Washington - President of Morocco’s Tangier, Tetouan and Al Hoceima region, Ilyas el Omari, is leading a delegation of business leaders in Washington this week. The trip is aimed at exploring potential business opportunities and making critical economic connections between the two countries.
Washington – President of Morocco’s Tangier, Tetouan and Al Hoceima region, Ilyas el Omari, is leading a delegation of business leaders in Washington this week. The trip is aimed at exploring potential business opportunities and making critical economic connections between the two countries.
The delegation, which arrived in Washington earlier this week, includes Chairman of the Casablanca Chamber of Commerce, Mustapha Amhal.
Hoping to discover new areas of commonality, and open new business investment doors, “the trip’s agenda includes numerous meetings with educational institutions, federal and local government officials and a host of business leaders” the Moroccan American Network said in a communique.
The world’s economy is changing and Morocco’s is developing rapidly. “For El Omari and the delegation, it’s a match made in trade heaven,” Mohamed El Hajjam, President of the Moroccan American Network (MAN) and CEO of AV Actions in Alexandria, VA, told Morocco World News in a phone interview.
Addressing the aim of the delegation’s foray into Washington, El Omari said, “The world economy is changing and we have to change our human resources to keep up with it.”
“I am delighted to work with the Moroccan American Network to meet with those individuals and institutions with whom we might partner to do this.” He emphasized that Morocco is “ready to move forward rapidly to accelerate Morocco’s economic development.”
The trip was organized around the 2017 edition of the Moroccan American Network’s CEO Summit 2. This year’s event has focused on nurturing small businesses, a segment of investment which often gets overlooked.
Elisabeth Myers, General Counsel and Strategic Advisor to the Moroccan American Network, described the summit as an ideal “opportunity for entrepreneurs and CEOs who want to grow their businesses in the U.S. or who wish to explore small business opportunities in Africa, and especially in Morocco, to network and meet with others with similar interests and concerns.”
On Wednesday, the delegation met with Democratic Congressman Don Beyer as well as the Mayor of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, Allison Silberberg. Former Mayor of Alexandria, Va, Bill Euille, also played a critical role in making the Moroccan delegation’s visit possible.
Thursday’s agenda saw the delegation visiting the Virginia Technology Institute, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and the Children’s Medical Center’s Shiekh Zayad Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.
Describing the key role the Moroccan American Network plays in expanding economic connections between the US and Morocco, El Hajjam explained that the “Moroccan American Network focusses on small business, the backbone of every country’s economy. Through our business, media, and cultural events, we expand business networks, enhance Morocco’s image, and strengthen economic ties between Morocco and the US.”
On Friday, Ilyas El Omari will be feted as the guest of honour at the summit. For Meyers, the presence of such a high-profile Moroccan dignitary speaks volumes. “We are thrilled to have such a prominent businessman and leader as Mr. El Omari here with us in Washington. This delegation visit will serve to greatly facilitate and enhance the exchange of know-how and expertise between Morocco and US.”