Morocco’s CSEFRS, UNICEF to Strengthen Cooperation on Public Policies and Programs

This agreement, which extends the existing partnership between these two institutions since 2018, is signed for a period of five years (2023-2027), between president of the CSEFRS, Habib El Malki, and the representative of UNICEF in Morocco, Speciose Hakizimana, said a statement by the CSEFRS.

This agreement, which is in line with the strategic vision of the 2015-2030 reform and the Framework Law 51.17 of the education, training and scientific research system, covers several aspects related to the promotion of the right to education and strengthening the education and training system in Morocco.

The objectives of this agreement are, among others, the development of tools and methods of evaluation, the development of data on the education system and the promotion of exchanges of expertise and international experiences through the establishment of study groups and research, the organization of scientific meetings and the publication of thematic reports, according to the same source.

Within the framework of this new partnership, a first two-year action plan for 2023-2024 has been adopted by the two parties and focuses, with reference to the Council's strategic vision, on two priority evaluation projects on the themes of "preschool education" and "school governance".

This first action plan also includes the organization of an international seminar on the theme of "Violence in schools: Manifestations, Contexts and Challenges".

This scientific event will be a timely opportunity to present the results of the study on violence in schools conducted in 2022 by the Higher Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research, in collaboration with UNICEF.

The expected objectives of this cooperation agreement by 2027 are to strengthen the capacity of the education system for the extension of quality education to the most vulnerable children and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including the fourth goal on equal access to quality education for all and promote lifelong learning opportunities, concluded the statement.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Ambassador Slaoui Commends Level of Inter-African Cooperation in Cultural Field

Speaking on the occasion of a gala evening organized by Morocco’s flag carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) in honor of participants in the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), Slaoui highlighted the sincere commitment of RAM, as "official carrier" of artists and guests of this film and cultural event, the OCP Group and Moov-Africa Burkina Faso, in favor of promoting African cinema.

Similarly, Slaoui welcomed the effective participation and concrete content of the Moroccan delegation, recalling that the Kingdom, which participates regularly in FESPACO, has won three times the Golden Stallion of Yennenga, the festival’s first award.

This significant participation of festival-goers, film artists and media reflects Morocco’s increased interest in this cultural event, he said, noting the need to work together for its consolidation and strengthening.

As such, the joint initiative to launch the "Pan-African Federation of Film Clubs" and the signing of the partnership agreement between Morocco’s Royal Film Club Federation and Burkina Faso’s Film Club Federation are to be welcomed at their true value, he said.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Upper House Speaker to Visit Poland on March 06-10

This visit, which responds to the invitation of president of the Polish Senate, Tomasz Grodzki, is part of the strengthening of relations between the Kingdom and the Republic of Poland, which are founded, under the auspices of HM King Mohammed VI and president Andrzej Duda, on the basis of friendship and fruitful cooperation, support and mutual respect, said the upper house in a statement.

This visit also takes place pursuant to the contents of the joint statement that crowned the last visit of Grodzki to the Kingdom in May 2022, and which constituted a new cornerstone in the path of strengthening parliamentary relations between the two friendly countries, guided by the enlightened Royal directives of His Majesty the King aimed at diversifying partnerships and opening up to the countries of Eastern Europe, the same source noted.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Arab Parliament Praises Morocco’s Efforts to Strengthen Joint Arab Action

In a statement issued on the occasion of the election of Morocco, in the person of speaker of the House of Advisors, Enaam Mayara, as president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), the Arab Parliament stressed that the Kingdom is an active member in all Arab, regional and international organizations, especially in the Arab legislative institution.

On this occasion, president of the Arab Parliament, Adel Al-Assoumi, welcomed the accession of Mayara to this important post, stressing that this is "a victory for all Arabs, given that the Mediterranean Parliament is a center of regional parliamentary diplomacy".

Mayara was elected, Thursday in Rabat, unanimously new president of PAM for the period 2023-2024. The election of Mayara, who succeeds Pedro Roque (Portugal), took place on the sidelines of the 17th plenary session of PAM hosted, Wednesday and Thursday, by the Moroccan Parliament.

He was unanimously accredited by the countries of the South Group to chair this international parliamentary organization.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

MD Sahara Forum: FM Reaffirms Morocco’s Commitment to Pan-African Ideals of Solidarity, Cooperation, Peace and Development

In an address read on his behalf by Ambassador, Director of African Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lamia Radi, at the opening of the second edition of the MD Sahara Forum organized under the theme "Morocco in Africa, a Royal choice for a global and integrated continent", Bourita stressed that "Morocco's African policy has reached today a new threshold, a new level in terms of its geographical scope, its content, the nature of its projects and its institutional dimension."

"The Kingdom has moved to a dense and multidimensional policy by establishing multisectoral partnerships, created according to a comprehensive, integrated and inclusive approach to promote peace and stability, foster sustainable human development and preserve the cultural and spiritual identity of African peoples," he said.

Bourita explained that the reintegration by Morocco of its institutional family within the African Union has enabled the Kingdom to get involved in the various sectoral development strategies in Africa and contribute effectively by enriching them with the experience that Morocco has accumulated in many sectors.

"Since His accession to the throne of His Glorious Ancestors, His Majesty King Mohammed VI has made more than 50 official visits to different regions of the continent and in more than 25 countries, reflecting in many respects, His Strategic Vision of raising the Kingdom’s cooperative relations with African countries to an acting and united strategic partnership," said the Minister, highlighting the magnitude of investments made and projects inaugurated in agriculture, housing, telecommunications, banking and basic infrastructure as well as strengthening trade.

Bourita recalled that since 2000, Morocco has concluded in various cooperation areas more than 1000 agreements with African countries, thus providing its expertise and sharing its know-how with its African peers to achieve the ambitions of a new model of mutually beneficial South-South cooperation, involving public/private formulas and triangular cooperation with northern partners.

He added that the implementation of this model is already materialized by a strong presence of Moroccan companies in Africa, making the Kingdom the second largest African investor in the continent and the first in the West African region.

Thus, the Royal visits have led to establishing large-scale strategic projects, including the Moroccan-Nigeria gas pipeline project which will benefit all of West Africa and will help structure a regional electricity market, and will be a substantial energy source for industrial development, improving economic competitiveness and accelerating social development, he said.

This is, he said, "a desire that goes hand in hand with the goals of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 for the achievement of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, representing a force on the international scene, and which is in our responsibility to set it up as a privileged instrument for our joint collective and concerted action."

The Minister added, in this context, that this vision of regional integration is also supported by the Kingdom's membership in the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), whose operationalization will open a market of 1.2 billion consumers and increase intra-African trade.

"As a committed partner for peace and security in Africa, Morocco, which hosted in May 2022 the Ministerial Meeting of the International Coalition to Defeat ISIS, contributes to the international community’s efforts to restore peace and stability," he said, noting that the Kingdom also continues to make available to brotherly African countries, which wish to do so, all its experience and its means to help them establish and preserve security and peace in their countries.

Bourita noted that food security is also one of the major security challenges and an important pillar to accelerate the development of human, economic and social capital in Africa.

"In addition to the climate of instability and insecurity that prevails in several regions of the continent, epidemics, locust invasions, instability of international food markets, climate change, particularly drought, aggravate the phenomenon of food insecurity in the continent," he noted.

It is in this spirit that His Majesty the King launched, on the occasion of COP22, the "Triple A" initiative in order to advocate for food security in Africa and ensure awareness of the challenges of African agriculture in international negotiations, the Minister recalled, noting that the launch by His Majesty the King of large-scale fertilizer production projects in several African countries attests to the Kingdom's vision of solidarity to contribute to food security in Africa.

"Reinforcing the fruitful partnership in the agricultural field established by the Kingdom with many African countries, these initiatives are in line with the South-South Cooperation policy, advocated by His Majesty the King, which, through concrete actions, provide support for efforts made in the context of the ambitious goals set in the African Union Declaration of Malabo 2025, and the objectives of the World Health Assembly and the Sustainable Development Program for 2030," said Bourita.

He also stressed that in accordance with the Vision of His Majesty the King for a mobilization of solidarity actions to strengthen the resilience of the continent against epidemics, Morocco has started in late 2022, with the manufacturing plant for Covid-19 and other vaccines, located in Ben Slimane, the production of 20 million doses of vaccines and intends to produce from 2025 over 2 billion doses.

He concluded that this initiative is an extension of Morocco’s solidarity actions towards its home continent and emanates from its deep conviction in its quest for unity with a shared destiny.

Placed under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and organized by the media group Maroc Diplomatique, the 2023 edition of MD Sahara, which runs until March 5, is devoted to Africa, the actions undertaken by the Kingdom in favor of the continent and the Moroccan diplomacy’s achievements.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Second MD Sahara Forum Kicks off in Dakhla

Placed under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and organized by the media group Maroc Diplomatique, the 2023 edition of MD Sahara, which runs until March 5, is devoted to Africa, the actions undertaken by the Kingdom for the continent and the Moroccan diplomacy's achievements.

The goal is to highlight the crucial role that Morocco plays in Africa as an African power and continental leader committed to the political and economic liberation and development of the continent.

Through a successful bilateral and multisectoral diplomacy, advocating a South-South cooperation in solidarity, the Kingdom continues to reaffirm its African identity and favor the development of its relations with other African countries.

The second edition of the MD Sahara is an event that brings together experts, diplomats and decision-makers from the private and public sectors, from Morocco and other African countries, in order to share their experiences and discuss multiple themes including classical diplomacy, strengthening bilateral relations, security, food and energy diplomacy, in addition to co-development and South-South solidarity.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse