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Monday 13 March 2017

Morocco's ECOWAS Adherence Request, Additional Step in HM the King's Ambitious African Strategy, Jeune Afrique

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Morocco's ECOWAS Adherence Request, Additional Step in HM the King's Ambitious African Strategy, Jeune Afrique

The request of Morocco to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is an additional step in the ambitious African strategy elaborated by HM King Mohammed VI, wrote weekly "Jeune Afrique".

"After the Addis Abeba event, Morocco made another big announcement, on Feb. 24 from Guinea," the magazine recalled in an article entitled "Marocafique (acte II)", noting that HM the King gave his orders to submit Morocco's request to join ECOWAS, a regional grouping bringing together 15 countries in the continent.

Following an official request submitted to ECOWAS acting president, Liberian head of state Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Morocco's ambassador to Nigeria Moha Ou Ali Tagma presented few days later his credentials to Marcel Alain de Souza, president of ECOWAS commission, to represent Morocco, it said, adding that the Kingdom, through this move, intends to gain influence within bodies of the African Union.

Quoting a recent study issued by "Ecofin" agency, the magazine said that Morocco's ECOWAS adherence will help the bloc become the 16th world economic power and surpass Turkey.

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