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The Arab Weekly
Lead: A record 13 million tourists visited Morocco in 2019, up 5.2% from the previous year, a rise attributed to increased air links to Europe.
Why it’s newsworthy: Tourism is a major part of Morocco’s economy, as it accounts for 10% of Morocco’s GDP. This boost in tourism created over half a billion dollars more in revenue than last year. Morocco has been working to grow its tourism industry by showcasing Moroccan tourism in Spain and expanding airports, and this record amount of tourists affirms this work as successful for the Moroccan economy.
Lead: Morocco’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last year to 9.2% from 9.5% in 2018, the planning agency said on Wednesday, as heavy job losses in rural areas were offset by gains in towns and cities.
Why it’s newsworthy: Rural jobs, which rely on rainfall which can be unpredictable as the climate changes, are vanishing while urban jobs are growing, marking the continued urbanization of Morocco. Although unemployment is still particularly high among young graduates, especially women there is a projected 3.5% economic growth in 2020 (as opposed to 2.3% in 2019), which suggests this number will continue to drop.
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Lead: Morocco’s Ministry of Culture launched the “Qra Tewsel” campaign yesterday to encourage passengers on the Casablanca tramway to read.
Key background: As studies show high illiteracy rates in Morocco, public and private institutions are working to strengthen literacy by incorporating reading into daily life.
Why it’s newsworthy: Almost ⅓ of Morocco’s population over 10 is considered illiterate. This is a program designed to address this issue. It is also meant to celebrate Morocco’s constitutional values of a diversity of language and culture, according to the Ministry of Culture, and the government provided over 75% of the titles, marking government interest in reading inclusion and student success.