Morocco and France signed the agreement on the eve of the 14th France-Morocco High-Level Meeting.
Rabat – Morocco has signed a friendship and cooperation agreement with France, aimed to strengthen the historical and privileged bonds between the countries.
The signing ceremony took place on Wednesday, December 18 at the Hotel de Ville in Paris. The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the Mayor of Rabat, Mohamed Sadiki inked the accord.
The agreement came on the eve of the 14th France-Morocco High-Level Meeting, set to take place under the chairmanship of the Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.
Through the agreement, replacing the previous one signed in 2004, Paris and Rabat aim to promote the exchange of experience and know-how with a view to sustainable and resilient urban development in the areas of ecological transition and sustainable mobility, culture and heritage, tourism and economic attractiveness, sustainable development, and French language.
With the newly signed pact, the two capitals undertake to develop their cooperation, in particular through the sharing of good practice and the training of administrative and technical staff.
The agreement will last for four years and is renewable by tacit agreement. The accord stipulates that “the cooperation may extend to any decentralized cooperation project involving other bilateral and multilateral institutional partners.”
It specifies that the monitoring of cooperation programs and exchanges set up will be entrusted to the Division of International Cooperation of the commune of Rabat and the General Delegation for International Relations of the city of Paris.
Commenting on the agreement, Sadiki welcomed the Rabat-Paris friendship and partnership.
“This partnership… establishes cooperation between the two capitals in the fields of city management, economic development, tourism and the preservation of cultural heritage and the development of culture,” said Sadiki.
He noted that thanks to the project launched by the Sovereign called “Rabat, city of light, capital of culture”, Rabat has become a modern North African city.
Meanwhile, the Parisian mayor affirmed that the projects launched in Rabat have enabled it to become a magnificent and extraordinary city that has a lot in common with Paris.
Through a visit to the Moroccan capital, Hidalgo said that they were “able to learn several lessons on the issues of urbanization, sustainable development, and mobility.”
She added that Rabat is a “historic city with an exceptional heritage that wants to protect itself but also open up to visitors and tourists to continue to shine.”
Hidalgo went on to state that the agreement will make it possible to work on these themes through the exchange of officials visits and teams who will work very concretely to make this partnership continue to grow.
To conclude, the mayor of Paris said that the partnership will strengthen the position of Moroccan-French people who are integrated and very active in the cultural, economic, and political scene of Paris. She added that many Moroccans are part of her team.