Par MAP le Mercredi 22 Janvier 2020

Morocco, UK Seek to Build Strategic Investment Partnership, British Minister

London - Morocco and the Kingdom seek to build a strategic partnership in the field of investment, said, on Tuesday in London, Minister of State for International Trade Conor Burns. In a statement to MAP on the sidelines of the Morocco-United Kingdom Business Dialogue held in the British capital, the day after the UK-Africa Investment Summit, Burns underlined that the United Kingdom hopes that the African continent will perceive it as an essential partner in terms of investment and trade, adding that the United Kingdom wants to establish a special relationship with Morocco in North Africa.

Asked if the two countries are building a strategic partnership in the field of investment, the minister replied "Yes, that is our ambition", noting that the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union is a chance to see how this country can do things differently and engage with other parties of the world that may have been more or less neglected when it was a member of the EU. "Africa is an extremely important, continuously-growing continent that boasts a young population and a developing economy", noted the minister, adding that Morocco constitutes a pivotal country and a gateway to Africa which is only a three-hour flight away. In addition, the two countries share several ambitions, particularly in terms of green economy and renewable energy, he explained. The British minister added that the two countries "can do better together" after Brexit, noting that the enthusiasm expressed during this forum by Moroccan and British companies could help the two parties achieve their ambition.

Launched on Tuesday in London, the Morocco-United Kingdom Business Dialogue was jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad and the Moroccan Employers' Association (CGEM), on the sidelines of the Africa-United Kingdom Investment Summit. 

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