Marrakech – Bayt Mal Al Quds Asharif Agency (BMAQ/based in Rabat) is betting on Al Quds Committee meeting that opens this Friday under the chairmanship of King Mohammed VI to raise more funds to reinforce its projects in the holy city, said the Agency general director Dr. Abdelkbir Alaoui M’Daghri.
“We are hoping to raise a sufficient budget for the Agency to carry out its upcoming (2014-2019) five-year plan”, he told MAP stressing that the Agency needs an additional USD 30 million.
After he recalled that Morocco is the largest fund-donor, with over 80 pc of its budget, the head of Bayt Mal Al Quds Agency, the field arm of Al Quds committee, set up to preserve the city’s religious and cultural legacy and civilization, underscored significant efforts made by the Sovereign, in his capacity as chairman of Al Quds Committee, to defend the Palestinian cause by mobilizing the Moroccan diplomacy during international meetings and by sending messages to head of states, the UN secretary General or the Pope, in addition to extending his backing to Bayt Mal Al Quds Agency.
Of the Agency’s actions, the general director cited the building of schools, renovation of old ones, extending scholarships to students from Al Quds, consolidating the health infrastructure, as well as women-empowerment programs and social assistance actions.
Established in 1998 at the initiative of the late King Hassan II, the agency is the field arm of Al Quds Committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.