Rabbah told a mining business forum that Morocco’s Africa policy has “some very positive results.”
Rabat – Morocco is becoming a hub for a partnership between Morocco, China, and other African countries, said Minister of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development Aziz Rabbah on Wednesday in Rabat.
Rabbah spoke to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) at the 20th Mines-Rabat Enterprises Forum, the theme of which is “Morocco: A promoter of Chinese-African partnership.”
Morocco can act as a link between China and the rest of Africa thanks to major reforms and partnerships under Morocco’s Africa policy, he stressed.
Because of Morocco’s successful model, which has yielded some positive results on both the African and international levels, Morocco could stand as a strategic hub for trade and investment between Africa and China, Rabbah asserted.
The forum, as indicated by the director of the Rabat Mines School (ENSMR), Mustapha Ouadghiri, is an annual meeting that allows students, teachers, and private and public bodies to debate key issues concerning the integration of the school’s engineers into Morocco’s economic and social development process.
According to the president of the forum, Oussama Amaani, the aim of the forum is to reduce the gap between students and the professional world to facilitate their contact with participating companies.
Morocco and China’s collaboration in the mining sector in Africa has increased in recent years.
In early 2017, the Moroccan mining company Managem, after 10 years of successful exploration efforts in Congo, sold a 61 percent stake of Lamikal, of which it owned 81 percent, to Beijing-based Wanbao.
Later that year, representatives of Beijing and Rabat established a joint Morocco-China business council to oversee and implement the Morocco-China trade agreement.