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Russia and Morocco to Improve Agricultural Trade

Agriculture Represents 77% of Moroccan Exports to Russia: Minister

By Oumaïma Fassi Fihri

Rabat- A joint Moroccan-Russian committee that met today will foster the export of agricultural products and ease business cooperation between the two countries.

The Moroccan-Russian Joint Economic, Scientific, and Technical Cooperation Committee met in Rabat in light of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

According to the state-owned news agency Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the committee, chaired by the Moroccan minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Nasser Bourita, and the Russian minister of agriculture, Dmitry Patrushev, discussed the development of economic ties with an emphasis on mutual investments in agriculture.

The meeting, attended by Aziz Akhannouch, minister of agriculture, and businesspeople from both countries, focused on the Moroccan seed market and the exportation of vegetables and fruits, particularly citrus fruits.  

It also revolved around the acceleration of the Green Corridor, a protocol for information exchange regarding goods and vehicle mobility between Russia and Morocco that started during the last royal visit to Russia in 2016.

The meeting comes in a period of great developments in the countries’ strategic partnership. Eleven agreements were signed last year to increase cooperation in agriculture, energy, education, and other sectors.

The recent efforts to boost cooperation come as a result of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, signed in March 2016 by King Mohammed VI and Vladimir Putin.

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