Morocco will spare no effort alongside its African peers by placing economic development and promotion of growth at the core of its priorities to meet the aspirations of the African peoples.
On the occasion of the Africa Day 2020, celebrated this year amidst an unprecedented context, marked by the unfortunate expansion of the coronavirus worldwide, the Ambassador of His Majesty the King of Morocco to Australia, Mr. Karim Medrek, highlighted, in declarations to “Vibe Media” that “more than ever, empathy, cooperation and sense of solidarity are required across the continent to overcome the disastrous social, economic and above all, sanitary effects of this exceptional global pandemic”.
The Kingdom of Morocco is trying to find solutions to this pandemic at a national as well as at a continental level. In this respect, the Ambassador noted that His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco proposed an initiative to face COVID-19 which has been hailed by the African Union’s Pan-African Parliament (PAP).
This initiative reflects, according to Mr. Medrek, the Kingdom’s willingness to share knowledge and technology with the rest of the continent for the much-required manufacturing of equipment, being crucial for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Similarly, the President of the European Commission, Mrs. Ursula Von Der Leyenunderlined that Morocco set the example, alongside New Zealand in the fight against COVID-19 in their respective continents, being the largest single donor in Africa and an important ally to the European Union in the fight against this pandemic.
According to the Moroccan Ambassador, the Kingdom of Morocco will continue to place the continental interests at the core of its priorities, as “the leadership of His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco has shown an irreversible and strong commitment to a strong, integrated, united and coherent Africa capable of meeting the legitimate aspirations of the continent’s peoples for stability, peace, development and welfare, within the framework of a confirmed and renewed partnership with the African Union”.
In this regard, Mr. Medrek recalled the Royal Speech at the 29th Summit of the African Union held on the 31st of January 2017 in Addis-Abeba in which His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco stressed the importance of the choice made by the Kingdom, prioritizing solidarity, peace and union within the African continent in order to fulfil the ambitions of Africa’s peoples.
In the same vein, Mr.Medrek underlined that “Morocco’s African policy bolsters mutually beneficial partnerships with African countries”. He added, in the same context, that “the African Union has to provide a space for the convergence of strategies and visions in order to make a self-confident Africa moving forward”.
Besides, he noted that the 46 official visits paid by the Sovereign to various countries in Africa (with 1.000 agreements signed) illustrate, perfectly, the royal commitment to broaden the circle of cooperation with these states by giving concrete meaning to the South-South cooperation.
The Ambassador of Morocco seized the occasion of thecelebration of the 57th anniversary of Africa Day to recall some landmark achievements made by the continent on various issues to which the Kingdom of Morocco contributed, notably in terms of peace and security, continental integration, women and youth empowerment, eradication of diseases, migration and climate change issues among many others.
In this respect, the Ambassador underlined that Morocco plays a vital role on the economic level as one of the biggest economies by GDP, one of the largest investors in the continent, and the main African destination for Foreign Investments.
In terms of peace and security and as we are about to celebrate the world peacekeeping day, Mr. Medrek recalled that Morocco contributes by 1.596 soldiers to peacekeeping missions in Africa. Beyond that, the Ambassador pointed out to the fact that Morocco contributes to the 2063 Agenda objectives, emphasizing the Kingdom’s focus on finding solutions to issues such as migration (Morocco regularized the situation of around 50.000 African migrants and proposed an African Migration Observatory within the African Union) and climate change (the Kingdom launched the triple A initiative for the adaptation of African Agriculture during COP 22 and leads the energy transition in Africa).
Regarding education, the Ambassador highlighted that Morocco offers around 10.000 scholarships per year to African countries and shares expertise and know-how with African peers on the empowerment of women and youth within the framework of the 2015-2030 youth strategy.
The Ambassador declared, equally, that Morocco contributes actively to Africa’s economic transition by focusing the continent’s macro-economic stability and the transnational development approach as seen in many projects such as the Morocco-Nigeria Pipeline which is a powerful tool for integration.
About the latter, the Ambassador underlined that the Kingdom figured, recently, among the leading countries in terms of regional integration in Africa according to the Report of the Economic Commission of the United Nations for Africa.
The Ambassador concluded that Morocco will spare no effort alongside its African peers by placing economic development and the promotion of growth and the creation of wealth at the core of its priorities in order to meet the aspirations of the African peoples in the upcoming decades and to respond to the challenges of a population estimated to be at 2.3 billion by 2050.