UK-Morocco partnership deepens

The partnership between Morocco and Great Britain is expected to expand in the coming months following the meeting in London of the first sub-committee of the trade-focused UK-Morocco Association Agreement. The two countries are working together on many issues including trade, green finance and education.

Morocco and the United Kingdom have just celebrated in July the 300th anniversary of the first bilateral trade treaty. On this occasion, the Minister of State in charge of South and Central Asia, North Africa, the UN and the Commonwealth, Lord Tariq Ahmad visited Morocco from 25 to 27 July.

During this visit, he was able to meet several Moroccan officials, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita, Minister of Industry and Trade Ryad Mezzour, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation Abdellatif Miraoui and the Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali, as well as as President of the House of Representatives of Morocco, Rachid Talbi Alami.

“I am delighted to witness the flourishing partnerships that the United Kingdom and Morocco are establishing, particularly in trade, green finance and education,” said the British minister quoted in a statement from the Downing street government, who praised the bilateral work and underlined the leadership of King Mohammed VI and his vision for the future.

“Our Kingdoms are working together to deliver a shared vision of innovative economies focused on building a sustainable future, resilient to the global challenges we all face. And we recognize the leadership of King Mohammed VI and the vision of reform set out in Morocco’s new development model, as well as Moroccan efforts to support growth, stability and adaptation to climate change in Africa”, a- he added.

Discussions focused on deepening collaboration between the two countries on trade, education, climate, clean energy and green growth, as well as regional and international issues of common interest, including situation in Libya, and the implications of the situation between Russia and Ukraine on food and energy security in the world.

Lord Tariq Ahmad also received key financial regulators, bankers and investors, British companies, to celebrate the growing cooperation between the UK and Morocco to mobilize private finance to support a low carbon transition.

This meeting comes just before the first trade-focused UK-Morocco sub-committee, which will be held on July 29 in London. “I look forward to deepening our economic ties, including between our financial centers in the City of London and Casablanca,” said the British official, adding that he was looking forward “to welcoming the first sub-committee of the trade-focused UK-Morocco Association Agreement in London later this month.”

Tariq Ahmad also met with Dr Ahmad Abbadi and scholars from Rabita Mohammadia des Oulémas, to understand interfaith efforts and religious freedoms, a subject of interest to London which has just organized a ministerial conference on freedom of religion and belief.

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