Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of the Interior Abdelouafi Laftit and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Sean Cairncross signed a partnership deal on the implementation of a land governance project on Thursday, November 7.
Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, along with the daughter of and advisor to US President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, chaired the signing ceremony of a partnership agreement between Morocco’s interior ministry and the MCC.
The agreement seeks to support the implementation of the new laws related to the soulaliyat (communal) lands. The signing of the partnership agreement falls within the framework of the White House’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) and its goal to protect the rights of female landowners and to implement the national project.
Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that a center will be set up under the agreement to “foster the integration of the gender approach in the project of the Soulaliyates lands’ [land titling] for the benefit of the beneficiaries.”
The center will establish a database on women’s land rights to “promote their access to land as beneficiaries.”
The database will keep track of the number of women beneficiaries, showing if there are more after the law was revised, “ensuring that the rightful heirs are able to enjoy their land rights in accordance with the rules laid down in the Family Law.”
The signing of the agreement is part of MCC’s mission in Morocco.
Ivanka Trump arrived in Morocco on November 6 to promote the W-GDP initiative, seeking to empower 50 million women by 2025.
During her visit, Ivanka Trump received a warm welcome from senior officials and land owners in the city of Sidi Kacem near Rabat on November 7.