El Othmani has affirmed Morocco’s support for the African Union’s institutional reforms, reiterating Rabat’s commitment to the AU’s objective of structural reshuffling.
Rabat – Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani made his remarks on Saturday, November 17, for the 11th extraordinary AU summit on reforms in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“Morocco firmly supports the AU reforms,” El Othmani said. He added that King Mohammed VI has on various occasions personally reiterated Morocco’s attachment to the success of the recently launched institutional reforms and many other AU initiatives to strengthen Africa’s standing on the global stage.
Particularly addressing Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, the AU’s incumbent chair, El Othmani said the AU can count on Rabat to contribute to realizing the body’s aspirations.
Kagame, who has been the face of the AU leadership for nearly a year, has been resolute in his belief that African leaders should set the stage for a strong and prosperous Africa.
Some of the major reforms that the AU has been promoting include an intra-African free trade agreement as well as accountability and performance-enhancing procedures.
Of the reforms summit, Kagame said: “The goal is simple: To make Africa stronger and give our people the future they deserve.”
Since its return to the AU in January 2017, Morocco has pioneered continental reforms and called for greater inter- and intra-African integration. Rabat has steadily called for fostering intra-African coordination on migration, expertise sharing, security, and renewable energies.
At the recent AU reforms summit in Addis Ababa, Morocco was represented by El Othmani; Mohcine Jazouli, delegate minister for African cooperation; and Mohammed Arrouchi, Rabat’s permanent ambassador to the AU.