Morocco Takes Part in Rome in Ministerial Conference on Research, Innovation and Higher Education of the 5+5 Dialogue
Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Said Amzazi, took part Monday in Rome in the 4th Ministerial Conference on Research, Innovation and Higher Education of the 5+5 Dialogue.
The meeting, hosted by Italy, was aimed at strengthening partnerships in research, innovation and higher education to further stimulate economic growth, job creation and social cohesion in the Western Mediterranean region.
Speaking on this occasion, Amzazi said that Mediterranean countries are facing common challenges, namely migration, instability and political conflicts, increasing radicalization, global warming, water scarcity and food security.
"Our goal is to move from a logic of cooperation to balanced and equal partnerships where the results are shared more equitably across the Mediterranean," he said.
Morocco is fully aware of the importance of the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation for its development, Amzazi said, noting that the Kingdom was the first country on the southern shore to benefit from an advanced status of partnership with the European Union (EU) in 2008.
The Kingdom enjoys currently a privileged status as regards partnership with Europe, both in the context of specific bilateral relations and in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean regional policy, which is reflected in the numerous agreements signed and Morocco’s active involvement in the major European research programs, the minister pointed out.
He also recalled that Morocco and Malta have proposed the establishment of a network of national contact points with the aim of encouraging researchers from the 5 + 5 countries to actively participate in calls for projects related to European programs.
The construction of a common and united Mediterranean university future requires increased mobility of students, teachers and researchers, hence the need to multiply actions in this regard, such as granting scholarships to PhD students in order to ease and facilitate this mobility, he said.
On the sidelines of this meeting, Amzazi held talks with several of his counterparts from the 5 + 5 Dialogue countries, which focused on training in the areas of agriculture, tourism and architecture.
The Western Mediterranean Forum, commonly referred to as 5+5 Dialogue, was officially launched in Rome in 1990 as an informal sub-regional forum with the aim of fostering relations between European countries and the Arab Maghreb Union countries.
MAP 11 June 2019