7th Session of Morocco-Qatar High Joint Cooperation Commission Kicks off in Rabat
Morocco, Qatar Sign 11 Agreements, MoU & Action Programs
The 7th session of the Moroccan-Qatari high joint cooperation commission, held on Monday in Rabat under the chairmanship of head of government Saâd Eddine El Othmani and Qatar's Prime minister and Interior minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa AlThani, was marked by the signing of 11 agreements, Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and action programs covering several areas.
Thus, the 6th program for the implementation of cooperation in the areas of education, culture and arts for the school years 2017-2018,2018-2019 and 2019-2020 was signed by minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research Said Amzazi, and Qatar’s minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi.
In addition, the 2nd program for the implementation of cooperation in the field of youth for 2018-2019 was signed by minister of Youth and Sports Rachid Talbi El Alami, and Qatar’s minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
In the sector of media, minister of Culture and Communication Mohamed Laaraj and Qatar’s minister of State for Foreign Affairs signed the 4th program for the implementation of cooperation in this area.
The two countries also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the agricultural sector. It was inked by minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch, and Qatari minister of Municipality and Environment, Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi.
Similarly, minister of National Planning, Urban Planning, Housing and Urban Policy Abdelahad Fassi Fihri, and Al Rumaihi signed a MoU in the housing sector.
A program for the implementation of an industrial cooperation agreement for 2018-2022 was also signed by secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Rkia Derham, and Qatari Finance minister, Ali Shareef Al Emadi.
Furthermore, Derham and Qatari minister of Economy and Commerce, Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, inked a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of a joint ministerial trade commission.
In the handicraft sector, a cooperation agreement was signed by the minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy, Mohamed Sajid, and the Qatari minister of Economy and Commerce.
On the same occasion, Sajid and Qatari minister of Transport and Communications, Jassim Bin Saif Al Sulaiti, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the training and qualification of executives in the field of aviation and airports between the Mohammed VI International Academy of Civil Aviation and the Qatar Aeronautical College.
In addition, a protocol for the control and supervision of financial institutions complementing the MoU linking the Moroccan and Qatari Central Banks was signed by director-general of Bank Al-Maghrib, Abderahim Bouazza, and the acting governor of Qatar Central Bank.
The two countries also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the exchange of money laundering and terrorist financing data. It was inked by chairman of the Financial Information Processing Unit (UTRF), Jawhar Nfissi, and the vice-president of the Qatar Financial Information Unit (QFIU).
Morocco, Qatar Set to Build Strategic Partnership
Morocco and Qatar expressed on Monday in Rabat a strong desire to enhance bilateral cooperation with a view to building a strategic partnership that fulfils the aspirations of the leaders and peoples of the two sister countries.
Speaking on the 7th session of the Moroccan-Qatari high joint cooperation commission, Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, stressed the common desire of the two countries to further strengthen bilateral relations, noting that the visit paid by HM King Mohammed VI to Qatar in November 2017 has been an “essential step” in bilateral relations.
In this regard, El Othmani said that the 7th session of the High Joint Commission "is an opportunity to review bilateral cooperation in various fields, including trade, finance, investment and culture.”
El Othmani, who underlined the importance of giving new momentum to bilateral relations, called on all relevant government sectors and economic actors of both countries to work together to ensure positive interaction with the rapidly evolving global investment landscape.
In this regard, he applauded Qatari actors and businessmen who chose to invest in Morocco and trusted the Kingdom’s economic and business climate, noting that several other areas require additional efforts to achieve the expected objectives.
In his turn, Qatar's Prime minister and Interior minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, expressed his country's readiness to further strengthen relations with Morocco in various areas in accordance with the will of the leaders and the peoples of the two sister countries.
The Qatari official expressed satisfaction with the progress of bilateral relations, noting that the 7th session of the High Joint Cooperation Commission is an opportunity to develop new tools to deepen cooperation between the two countries.
He also praised Morocco's leadership in defending Arab and Islamic causes at various international fora, noting that the current situation at the regional level requires genuine Arab solidarity.
The 7th session of the Moroccan-Qatari high joint cooperation Commission, held in Rabat under the chairmanship of Saad Eddine El Othmani and Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, was marked by the signing of 11 agreements, Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and action programs in several areas.
Rabat Hosts Ministerial Meeting of 7th Moroccan-Qatari High Joint Cooperation Commission
Head of government Saâd Eddine El Othmani and Qatar's Prime minister and Interior minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa AlThani co-chaired, Monday in Rabat, the ministerial meeting of the 7th session of Moroccan-Qatari high joint cooperation commission.
This meeting was marked by the signing of 11 agreements, memoranda of understanding and plans of action in the fields of agriculture, trade, transport, housing, banking and finance, education, media, youth and handicrafts.
It was also an opportunity to hold intensive consultations on ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas and to discuss a number of issues of common interest.
These consultations reflected the common willingness to continue the development of bilateral links in order to give new impetus to the cooperation between the two brotherly countries, under the enlightened leadership of HM King Mohammed VI and the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani.
On this occasion, the Qatari side reiterated its support for the Moroccaness of the Sahara, stressing that the resolution of this regional conflict can only be achieved within the framework of the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco and its territorial integrity.
It also commended the leadership role of HM King Mohammed VI in consolidating the pillars of sustainable development in Africa, and in supporting the foundations of peace, security and stability on the continent so as to meet the aspirations of its population for greater progress and prosperity.
Furthermore, the joint commission lauded the achievements of the strategic partnership between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), calling for accelerating the development of its institutional framework and its working mechanisms on the basis of HM King Mohammed VI’s vision as it was announced during his speech before the Morocco-Gulf countries Summit, held in Riyadh on April 20, 2016.
Qatar Aspires to Promote its imports of Moroccan Agricultural Products
Qatar aspires to promote its imports of Moroccan agriculture products, said, Monday in Rabat, Qatari minister of Municipality and Environment, Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi.
During a meeting with Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch, Al Rumaihi, who is on a working visit to Morocco as part of the 7th session of Moroccan-Qatari high joint commission of cooperation, stressed the importance of this visit in strengthening bilateral cooperation in the agriculture sector and in promoting trade.
In this regard, he told MAP that a Moroccan vessel loaded with agricultural and industrial products arrived in Qatar, which testifies to the willingness of his country to boost economic cooperation with the kingdom.
The visit will be marked by the signing of a cooperation agreement in the agricultural field, notably covering livestock farming, fisheries and the exchange of experiences between executives from both countries, he stressed.
After praising the exemplary links between Morocco and Qatar, he called for the intensification of exchanges and visits between the experts of both countries in order to further develop economic relations.
7th Session of Morocco-Qatar High Joint Cooperation Commission Kicks off in Rabat
The seventh session of the Moroccan-Qatari high joint commission of cooperation, kicked off Monday in Rabat, under the chairmanship of head of government, Saâd-Eddine El Othmani, and Qatar's Prime minister and Interior minister, Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa AlThani.
During this session, the two parties will examine means to give new impetus to bilateral cooperation and promote exchanges as well as investment and partnership opportunities.
This meeting will also be an opportunity to assess the last session, examine issues of common interest, and discuss several regional and international questions.
The high joint commission, held alternately every two years in both countries, will be marked by the signing of several bilateral cooperation agreements in various areas.
According to figures from the Exchange Office, Morocco's imports from Qatar amounted to about 532.84 million dirhams in 2016, while Morocco exported about 111.32 million dirhams to that country in the same year.
At the end of September 2017, imports amounted to nearly 332.1 million dirhams, compared to about 145.55 million dirhams of exports, according to the same source.