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Visit of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Waters and Forests to Australia

 

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Waters and Forests, Mr. Aziz Akhannouch accompanied by the Secretary of State for Fisheries, Mrs. Mbarka Bouaida as well as the Ambassador of HM the King, Mr. Karim Medrek and a delegation composed by officials from the public and private sectors operating in the fields of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Management, paid an official visit to the Commonwealth of Australia from the 2nd to the 13th of February 2019.

During this visit, Mr Akhanouch met with a number of officials, notably the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Mr. David Littleproud, the Minister for Tourism, Trade and Investment, Mr. Simon Birmingham and the Assistant Minister for Tourism, Trade and Investment, Mr. Mark Coulton.

These meetings have constituted an opportunity for the Moroccan Minister to study viable ways of enhancing cooperation between Morocco and Australia, two countries possessing an enormous potential in the fields of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Waters and Forests.

The Minister and its delegation started their visit by Melbourne, Capital of Victoria; Port Augusta, Port Lincoln and Adelaïde in South Australia. Then, they visited Queensland, precisely Brisbane, Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast. The Final stage of Mr. Akhannouch’s visit to Australia has been Sydney and the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra.

Mr Akhanouch and his Australian interlocutors tackled the various opportunities of cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and Australia and the ways of sharing know-how in the fields of agriculture, fisheries and biosecurity.

This important visit led by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Waters and Forests alongside a delegation composed of Regional Directors, Private sectors operators and Presidents of Chambers of Commerce and Industry will open up brighter future opportunities in the fields of Agriculture, Fisheries and Waters and for the sharing of know-how especially in terms of the digital agriculture, one of the priorities of the Moroccan plan for the upcoming decade. Moreover, this event paves the way for the increase of exchange in fields of common interest for both countries as it is the case with bio-security, food safety, acquaculture among many others.