Stamp of Approval: Breaking Through Morocco’s Red Tape

For both native Moroccans and foreigners living in the country, bureaucracy can be a nightmare. Sometimes it seems like nearly everything, from getting one’s passport, to getting a phone line set up, and even paying one’s bills, can take days, or even weeks to complete. This month, we bring you several stories–a young Moroccan trying […]

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Sunday, August 29th, 2010


For both native Moroccans and foreigners living in the country, bureaucracy can be a nightmare. Sometimes it seems like nearly everything, from getting one’s passport, to getting a phone line set up, and even paying one’s bills, can take days, or even weeks to complete.

This month, we bring you several stories–a young Moroccan trying to secure his first job, a foreign father for whom getting his first child’s birth registered was almost more taxing than the birth itself, a new wife struggling to help her husband chase down his family book–of what it means to try to cut through Morocco’s vast network of red tape.

We hope you will laugh, feel their frustration, maybe empathize a bit. And if you have a story of your own, don’t hesitate to share it!

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