During her trip, the White House advisor is interested in “advancing Women’s Global Development and Prosperity.”
Rabat – Ivanka Trump, senior advisor and daughter to US president Donald Trump, took to Twitter to share her excitement about her upcoming trip to Morocco. She will be visiting Morocco from November 6 until November 8 to “promote women’s prosperity” in the country.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 4, 2019
The trip is part of Ivanka Trump’s promotion campaign for the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. The White House launched the initiative in February 2019 with aim of benefiting women in developing countries through three pillars; prosperity in the workforce, success as entrepreneurs, and enablement in the economy.
The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative also aims to help 50 million women in developing countries to advance economically by 2025.
Ivanka told the press that Morocco is a valued US ally that has “taken strides” under King Mohammed VI to promote gender equality.
During her three-day stay in Morocco, Ivanka will meet with female business leaders, senior government officials, and civil society stakeholders in Rabat and Casablanca. The meetings will revolve around how to allow Moroccan women to reach economic independence.
In August 2019, the advisor expressed her support to the Moroccan government after the adoption of amendments concerning the inheritance law.
We applaud the Moroccan gov. for this important step towards the adoption of inheritance law amendments & look forward to supporting their full implementation.
W-GDP will continue to support women’s land rights & I appreciate the strong leadership of HH Princess Lalla Joumala.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 19, 2019
The message came weeks after the Moroccan House of Representatives unanimously adopted three bills in relation to communal agricultural land (sullaliat).
The bills take into account King Mohammed VI’s instructions, calling on the government to take measures to meet the demands of rights holders.
The bills also concern the aspirations of rights holders, including women also known as sullaliat. The sullaliat women have been demanding for equal rights in inheritance law for more than 10 years.
During her visit, Trump will be accompanied with Sean Cairncross, CEO of the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The corporation is a US foreign aid agency aiming to help developing countries promote economic growth, reduce poverty, and strengthen institutions.
Morocco and the US have strong diplomatic ties. In June 2004, Rabat and Washington signed the Free Trade Agreement. The agreement became effective in January 2006. Since then, the volume of trade between Morocco and the US has quadrupled.
Trade reached $5.44 billion in 2018, compared to $1.34 billion in 2006. Exports also increased to $1.38 billion in 2018 from only $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.