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Moroccan Ambassador holds reception to mark 80th Anniversary

Accra, Aug 1, GNA – The Moroccan Ambassador to
Ghana, Mr Hamid Chabar, says his country’s return to the African Union is not
an end in itself, but to bring substantial value addition to the Continent.

This, he said, could be done through the
action of its multilateral institutions and bilateral relations initiated with
a large number of African countries.

The action of the Kingdom of Morocco to join
the African Union, which is based on respect, mutual benefit, active solidarity
and sharing, is now a tangible reality illustrated in specific areas including
political, economic and educational levels.

Mr Chabar said this at a reception organised
by the Moroccan Embassy in Accra to mark the 80th Anniversary of the
Ascension to the Throne by His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, and the celebration
of the Moroccan Monarchical Institution, whose history is merged with that of
Morocco.

He said: “Morrocco is the second African
investor on the Continent and the first investor in the ECOWAS Region with 63
per cent of Moroccan foreign investments which are oriented towards the
Continent, where Moroccan private sector is very active in more than 25
countries.

“The Moroccan economic action in Africa
combines regional structured projects with small projects which have a strong
socio-economic impact such as the Atlantic pipeline project to connect Nigeria
with Morocco, which will cross 11 West African countries,” he said.

Mr Chabar named the construction of large
fertilizer plants in some African countries to serve as green growth drivers in
their respective sub-regions to contribute to food security.

“These major structured projects are
accompanied by medium size ones with great socio-economic impact on the
populations, such as the distribution of fertilizers to small farmers; food
grants and donations to vocational training institutions and others for fishing
communities,” he said.

On education, Mr Chabar said among the 8,600
students from sub-Saharan Africa pursuing programmes at different universities
and institutes in Morocco, 6,600 were granted scholarships by the Moroccan
Government.

“Since 2005, 35,500 students and executives
from Sub-Saharan Africa have pursued their trainings in Morocco through
scholarships offered by the Kingdom.”

He said under the Presidency of His Majesty
the King, Morocco placed Africa at the heart of its concerns  through 
initiatives such as hosting meetings on Climate Change (COP22) in
Marrakech in November 2016 and the summit on the Impact of Climate Change in
Africa which brought together 30 African heads of state and governments.

“These reminders show how legitimate and
natural the return of Morocco to its African institutional family, the AU, and
its accession to the ECOWAS, which were the results of Morocco’s constantly
renewed concerns to work hand in hand with African countries to develop and preserve
the dignity of the Continent and ensure its prosperity,” Mr Chabar said.

On the relations between the Kingdom of
Morocco and Ghana, the Ambassador observed that 2017 is, undoubtedly, an
important step in the process of consolidating relations between the two
countries for two reasons; the successful election of a new president, Nana
Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the visit by His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, to
Ghana in February 2017.

These were political and economic benefits
through the signing of 25 agreements on cooperation in various fields,
reflecting the will of the two countries to secure their relations and to work
closely for their consolidation.

Mr Chabar expressed appreciation to Nana
Akufo-Addo, the Government and the people of Ghana for the continued cherished
relationship.

Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, the Minister of
Monitoring and Evaluation, said: “We have been observing with keen interest and
admiration the seriousness and enthusiasm with which Morocco, under the reign
of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, has activated several positive projects within
the African Region.

“The tremendous strides the Government has
made at the Political, Economic, Transport and Logistics, Training and
Scholarships levels as highlighted by the Ambassador, is a further testament of
the key role Morocco is playing on the African Continent …”

“… And the level of confidence the people of
Morocco have in the leadership of His Majesty the King of Morocco, the reason
for which Morocco was not affected by the Arab Spring”.

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