Morocco/Zambia: Towards Deeper and Broader Relations

On Tuesday, Morocco and Zambia both indicated a desire to strengthen and expand their current levels of collaboration.

Nasser Bourita, minister of foreign affairs, African cooperation, and Moroccan expatriates, and Stanley Kasongo Kakubo, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, met to discuss bilateral relations in a number of different areas, according to a joint statement. The two ministers had fruitful discussions during which they praised the strong bonds of friendship and solidarity between the two countries.

The statement continues, “On this occasion, the two parties expressed their satisfaction with the sustained pace of reciprocally beneficial cooperation between the two countries and agreed that there was room for deeper and broader cooperation in many areas, including infrastructure, agriculture, renewable energy, education, and vocational training.

In this context, Bourita reaffirmed Morocco’s dedication to assisting Zambia in strengthening and developing its human resources through the provision of scholarships and other educational opportunities.

According to the same source, Kakudo expressed his “deep gratitude” for Morocco’s initiatives to support an advanced educational system and a skilled labor force in Zambia in particular and in Africa as a whole.

According to a statement, Morocco and Zambia agreed to expand and diversify their mutually beneficial sectoral partnership in recognition of the significant economic potential that both countries offer. The statement also stated that the goal was to increase business opportunities by creating a favorable environment for Moroccan and Zambian investors.

In this context, they agreed to initiate cooperation in the agricultural field, by launching pilot projects in the fields of soil research, irrigation and fertilizers, and in the industrial sector, by encouraging the exchange of knowledge and expertise, with particular emphasis on the development of joint ventures in the manufacture of electric cars, given the complementary nature of the two countries.

The two ministers also decided to push their respective countries’ sectoral ministries to improve their coordination.

According to the document, the two sides concurred that the Joint Cooperation Commission’s (JCC) inaugural session will take place on a date that will be decided through diplomatic channels, reaffirming the JCC’s significance as a crucial mechanism for enhancing ongoing cooperation between the two nations.

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