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The 2020 Moroccan Week in New Zealand unveils further promising economic opportunities


At the initiative of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Canberra, the Second edition of the “Moroccan Week in New Zealand” held from the 10th to the 14th of February 2020, in presence of a Moroccan high level delegation led by Mrs. Mbarka Bouaida, President of the Region of Guelmim- Oued Noun and Mr. Karim Medrek, Ambassador of His Majesty the King to New Zealand with residence in Canberra constituted an opportunity to recall the excellence of relations between Morocco and New Zealand despite the geographical distance between the two countries.

The program of this week has been marked by exchange and discussions on local management and governance through meetings held by the President of the Region of Guelmim-Oued Noun (located in the Southern region of Morocco), Mrs. Mbarka Bouaida and the local authorities of the regions of Wellington and Canterbury. In this regard, discussions held with authorities in the capital of New Zealand as well as in Tauranga and Christchurch were focalised on means of getting benefit from the regional and local experiences of both sides as well as from the Moroccan model of Advanced Regionalization.

In the framework of her meetings with the Mayor of Tauranga, Mr. Tenby Powell, the Vice President of the region of Canterburry, Mr. Peter Scott and the members of the Council, Mrs. Mbarka Bouaida presented the major projects initiated in this Moroccan region, notably in the fields of infrastructure and sustainable development. She also underlined the investment opportunities in the most promising economic sectors of the region such as Aquaculture and eco-tourism.

The Ambassador of His Majesty the King, Mr. Karim Medrek highlighted, for his part, the permanent and dynamic political dialogue between the two countries in view of developing a propitious framework for enhancing the existing opportunities of cooperation and to enlarge them to cover the cultural sphere and interaction between non-state actors.

The Ambassador reiterated the importance of Morocco’s role as a link between the African continent and Europe and its leadership in the framework of South-South Cooperation, in conformity with the instructions and vision of His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, pointing out to the significant and growing dynamism of Moroccan investments in Africa.

The Moroccan Week in New Zealand has also included field visits to many New Zealand companies operating notably in the field of Agriculture which constitutes one of the pillars of cooperation between Rabat and Wellington.

In fact, Cooperation in agriculture is primordial for both countries as this field represents between 12% and 17% of the Kingdom’s GDP and contributes alongside fisheries to 44% of New Zealand exportations and employs almost 6% of its active population. In this sense, it is worth recalling that New Zealand is the largest exporter of dairy products and lamb in the world.

In the second part of the Moroccan week in New Zealand, a significant path ahead was made with the conclusion of a memorandum of cooperation on the mutual certification of some agricultural products. The purpose of this Memorandum is to allow the opening of Morocco and New Zealand’s respective markets to agricultural and food products emanating from both countries.

The Moroccan Week in New Zealand also constituted the occasion to hold meetings between the Ambassador of His Majesty the King, Mr. Karim Medrek and the Moroccan Community residing in Wellington and Christchurch to touch base and study the relevant opportunities of promoting Morocco in New Zealand as this Community has always proven its attachment to its mother land.

In addition to these activities, a Moroccan team took part in the 2020 edition of the prestigious international trophy "GS Trophy 2020". During a Week, the three members of the team represented the Kingdom of Morocco in this endurance competition, during which they crossed by bike many regions of New Zealand.