Morocco committed to further infusing the peace, security and development nexus in Africa

The Kingdom of Morocco reiterates its commitment to a reorientation of efforts to further infuse the triple nexus of peace, security and development within the African institutional architecture, underlined Tuesday, in Tangier, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and of Moroccans residing abroad, Nasser Bourita.

Speaking by videoconference on the occasion of the opening of the Tangier Policy Conference organized in partnership with the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union (AU), Bourita pleaded for the implementation establishment of an AU Development Fund, like the Peace Fund, dedicated to financing African collective action in the area of ​​socio-economic and human development. He also called for exploring avenues and mechanisms likely to strengthen synergies and coordination between the various bodies in charge of sustainable development, peace and security and governance in Africa, more particularly between the African Peace and Security (APSA), African Governance Architecture (AGA), AUDA-NEPAD and AfDB.

In addition, the Minister recommended the establishment of the continuity of this Policy Conference by institutionalizing it as the “Tangier Process”, which will involve all the stakeholders including the private sector in the creation of a positive momentum in for the stability and development of the Continent, noting that the objective will also be to develop reliable data on the implementation of the triptych “peace, security and development” in the realization of Agenda 2063 and the Goals of sustainable development.

The choice of Morocco to host this conference is a pledge of recognition for the Kingdom’s contribution to the theme since the King has made the approach based on the “peace, security and development nexus” central to the commitment of the Morocco for Africa since the return of the Kingdom to the AU, he noted.

At the level of the pan-African institution, Morocco, from its first mandate within the Peace and Security Council between 2018 and 2020, had taken care to include the triple nexus on the agenda of the work of this Council, he said. he recalled, adding that the Kingdom’s vision is also reflected at the international level, by advocating within multilateral platforms and particularly within the UN, to factor African needs and African realities into any initiative aimed at peace, security and the development of the Continent, in a “partnership” and not “assistance” approach.

In this respect, Africa’s commitment to take up the security challenges which are multiple and of a complex and multidimensional nature must be based on new approaches which make it possible to anticipate and intervene instead of observing and reacting. As a result, added the Minister, “Morocco believes that the timing and order of action should invite more confidence in our collective African capacities to meet our own challenges and move forward”, reminding this occasion, the Royal call which has remained famous: “Africa must trust Africa”.

“It is this trust that we believe is lacking in efforts for peace, security and development of the continent to unlock its potential for continental and global integration”he continued, emphasizing that trust means “a partnership of equals, free from all the hints of predation and profit-oriented influence”.

Trust also depends, he continued, on “active solidarity, beyond the immediate interest and for a pan-African construction which requires a sincere commitment and a pooling of resources at the service of African populations”, specifying that trust also means “the centrality of the human dimension through concrete cooperation directed towards and revolving around the populations”.

“It is to mark this confidence that Morocco has resolutely committed itself, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, to sharing with African countries the two decades of experience in the implementation of a multidimensional strategy which has allowed to combine national security, human development and a sizeable economic weight at the continental level”recalled the minister.

And to conclude that this confidence constitutes the keystone to start all the unifying projects of Africa aiming at the development and the integration of the continental space.

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