A press release shared with Morocco World News shows a busy agenda for Ivanka Trump in Rabat and Casablanca. During her trip she will meet with female business leaders, senior government officials, and civil society stakeholders.
CEO of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Sean Cairncross will accompany Ivanka on her trip to Morocco.
Ivanka Trump and MCC CEO will visit Rabat and Casablanca from November 6 to assess the development of the White House’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative.
US President Donald Trump established the W-GDP initiative in February 2019.
The initiative seeks to empower 50 million women in the developing world by 2025.
The MCC statement also expressed satisfaction with being a part of the W-GDP initiative “to advance women’s economic empowerment in Morocco through the MCC Compact.”
“MCC’s $450 million pact with Morocco commenced in June 2017 and aims to improve land productivity and education, two priorities for the Government of Morocco that pose binding constraints to economic growth,” the press release said.
The MCC also recalled Morocco’s reforms to amend laws related to inheritance.
The statement said that the “visit comes at a particularly important time as Morocco has recently taken significant steps forward on women’s economic empowerment with the passage of laws reforming collective land rights.”
In August, Morocco’s House of Representatives unanimously adopted three bills related to communal agricultural land (sulaliyat).
The bills take into account women’s rights as a priority. The adoption of the bills received applause from Ivanka, who wrote a Facebook post on August 19 in support of the bills.
“We applaud the Moroccan government for this important step towards the adoption of inheritance law amendments, and look forward to supporting their full implementation,” she said.
She also expressed appreciation for the leadership of the Moroccan ambassador to the US, Princess Lalla Joumala, and the work of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.
The MCC said that Ivanka Trump and the MCC CEO worked “closely with the government of Morocco (including calls, letters, and meetings with the Ambassador, Foreign Minister, and the highest levels of government) to push for the adoption and expedient implementation of these reforms.”
Boosting US-Morocco cooperation
MCC’s statement also sheds light on the strong diplomatic ties between Morocco and the US, stating it will “further the strong partnership between the United States and Morocco which currently spans all aspects of bilateral cooperation from trade, security, democracy, governance, and regional priorities.”
Morocco and the US are also linked by the Free Trade Agreement. Rabat and Washington signed the FTA agreement on June 15, 2004. The agreement has been effective since January 1, 2006.
The volume of trade between Morocco and the US more than quadrupled during the 2006-2018 period. Trade reached $5.44 billion in 2018, compared to $1.34 billion in 2006.
Exports also increased more than fivefold to $1.38 billion in 2018 from just $0.26 billion in 2006.
Morocco and the US have also intensified exchanges of visits to develop and reinforce cooperation in several fields, including security and trade.