Morocco participates in the Maghreb Arab Union as part of its commitment to regional integration and recognition of the longstanding cultural bonds among the people of the Maghreb. The country also plays a key role in socioeconomic development in North and sub-Saharan Africa. In 2013, Morocco strengthened its ongoing ties with African neighbors including Senegal, Gabon, and Cote d’Ivoire through the signing of numerous bilateral agreements on economic cooperation.
Recognizing that building human capacity is critical to the development of economic and political success in the region, Morocco also fosters education and provides training that contributes to the formation of a viable civil service capable of promoting real socioeconomic development and democratic change. Currently, 10,000 students from sub-Saharan Africa are enrolled in Moroccan universities.