Rabat – Ivanka Trump attended a bilateral meeting with Morocco’s Head of Government Saadeddine El Othmani and other key ministers in Rabat after returning from a trip to rural Sidi Kacem on Thursday, November 7.
Prior to the meeting with El Othmani, Ivanka and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Sean Cairncross met Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita.
During the afternoon meeting with El Othmani, the US delegation acknowledged the important partnership between the US and the Government of Morocco.
The US delegation applauded Morocco’s recent adoption of land laws to improve women’s rights to collective lands. The land laws constitute a top priority of MCC’s Rural Land Project, an initiative that aims to strengthen land markets in accordance with investor demand.
The Rural Land Project involves governance activity, rural land activity, and industrial land activity.
MCC and the Moroccan government intend to work together to improve women’s access to land in Morocco and to enhance women’s participation in the economy.
MCC’s focus on tilting for collective lands aims to enable rural Moroccan farmers to experience land ownership. The MCC seeks to provide new resources for rural farmers to invest in, in a process known as “Melkisation.” Melkisation should support Moroccan women’s legal literacy, access to credit, and protect their land inheritance rights.
MCC’s industrial land activity aims to shift land markets from state-controlled zones to public-private partnerships. The goal of expanding the land markets is to better respond to investor demand and create more opportunities for Moroccan women.
The meeting with El Othmani comes on the second day of Ivanka’s visit to Morocco. The White House advisor and daughter of US President Donald Trump is in Morocco to assess the development of the White House’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative.