Bourita: Morocco will resolutely commit to achieving the objectives of the initiative of the “South-South Parliamentary Dialogue Forum”
MFA Bourita stated at the opening of the “Forum of South-South Parliamentary Dialogue” of Senates and Equivalent Councils from Africa, the Arab World, Latin America, and the Caribbean, organized by the House of Advisors under the patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, that Morocco, as a United Nations member concerned with adhering to the principles of international law, will be resolutely committed to achieving the objectives of this initiative.
MFA Bourita also stated that the Kingdom of Morocco will make every possible effort to support any initiative aimed at strengthening this important aspect of parliamentary diplomacy, as well as mobilize its experience and capabilities to form an ambitious partnership to serve the peoples of these regions’ goals.
He went on to say that many previous rapprochement or integration initiatives, in various forms, have demonstrated that their ability to achieve the desired goals is dependent on their avoidance of attempts to involve them in controversial issues that oppose their founders’ aspirations and objectives, turning them into a terrain of conflict and ideological alignment, and an attempt to win fictitious battles whose real parties have failed to promote them.
This forum, MFA Bourita noted, represents more than 2.2 billion people and brings together countries with a total GDP of more than $8,200 billion dollars. These countries have great potential for collaborative development, wealth creation, profitable investment, and commercial, technological, and cultural exchanges.
Morocco’s conviction is that the current and future challenges confronting the peoples of the South necessitate the adoption of a collective approach, based on the principle of common development, taking into account the needs and specificities of each country, and working to enhance its national efforts in the context of a participatory approach at the regional or provincial level, stated MFA Bourita, recalling that the process of reforms and major development paves the way for this.
Morocco occupies a special position at the regional and continental level, opening prospects for dialogue and cooperation with friendly and brotherly countries, particularly in Africa, the Arab world, Latin America, and the Caribbean, as a result of the experience it has accumulated in several strategic and vital sectors such as renewable energy, food security, sustainable exploitation of natural resources, as well as new technologies and pharmaceutical industries.
The Councils assembled today, by definition, include specialized skills and expertise, as well as professional and territorial representations capable of conveying the aspirations and concerns of citizens and the bodies they represent, which will have “a positive impact on the quality of initiatives and proposals that you will discuss in this forum, and give them a practical aspect capable of making them more feasible and traceable in the field.”
MFA Bourita emphasized that constructive dialogue and exchange of views between these institutions would bring together peoples and countries from regions that share deep human, cultural, and civilizational values, as well as develop mechanisms for integration, cooperation, and exchange of experiences and best practices in critical areas such as stimulating economic growth, increasing competitiveness, promoting social integration, and reducing disparities and improving governance.
In this sense, he expressed confidence that “this forum will contribute to the coordination of political positions in international forums on issues of common interest to the peoples of our regions, within the framework of full respect for the principles and customs of international law, including respect for countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
The Minister believed that parliamentary diplomatic work had become a parallel dimension to governmental diplomatic work, particularly in countries that have made the democratic path a strategic choice that values the constitutional competences entrusted to legislative institutions and recognizes them as an important actor in the strengthening of people-to-people cooperation and the promotion of global security and peace.
MFA Bourita also expressed his satisfaction with the accomplishments of various parliamentary gatherings in recent years, through joint action against the problems confronting the peoples of Africa and the Arab world, as well as the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean, in pace with the rapid changes and growing challenges that these regions are experiencing.