Sixty-three years after Morocco gained independence from Spain, the two countries are making agreements for new opportunities in education and cultural exchange.
Rabat – Karima Benyaich, Morocco’s ambassador to Spain since 2018, and the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, signed a new cooperation agreement on September 30 to promote education and cultural exchange between the two Mediterranean countries.
The development agreement came under the title of “Promoting Spain-Morocco Cooperation in the New Programming Period 2021-2027.”
The agreement, signed at the Urban Environment Observatory or Observatorio de Medio Ambiente Urbano (OMAU), aims to strengthen relations between Malaga and 25 municipalities in Morocco, including Al Hoceima, Tangier, and Tetouan.
According to Diariosur, de la Torre stressed the importance of the agreement, saying that it “is more necessary than ever.”
The mayor also called for the implementation of the cooperation through common development measures in both Malaga and the Moroccan municipalities.
Welcoming this agreement with Malaga, Benyaich said that both countries “can congratulate ourselves on a very good relationship, which has been improving in recent years.”
Recently, the European Union funded a legal migration project called “Young Generation as Change Agents.” The project targets Moroccan graduates and offers them the chance to study in Spain.
The Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education, coordinating the program, said in a statement that “the project aims to establish a circular legal migration scheme with Morocco with a mobility phase for young Moroccan graduates who will study a one-year Master’s degree in Spain.”