Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Morocco
Adress: F. Roosvelt 7 , Rabat, Morocco
Tel.: +212-537761125/2324 Fax: +212-537765508
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Morocco
Minister Salaheddine Mezouar was appointed by His Majesty the King Mohammed VI nominated, on October 10th 2013, as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. He was born in 1953 in Meknes. Minister Salaheddine MEZOUAR, politician, was elected the President of the National Rally of Independents (RNI) since January 2010. He is deputy at the Chamber of Representatives, since the 2011 legislative elections. Minister Salaheddine Mezouar held, in the past, several high ministerial positions and undertook many tasks in the public, semi-public and private sectors.
In fact, He served as Minister of Economy and Finance in 2007 and as Minister of Industry, Trade and Upgrade of the Economy in 2004. Besides this, Minister Salaheddine Mezouar held the position of President of the Moroccan Association Textile and Clothing Industries (AMITH) in 2002 and that of President of Textiles and Leather Federation within the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM).
In addition to this, before being in charge of mission at the Office of Ports’ Exploitation, between 1986 and 1991, Minister Salaheddine Mezouar held the position of Administrator-Director General of a private Textile Company. Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar is a holder of a Post-graduate diploma in Economic Sciences, from Grenoble University of Social Sciences in France, a Higher Cycle Diploma in Management, from the High Institute of Commerce and Enterprises Management (ISCAE) in Casablanca.
Morocco is a member of the United Nations and belongs to the Arab League, Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Non-Aligned Movement and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN_SAD). Morocco's relationships vary greatly between African, Arab and Western states. Morocco has had strong ties to the West in order to gain economic and political benefits. France and Spain remain the primary trade partners, as well as the primary creditors and foreign investors in Morocco. From the total foreign investments in Morocco, the European Union invests approximately 73.5%, whereas the Arab world only invests 19.3%. Many countries from the Persian Gulf and Maghreb regions are getting more involved in large-scale development projects in Morocco.
Foreign relations have had a significant impact on economic and social development in Morocco. Foreign influence is demonstrated by the many development projects, loans, investments, and free trade agreements that Morocco has with other countries. Some free trade agreements include the Euro-Mediterranean free trade area agreement with the European Union; the Greater Arab Free Trade Area with Egypt, Jordan, and Tunisia; as well as the US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement with the United States. An example of recent foreign influence is through loan agreements. Morocco signed three loan agreements with the French Development Agency (AFD) in 2009, totalling up to 155 million euros. These were for the purpose of reforming the education system, rural roads and rehabilitation, as well as infrastructure projects.
There are many reasons why foreign powers have chosen to establish relations with Morocco. These factors are important to analyze because they demonstrate that relationships are based on specific considerations. For example, Morocco had to be perceived as a democracy before receiving major loans and investments from western states.