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Monday 16 January 2017

The President of Japan International Cooperation Agency Official Visit to Morocco

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 The President of Japan International Cooperation Agency Official Visit to Morocco

Morocco Satisfied with JICA's Contribution to Its Development Programs

Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane expressed, on Monday in Rabat, Morocco's satisfaction with the efficient contribution of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to development programs in the Kingdom.

   In a meeting with JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka, Benikrane also expressed his appreciation for JICA's distinguished support to vital sectors for the population, such as agriculture, sanitation and infrastructure, according to a statement of the head of government's department.

   During this meeting, the Head of Government welcomed the efforts of the Japanese volunteers in Morocco, as well as the presence of several Japanese investment institutions in the Kingdom, which promotes the confidence of the Japanese economic stakeholders in the stability of the country and the competitiveness of the national economy, stressing the need to consolidate bilateral cooperation in the field of tourism and put in place more training programs for Moroccan students in Japanese institutions.

   The two sides also expressed their satisfaction with the quality of the political relations between Morocco and Japan, as well as with the fruitful partnership between the two countries in various fields.

   They also discussed the prospects of strengthening tripartite cooperation programs for friendly countries, particularly in the African continent and the Arab region.
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JICA Loans Morocco 467 mln MAD to Build Oceanography and Fishery Research Ship

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) granted Morocco a loan totaling 5.371 bn yens (467 million dirhams) to build an Oceanography and Fishery Research Ship

Inked, on Monday in Rabat, by economy minister Mohamed Boussaid, director of national institute for fishery research (INRH) Abdelmalek Faraj and JICA president Shinichi Kitaoka, the agreement consists of funding a project of building an Oceanography and Fishery Research Ship with high-tech tools needed for advanced scientific research to ensure the sustainable development of the fisheries industry.

Kitaoka said that the said ship will help the INRH to build an ecosystem benefiting Morocco's sustainable development and deepen research in the field of fisheries.

Faraj underlined that the ship will help with the evaluation and supervision of fish stocks, recalling that fostering sea scientific research is a major aspect of the Moroccan fisheries strategy "Plan Halieutis".

The project is part of Morocco's "Blue Belt Initiative", launched at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), to protect oceans and ensure the sustainable development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

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