The Mekong River Commission (MRC), an intergovernmental river basin organization, believes that its partnership with Morocco is a perfect example of south-south cooperation.
Rabat – The Moroccan government and the MRC expressed the desire to strengthen cooperation in areas of common interest, including renewable energy and eco-tourism.
Moroccan Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mounia Boucetta met with the executive director of the MRC An Piche Hatda on Friday, October 4 to promote cooperation on water resource management.
“The meeting was an opportunity to identify ways to strengthen cooperation and exchange of experiences between the two parties in several areas of common interest,” Hatda told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
He added that the partnership between the MRC and Morocco represents a good example of south-south cooperation.
The areas of partnership between both parties include water resource management, “particularly the capacity building of the MRC in the field of irrigation through dispatching to Morocco a delegation of experts from the Commission to benefit from the Moroccan experience in this field,” he explained.
The irrigation approach is part of Morocco’s Green Plan to cope with the water challenges in the country.
According to the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture, the irrigation system is part of the approach for preserving natural resources with a “view of ensuring sustainable agriculture.”
The commission also seeks to benefit from Morocco’s expertise and leadership in solar and wind energy.
Hatda said that the MRC is also keen to “benefit from the Moroccan experience” in the eco-tourism, particularly in the sector of tourism training and the promotion of rivers within the tourism market.
Expressing satisfaction with the partnership, Boucetta said that “Morocco is the first African and Arab country to enter into a partnership with the Mekong River Commission.”
The Moroccan official concluded her statement, emphasizing that the partnership is in line with the kingdom’s determination to strengthen and diversify South-South, win-win cooperation.