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Morocco's FNMM, National Museum of China Sign two Cooperation Agreements

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Morocco's FNMM, National Museum of China Sign two Cooperation Agreements

The National Foundation of Museums of Morocco (FNMM) and the National Museum of China (NMC) signed, on Friday in Beijing, two agreements to strengthen cooperation and cultural exchanges between Morocco and China and organize exhibitions within the framework of the tourism and cultural year 2020 in each of the two countries.

Both agreements were signed by FNMM president Mehdi Qotbi and NMC Director Wang Chunfa.

Under the first memorandum of understanding, the FNMM and the NMC agree to establish a long-term relationship of friendship and cooperation in the fields of conservation, restoration, exhibition organization, information sharing, and the promotion and management of museums in the form of training and research exchange programs for the benefit of museum professionals.

This five-year protocol also provides for the mutual exchange of publications, particularly periodicals, and other academic materials between the two institutions.

The second agreement concerns the organization at the National Museum of China, in Beijing, of an exhibition entitled "Colors of the distant country – The treasures of Morocco". Scheduled to run from 28 February to 31 May 2020, this event will showcase a collection of 102 masterpieces from Morocco.

The same agreement also provides for the organization by the National Museum of China of an exhibition of the same scale in Morocco in the course of 2020.

Through the exhibition "Colors of the distant country – The treasures of Morocco", "the National Museum of China, one of the largest in the world, will highlight the heritage and cultural diversity of the Kingdom," Qotbi told the press after the signing ceremony.

This is "a far-reaching event and an opportunity for us to present Morocco in all its richness and diversity to the Chinese," he said.

According to Qotbi, this cultural and artistic event will offer the Chinese public the opportunity to discover a batch of Amazigh jewelry from the personal collection of HM the King, made available to the event to be exhibited for the first time.

For his part, Director of NMC emphasized the excellent long-standing relations between the two countries, stressing that the organization of the cultural and tourism year of Morocco in China and a similar event on his country in the Kingdom will further strengthen and promote bilateral cultural ties.

The museum, as a space of discovery and a platform for cultural interaction and exhibition, is a prime location for promoting exchanges between the two peoples and an important component of the tourism industry of both countries, the Chinese official said.

He added that the National Museum of China will organize an exhibition of Chinese cultural masterpieces at the National Museum in Rabat in October this year.

The signing of these agreements took place on the sidelines of the inauguration by Morocco’s flag carrier (RAM) of its first direct Casablanca-Beijing air route, in the presence of RAM CEO, Abdelhamid Addou, Director General of the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT), Adel El Fakir, Director General of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP), Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, Director General of Moroccan TV channel 2M, Salim Cheikh, and Moroccan ambassador in Beijing, Aziz Mekouar.

MAP 18 January 2020