Capitalising on its technological expertise in the field of E-health and Diabetes, Africa Diabetes retailing Medtronic insulin pump in Morocco started a well publicised marketing operation; it is about an insulin pump and a wide range of innovative accompanying solutions for all health professionals in Morocco.
Innovation: Africa Diabetes, a company specializing in innovative supply to diabetes, starts marketing off the catalogue of the American leader Medtronic insulin pump.
Goal: To allow Insulin-dependent diabetics to monitor 24/7 their blood sugar and be able to protect themselves from the hypos.
In practice, two ranges of pumps are available in Morocco. It’s the last pump generation “MiniMed 640 G” and the pump “MiniMed Paradigm Veo”. The offer covers, in addition to the supply of these two insulin pumps, an accompaniment of potential pump holders in consumables to monitor on the day to day their blood sugar (catheters, quick-set infusion set, silhouette infusion set, safe-T infusion set, tanks of insulin and Enlite Sensor).
The deployment of this innovative technology by Africa Diabetes, which requires a closer follow-up of a patient by a health care professional, including endocrinologists, relies on the expertise of two strategic partners, in this case, Eramedic and teams of Medtronic in the Middle East and North Africa region.
At the same time, Africa Diabetes makes available to the type 1 diabetics, children and adults, sensitive to pain of injections of insulin or who suffer from anxiety related to injections, the I-port Advance technology. It is a solution to use with a syringe or an insulin Pen for several injections a day without repeated bites, for a maximum of three days (72 hours).
In another line, Africa Diabetes makes accessible, the “IPro2” solution from Medtronic for the measurement of glucose for professional use by ecosystem health (endocrinologists, diabetologists, clinical, and University Hospitals).
In addition to the advanced offer on the insulin pump supply, Africa Diabetes has, through its platform e-Commerce www.africa-diabetes.com of a catalogue of 100 products that cover the daily needs of type 1 and 2 diabetes such as test strips to measure blood sugar and urinary, needles, injection, insulated kits pens, books, diabetic foot, nutrition… Patients can order and pay online through the interbank electronic payment Center (IJC) platform.
In terms of logistics, Africa Diabetes delivers its products through Morocco using Aramex services that allow users to track their orders online.
The Financial Times, a British daily newspaper produced Analyse-Africa recently published the second of its new series on African countries report. It is about Morocco in a Report that is proposed as put in its title Morocco : By the numbers by all relevant numbers, graphics, charts and of course all related explanatory notes, etc.
as per leading global sources on African countries, etc. on its economy, political stability, foreign direct investment, trade, banking & finance, infrastructure, telecoms, labour, education and healthcare.
An introductory text sets the background by giving some key dates of the country’s contemporary history such as those of the short and ephemeral French protectorate prior to independence in 1956 before dwelling at length on its relationship with its immediate neighbour Algeria. It reviews also some of the most obvious aspects of its internal political life to end by Morocco’s reinsertion into the African Union.
Some description of the land and resources held therein are covered in one page. Demographics details on life expectancy, natality rates, religion, languages, ethnicities, etc. are splashed around for a better visualisation of the country’s human characteristics. Population estimated in 2016 at 32.84 million preponderantly young and with a penchant for emigrating has been noted towards Europe.
Politics and stability ensued in some detail on governance quality with details of the central and local authorities and ranking according to the proposed Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance. Morocco comes second to Tunisia after the passage of the Arab Spring. Corruption and freedom of the press are schematically reviewed as being somewhat lacking in girth and depth. Not forgetting the importance women in the country’s politics, the status is that these have some way to go to catch up with its neighbours.
The economy as it is expected takes up few pages, starting with an evaluation of the country’s GDP and its ranking over time as compared to other North and sub Saharan African countries. It is dominated by the agricultural sector and the automotive industry. The renewables industry has sprung to be an asset which the authorities are tabling on for the future development of the country. Other sector of the economic activities such as trade, banking and finance, state of the infrastructure, the telecoms generally are reviewed and statically ascertained.
Labour, education and healthcare are reported in great details as compared to other neighbouring countries. The great leap forward is without any doubt the ICT infrastructure that allows an ever increasing number of the population access to the Internet media, social, e-commerce, e-government, etc.
Certain of the trends are highlighted in Morocco’s estimated GDP of $105bn that grew by 1.85%. Morocco is ranked as the third easiest place in Africa to do business in and that it has in 2016, approximately 11.28 million people employed, with a labour force participation rate of 49%.
Problems of the Rif’s populations enduring difficult relationship with the central authority were not covered though some mention of the Spanish establishments of Ceuta and Melilla were. Conversely, Western Saharan peoples striving for auto determination long lasting issue was duly reported with however a certain impartiality.
Morocco’s hard work to manage its economic future, despite the global economy continuing stagnation, has started to pay off as per this recent news that raised its profile and ranking amongst countries investing in renewable energies. Morocco’s Masen to lead renewables build-up means the country continues to lead all MENA countries in its investment in solar, wind, and hydro power projects.
According to Ernst and Young (E&Y), “Morocco is the most attractive green energy market in MENA, as several large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) and CSP projects have already entered the construction phase, and there are more solar tenders coming. On the subject meanwhile, an article of SeeNews Renewables by Mariyana Yaneva, was published on September 29th, 2016 under the title :
Morocco’s Masen to lead renewables build-up of 6,000 MW by 2030
The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy or Masen has officially taken the lead for the development of an additional renewable energy capacity of 6,000 MW by 2030 . . .
The agency will be responsible for bringing online an additional capacity of 6,000 MW by 2030. Of these, nearly 3,000 MW will have to be commissioned within the next four years. It will be involved at every stage of the development, from pre-planning and siting through financing, construction and operation of the power plants.
Over a transitional period of 5 years ONEE, the Moroccan Power Utility company will gradually transfer to Masen all properties, including real estate, as well as contracts and employees related to renewable energy generation.
Well ahead of the above event taking place, a case study outlining the key role of the ‘Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy’ (MASEN) in enabling the country to attract private investment for its first large concentrated solar power installation as part of a wider energy and industrial development strategy was undertaken by GGBP, the Green Growth Best Practice. It goes on to elaborate on the topic as per these excerpts below. These highlight how renewable energy can only be outsourced in a long and arduous process that starts as described below with the funding phase.
In recent years Morocco has imported 95% of its energy as fossil fuels, providing subsidies on these fuels at a cost between US$1-4 billion per year. With a growing population, rising living standards and increasing power demand from cities and energy intensive industry, key priorities are to increase and diversify the energy supply, and manage public costs (Nabil, 2013).
With natural resources for wind, hydro and solar, renewables are recognized as offering the opportunity to reduce dependence on imports while generating employment and cutting greenhouse gas emission, with the potential for future green electricity exports to Europe (Dominguez, 2013). Concentrated solar power (CSP) is seen as a particularly important opportunity because of its ability for storage and the chance build up a local supply industry in an emerging industry (African Development Bank, 2013).
The government set a goal of reaching 42% of installed capacity (or 6,000 MW) from renewable energy (hydro, wind and solar) by 2020, whilst doubling overall capacity (Norton Rose Fulbright, 2012). Through the Morocco Solar Plan (MSP) it aims to install 2,000 MW of solar capacity by 2020, contributing around 14% of the energy mix in the country’s electricity supply. The plan calls for the construction of 5 solar complexes in requiring an estimated investment of $9 billion. (African Development Bank, 2012) .
CSP is currently more expensive than fossil fuel based energy generation (even if fossil fuel subsidies are removed), thus requiring a blend of public subsidy and risk mitigation instruments to attract private investors.
The government’s previous involvement in the development of CSP had been limited to a 20MW plant (Ain Beni Mathar) developed by the national utility office (l’Office National de l’Electricité – ONE), while existing privately financed CSP instillations were small scale and built for private use. The MSP (including Ourzazate 1, 2 and 3) are much larger developments which would place a large financial burden on the existing energy and fiscal system (see Table 1) (CSP World).
Please read more in the original GGBP document at the address given above.
With the oil price fall having the effect of levelling the Maghreb countries chances to meet budgets aspirations, Morocco seem to have found the secret to an effectively generalised and low cost development of its youth. This article of Devex of September 6th, 2016, gives a pretty clear picture of the country’s fun ride towards finding MOROCCO’s Entrepreneurial and Innovative Solutions to every social challenge.
The Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) as a space where all Civil Societies, Development Agencies, Governments, and Local Authorities of all countries of the Mediterranean meet for purposes of knowledge exchange, discuss public policies, and identify the solutions needed to address key challenges facing the Mediterranean region. From COP21 to COP22, there will be a lot of preparing for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC that is scheduled to take place from 7-18 November 2016 in Marrakesh.
For this,CMIpublished on May 27, 2016 the following article that is worth republishing here for its obvious interest to date.
From COP21 to COP22: Renewables and Mediterranean Integration
The Mediterranean region is likely to figure prominently in the discussions taking place on the road from COP21 to COP22, and during the COP22 event itself. The Paris agreement addressed how much developing countries should take on climate change mitigation responsibilities, how developed countries should support developing countries financially to help them make those efforts, and how markets can effectively support mitigation.
Renewable energy will play a key role in achieving the climate change mitigation objectives included in the Paris agreement and the southern Mediterranean countries are endowed with a large renewable energy potential that can be deployed to help both northern and southern Mediterranean countries reduce CO2 emissions at least cost, if markets are better integrated. Mediterranean electricity market integration would provide the flexibility that power systems need to cope with the stress resulting from sudden and unpredictable variations in availability, which is characteristic of renewable energy. Markets would take advantage of geographically diverse renewable generation (making it unlikely that unavailability will occur simultaneously), differences in power generation structure across countries and different demand structures. Moreover, the developing countries on the southern shore have a clear comparative advantage over the developed countries of Europe in producing solar energy.
In the conclusions of the February 2016 council, the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers agreed to support implementation of the Paris Agreement by mainstreaming climate diplomacy in such areas as development cooperation, neighborhood policies and trade, and by exploring innovative mechanisms for mobilizing additional climate finance. Those actions may have a positive effect on the creation of an integrated Mediterranean energy market in support of climate policy.
The CMI has launched the Mediterranean forum on electricity and climate change that convenes small groups of stakeholders around a set of specific themes related to Mediterranean integration and electricity, such as trans-Mediterranean interconnection projects, power purchase agreements, or energy chapters of bilateral deep and comprehensive free trade agreements. The objective is to raise awareness on the benefits of Mediterranean energy market integration to support the transition to a low-carbon economy in MENA and Europe and to disseminate/share knowledge on the issues to be addressed to successfully achieve the Mediterranean energy market integration.
The aim of first event of the forum is to discuss the role of Mediterranean energy market integration in delivering the Paris agreement. The first session addresses the policy and regulatory framework of the Energy Union and of Mediterranean integration. The second session focuses on the economics of electricity exchanges and interconnections, reviewing the available body of knowledge. A final session focuses on complementarity between public and private financing in pursuing Mediterranean electricity market integration.
‘It is not the stars that hold our destiny but ourselves.’ From Julius Caesar.
English the Language of Story-tellers
It is almost four hundred years since the world’s greatest writer William Shakespeare died. I cannot think of a rival to his crown; the breadth and depth of his talent is unique.
Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon Avon to a family of moderate means and educated only from seven to fourteen in a free grammar school. He did, of course, exist in a particular historical context that we can only assume nurtured him. It is probably no coincidence that England was reigned by one of its most able and tolerant monarchs, Elizabeth the first, during most of his life. There came a point later on when puritans banned all theatre.
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There is some hint at self-censorship, however, even in Shakespeare’s plays. For instance, he avoids any inference, Tudors were not legitimate rulers in Richard the Third where Richard is portrayed as a murderous, undeserving heir to the throne. And yet, oddly, the audience is left partially sympathetic to him, there is a pathos in the character. I believe that Shakespeare meant it this way.
People who do wrong are rightly punished but you understand them and often you pity them sometimes. Conversely, even the heroes can behave cruelly, like the Duke in the Merchant of Venice. All of human nature is shown forth to relish or . . .
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