Aziz Akhannouch

Aziz Akhannouch
Trailing on the background of Minister Aziz Akhannouch

Born on January 1, 1961, Aziz Akhannouch is a public official, a business person and a man of Moroccan Amazigh Affairs. He was raised in a Berber household from Aguerd Oudad, Douar Tafraout. He is well known as the current chaired Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing of Morocco and member of the Benkiran e-Government.

He finished his primary and secondary education in the city of Casablanca. After graduation, he fled to Canada to fulfill his higher education and attain his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Sherbrooke in 1986.

Before he became the Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing, he was a member of the Political Party National Rally of Independents. He left the Party on January 2, 2012, and on August 23, 2013, he is appointed by King Mohammed VI (Le Roi Mohammed 6) as interim Minister of Finance.

Aside from his ministerial function, Mr. Aziz Akhannouch also held several executive and associative duties. He works as a member of the Office of The General Confederation of Moroccan Companies (CGEM), as well as an Administrator of BMCE-Bank and Administrator of the Academia Foundation. He was also an Officer of Bank Al Maghrib and supervised the Moroccan Petroleum Grouping (GPM). In 1999, he was part of the group called commonly known as G14 or think tank of the late H.M King Hassan II.

At the associative platform, Mr. Aziz Akhannouch is a member of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection and Administrator Member of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the detainees’ rehabilitation. He is also President of the Association of Concert for Tolerance.

Aziz Akhannouch: From being a Moroccan expatriate to an esteemed business person in Morocco

After staying outside Morocco to finish his studies and being part of the Moroccan diaspora for almost five years, Aziz returned to his homeland in mid-1990’s to undertake the management of his family business which was founded by his father in collaboration with the affluent businessmen Ahmed Haj Wakrim father Ali and Jamal Wakrim in 1959.

He became the Chief Executive Officer of Akwa group and from then on the company concentrated on the areas of energy and therefore pave the way to the commencement of a real expansion in innovative businesses.

Aziz Akhannouch: Establishment of Akwa Group

Akwa Group S.A. is a Moroccan conglomerate focusing on energy and oil and gas sector. The company is formerly known as Groupe Afriquia, and it is based in the city of Casablanca. The business is primarily engaged in oil and gas industry but also stretched out to telecommunications, tourism, hospitality and real estate sectors. All of its services were branded with Afriquia.

The company was established as Afriquia SMDC (Societe Morocain de Distribution de Carburants) in 1959 and later on became a subsidiary of Akwa Group S.A. Following this, another major subsidiary in the name of Maghreb Oxygene was incorporated in 1974. The corporate structure was reorganized in 1990s by creation of Groupe Afriquia. Its subsidiaries Afriquia Gaz and Maghreb Oxygene were publicly listed in 1999. Groupe Afriquia changed its name to Akwa Group in 2002.

Aziz Akhannouch: as the Head of Akwa Group

In 1996, he took advantage of the opportunities in the IT sector as a scheme to provide new stimulus to the company by buying houses of Morocco, Characters , editor of La Vie Eco , Morocco’s women , or Nissaa Min Al Maghrib.

 

Variation endures in 1999 where the group capitalizes in telecommunications entering the capital Meditelecom, operator of the square, and becoming its first distributor.

On the same year,its companies  Afriquia Gas and Maghreb Oxygene were introduced on the stock exchange.

 

Currently, the group has expanded  up to sixty companies and owning more than twenty leading brands namely Afriquia, Afriquia Qualix, Afriquia Mega, Oasis Café and Mini Brahim in the distribution of fuels, lubricants and services, Afriquia Gas and Gas Tissir in the supply of Liquefied Petroleum Gas in wholesale and bundled, speedy for quick maintenance of passenger cars, Maghreb Oxygene in the production of industrial and medical gases, Morocco Women of La Vie Eco, Morocco’s houses, Nissaa Min Al Maghrib and Nejma, key titles in the booth press sector, EHO and Aloha for telephony.

The group grew from 3 billion in 1995 to 22 billion dirhams in revenue in 2010, Aziz Akhannouch has brought the company into a new drive and to a prosperous group and national champion for hydrocarbons and one of the important private groups of Morocco.

 

Aziz Akhannouch: under the Moroccan Parliament

 

From year 2003 to 2009, Aziz Akhannouch, held the position of Chairman of the Souss-Massa-Draa region.

 

It was also during this time frame, particularly in 2007, Aziz Akhannouch became one of the Ministers of the Kingdom of Morocco particularly as the Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing.

He is distinguished in January 3, 2012 by King Mohamed VI as Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing for the second consecutive time.

Furthermore on his distinction in the Moroccan politics and ministerial portfolio, on  August 23, 2013,  he was chosen by the Head of Benkirane Government as the Minister of Economy and Finance taking the place of  Nizar Baraka, who left the Benkirane government and then  assigned by the King Mohammed 6 to regulate the economic, social and environmental development of Morocco.
Moroccan Politics and Forbes World Billionaires

According to Forbes, two people of Moroccan citizenship have made to its annual billionaires list and one of them is Aziz Akhannouch.

In 2014 with a fortune estimated at $ 1.4 billion, Forbes ranked Azziz Akhennouch Minister of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries, as third on the list of Moroccan billionaires.

The current Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries got the 1,367 spot in the global billionaires’ list.

Akhannouch is the major owner of a multibillion- dollar Moroccan corporation, Akwa Groupe  with securities in petroleum, gas and chemicals through its publicly-traded affiliates Arequipa Gas and Maghreb Oxygene.

Akwa Group was establsihed by Akhannouch’s father, who later made a partnership with Ahmed Wakrim. According to Forbes, while Akhannouch serves as Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, he has been overseeing day-to-day management of the group through Ahmed Wakrim’s son, Ali Wakrim.

The owner of BMCE bank remains the richest man in Morocco. Even though the 83-year old tycoon is $3 million “lesser” than 2015, his net worth of $1.9 billion has landed him at top 959 on Forbes’ list, making him the richest Moroccan man for the third year in row.

BMCE Bank is one of Morocco’s largest banks. It is branches in 30 African countries, including Senegal, Kenya and Congo.

Through his company FinanceCom, the richest man in Morocco has also ventured into assurance and telecom in Morocco. According to Forbes, he is the majority shareholder of the RMA Watanya insurance company, and is also a shareholder in Meditelecom, Morocco’s second largest mobile phone operator.

Overall, Bill Gates topped the list of the world’s richest billionaires for the 17th time in row while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had the best year of all billionaires. The 31-year-old increased his wealth by $11.2 billion and moved up to the sixth place from 16 last year.

Morocco and China: Intensifying the presence of Moroccan overseas

In the presence of China President, Xi Jinping and Le Roi Mohammed 6 of Morocco, AQSIQ Minister Mr. Zhi Shuping inked a Memorandum of Understanding with Morocco Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Mr. Aziz Akhannouch with regards to the safety import and export of food between AQSIQ and Morocco Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries at the Great Hall of the People on May 11, 2016.

The President of People’s Republic of China is accompanied by the State Councillor Yang Jiechi, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission Xu Shaoshi, Commerce minister Gao Hucheng, Chinese presidents personal secretary Ding Xuexiang, Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Ming and Chinese ambassador to Morocco Sun Shuzhong.

Le Roi du Maroc (King of Morocco) and Chinese President then studied a military impartiality of the three armies in land, sea, and air. Approximately a hundred students from the Chinese capital greeted in unison “Welcome to China!” while raising up flowers as well as Chinese and Moroccan flags in the air.

The two heads of state then watched a military parade performed by the three armies, which closed the welcome ceremony.

The Moroccan King is escorted during the visit by a large delegation, which includes his advisers namely Taieb Fassi Fihri, Fouad Ali El Himma and Yassir Znagui; Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mustapha Ramid, Minister of Justice and Freedoms, Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Economy and Finance, Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics.

It is noted that the presence of other public figures in the Moroccan Parliament in the delegation includes the Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy; Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Tourism, Lahcen Haddad, Minister of Culture, Mohamed Amine Sbihi, Minister Delegate in charge of the Administration of National Defense, Abdelatif Loudiyi, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, Minister Delegate in charge of Environment, Hakima El Haite and Moroccos ambassador to China Jaafar Alj Hakim.

China and Morocco are commonly significant trade partners. In recent years, the bilateral economic and trade collaboration have been developing unceasingly and the bilateral trade in general has been steady. In 2015, the bilateral exchange volume reached 3.43 billion US dollars. To benefit the strong development of China-Morocco bilateral relations, for many years AQSIQ has been endlessly reinforcing the partnership in the area of examination and confinement with Morocco. Particularly in the context of China-Africa plan, the cooperation in the field of examination and quarantine between China and Morocco has evolved more intense and more wide-ranging, and many achievements have been made.

Regarding the MOU, China and Morocco will build an import and export food safety tool to fortify important information, technology and communication and cooperation management and mutually uplift food safety and security capacity and, in line with the qualification for safety,  and facilitate more the China-Morocco trade development. The said agreement may also have positive effects on the Moroccan Immigration to China.

Moroccan Parliament drops by to UAE investment project in Meknes

As a former Moroccan living abroad, Aziz, Ackhannouch, current Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries is very driven to strengthen the presence and relationship of Morocco to other countries and its investments.

Along with Aziz is Mustapha El Khalfi, Minister of Communication and spokesperson of the government of the Kingdom of Morocco. They have inspected the Dahra Olive Farm, one of the UAE’s investment projects in Morocco owned by Al Dahra Holding, sited the city of Meknes.

Upon their arrival at Al Dahra, the Ministers were welcomed by the Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), Rashid Mohammed Khalfan Al Shariqi;  Khalifa Al Ali, Executive Director of Industry Strategy and Performance Sector at the ADFCA, and Khadim Abdulla Al Darei, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Al Dahra Holding, LLC.

Following a tour around the project area of 550 hectares, Mr. Akhannouch much-admired the distinguishing affairs between the two countries and their community, and the UAE’s investments in Morocco. According to him, there are numerous contracts in effect between the two countries under the direction of their leaderships, clarifying that there is guidance at the maximum level in his country to provide all conveniences to UAE investments in Morocco, which are routed in the interests of both sides.

Mr. Al Shariqi uttered his delight to witness the UAE, under its sensible leadership, has turned words into action, telling that Dahra Farm is a good concrete example of that, which states the magnitude of the UAE’s exceptional investments in Morocco and the Moroccan citizenship and the creation of enormous and fruitful projects that inspire Emirati business people and investors to put more efforts to increase their presence, investments and projects in Morocco.
Spain and Moroccan Parliament hold together for a vigorous Moroccan Citizenship and Agricultural development

The elected minister of King Mohammed6 for Morocco’s Agriculture, Aziz Akhannouch and Spain’s minister of for Agriculture, Isabel Garcia Tejerina underscored the vitality of support and commercial affairs between Morocco and Spain in the sector of agriculture.

According to the Spanish minister during the 11th Moroccan International Agriculture Fair (SIAM) held in Meknes, these expanded cooperation and relationship involves the areas of animal and plant well-being, water management and allocation of technology.

Morocco and Spain are interconnected by very solid cooperation relations in the fields of agriculture, food and fisheries according to Tejerina, underlining the role the Spanish businesses could play in these areas provided by their experience in the development of the Moroccan agriculture.

A very noteworthy event in the Moroccan politics, Agriculture minister Aziz Akhannouch was awarded with the Spanish grand Cross of agriculture, fisheries and food merit, which was bestowed by his Spanish colleague in Meknes.

For the benefit of Moroccan overseas: Morocco, Gabon, Cte d’Ivoire agreed to create strong cooperation Model

Morocco, Cte d’Ivoire and Gabon are resolute to develop a partnership model in several fields, according to the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch in Meknes.

Regarding the plan, the cooperation will tackle important areas such as health security, the transfer of agricultural expertise and technical skills, investment in agriculture, agricultural study, soil fertility and agricultural training. Aziz Akhannouch also informed the press regarding the same objectives of his talks with Ivorian and Gabonese Agriculture Ministers, Coulibaly Mamadou Sangafowa and Mathieu Mboumba Nziengui respectively.

In this regard, it was recollected that Morocco’s cooperation with these two African countries in agriculture and fisheries has developed significantly in recent years. The Moroccan Parliament has carefully monitoring the significance and advantages of building strong relations with the said countries

Aziz Akhannouch explained on the sidelines of the inauguration of the 11th International Exhibition of Agriculture in Morocco that there are several cooperation arrangements in this field between the two countries, however, given the role that Africa and African cooperation today shall take place in the world, it has become critical to confirm the beginning of this cooperation.

Germany Acknowledges Excellent Cooperation with Morocco In Agriculture

The German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, commended its relationship with Moroccan Parliament in agriculture. The two countries have sturdy cooperation relations in agriculture and have accomplished over the years to shape them on the basis of a win-win partnership at the annual dinner of Berlin’s International Green Week

Berlin’s International Green Week is the world’s biggest consumer fair for the food, agricultural, and horticultural industries. The German Minister received on this occasion the delegation from Morocco which was the first non-European partner country to ever participate in the fair.  This is a big event which reinforces the strong relationship between Moroccan citizenship and German citizenship in different areas of cooperation.

Morocco’s Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Aziz Akkhannouch, stated that Morocco is very open for a long-term partnership with Germany, given that cooperation with Germany in agriculture have seen many improvements in recent years and achieved very encouraging results.
Furthermore, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem will lead the Moroccan delegation to the 81st edition of Berlin’s International Green Week (IGW), which shows the importance given by Moroccan politics to this event and to its ties with Germany. Producers from all over the world come to IGW to try market food and luxury items and promote their brand image. Following consumer trends, regional sourcing plays an increasingly vital part. Renewable resources, organic agricultural, rural development and gardening continue to take their space at International Green Week.

 

King Mohammed VI with Morocco’s Agriculture Minsiter, lands in Moscow

King Mohammed VI flew to Moscow for an official visit to the Russian Federation.

Upon his arrival at the Vnukovo International Airport, the King was greeted by the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov. It was a very important event that the King of Morocco is representing the Moroccan citizenship in Russia.

After greeting the national colors to the sound of the national anthems of the two countries, the Sovereign appraised a military detachment of the three armies, reserved for distinguished guests of the Russian Federation.

Afterwards, The King was received by Valery Vorobiev, Russian ambassador in Rabat, and the heads of Arab and African diplomatic missions recognized in Moscow.

The Sovereign was then received by the staff of the Moroccan embassy and councils of the Moroccan diaspora in Russia before the military detachment of the three armies marched in front of the King.

After a transitory break at the VIP lounge of the Vnukovo International Airport, the royal parade went to the place of residence of the Sovereign.

Along with King Mohammed VI, a large delegation from Morocco which includes Taieb Fassi Fihri and Fouad Ali El Himma, the King’s Advisors, Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, El Mostafa Ramid, Minister of Justice and Freedoms, Ahmed Toufiq, Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Economy and Finance, Aziz Akhannouch , Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Aziz Rabah, Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics and Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment.

The official delegation also includes other personalities from Moroccan politics such as the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment in charge of Environment, Hakima El Haite, Director General of the Moroccan National Tourist Office, Abderrafie Zouiten, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of the Administration of National Defense, Abdelatif Loudiyi, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, Moroccan Ambassador in Moscow, Abdelkader Lachheb, and President of the National Museum Foundation, Mehdi Qotbi.

 

Roi Mohammed 6 signed five agreements during inauguration of new development model for southern provinces including the agriculture sector

Here follows the five agreements signed in Laayoune, under the chairmanship of HM King Mohammed VI, escorted by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid during the launch of the new development model for the southern provinces.

The first agreement, regarding the State’s financial obligation for the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region, was signed by Mohamed Hassad and Mohamed Boussaid, ministers of interior and economy, and President of the Laayoune-Sakia Al Hamra region’s council Hamdi Ould Errachid. The second contract, on State’s financial commitment covering Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, was signed by Mohamed Hassad and Mohamed Boussaid and president of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region’s council Ynja Khattat.

The third agreement regarding the State’s financial commitment for the Guelmim-Oued Noun region, was inked by Mohamed Hassad and Mohamed Boussaid, and president of the the Guelmim-Oued Noun region’s council Abderrahim Ben Bouaida.

 

The fourth agreement, related to the program-contract with the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region, was inked by Mohamed Hassad and Mohamed Boussaid, housing minister Nabil Benabdellah, agriculture minister Aziz akhannouch, national education minister Rachid Benmokhtar, higher education minister Lahcen Daoudi, equipment minister Aziz Rebbah, industry, trade, investment and digital economy minister Moulay Hafid Elalamy, health minister El Houssain Louardi, tourism minister Lahcen Haddad, culture minister Mohamed Amine Sbihi, handicraft minister Fatima Merrouane, employment minister Abdesalam Seddiki, minister delegate for foreign trade Mohamed Abbou and minister delegate for water Charafat Yadri Afilal. This agreement was also signed by high commissioner for waters, forests and fight against desertification Abdelaadim El Hafi, wali of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region Yahdih Bouchaab, president of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region’s council Hamdi Ould Errachid, OCP managing director Mustapha Terrab, ONEE director general Ali Fassi Fihri, OFPPT director general Larbi Bencheikh, ONDA head Zouhair Mohamed El Oufir and director of the Moroccan agency for solar energy Mustapha Bakkoury.

 

The fifth agreement which is related to the project of Agadir-Laayoune highway and the enlargement of the Laayoune-Dakhla section on national road n1. It was signed by Mohamed Hassad, Mohamed Boussaid, Aziz Rebbah, Wali of the Souss-Massa region Zineb El Adaoui, Wali of the Guelmim-Oued Noun region Mohamed Benribak, wali of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region Yahdih Bouchaab, wali of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region Lamine Benomar, president of the Souss-Massa region’s council Brahim Hafidi, president of the Guelmim-Oued Noun region’s council Abderrahim Ben Bouaida, president of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region’s council Hamdi Ould Errachid and president of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region’s council Ynja Khattat.

 

King Mohammed VI and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi signs of agreements and MoUs

His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, perceived the signing of 21 agreements and memoranda of understanding between the UAE and the Kingdom of Morocco, at the Royal Palace, in Casablanca.

The signing of these agreements underlines the growing, well-known fraternal connections between the UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Moroccan Parliament.

These agreements and MoUs contained different areas of mutual cooperation including Islamic affairs, energy, and infrastructure, security, politics, education, sports, culture, customs, health, communications, and tourism.

At the end of the ceremony, King Mohammed introduced the Order of the Mohammedi of first class to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed in acknowledgement of his contributions and efforts to support the UAE-Moroccan ties and his eagerness to solidify them in the service of common interests of the UAE and Moroccan citizenship.

H.H. said the signing of these agreements establishes a qualitative addition and a new motivating dynamism that will further fortify the links between the two countries and their leaderships.

He stated that the agreements validated the advanced level of improvement in these affairs and even further development to come.

Sheikh Mohamed emphasized the importance of improving these momentous ties on the ground through execution of joint projects in economic, industrial, cultural, and humanitarian grounds and other joint agendas that realize the desires of the two countries’ people and combine rounded partnership.

Present during the signing ceremony were H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, Prince Moulay Rachid, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister.

On the other hand, Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and his Moroccan colleague Mohamed Hassad signed a security support covenant.

An MoU to form a multidisciplinary nursing and education center was inked by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Mohamed Hassad.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Salaheddine Mezouar, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, inked an MoU between the Emirates Diplomatic Academy and the Moroccan Academy of Diplomatic Studies. The two ministers also sealed another MoU to set up a joint committee on consular cooperation.

 

An MoU on agricultural confinement, plant safety and trade in agricultural products was signed by HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Minister of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch. Another MoU was signed related to the field of veterinary health and safety of animal and sea products and another one on agricultural investment and livestock.

HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Boussaid inked an agreement that covers the mutual technical and administrative assistance in customs matters.

A background agreement for cooperation in the field of renewable energy was established by Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Masdar, and the Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, Abdelkader Amara. According to the agreement, Masdar will study, recognize and assess marketable investment opportunities in renewable energy in Morocco. On the other hand, the Moroccan Parliament will present a list of prospective sites for development of renewable energy projects.

A deal between the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines and the UAE’s Mubadala Petroleum for the investigation and evaluation of oil reserves in the Western Mediterranean region was signed by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, and CEO of Energy Sector at Mubadala Development Co., and Amina Belkhadra, Director General of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines. Under the agreement, Mubadala will also provide training services to its partner.

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber and Ali Fassi Fihri, Director General of the National Authority of Water and Electricity closed a cooperative agreement on the employment of projects to provide solar energy to homes in the regions not included to the electricity grid. Masdar will install solar power systems in 17,670 homes across 940 villages.

The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy and “Masdar” will partner in order to develop renewable energy solutions, particularly solar power. It was inked by Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Masdar, and Mustapha Bakkoury, Director General of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy.

An MoU regarding higher education and scientific research was formed by Saeed Al Hassani, Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Lahcen Daoudi, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executive Training.

Khoula Al Mualla, Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Education, and Rachid Benmokhtar, Minister of Education and Vocational Training, has done an MoU on joint cooperation in the field of education.

With regards the development of youth and sports, The two countries represented by  Ibrahim Abdulmalik, Secretary-General of the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, Ibrahim Abdulmalik Mohand Laenser, Minister of Urban Development and Planning have signed an agreement.

Mohamed Mattar Al Kaabi, Chairman of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, and the Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq. Signed an MoU on Islamic Cooperation while An MoU on tourism and real estate cooperation was signed by the Deputy President of UAE’s Al Qudra Holding,Khalifa Al Khouri, and Morocco’s Minister of Interior, Mohamed Hassad, together with Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Economy and Finance, Lahcen Haddad, Minister of Tourism, and Abdelouafi Laftite, the Wali of the Rabat region.

The UAE and Morocco will also join its forces to battle the Ebola virus in West Africa under an MoU signed the  Director-General of the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD), and Moroccan Minister of Health.

The Managing Director of Eagle Hills, Mohamed Al Abbar, and Director of the Agency for the development of the Bouregreg valley, Lamghari Sqal, signed an pact for the development of Rabat project.

The signing of the MoU on the development of the Tangier port was undertaken by Mohamed Al Abbar, Managing Director of Eagle Hills, and Mohamed Ouanya, CEO of the Agency for the development of Tangier-City port.

Mr Ahmed Abdulkrim Julfar, CEO of Etisalat, and Abdeslam Ahizoun, CEO of Maroc Telecom also agreed for the acquisition all the shares held by the UAE Etisalat by Maroc Telcom in African companies. It was engaged by Present also at the signing ceremony were several ministers and senior officials from both countries.

Morocco receives recognition for great improvement in promoting food security

Chile, China and Moroccan Parliament awarded by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for their outstanding progress in fighting hunger, an accomplishment that paved the way for them to be included to the rising group of countries to have achieved international targets before the deadline set which is end-of-2015.

During the ceremony held at FAO headquarters, the Organization’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, awarded diplomas to China and Morocco for obtaining the Millennium Development Goal 1 (MDG-1). Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries. Aziz Akhannouch , Chile’s Minister of Agriculture Carlos Furche, and China’s Vice Minister of Agriculture, Chen Xiaohua were the representatives who received the award. Chile, which had already gotten its MDG-1 target, received the diploma for achieving the 1996 World Food Summit (WFS) target.

The MDG-1 hunger target involves countries to split the quantity of hungry people in the populace before the end of 2015 against to the level in 1990. The more go-getting WFS goal needs countries to at least halve the number of hungry people in the population before the end of 2015

One year ago, FAO recognized the first 38 countries that had reached the MDG target, three years in advance of the 2015 deadline. Eighteen of them had also met the World Food Summit target. Now the organization is encouraging the nations we come together to distinguish three more countries for their efforts.

It was noted that the general global objective remains the full abolition of hunger and malnutrition as today, in a world of abundant food, more than 840 million people are still undernourished. Guaranteeing food security and aiding people overcome great poverty are the first steps to form the comprehensive future, in which nobody is left behind.

The WFS goal was set in 1996, when 180 nations met in Rome to discuss ways to end hunger. The MDG 1 target was established by the international community at the UN General Assembly in 2000.

Transforming commitment into effective action

Forty countries have now achieved the MDG -1 while of these, 19 have achieved the WFS target. Such achievements, the FAO chief said, show how “the political commitment of governments is being transformed into effective action and concrete results in the fight against hunger.”

He pointed out “strong regional commitments that support and stimulate national efforts to end hunger” including the 2025 Latin America and Caribbean Hunger-Free Initiative, moves by the African Union to endorse a zero hunger target for 2025 and the Asia-Pacific’s embracing of the UN Zero Hunger Challenge.

“These are efforts that are supported by non-state actors and by the international community. They show that food security can be a reality in our lifetime,” Graziano da Silva said.

During the ceremony, the FAO chief also commended 16 countries for having maintained their hunger rates below 5 percent dating back to at least 1990: Argentina, Barbados, Dominica, Brunei Darussalam, Egypt , Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.

Awards are based on statistics produced by FAO using data provided by member countries and other international agencies.

In an effort to seek renewed global commitment to ending hunger and in particular ensuring that people around the world have access to healthier diets, FAO and the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) will co-organize a high-level, global intergovernmental meeting, the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) which is scheduled to take place in Rome on 19-21 November 2014.

French and Moroccan Parliaments attempt to salvage agricultural agreement

French agriculture minister Stéphane Le Foll meet his counterpart in Moroccan citizenship, Aziz Akhannouch in Rabat. The two will try to find a way to revive the agricultural excahnge liberalization agreement between Morocco and the European Union which was cancelled in December by a decision of the European Union Court of Justice (EUCJ,). The court’s decsion has created confusion in numerous Franco-Moroccan agricultural contracts.

Stéphane Le Foll and Aziz Akhannouch will also deliberate the COP22 environmental summit, which will take place in Morocco in 2016, following up on the COP21 conference in Paris in late 2015. Le Foll will also stopover several agro-ecological sites, including one in Khemisset managed by French company Biolandes and its local head Philippe Marchadour. A business meeting is planned to be held in Casablanca for agricultural and food processing companies.