Morocco is guest of honor at China’s 5th International Big Data Industry Expo.
Rabat – Morocco is taking part in China’s International Big Data Industry Expo 2019, which kicked off on Sunday, May 26, and will run through Wednesday, May 29, in the capital of Guizhou province, Guiyang, Southwestern China.
Running for the fifth year since 2015, the international event is the first national-level Expo on big data worldwide. The 2019 Expo is themed “Data creates value, innovation drives the future.”
Morocco will be represented by Abdelhamid Souiri, Deputy Speaker of the House of Councilors, and Mohamed Idrissi Meliani, the Director General of the Digital Development Agency (ADD).
Talking about Morocco’s participation in a speech at the opening ceremony, Souiri praised King Mohammed VI’s last official visit to China in 2016, noting that it strengthened the Chinese-Moroccan collaboration and strategic partnership.
He added that the visit opened up prospects for stronger political relations between Rabat and Beijing and bilateral cooperation, which will help create potential job opportunities in the future.
The annual exhibition is seeing a large turnout and participants, which has grown over the past 5 years. This year’s event boasts 159 exhibitors compared to 59 last year.
Souiri recalled the memorandum of understanding Morocco and China signed in November 2017, regarding China’s Silk Road initiative, which he said “marked a turning point” for both countries.
The number of turnout expected at the annual event stands at 100,000, and a total of over 400 companies, which include 195 foreign exhibitors from abroad, compared to only 59 companies in 2018.