Bahrain-Morocco: The High Joint Commission, signed six bilateral cooperation agreements in Manama

On the occasion of the fifth meeting of the Joint High Commission, which was presided over by the Moroccan expatriate Nasser Bourita and the Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, six bilateral cooperation agreements covering a variety of topics were signed between the kingdoms of Bahrain and Morocco.

The first agreement relates to a memorandum of understanding for industrial cooperation, and aims to develop industrial cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the areas of industrial policy, reception structures, specifications, quality enhancement, industrial and commercial property.

In order to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and expertise in the industrial field, the agreement calls for the sharing of experience and expertise in the areas of planning and implementing industrial policy, as well as best practices between the public and private sectors. It also encourages collaboration between training institutions.

The second agreement concerns a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the fields of standardization and marks of conformity to standard specifications.

Through the exchange and standardization of standards applicable in both countries on the basis of Arab and international references and the harmonization of standards applicable in both countries, the two parties are encouraged to collaborate, consult, and exchange information and experience in the fields of standardization and marks of conformity under the terms of this memorandum.

The memorandum aims to eliminate technical barriers to trade and encourage economic actors in each country to participate in standardization activities in the other country.

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In the field of trade cooperation, a third memorandum of understanding was also signed with the aim of creating the appropriate framework to increase and diversify the volume of trade between the two parties and remove potential obstacles in accordance with the laws and regulations in force in both countries.

The MoU is activated by designing and implementing effective programs and strengthening cooperation between the private sector by encouraging the business communities of both countries to establish business partnerships, promoting the establishment of a joint business council and strengthening cooperation between the chambers of commerce, agriculture, industry, services and trade development organizations of both countries.

The fourth agreement is a Memorandum of Understanding in the area of consumer protection, which aims to establish the broad framework for cooperation and coordination between the two parties in that area through the sharing of consumer legislation in both countries.

The agreement will also develop joint training programs for the benefit of consumers and connect the channels of communication between civil society structures of both countries, in addition to exchanging data on the most important materials that are seized and represent a risk to the health of consumers.

The fifth convention is an implementation programme of a memorandum of understanding in the field of handicrafts .

Through the revival and promotion of traditional industry products, social economy, and solidarity, the exchange of experience and knowledge, and the growth of partnership between the two nations in the area of vocational training, this executive program seeks to strengthen cooperation.

The latest agreement is an executive program of the agreement on cooperation in the field of Awqaf and Islamic affairs for the years 2023-2024.

This executive program aims to exchange knowledge and experiences, as well as work to align the positions of the two nations during official conferences and meetings.It also aims to share ideas and information on how to combat and disprove ideas of extremism and intolerance, as well as promote and popularize the notion of tolerance by showcasing Islam’s positive image abroad.

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