21st extraordinary session of the Executive Council of the African Union: Mr. Jazouli reiterates Morocco's commitment to African economic integration

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21ème session extraordinaire du Conseil Exécutif de l’Union Africaine :  M. Jazouli réitère l’attachement du Maroc à l’intégration économique africaine
The Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Mohcine Jazouli, chaired the Moroccan delegation which took part in the 21st extraordinary session of the Executive Council of the African Union , held on December 02, 2020 by videoconference. This ministerial meeting was dedicated to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

Mr. Jazouli recalled that, in a speech sent to the AU's Extraordinary Summit on the AfCFTA in 2018, His Majesty King Mohammed VI, May God Assist Him, underlined that "Morocco believes in a kind of co-development which is based on intra-African cooperation, economic complementarity, active solidarity and the pooling of resources and efforts". 

It is "essential" to complete the common vision of the AfCFTA, which consists of working on the basis of African complementarities to develop intra-African trade, to promote the employment of African labor, to industrialize Africa and to ensure a rise in the global value chains "made in Africa", Jazouli stressed at this ministerial meeting dedicated to the AfCFTA.

The Moroccan official underscored the importance "to continue our efforts and to capitalize on the progress that we have made so far, within the framework of the negotiations in this area".

"It is our concerted momentum, it is our common will that will establish the economic competitiveness needed for the emergence of Africa," he said.

This ministerial meeting is being held less than a month before the start of trade under the AfCFTA agreement on January 1, 2021.

Morocco signed, on March 21, 2018, in Kigali, the agreement to create the AfCFTA, which aims to facilitate integration between African markets.

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