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Morocco’s growth to reach 4.4 % in 2015: Minister

Rabat – Morocco’s economy growth rate is expected to reach 4.4 % in 2015, the minister delegate for the Budget Idriss Azami Al Idrissi said Sunday.Al Idrissi, who was speaking at meeting on “Issues and Challenges of the National Economy”, said that the targeted rate is based on an average oil price of $ 103/barrel and a 4.3 % budget deficit.In 2015, the government will focus on boosting growth and supporting private investments as well as expanding social security. Al-Idrissi also said that the 2015 draft budget bill includes new measures meant to encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and promote job creation.Earlier on Friday, the Council of Government adopted the draft budget bill for 2015.According to Mustapha El Khalfi, the government spokesperson, the main aim of the 2015 draft budget is to improve competitiveness of the national economy.Under the 2015 draft finance law, a 3 billion dirhams fund for industrial development will be established and a battery of measures will be set to boost investment and improve Morocco’s attractiveness of far-reaching projects, he added read more

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New graduate program aims to facilitate transition towards sustainability

The first cohort of nine students (one was absent from photo) recently launched Brock University’s new Sustainability Science and Society graduate program.The first cohort of nine students recently launched Brock University’s new Sustainability Science and Society graduate program.It’s an important program as Brock is located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – a site seeking to reconcile social, economic and biophysical challenges confronting societies around the globe.“The Sustainability Science and Society graduate program aims to facilitate society’s transition towards sustainability,” said Ryan Plummer, director of Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and SSAS graduate program director.Plummer said the program’s aim is “multi-faceted.”SSAS aims to facilitate society’s transition towards sustainability. The transdisciplinary focus of the program breaks down traditional barriers between disciplines, encouraging the cross-pollination of ideas that will generate novel solutions and new opportunities in a dynamic and complex world.“There are few master’s degrees specifically designed to address contemporary challenges through the transdisciplinary lens of sustainability science,” Plummer said.This graduate program consists of two learning paths. The Master of Sustainability, Co-op (Scheme A) is for those students wishing to enrich classroom learning with practical experience.Alternatively, students desiring an intensive research experience can pursue a Master of Sustainability (Scheme B). Both paths include common foundational courses that are offered in the first two terms of study.Dean of Graduate Studies Mike Plyley speaks at the SSAS graduate program launch. “Sustainability Science is a new way to approach real world problems in sustainability,” said Liette Vasseur, ESRC member and UNESCO Chair, Community Sustainability: From Local to Global. “No discipline alone can resolve them, and the need for transdisciplinarity is crucial to find long-lasting solutions. I strongly believe that through this program students will acquire the knowledge and the skills that are essential to significantly contribute to a more sustainable world. Few programs give the opportunity for students to work with a wide range of experts (from biology and geography to economy, political and social sciences) from academia as well as professionals from different spheres.”Katrina Krievins, a 23-year-old with a degree from Brock (BA ’12) and graduate certificate from Niagara College, chose the SSAS program because of its transdisciplinary focus. Krievins is taking the co-op scheme and has her sights set on a career in restoration ecology.“The study of sustainability is not solely concerned with natural systems or social systems,” she said. “Instead, it explores the interactions between these linked systems. Learning to move beyond disciplinary boundaries is imperative to exploring potential solutions to complex problems and thus, moving toward a more sustainable future. Having the option of two different learning paths was also a significant factor for me.”*****Related: Profiling Sustainability Science and Society graduate program student Sarah Holmes read more

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CDB signs grant agreement with the UG towards construction of library

(L-R) Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, President, CDB, Hon. Winston Jordan, Minister of Finance, Guyana; and Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana prepare to sign the grant agreement on May 29. Assisting is Diana Wilson Patrick (standing), General Counsel, CDB.The seven-month technical assistance project for which the agreement was signed will allow the University to undertake a comprehensive assessment of its current library infrastructure, and prepare designs and cost estimates for construction of a new library, a media release from the CDB stated.The designs will be supported by an Environmental and Social Management Framework to ensure a socially inclusive, environmentally sensitive and hazard- and climate-resilient new facility.President, CDB Dr. Wm. Warren Smith said: “We are optimistic that this process will place the University of Guyana further along the path to having new facilities that are environmentally resilient, socially inclusive and a place of study and lifelong learning for the men and women who attend this institution.”In brief remarks Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan said: “This project is small but very poignant and very important; is going towards the advancement of the library facilities and we hope that with this other donors and other development partners can come on board, just like CDB […] to help with the reshaping of the university.”“We know that the library of any university is the intellectual centerpiece of what it does by way of what it does in education and instruction, by way of what it does in research for public policy and social benefit, and we at the University of Guyana have been without that critical infrastructure value for a long time. And so as we move along the project of rebuilding our university this is a demonstration of ‘putting your money where your mouth is’, and we are delighted to be able to have that,” said Vice-Chancellor of UG, Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Government of Guyana and the University of Guyana have signed a USD150,000 agreement to support the institution’s (UG) efforts towards the construction of a new library. The agreement was signed on May 29, on the margins of the 48th Annual Meeting of CDB’s Board of Governors, which took place in Grenada. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedITC, CDB to partner for trade-led development projects in the CaribbeanJuly 30, 2018In “Regional”FAO signs US$332,000 partnerships with UG, CIAT and Agri Ministry agenciesDecember 8, 2017In “latest news”UG partners with Jamaican publishing company to establish pressMarch 20, 2017In “Local News” read more

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