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Tuesday 10 October 2017

The Official Visit of Russian Prime Minister to Morocco

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The Official Visit of Russian Prime Minister to Morocco

Russian PM Awarded 'Doctor Honoris Causa' by Rabat Mohammed V University

The Rabat Mohammed V University granted, on Wednesday, the title of "Doctor Honoris Causa" to Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Anatolievitch Medvedev, who is on a visit to Morocco, to pay homage to his exemplary action for promoting innovation and technology.

In line with its cultural and scientific vocation, the University chose to pay tribute to Medvedev in recognition of his "2009 Medvedev Modernization program", which is aimed at modernizing the Russian society and setting up an innovative economic model based on developing and using high tech.

Morocco is a long-standing and loyal partner, Medvedev said in an speech on this occasion, underlining that the Russian-Moroccan strategic ties go back to over two centuries.

He added that he is very honoured to get this honorary doctorate, saying that the latest visit by HM the King to Russia led to the signature of several economic agreements and will give new momentum to bilateral relations.

For his part, the University president Saaid Amzazi said that the ceremony reflects the centuries-old bonds between Morocco and Russia, noting that this honorary doctorate is in line with HM the King's and president Poutine's will to give new impetus to bilateral ties.
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Russian PM Leaves Morocco after Working & Friendship Visit

Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, left Morocco on Wednesday after a two-day working and friendship visit.
Russian PM Leaves Morocco after Working & Friendship Visit

At the Rabat-Salé Airport, Medvedev and his accompanying delegation were seen off by head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani.

Medvedev reviewed a military detachment that paid the honors before being greeted by minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid, minister of Energy, Mining and Sustainable Development, Aziz Rabbah, minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed El Aaraj, and several civilian and military figures.

During his visit in the Kingdom, Medvedev held talks with several Moroccan officials, including head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani, Speaker of the House of Advisors (upper house) Hakim Benchamach and Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower house), Habib El Malki.

Several cooperation agreements were signed between Morocco and Russia on this occasion. These agreements touch on bolstering customs, agricultural, military, diplomatic, administrative, commercial and cultural cooperation and also cover energy efficiency, renewable energy and nuclear energy peaceful use.

An enlarged working meeting was also held between Moroccan and Russian senior officials.

During the visit, Medvedev led a large delegation made up of several members of the government, businessmen and senior officials.
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Head of Govrnment Russian PM Chair Broad Working Meeting

Head of government Saâd Eddine El Othmani and Russian prime minister Dmitri Medvedev chaired, on Wednesday in Rabat, a working meeting broadened to include Moroccan and Russian top officials and cabinet members.

During this meeting, the two parties examined means to reinforce the strategic partnership uniting Morocco and Russia, in the light of the dynamic triggered by the visits of HM King Mohammed VI to Russia in 2002 and 2016, and that of Russian president Vladimir Poutine to Morocco in 2006.

The talks focused on prospects for developing bilateral cooperation in key sectors as energy, industry, and agriculture, in addition to means to reinforce customs, cultural, military and security cooperation and to boost bilateral trade.

On this occasion, 11 agreements of bilateral partnership were inked, a fact that would strengthen the legal arsenal governing the Moroccan-Russian strategic partnership, which already boasts 16 agreements that were signed in March 2016 during HM the King's visit to the country.

The said agreements touch on bolstering customs, agricultural, military, diplomatic, administrative, commercial and cultural cooperation and also cover energy efficiency, renewable energy and nuclear energy peaceful use.

Trade volume between Morocco and Russia soared from 200 million dollars in 2001 to 2.5 billion dollars in 2016, which makes Russia the Kingdom's 9th supplier and 22nd client.

The Russian prime minister arrived Tuesday evening in Rabat for a two-day working and friendship visit to the Kingdom, along with an important delegation.
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El Othmani, Medvedev Underline 'Broad' & 'Promising' Prospects for Relations between Morocco & Russia

Morocco’s head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, and Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, underlined here on Wednesday the "broad" and "promising" prospects for relations between the two countries.

Speaking at a press briefing following a broad working meeting, El Othmani underlined the economic and political importance of the visit of the Russian Prime Minister, in the framework of the comprehensive strategic partnership signed between the two countries during the historic visit of HM King Mohammed VI to Russia in 2016.

This partnership has launched a new, solid and multidimensional cooperation, he said, adding that the 11 agreements signed on the occasion of Medvedev’s visit will give a new impetus to bilateral relations.

The Russian side has expressed its wish to increase its agricultural imports from Morocco, El Othmani said, noting that "Morocco, in accordance with high royal instructions, is committed to paving the way for strengthening military and security cooperation with Russia.”

He also pointed out that the two sides exchanged views on various international and regional issues. Morocco's commitment to the African continent was particularly emphasized, he said, adding that both sides discussed the means to build a partnership to strengthen their presence in Africa.

El Othmani also expressed Morocco's wish to strengthen its partnership with the Eurasian Economic Union, a market of more than 200 million consumers.

For his part, Russian Prime Minister said that broad prospects are opening up to the partnership between Morocco and the Eurasian Economic Union, in particular after Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will pave the way to the setting up of a first working group between the two parties.

He also pointed out that Morocco and Russia discussed at the broad working meeting the means to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the fields of energy, new technologies, agriculture, education, vocational training and military and security cooperation, stressing that the energy sector, in particular liquefied gas, is one of the important aspects of cooperation between the two countries.

Russia is ready to strengthen cooperation with Morocco in the field of nuclear energy and renewable energy, given the favorable natural conditions enjoyed by the Kingdom, the Russian Prime Minister said.

In the area of tourism, Medvedev noted the increase in the number of Russian tourists traveling to Morocco since the decision of Morocco in 2005 to exempt Russian nationals from visa requirements.

Chaired by El Othmani and Medvedev, the broad working meeting was marked by the signing of eleven cooperation agreements.

These agreements touch on bolstering customs, agricultural, military, diplomatic, administrative, commercial and cultural cooperation and also cover energy efficiency, renewable energy and nuclear energy peaceful use.
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Russian Prime Minister Starts Working, Friendly Visit to Morocco

Russian Prime minister, Dmitri Medvedev, arrived, Tuesday in Rabat for a two-day working and friendly visit to Morocco.

Upon his arrival at the Rabat-Salé airport, Medvedev was greeted by Head of government, Saâd-Eddine El Othmani.

After reviewing a detachment of the first Royal Air Force (FRA) airbase that paid the honors, the Russian PM was mainly greeted by minister of state for Human Rights, Mustapha Ramid, minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch, minister of Energy, Mining and Sustainable Development, Aziz Rabbah, minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed El Aaraj and minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid.

He was also greeted by the Wali of the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra region, governor of the Rabat prefecture, the president of the council of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra region, and the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Rabat.

Medvedev is leading a large delegation composed of several members of the government, businessmen and senior officials.

During this visit, the Russian PM will hold a series of talks with several Moroccan officials.

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Morocco, Strategic Ally Enjoying Russia's Confidence (Minister)

Russian Agriculture minister, co-chairman of the Russian-Moroccan joint intergovernmental commission, Alexander Tkachev, said, Tuesday in Rabat, that Morocco is a strategic ally that enjoys the confidence of Russia.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the 4th Morocco-Russia economic forum, organized by the Moroccan Employers' Association (CGEM) in partnership with the Arab-Russian business council, Tkachev said his country aspires to strengthen its bilateral relations with the Kingdom in the political, economic and trade fields.

"Moroccan-Russian ties have promising prospects thanks to the political willingness of HM King Mohammed VI and Russian President Vladimir Putin," he said.

The Russian official also hailed the quality of Moroccan-Russian relations, noting that strengthening cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) will allow Morocco to open up to a market of over 200 million consumers.

Tkachev also called on the two governments to make efforts to establish a free trade zone to increase the volume of trade and lift customs barriers, stressing the need to open a "green passage" for investors of both countries in order to speed up and simplify customs formalities.

He also urged Moroccan operators and exporters to seize the opportunities offered by the Russian market and highlighted the importance of the Moroccan market for his country, which plans to export 1 million tonnes of wheat to Morocco.

In addition to citrus fruits and legumes, Morocco exports fishery products to Russia with more than 90 industrial fishing enterprises, the minister said.

Russia is investing in Morocco in the pharmaceutical, automotive and energy industries, notably liquefied natural gas, electricity generation and infrastructure.

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Relations between Morocco, Russia More than Ever Strengthened, 'extremely' Promising (Minister)

Relations between Morocco and Russia are more than ever strengthened and "extremely" promising for the future, Moroccan minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the 4th Morocco-Russia Economic Forum, Akhanouch said he is convinced that the meeting would act as a catalyst for the various projects launched between the two countries.

"I am confident that this high level Forum will mark an additional step in our common commitment to create a win-win partnership relationship and give shape to our common will to prosperity," he said.

Akhannouch noted that since the visit of HM King Mohammed VI to Moscow and the signing of several major agreements, "a real strategic concept has been set by our two heads of state for political and economic relations."

"Since then, and following this impulse, the will of the two heads of State to give new impetus to the agricultural exchanges between our two countries was immediately followed by concrete achievements by our operators in the agricultural sector, as agricultural exports increased 28% between the two exporting seasons 2014/2015 and 2016/2017,” the minister said.

According to him, the total Moroccan exports to Russia constitute 97% of agri-food products, adding that this country accounts for nearly 18% of the total value of Morocco’s agri-food exports to Russia, to reach 1.8 billion dirhams in 2016.

Akhannouch also stressed that nine years after the launch of the Green Morocco Plan, Morocco was able to position itself among the world's leading exporters of a number of food products, notably capers, green beans and Argan oil (the world's leading exporter), preserved olives (3rd in the world), citrus fruits and tomatoes (4th in the world) and agri-food products (3rd in the MENA region).

In terms of volume, he said, Morocco exported 351,000 tonnes of agri-food products to the Russian market, noting that the main exported products are citrus fruits and tomatoes, with respective volumes of 210,000 tonnes and 119,000 tonnes in 2016.

For Akhannouch, this export momentum has enabled Morocco to position itself as the leading supplier of the Russian tomato market in 2016 and the second largest supplier of citrus fruits.

Regarding the fisheries sector, Morocco is Russia's largest supplier of frozen sardines with a volume of 7.4 thousand tonnes in 2016, he said.

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