Travel Advice: 2019 Travel Risk Map, “Morocco As Safe As European Countries, US, Canada”

Global risk expert International SOS has launched the 2019 Travel Risk Map showing Morocco as “low” risk country.

By Tarek Bazza, a journalist at Morocco World News with Master’s degree in Translation from King Fahd School of Translation in Tangier.Nov 22, 2018

Rabat – When it comes to travel safety, Morocco is as safe as most European countries, the US, and Canada, having a low risk level, according to the map.
The North African country maintained this level over the last three years.
Iran, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait, are also among the low risk countries in the Middle East.
The map listed five categories of travel security risk: insignificant, low, medium, high, and extreme.
All Moroccan cities are low risk except for Morocco’s southern provinces in Western Sahara which are designated a medium risk status.
Morocco is the only country to have a low risk level in North Africa. Algeria and Tunisia are medium risk while Egypt is high risk.
The Travel Risk Map 2019 helps organisations and travellers better understand the risks in the destinations where they operate and travel.
The travel security risk rating is based on the actual threat posed to travellers by political violence, namely terrorism, as well as social unrest and crime.
The danger level also takes into consideration other factors such as “the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country’s susceptibility to natural disasters.”
The Ipsos MORI Business Resilience Trends Watch 2019 report shows that 43 percent of business decision-makers expect travel risks to rise in 2019, according to the Independent newspaper.
“Although some 47 per cent think risks have increased over the past year, this represents a 16 per cent decrease from 2017, when 63 per cent said risk had increased.”
For countries having extreme risk level were mainly countries in Africa and the Middle East including Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, South Sudan and Somalia.
Very few countries such as Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Luxembourg are among the “insignificant” travel risk category.
Medical and road safety risks
When it comes to road safety, however, Morocco is shown to have a high risk status. This could be mainly due to the high number of accidents in the country.
Between January and May 2018, some 1,052 traffic accidents occurred, according to a provisional toll issued by the National Committee for the Prevention of Traffic Accidents (CNPAC).
Most countries in Africa and the Middle East are in either “high” or “very high” risk category for road safety, except for Egypt which is a “moderate” level.
The Medical Risk Map shows that Morocco is a medium risk country alongside Tunisia, Egypt in North Africa. Algeria has a high medical risk level.
European countries are designated a low risk status while Eastern European countries are medium risk.
International SOS rates medical safety according to a range of health risks and mitigating factors including infectious diseases, environmental factors, emergency and dental service, access to quality prescription drugs, medical evacuation, and language, or administrative barriers.
International SOS released the map in collaboration with Control Risks and in conjunction with the Ipsos MORI Business Resilience Trends Watch 2019 report.

The Official Inauguration Ceremony of His Excellency Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih President-elect 2018 of the Republic of Maldives, dated 17th & 18th November 2018


The Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Her Excellency Mrs. Mounia Boucetta represented His Majesty the King of Morocco Mohammed VI at the official inauguration ceremony of the newly elected President, His Excellency Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on the 17th November 2018.
During this occasion, the Secretary of State was accompanied by His Excellency the Ambassador of His Majesty the King of Morocco to the Republic of Maldives Mr. Mohamed Maliki, who was received in audience on 18th November 2018, by the President of Republic of Maldives. Reinforcement of the historical bilateral relations was at the centre of their discussion.

PRESS RELEASE: Visit to India of H.E. Mohamed Auajjar Minister of Justice of the Kingdom of Morocco 11th – 18th November 2018

The Honorable Minister of Justice of the Kingdom of Morocco, His Excellency Mohamed Auajjar, is paying an official visit to the Republic of India from 11th to 18th November 2018.
During this visit, His Excellency Mohamed Auajjar met, on Monday 12th November 2018, the Honorable Minister of Law, Justice, Electronics and Information Technology, His.Excellency Ravi Shankar Prasad, and the Honorable Minister of State for Law, Justice and Corporate Affairs, His Excellency P.P. Choudhary.
During this meeting, Excellencies Mohamed Auajjar and Ravi Shankar Prasad signed the Agreement on Legal and Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of India as well as a Joint Declaration of Intent between the two Ministries.
The same day, His Excellency Mohamed Auajjar had a meeting with the Honorable Minister of State for Home Affairs, His Excellency Kiren Rijiju. The two high officials signed the Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of India.
On Tuesday 13th November 2018, His Excellency Mohamed Auajjar met with the Honorable Minister of State for External Affairs, His Excellency General V. K. Singh. During this meeting, the two Ministers signed the Extradition Agreement between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of India.
This meeting was followed by another one between His Excellency Mohamed Auajjar and the Honorable Attorney General of the Republic of India, His Excellency K.K. Venugopal.
In addition to these bilateral meetings, the Honorable Minister, His Excellency Mohamed Auajjar, will take part in the 19th.International Conference of Chief Justices of the World which will be held from 14th to 20th November 2018 in Lucknow.

Moroccan National Tourism Office launched in New Delhi on 17th September 2018

His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Sajid, Minister of Tourism and Air Transport of the Kingdom of Morocco along with an important delegation, visited India between 16th September to 19th September 2018, to sign Agreements, conduct Bilateral Meetings and launch Moroccan National Tourism Office in New Delhi.The Members of Delegations included Mr. Adel El Fakir, Director General of the Morocco National Tourism Office, Mr. Imad Barakka, Director General of Moroccan Society of Tourism Engineering, Mr. Zakaria Belghazi, Director General of Civil Aviation. Ms. Fatima Zahra Jabri, Head of the Department of Partnership in Royal Air Maroc.
The ceremonial day of Launch began with signing of MoU between India Tourism Development Corporation(ITDC) , the PSU under the aegis of Ministry of Tourism and Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT), an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Tourism, for strengthening cooperation in the field of tourism. This MoU was signed by Ravneet Kaur, chairperson and managing director (CMD), India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) and Imad Barrakad, chairman and CEO, SMIT in the presence of H.E. Mr. K J Alphons, Minister of state (independent charge) for tourism, government of India and H.E. Mr. Mohammed Sajid, at The Ashok, a flagship property of ITDC.
Then, the Minister Mr. Mohammed Sajid along with the members of delegation preceeded to ITC Maurya, wherein the Morocco National Office of Tourism was successfully launched in the presence of Ambassadors from significant countries, Distiguished Guests and important people from Media Fraternity.
Thereafter, a bilateral meeting was held between H.E. Mr. Mohammed Sajid and H.E. Mr. Suresh Prabhu the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation to the Republic of India which was followed by signing of Updated Air Services Agreement, which will also be an enabler for greater air connectivity between India and Morocco.

National Day Celebrations 2018 in Colombo: 19th anniversary of the Enthronement of His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco

The Ambassador of His Majesty the King of Morocco to Sri Lanka with Residence in New Delhi presided over, on the 6th August 2018, a ceremony marking the 19th anniversary of the Enthronement of His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, in Hotel Galle Face, Colombo, Sri Lanka. H.E.Mr. Faiszer Musthapha,Minister of Sports and Provincial Councils and Local Government, attended the ceremony as Chief Guest.

Seven other Ministers of the Govt. of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, High Dignitaries, Businessmen and members of the Moroccan community living in Sri Lanka were also present on this occasion.