Morocco-SA: Casablanca-Settat, Gauteng Agree to Foster Cooperation
Means to foster cooperation ties between the Moroccan region of Casablanca-Settat and the South African Gauteng province topped talks held here Wednesday between Mustapha El Bakkoury, Chairman of the Council of Casablanca-Settat, and David Makhura, Gauteng Premier.
Discussions focused on ways to consolidate cooperation with Gauteng, the largest province in South Africa, Bakkoury told MAP news agency.
Cooperation with Gauteng which, like Casablanca-Settat, contributes more than 30 pc to the national GDP, is part of efforts to foster a decentralized cooperation geared towards consolidating Morocco’s successful overture onto Africa, he added.
Cooperation between Casablanca-Settat and Gauteng will further be enhanced and endowed with an institutional framework through the signing of cooperation agreements that will govern the exchange of expertise among territorial actors in several areas, including industry, tourism and education, said Bakkoury, stressing that these steps are part of the consolidation of cooperation between Morocco and South Africa at large.
Gauteng Premier, for his part, underlined the important roles Casablanca-Settat and Gauteng play in both countries’ economies and in the regions of north and southern Africa in general.
Stronger cooperation ties between the two regions will benefit large parts of Africa, he said.
“There’s a great deal we can learn from Casablanca-Settat, especially in the fields of energy investment and tourism”, said Makhura, calling on African countries to work together to serve Africa’s interests and help achieve the goals set out by the Agenda 2063 of the African Union.
“The challenges we are all facing can be taken up only through a joint multilateral action,” he pointed out.
More than 5.000 participants, including civil society activists and partners from other cities in the world, are attending the 8th Africities Summit with the aim of giving a new impetus to development and integration in Africa.
Themed “Transition to Sustainable Cities and Territories: The Role of Territorial Communities of Africa», the Marrakech Summit, which will wind up November 24, is held under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI.
MAP 21 November 2018