By Myriam Ait MalkRabat – Washington, D.C. will host the International Media Forum’s second conference this coming September, after a successful first conference in 2014.Many Moroccan and American media personalities, academics, and representatives are expected to offer their insights regarding media development for a better diplomatic relationship between Morocco and the United States. The panel is expected to include prominent Moroccan journalist in America Mohammed Rashad, Moroccan media professor Hassan Nadir, public relations consultant Karim Dahbi, political analyst and co-founder of Morocco World News, Samir Bennis, and Moroccan journalist and Canadian documentary director Yasmin Khiyyat, among many other American media professionals.In addition to the topic of improving media relations between the US and Morocco, the forum’s symposiums will cover new media technologies, the formation of public opinion, media coverage of Moroccan and American politics as a tool for understanding foreign politics, and last but not least, digital media from a gender perspective.This forum will also be an occasion to congratulate and reward the Moroccan and American media professionals who have had a positive impact on fortifying their countries’ ties with one another.The gathering will also encapsulate various artwork and discussions around successful experiences of economic investors in the U.S, highlighting the investing qualifications that Morocco offers.“This second annual media forum is a great platform to meet all journalists from Morocco who work in the US. It is also an opportunity to widen our reach and meet other journalists from the US,” commented Mohamed Hajjam, American businessman and media producer.“Our goals is to honor our Moroccan journalists and keep it a tradition,” he added.The Moroccan-American network, which is based in Washington D.C., was initially launched in June of 2014. The International Media Forum’s first gathering featured distinguished political and media professionals in Morocco and the United States.This International Media Forum is the first of its kind, as no other international forum in the past has focused on Moroccan and American media relations and diplomatic ties. It has also been a pioneer in contributing meaning to the way in which Moroccan media is defined.
Stock indexes sank Monday after twin announcements highlighted how much China’s slowing economic growth is hurting profits for U.S. companies.Caterpillar, a bellwether for industrial companies, reported fourth-quarter earnings that fell well short of analysts’ expectations and said that it expects construction growth in China to be flat in 2019 following years of significant growth. Chipmaker Nvidia, meanwhile, cited slowing demand in China as one of the reasons for slashing its forecast for fourth-quarter revenue.On Monday:The S&P 500 index fell 20.91 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 2,643.85.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 208.98, or 0.8 per cent, to 24,528.22.The Nasdaq composite lost 79.18, or 1.1 per cent, to 7,085.68.The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks dropped 9.32, or 0.6 per cent, to 1,473.54.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 137.00 points, or 5.5 per cent.The Dow is up 1,200.76 points, or 5.1 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 450.41 points, or 6.8 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 124.98 points, or 9.3 per cent.The Associated Press