Morocco / by Alistair Galloway

In February Morocco ranked 19th globally in terms of prison density, with 76,000 Moroccans in jail. Amnesty International urged the government to make human rights in the country a priority. Frontex reported that cooperation between Spain and Morocco reduced the flow of illegal sub-Saharan migrants into Spain. Morocco participated in military drills this month in northeastern Saudi Arabia, in preparation for a contingency ground intervention in Syria. In other news, the World Bank recommended Morocco create new ID systems to make its citizens less susceptible to identity theft. The Moroccan government signed multiple industrial investment agreements in the automobile, aeronautics and electronic sectors, which will generate 4,100 new jobs. Qatar Petroleum acquired 30 percent of Chevron’s offshore drilling stakes in Morocco. Voltalia, a French renewable power plant operator signed a contract to develop a new hydropower plant in Morocco. Attijariwafa Bank posted a 3.4 percent higher net profit for 2015, reaching $457 million.