Morocco, Brazil Decide to Set up Strategic Dialogue Aimed at Consolidating Strong, Long-Standing Partnership

In a Joint Communiqué issued at the end of talks held on Friday in Rabat between Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Mauro Vieira, the two parties welcomed the excellent quality of the partnership between Morocco and Brazil, reaffirming their commitment to optimizing its great potential, particularly in the fields of agri-food, the green economy and logistics.

Bourita and Vieira agreed to work towards the implementation of joint cooperation programs between the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI) and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), for the African continent, while expressing their satisfaction with the ongoing development of the legal framework governing relations between the two parties, which has been particularly enriched in recent years, reflecting the strategic nature of the Moroccan-Brazilian dialogue, adds the same source.

In this respect, they welcomed the new Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) finalized or at an advanced stage of finalization, the conclusion of which will give fresh impetus to the bilateral partnership and enable institutional players and economic operators in both countries to implement innovative initiatives, actions and projects in several areas of common interest.

These include mainly the Agreement on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Federative Republic of Brazil, the MoU on  promoting Tanger Med as a Logistics Platform for Brazilian Operators, between Tanger Med Special Agency (TMSA) and the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, the MoU on Research, Development and Purchasing of aeronautical parts manufactured by the Midparc industrial park, between Embraer and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, as well as the MoU on the organization of the Business Forum, between the Moroccan Agency for Investment and Export Development (AMDIE) and the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.

The two ministers commended the establishment of a Business Forum in the coming months, which should further strengthen trade relations between the two countries, promote new synergies between public and private players, and enhance complementarity between the various productive sectors in Morocco and Brazil, adds the same source.

They also welcomed the reopening, from the end of 2024, of the Casablanca-São Paulo air link, which will facilitate trade and tourism flows between the two countries, as well as the creation of the position of military attaché in the embassies of the two respective capitals.

Morocco also expressed its appreciation for Brazil’s exemplary democratic trajectory and for the vitality of the social and cultural model it has chosen, as well as for President Luis Inácio Lula Da Silva’s leadership in his efforts to reduce poverty and promote development. It also praised his defense of South-South dialogue, and Brazil’s initiatives within the UN, the G20 and the BRICS Group, aimed at in-depth reform of global governance bodies.

The two ministers affirmed that this new horizon is based on Morocco’s and Brazil’s shared values of openness, tolerance and democracy, and draws its relevance from the two countries’ shared views and sustained strategic dialogue on international issues.

Welcoming their countries’ constructive positions in support of sustainable development and the promotion of human rights, and reaffirming Morocco’s and Brazil’s constant commitment to combating all forms of racism and xenophobia, they stressed the need to strengthen international cooperation in the fight against transnational organized crime.

Underlining the importance of major sporting events as opportunities to promote development and social inclusion, the two officials welcomed the organization of the 2027 Women’s World Cup in Brazil and the 2030 World Cup in Morocco, Spain and Portugal.

The two ministers expressed their satisfaction at the density of visit exchanges in both directions, which attests to the strong ties between the two countries and confirms the importance of the dialogue between the Brazilian and Moroccan authorities.

The Brazilian minister, who is paying an official visit to Morocco at the invitation of his Moroccan counterpart, extended an invitation to Bourita to pay an official visit to Brazil, at a date to be mutually agreed.

Morocco and Brazil have decided to set up a strategic dialogue, aiming to consolidate the strong and long-standing partnership between the two countries and whose modalities and working groups will be specified at a later date.
07 June 2024
Rabat
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