Rabat – Ivanka Trump, White House advisor and daughter of US President Donald Trump, wrapped up her three-day trip to Morocco on November 8. Ivanka traveled to Morocco on November 6 to assess the development of the White House’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative, which aims to economically empower 50 million women by 2025.
Wednesday, November 6
Princess Lalla Meryem greeted Ivanka upon her arrival at the Rabat-Sale airport in Morocco’s capital.
November 6 was the 44th anniversary of the Green March, a national holiday in Morocco. Ivanka did not schedule any public appearances.
Thursday, November 7
Ivanka traveled to Sidi Kacem to meet with Moroccan women who have been impacted by recent land inheritance laws. CEO of Millennium Challenge Corp (MCC) Sean Cairncross accompanied Ivanka to the rural town.
The visit to Sidi Kacem also included a signing ceremony for two new agreements with partner organizations. The agreement provided Moroccan beneficiaries with over $6 million to support additional training on farming practices, financial management, and literacy.
“When you invest in women, they invest back into their families and communities and countries flourish,” Ivanka said during the ceremony, as reported by the Associated Press (AP).
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The US delegation then returned to Rabat, where Ivanka and Cairncross met with Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita.
Ivanka and Cairncross also attended a bilateral meeting with Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani. The US delegation applauded Morocco’s recent adoption of land laws to improve women’s rights to collective lands.
Ivanka and El Othmani then chaired a signing ceremony between MCC and the Moroccan interior ministry.
Morocco’s Minister of Interior Abdelouafi Laftit and Cairncross signed a partnership deal to support the implementation of the new laws related to the soulaliyat (communal) lands.
Ivanka then met with King Mohammed VI and thanked him for his gracious hospitality during the US delegation’s visit to Morocco.
That evening, Princess Lalla Meryem, the sister of King Mohammed VI, hosted a royal dinner in honor of Ivanka and the US delegation.
Ivanka glowed in an ornate champagne-colored kaftan, loaned to her by King Mohammed VI, according to AP.
Friday, November 8
On Friday morning, Ivanka visited the Palais des Congres in Rabat to give $6.2 million in grants to nine beneficiaries.
Ivanka, accompanied by Cairncross, then visited the US Embassy in Rabat. They met with stationed US Marines, and US and Moroccan employees and their families to thank them for their service to the US Government.
Ivanka and Cairncross departed Rabat for Casablanca, where they toured the Specialized Institute in Aircraft Aeronautics and Aircraft Logistics (ISMALA). The technical and vocational education training center was selected to receive a grant to promote private-sector partnerships for vocational training through the MCC Compact.
At ISMALA, Ivanka and Cairncross met with women who will benefit from MCC’s program activities. The White House and MCC announced Morocco’s first Women in Science (WiSci) Camp that is planned for the summer of 2020.
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Ivanka took to Twitter on Friday to praise the US delegation’s “incredible” trip to Morocco.