Forum on Sino-African Cooperation: Morocco Engages with China for Africa

Morocco is committed to working in favor of a “practical and united” cooperation with China and for Africa, Nasser Bourita, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Abroad, said on Tuesday.

“Morocco is committed to working in favor of pragmatic and cohesive cooperation with China and for Africa, dedicated to the benefit of our continent and treating each participant equally, while being optimal for the interests of all.” “, Bourita alluded to the Kingdom’s conviction in a speech read on his behalf by Taleb Barda, the Ambassador of Morocco to Senegal, during the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-African Cooperation (FOCAC) held in Diamandio, near Dakar. highlights that “Africa is as important to China as China is to Africa.”

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Nasser Bourita thus stressed that beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, the Kingdom has always sought to be a catalyst for growth and a provider of peace and security in Africa. “That is why it is naturally found in initiatives that, like the FOCAC, promote effective, multifaceted and joint South-South cooperation,” he said.

And to note that if Morocco looks to the Sino-African Cooperation Forum with confidence, it is because it has a rich strategic partnership experience with China, which was established in 2016 by His Majesty King Mohammed VI and the People’s Republic of China. was sealed by the President. Mr. Xi Jinping of China.

“In this, we believe in the importance of FOCAC, particularly on priority areas for Africa”, he said, eg investment in human capital, young people’s education and continuing education, technology transfer, industrialization of Africa Investing in, or digital transformation in the post-Covid era.

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In this context, Bourita highlighted the progress made in strengthening the Sino-African partnership, “despite the common challenges, or perhaps, thanks to the health challenge in particular”.

“Based on these successes and the trust they generate, we have taken the step of setting up an industrial unit for syringing of the Covid-19 vaccine in Morocco, benefiting from an unprecedented partnership with a company from the Chinese state, Sinopharm” , he stressed, specifying that this unity would ensure the state’s self-reliance and health sovereignty, while contributing to the African continent.

In this sense, the Minister reaffirmed that Morocco is authentically and strongly committed to its continent’s side and that, at the very high instructions of HM the King, the Kingdom has extended a measure of health and humanitarian assistance to more than twenty siblings. Airlift installed. The country, in support of its fight against the pandemic.

In addition, they warmly welcomed the announcements made by the President of the Republic of China on Monday with respect to African countries, which revolve around health components, infrastructure projects, green and digital economy and programs to promote trade and investment. Huh.

“These announcements exemplify the partnership we all aspire to, a win-win partnership that creates wealth and opportunities, a solid partnership that puts people and their development at the heart of our vision,” the minister said.

The Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was held under the theme “Deepening China-Africa Partnership and Promoting Sustainable Development to Build a China-Africa Common Future Community in the New Era”. In Diamniadio, 30 km from Dakar.

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This eighth ministerial conference brings together representatives from China and African countries that have diplomatic relations with Beijing.

The meeting will be approved this Tuesday by the “Dakar Declaration” and the 2022-2024 Action Plan, as well as the “2035 Vision of China-Africa Cooperation” and the “Sino-African Declaration on Climate Change”.

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