Maghrebian Economic Area

EENI- School of International Business

Subject: The Maghrebian Economic Area. Syllabus:

  1. Introduction to the Maghrebian Economic Area as part of the Islamic Civilisation and the African Civilisation
  2. Islam in the Maghrebian Economic Area
  3. The Economic Profile of the Maghrebian Countries
  4. Business people of the Maghrebian Economic Area
  5. Logistics in the Maghreb
  6. Interactions of the Maghrebian Economic Area with the rest of the African Economic Areas (West Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, and East Africa)
  7. Interactions of the Maghrebian Economic Area with the economic areas of the other civilisations
  8. Economic institutions related to the Maghrebian Economic Area

The objectives of the subject “The Maghrebian Economic Area” are the following:

  1. To understand the influence of Islam on the Maghrebian Economic Area
  2. To define the economic characteristics of the Maghrebian Economic Area
  3. To know the economic profile of the Maghrebian Countries
  4. To understand the processes of economic integration in the Maghrebian Economic Area
  5. To analyse the main business people in the Maghreb
  6. To explore the economic relationships with the others economic areas of the different civilisations
  7. To analyse the main economic organisations related to the Maghrebian Economic Area
The subject “The Maghrebian Economic Area” is studied...
  1. Course: Maghreb
  2. Doctorates: Ethics, Religions, and Business, Islamic Countries, and Africa
  3. Masters (e-learning): International Business, Muslim Countries, Frontier Markets, and Economic Relations

Languages of study English or French Espace Magrebin Spanish Espacio Magrebí Portuguese Civilizações

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  1. Credits of the subject “The Maghrebian Economic Area”: 1 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: one week

Arab Maghreb Union (AMU)

Description of the Subject: The Maghrebian Economic Area:

Doing Business in the Maghreb

The Maghrebian Economic Area consists of the five countries of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU):

  1. Morocco
  2. Mauritania
  3. Algeria
  4. Tunisia
  5. Libya
  6. Furthermore, of the Western Sahara

Sunni Islam (Maliki) is the main religion of the Maghrebian Economic Area.

Culturally we could consider to North Africa as part of the Islamic Civilisation (Sunnite), but from the economic integration also part of the African Civilisation.

  1. Arabic and French are the most spoken languages in the Maghreb.
  2. Tamazight is the language of the Berbers
  3. 87 millions of people live in the Maghreb.
  4. The most populous country is Algeria (40 million people), followed by Morocco (33)
  5. The largest economy (GDP) is Algeria, followed by Morocco and Tunisia
  6. All the Maghrebian Countries were former colonies of the European powers (France, Spain, and Italy)
  7. Significant effects of the Arab Spring
  8. Absolute instability in Libya
  9. The Influence of the Sahara is crucial on the Maghreb
  10. The importance of the Maghrebian Diaspora in France and Spain
  11. Hichem Djaït is an outstanding Tunisian Muslim historian

The Top ten Maghrebians cities (millions of people).

  1. Casablanca (3,3)
  2. Algiers (2,3)
  3. Fes (1.1)
  4. Nouakchott (0.9)
  5. Tangier (0.9)
  6. Tripoli (0.9)
  7. Marrakesh (0.9)
  8. Sale (0.8)
  9. Oran (0.8)
  10. Tunisia (0.6)

The largest Maghrebian ports are the Port of Casablanca, Port of Algiers, and Port of La Goulette.

The Trans-Saharan corridors crossing through the Maghreb: Tripoli-Windhoek, Dakar-Lagos, Algiers-Lagos, and Cairo-Dakar Corridor (Mauritania).

Businesspeople in the Maghrebian Economic Area: Othman Benjelloun, Anas Sefrioui, Mohamed Hassan Bensalah, Ali Haddad, Issad Rebrab, Aziz Akhannouch, Miloud Chaabi, Mohamed Ali Harrath

The main Maghrebian economic integration process is the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU).

  1. Mauritania and Tunisia has a trade agreement

The main integration agreements with others economic areas.

  1. The Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) (Morocco, Mauritania, and Tunisia)
  2. Morocco and Tunisia belong to the Arab Mediterranean Free Trade Agreement (Agadir)
  3. The Trade Preferential System (OIC-TPS)
  4. The United States-Morocco Agreement
  5. Morocco and Tunisia have Free Trade Agreements with Turkey
  6. Jordan has free trade agreements (FTA) with Algeria, Libya, and Tunisia
  7. Iran has a free trade agreement (FTA) with Algeria
  8. Mauritania has an agreement with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  9. Libya is a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Tripartite Agreement COMESA-EAC-SADC, and the agreement COMESA-United States
  10. The European Union and the Maghreb
    1. The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EUROMED) (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Mauritania)
    2. The European Neighbourhood Policy (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia)
    3. The Economic Partnership Agreements with Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia
    4. Mauritania is a beneficiary of the Cotonou Agreement
  11. The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) has a trade agreement with Tunisia and Morocco

Economic Organisations related to the Maghrebian Economic Area.

  1. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
    1. The Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation
    2. The Islamic Centre for the Development of Trade
    3. The Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    4. The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre
  2. The Islamic Development Bank
  3. The Arab League
  4. The Afro-Arab Cooperation
  5. The Arab Development Funds
  6. The Africa-Asia Strategic Partnership
  7. The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) (Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, and Tunisia)
  8. All the Maghrebian Countries are part of the African Union (except Morocco), the Economic Commission for Africa (CEA), the African Development Bank, the Summit of South American-Arab Countries (ASPA), and the Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED)

Samples

Othman Benjelloun Moroccan Business People

Ali Haddad Algerian Businessman

Anas Sefrioui Moroccan Business People

Algiers-Lagos Corridor (Trans-Saharan Highway)

Casablanca Business

Tangier Free Zone

Hichem Djaït (Tunisian Historian)

Port of Casablanca (Morocco)

Mauritania Mining Sector

Algeria Logistics



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