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Morocco took part in the celebration of the 56th anniversary of Africa Day in Canberra.


Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the African Union which is celebrated in Africa and many countries around the world.

The Ambassador of HM the King to Australia, H.E Mr. Karim Medrek took part to the celebration of the 56th anniversary of Africa Day held in the Hellenic Club of Canberra with the participation of the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove as the guest of honour.

Ambassadors and High Commissioners, Government Officials, DFAT colleagues, Business Community, Academic personalities as well as the African Community residing in Australia attended this celebration.

During his Speech, The Governor General of Australia hailed the longstanding and excellent relations between the Commonwealth of Australia and Africa.

Sir Peter Cosgrove was pleased to take part in this celebration which is among the last official events that he will be attending to before the end of his mandate.

According to the Governor General, this Africa Day commemorates the foundation of the African Union and is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the peoples and nations of Africa.

Additionally, the Dean of the African Group of Heads of Mission, H.E Mr. Issaya Kabira, the High Commissioner of Kenya shed light on the importance that Australia attaches to Africa and acknowledges the strong advocacy of the Governor General for supporting strong relations between Australia and Africa.

According to Mr Kabira, this celebration reflects the solidarity and manifestation of unity and strength of the African Continent.

He recalled, equally, the challenges faced by a continent in which the population is estimated to be at 2.3 billion by 2050, including a middle class of 1 billion people.

Moreover, he highlighted the importance of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement that will enter its operational phase in July this year, noting that the objective of this agreement is to create a single market for goods and services and to facilitate the movement of persons in order to deepen the Continental economic integration.

This Ceremony has also been marked by an African musical performance in addition to videos featuring the most fascinating landscapes of the African countries.

In addition, guests tasted the most delicious Moroccan traditional dishes offered at the Moroccan Stall.