’s authority, for the organization of free, fair, transparent and open elections in the country.Press reports suggest that UN peacekeepers and French forces used helicopters retake rebel-held positions in Bria, a town northeast of the capital, Bangui. More than two years of civil war and sectarian violence have displaced thousands of people in the CAR. According to UN estimates, nearly 440,000 people remain displaced inside the country while some 190,000 have sought asylum across the borders. At the same time, more than 36,000 people remain trapped within the landlocked country in enclaves across the country, hoping to find asylum in neighbouring States.In December, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous warned of a potentially explosive situation in the CAR amid continuing violent clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka alliance and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian. read more