Remembrances
Your Majesty, America will never forget that in 1777, the first nation in the world to recognize the United States was the Kingdom of Morocco. George W. Bush.
About Morocco
 

Location

 
Located in north-west of Africa, south of Gibraltar straight, Morocco is the intersection of the Arab world and the continents of Africa and Europe.  This millennial land of Islam is known in Arabic as Al-Maghreb Al-Aqsa (the farthest west).  Its immediate neighbors are Spain in the north, Mauritania in the south and Algeria east.  Morocco is a land of contrasts with a large Atlantic coast of 3500 km with a Mediterranean coast in the northern coast; both seas extend into plains and plateaus.  The Atlas mountain chains are the highest in Northern Africa, Mount Toubqal peaking at a 4165 meters.

Weather

 
The Atlas Mountains partitions Morocco into two major climatic zones: the northern region which is relatively pluvial, and the southern region which is arid and bordering the Sahara Desert.  Moreover, the northern region borders the Mediterranean climate with a distinct cool and humid periods ranging from the month of October until the end of April.  The dry season starts from May until the end of September.  Proximity to both seas lowers temperatures and increases humidity.  Rain increases with altitude, snow is significant in the mountains, where temperatures can reach - 20 °C (-4 °F)

Population

 
With its inhabitants of more than 31.6 million (CIA World Factbook 2010), Morocco’s demographic is composed of more than half of the population under the age of twenty-years old.  According to the 2010 census, 56 % of the population live in urban zones and 44 % of the population live in rural areas. Morocco ranks fourth place in population in the Arab world and 38th in the world. 
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Economy

 
Tourism is one of the major sectors of the Moroccan economy, its year-round sunshine, famous beaches and sea bastions, gigantic dunes and mystic Sahara desert add glamour to its Imperial millennial cities and mysterious Kasbahs, tourism contributes up to 7.8 % of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  In the year 2000, nearly 3 million tourists visited Morocco, today the Moroccan tourism industry continues to prepare for its objective of accommodating some ten million tourists annually by 2010.

Nonetheless, the Moroccan economy grows with a fluctuating rate, mainly due to the effect of drought.  During the last 10 years, the economy achieved an average growth rate of 3 %.  From a 12 % of GDP in 1982, the budget deficit was reduced to 2.7 % in 2001, the inflation is under control, the price-increase was lowered from 6.1 % in 1995 to less than 3 %.  In the year 2000, price-increase was maintained at a 2.5 %.

Natural Resources

 
Morocco is endowed with significant mineral resources, Morocco is the third world producer of phosphate and it is the first world exporter of phosphate (approximately 20 million tons).  The Moroccan territory conceals layers of iron and non-ferrous minerals in the mountains, such as lead, manganese, cobalt, copper, iron and zinc. The mining sector represents 3 % of the GDP and approximately 30 % of exploitation revenues.

Industries

 
The food industries, textiles and leather dominate the industrial sector.  Morocco diversified its activities by chemistry, electronics, paper, and vehicle assembly. The traditional handicraft industry represents nearly 10 % of the GDP and employs 1.5 million artisans.

Agriculture

 
Agriculture has been given a priority in the development policy which was adopted after the independence.  The sector has benefited from massive investments in the construction of dams and the equipment of large irrigated areas.  Agriculture employs approximately 50 % of the Moroccan active population, but its contribution to Gross National Product is diminishing and representing merely a 17 % of the GDP.

Commerce

 
Imports represent double of the exports, the latter is mainly from manufactured products, mineral resources and agricultural products.  Moroccan imports focus on energy products, equipment and consumer goods.
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