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Moroccan Week in New Zealand

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco to Canberra organised, from the 28th of April to the 3rd of May, the Moroccan Week in New Zealand to which the Secretary of State to the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and the Digital Economy, in charge of foreign trade, Mrs. Rakiya Eddarhem was the guest of honour.

In this regard, Mme Eddarhem has led a Moroccan delegation composed by Representatives of different Departments.

This week was marked by a number of activities held in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, notably official meetings, conferences and roundtables.

The Secretary of State in charge of Foreign Trade held discussions with the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fletcher Tabuteau to discuss the means of reinforcing ties between Morocco and New Zealand in the economic and commercial fields.

Ways of increasing trade and investment between the two countries were also part of the talks held by the Secretary of State with the Agency “New Zealand Trade and Entreprise”.

The Secretary of State in charge of Foreign Trade also met, during this week, with the members of the New Zealand-Middle East-Africa Parliamentary Group in Wellington.

In the framework of this week, the Ambassador of HM the King to Canberra, Mr. Karim Medrek gave, on the 29th of April 2019, a Conference entitled “The Sahara issue: Challenges and Prospects” held at the New Zealand Institute for International Affairs in presence of Government officials, Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Academic Personalities, Civil Society members and Students.

This Conference constituted an occasion to introduce the attendees into the historical and legal foundations of the Moroccan sovereignty on its southern provinces.

The Moroccan Week in New Zealand continued in the largest city, Auckland where an economic roundtable, to which the Secretary of the State and the accompanying delegation took part, was held. This event allowed to exchange on the various opportunities of investment provided by the Kingdom of Morocco in a number of sectors.

This week constituted an occasion to meet with the members of the Moroccan Community living in New Zealand, notably in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.

Moreover, Ambassador Medrek visited the mosques, where the terrorist attacks of the 15th of March were perpetrated, in order to meet with religious leaders.

The Moroccan Week in New Zealand has been an occasion to reiterate the Kingdom’s willingness to further reinforce ties with New Zealand in a number of areas, opening up brilliant opportunities to arise, especially in the fields of trade and investment which are pivotal in this respect.