Mezzour discusses strengthening industrial cooperation

The strengthening of industrial cooperation between Morocco and Burkina Faso was at the center of a working session held on Friday in Marrakech between the Minister of Industry, Ryad Mezzour, and the Burkinabé Minister of Industrial Development, Abdoulaye Tall .

Held as part of the 14th edition of the United States-Africa Business Summit, this meeting was an opportunity for the two ministers to discuss several issues, including industrialization, as well as the processing of agriculture and animal husbandry.

In this sense, Abdoulaye Tall underlined that Morocco is an excellent partner of Burkina Faso, noting that Moroccan private investors have invested in various fields, namely those of banks, insurance, telecoms, cement works and water. mineral.

He also indicated that the discussions with Ryad Mezzour focused on the processing of local products, especially since Burkina Faso is one of the main producers of cotton which is only 5% processed.

Moreover, continued Abdoulaye Tall, Morocco is one of the importers of the yarns that we produce, hence the importance of improving this cooperation in the service of the two peoples. Referring to the agricultural sectors, the Burkinabe minister cited the examples of mango, cashew nuts, tomatoes, onions and sesame, affirming that they should be given more importance.

With regard to livestock sectors, he recalled that Burkina Faso is a major livestock-breeding country, except that the animals are exported on the hoof, noting that it is necessary to work, through this cooperation, to put put in place modern slaughterhouses that can slaughter on site, process and export meat rather than live animals and make it a value chain.

The 14th USA-Africa Business Summit saw the participation of a large American government delegation, African ministers and decision-makers from the largest American multinationals and African business circles.

Offering the opportunity to establish future-oriented USA-Morocco-Africa tripartite business partnerships, this Summit also represents an opportunity to consolidate the strategic positioning of Morocco, the only African country to have concluded a free trade agreement with the United States, as a hub for Africa and a reference economic partner for the USA.

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