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King receives top award

King Mohammed VI of Morocco to be awarded Outstanding eAchievement Award by Arabian Business magazine during the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco is to receive a special Outstanding eAchievement Award from Arabian Business magazine in recognition of the economic and political reforms he has instigated in Morocco. The prestigious award will be presented to the King of Morocco by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence.

The presentation will take place at the Arabian Business eAchievement Awards ceremony, which is being held in association with i-mate, an industry innovator of end-to-end wireless device solutions. The event is being organised by ITP Business and will be held at the Madinat Jumeirah on Monday 4 October 2004.

The Arabian Business eAchievement Awards are now in their fifth year. Past winners of the key industry awards include His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, His Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Arabian Business statuettes are now widely recognised as the premier awards for e-business achievement in the Middle East.

This year’s recipient, King Mohammed VI of Morocco, has won international acclaim for the wide-ranging economic and political changes he has implemented since becoming King five years ago.

During a visit to President Bush in Washington in July this year, US officials described the King as “a bright light of reform and moderation.”

Earlier this year, the US and Morocco signed a free trade agreement that would end many tariffs on US goods flowing into the nation.

The King has also been at the forefront of developing the country’s IT industry, through wireless and internet communications.

Morocco has reported large foreign exchange inflows from the sale of a mobile telephone license, and partial privatisations of the state-owned telecoms company and tobacco company. The economy as a whole is now growing at around 4% annually.

King Mohammed Ben Al-Hassan was born in Rabat, Morocco on August 21, 1963. Before becoming king he held the title of Crown Prince. He was enthroned on July 23 1999, hours after the death of his father King Hassan II.

The young King soon became known as a moderniser who brought about a constitutional monarchy. Mohammed VI created Morocco’s first office of prime minister.

“We are very honoured that King Mohammed VI of Morocco will be joining us at the Arabian Business eAchievement Awards, and greatly look forward to welcoming him to Dubai,” says Walid Akawi, managing director of Arabian Business publisher ITP Business.

The Arabian Business Annual Awards are held each year during the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition in October to recognise outstanding achievements in business and technology.

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