* Moroccan delegation joins leaders from some 50 African countries in Washington Aug. 4-6 *
With longstanding ties across the continent, a stable, growing economy, and a record of peaceful reform and progress, Morocco will play a key contributing role in advancing the historic meeting’s primary themes: investing in Africa’s future, peace and regional stability, and governance for the next generation.
In 2013, Morocco was the top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) in North Africa and the second most attractive country for FDI across the continent, and it remains the only country in Africa with a Free Trade Agreement with the US.
Morocco has trade and cooperation agreements with 16 countries in Africa, including Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria.
Last year, to help curb religious extremism in the region, Morocco launched a program to train imams from Mali, and the initiative now extends to Libya, Tunisia, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, the Maldives, and Nigeria.
As the world’s number one producer of phosphates used in fertilizer, it is a recognized leader in agricultural and food security on the continent.
In a speech to the nation last Wednesday, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI said that “Africa should learn to have faith in Africa,” and called for “a distinct, efficient South-South partnership” across a broad range of economic, social and security issues.
Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkiran will lead the Moroccan delegation, which also includes:
- Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation;
- Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment, and the Digital Economy;
- Mbarka Bouaida, Minister-Delegate of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation;
- Mohamed-Mamoune Bouhdoud, Minister Delegate of Industry, Trade, Investment, and the Digital Economy;
- Dr. Ahmed Abbadi, Secretary-General of the Rabita Muhammadia of ‘Ulamas (Muhammadan League of Scholars);
- Amina Benkhadra, Director General of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines;
- Othman Benjelloun, CEO of BMCE Bank;
- Miriem Bensalah Chaqroun, Executive Director of Oulmes Water Company, President of Moroccan Confederation of Businesses (CGEM);
- Karim Hajji, CEO of the Casablanca Stock Exchange, 3rd largest in Africa, and member of the World Federation of Exchanges;
- Mohamed El Kettani, chairman and CEO of Attijariwafa Bank, leading bank group in Morocco;
- Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and CEO of OCP Group, executive board member of La Banque Centrale Populaire SA.
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