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Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, Boeing to Host U.S.-Morocco Trade & Investment Forum

Seattle event to build ties, highlight Morocco’s capabilities for business sectors

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 26, 2016 – The Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco is partnering with Boeing to host the 3rd edition of the U.S.-Morocco Trade & Investment Forum on October 3rd in Seattle, WA. The event will highlight Morocco’s capabilities to work more closely with American companies and build ties between Washington State and Morocco.

Mr. Mamoune Bouhdoud, Morocco’s Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, said: “This event is another important milestone in the strong, ongoing partnership with Boeing, as the Aerospace industry is a key sector for economic growth and investment in Morocco. Morocco’s long-term industrial strategies have transformed the Kingdom into a regional competitive and stable platform for investors to access the African market.” Mr. Bouhdoud added: “Our capacity and willingness to be a driving force in the African region make Morocco a strong and stable U.S. partner for co-developing growth opportunities in Africa.”

Boeing has supported flag carrier Royal Air Maroc for nearly a half century, from providing the airline’s first 727-200 in 1970 to deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner. Since 2001, Boeing has been a joint-venture partner in MATIS Aerospace, a high-performing supplier of aerospace wiring and harness products for three Boeing commercial models.

“Boeing is proud to host the U.S.-Morocco Trade & Investment Forum to advance the U.S. business community’s relationship with Morocco,” said Mr. Ihssane Mounir, Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior vice president of Sales for Northeast Asia. “As an early investor in Morocco’s aerospace industry, Boeing wants to share our firsthand experience with business leaders and other stakeholders who may consider Morocco as a strategic business partner.”

Participants in the forum will include Mr. Arun Kumar, US Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Global Markets, Washington State officials, the American Chamber of Commerce in Morocco, the Moroccan Aerospace Industries Association (GIMAS), Casablanca Finance City Authority (CFCA), Moroccan Investment Development Agency (AMDI) and the Ministry of Industry Trade, Investment, and the Digital Economy of Morocco.

The meeting in Seattle also will mark a beginning for the economic and trade relationship between Morocco and Washington State.

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