Rabat - King Mohammed VI decorated three Moroccans on Sunday, conferring upon them the kingdom’s highest honor, the royal wissam, for their significant scientific and academic achievements.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI decorated three Moroccans on Sunday, conferring upon them the kingdom’s highest honor, the royal wissam, for their significant scientific and academic achievements.
In the Royal Palace of Marchane in the northern city of Tangier, where the monarch was accompanied by his brother Moulay Rachid, the Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, and Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba, the ceremony of the celebration of the Throne Day was an occasion to honor three Moroccans who set an example for their countrymen.
Adnane Remmal, Inventor of the Year
Moroccan scientist Adnane Remmal received the prestigious “Al Kafaa Al Fikriya” (Intellectual merit) wissam.
Remmal made international headlines in June when he won the European Inventor Award for inventing an anti-antibiotic. His invention was described by the European Patent Office (EPO), as an innovation that “not only has the potential to save lives, but can offer a new tool in the fight against the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant microbes.”
The science professorat the Mohammed Ben Abdellah University in Fez received a congratulatory message from the Kingin June.
The king said that Remmal’s achievement would encourage “the emerging generations of Moroccan researchers to make every effort to represent their country and to promote scientific research, and to contribute to the promotion of the comprehensible and sustainable development that we are leading.”
Abdelouahed Ben-Ncer, Leading Researcher
Abdelouahed Ben-Ncer, another Moroccan leading scientist, also received the ”Al Kafaa Al Fikriya” wissam.
Ben-Ncer led a research team that discovered the oldest-known remains of homo sapiens in Jbel Irhoud in Morocco.
The research professor at the Moroccan National Institute of Sciences of Archaeology and Heritage (INSAP) talked to Morocco World News in June about this achievement that made headlines around the world.
He said during the interview that Moroccan scientistshad played a significant role in that important discovery.
“During the examination of the fossils, expertise from at least 10 domains was required to identify the type and history of the fossils, including paleontology, lithic analysis as well as geology, and Moroccan scientists have participated in all of these fields, along with other foreign scientists,” he said.
Oussama Meftah, Disability is Just a Word
Somewhat wobbly as he climbed the few stairs that separated him from King Mohammed VI to receive his medal, year old student Oussama Meftah had come a much farther way in his achievements, demonstrating that disability is just a word.
This year, Meftah managed to overcome the barrier of disability and receive his high school baccalauréat with honors.
It was a touching scene, watching the King smile and talk with the young student as he decorated him with the “Al Istihkak Al Wathani” (National merit) wissam of the second degree.