Economy

Morocco is intensifying its Partnership with India

Morocco is diversifying its economic partnership strategy outside of Europe and North America

June 03rd, 2016
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Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, arrived in Rabat in Morocco on the 30th of May for a three day official visit. The aim of this visit is to set up a new strategic partnership between India and Morocco and also to organize a visit of the Moroccan King, Mohammed VI, to New Delhi in the next few weeks. These official visits come after the success of the Indian-Africa summit which took place in New Delhi in October 2015, where both countries agreed upon intensifying their partnership. 

In comparison to India’s other partnership, Morocco is importing more products from India than any other state, mostly phosphate products. Accordingly the visit of the Indian Vice President to Morocco also includes a large delegation of important ministers, including the Indian Minister for chemical products. A press release from the Indian Foreign Affairs Ministry stated that the presence of such individuals must help in creating the Indian- Moroccan house of trade. As of today, both states have signed two Memorandums of Understandings for improving bilateral relations in different areas including, cultural exchange, water and information technology.

Both states are eager to establish solid and reliable relations with each other. This willingness to so could be seen in the attendance of King Mohammad VI at the Indian-Africa summit, whose attendance at events like that are a rare occurrence. This showcases his desire to strengthen and deepen bilateral relations with India. India regards Morocco, along with Tunisia, as their largest ally in Africa.

This new relationship demonstrates Moroccos increasing willingness to establish relations with states outside of Europe and North America. The goal of this new relationship is to find new markets to invest in, while also building new friendships. 

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Cultural Diplomacy News
Pierre Even, CD News