Morocco, India Capable of Laying Foundations for Stronger Partnership in 2018
Morocco and India are capable of laying the foundations for a stronger partnership in 2018 and raising their cooperation relations to higher levels, wrote Sunday Indian daily "The Times of India."
Morocco and India are called upon to strengthen their relations in 2018, by focusing efforts on the promotion of their bilateral cooperation in various sectors of activity, notably security and tourism, as well as in the fight against religious extremism, said the paper in an opinion piece published on its website.
The author of the article also highlighted the momentum of the Moroccan-Indian rapprochement, recalling cooperation agreements signed between the two countries last December.
The agreements are meant to strengthen cooperation in the field of water resources, training in the road sector as well as capacity building in ports and the maritime and logistics sectors, in addition to two memorandums of understanding in the field of health, noted the publication.
The article also shed light on the upcoming launch of works to set up a fertilizer production unit at the Andhra Pradesh State (south of India), worth $230 million, adding that the project is being initiated by Morocco's Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP) and the Indian company Krishak Bharati Limited (Kribhco) in equal shares.
Furthermore, it noted that through visionary diplomacy, led by HM King Mohammed VI, Morocco had regained its place within the African Union in 2017, and continued to extend its influence in the continent, citing the Kingdom's request to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its participation in important fora such as the last African Union-European Union Summit.
Thanks to its strategic position between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean, its proximity to the European continent and its important infrastructures, Morocco is an ideal point for the launch of Indian investments in Europe and North Africa, the paper concluded.