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Morocco and South Australia, prospects of a promising partnership

At the end of the official visit to South Australia and precisely to the Economic Capital Adelaide, on the 15th and 16th of August, the Ambassador of HM the King to Australia, Mr. Karim Medrek underlined the importance attached by Morocco to the consolidation of its partnership and presence in this State.

In fact, following the different meetings held with a number of political and institutional officials, prospects for cooperation seem promising in fields of common interest, notably renewable energy, education and trade.

these meetings reflected, equally, a perfect convergence of views on political issues such as local governance, multiculturalism and the fight against violent extremism.

During his meeting with the Governor of the State of South Australia, the Hon. Hieu Van Le, Mr. Medrek highlighted the Kingdom's trade relations with South Australia in the area of agricultural products and cooperation in leading sectors, such as research in water resources management and agriculture.

The ambassador also seized the opportunity to shed lights on Morocco's progress in areas such as migration management, cultural diversity, environment, fight against violent extremism, as well as its positioning as a key business platform on the continent and the Mediterranean region.

In addition, the Moroccan model of counter extremism has been the focus of discussions with members of the government of South Australia, notably at the Department of the Prime Minister and the Attorney General.

In this regard, the Ambassador explained the central role of HM the King, as Amir Al Mouminine in the management of the religious affairs, the Moroccan approach in the matter and the efforts of the Kingdom at the international level as well as the national policy for the preservation of a moderate, tolerant and open model of Islam which characterizes the Kingdom.

In addition, the Ambassador focused on cooperation between local authorities in South Australia and their counterparts in Morocco, particularly during the meetings held with the Speaker of the Legislative Council (State Parliament), Mr. Andrew McLachlan and President of the Local Government Association, Mrs. Susan Clearihan.

These meetings explored ways to establish institutional exchange mechanisms between the State of South Australia and the Moroccan regional authorities.

In the same vein, the meeting held with the Mayor of Adelaide, Mr. Martin Haese has constituted an opportunity to review initiatives for strengthening cooperation in the field of urban management, cultural exchanges, as well as policies for the protection of the environment.

Concerning multiculturalism issues, Mr. Medrek met with the President of the Commission for Multicultural Affairs of the Government of South Australia Mr. Norman Schueler. This meeting was an opportunity to present aspects of the plural identity of Morocco and to promote its constant openness to other cultures, through dialogue and cooperation.

In addition, opportunities to strengthen the partnership in the field of Education and Research were discussed with the President of the University of Adelaide, Pr. Peter Rathjen and the members of the "Center for Technologies of the Energy ".

During this meeting, both parties agreed to support academic exchanges, given the particular convergence of interests of both parties when it comes to the themes of renewable energies and new agricultural technologies.