North-Africa.com, by Leila Hanafi (Washington, DC, June 20, 2013) — As part of Minister Abdellatif Mazouz, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of Moroccans living abroad, official visit to the United States in June 2013, the George Washington University Law School, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco and ARPA International organized an interactive discussion at George Washington University Law School in Washington DC, under the theme: Morocco’s Rule of Law Reforms: Towards an Evolved Perspective on Diaspora Engagement.
These Moroccan Ministerial visits to the US are part of the Government strategy to promote an enabling environment for Diaspora engagement. With the ever growing Moroccan population in the United States, the thousands of immigrants from Morocco are an asset to build bridges between Morocco and the US and export their expertise and resources for the betterment of their homeland, Morocco.
With the convergence of over 70 Moroccan-American leaders and international development practioners, the event presented an opportunity to: map the current status of US Diaspora engagement in Morocco through the prism of legal rights as well as lessons learned and focus areas that ought to be priorities for the Moroccan Government based on feedback from participants.
I had the privilege to serve as the moderator of the session, under the chairmanship of Dean Susan Karamanian, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies, The George Washington University Law School. Other notable discussants included: Samir Bennis, co-founder of Morocco World News in the US; and Dick Rowson, President Emeritus of the Council for a Community of Democracies.