Morocco-Bahrain Joint Commission in Manama: six bilateral cooperation agreements signed

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Six bilateral cooperation agreements covering many fields were signed, on January 26, 2023 in Manama, between the Kingdoms of Bahrain and Morocco, on the occasion of the holding of the fifth session of the High Joint Commission, chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita and the Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani.

The first agreement concerns a memorandum of understanding on industrial cooperation, and aims to develop industrial cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the areas of industrial policy, industrial reception structures, specifications, quality promotion and industrial and commercial property.

The agreement includes the exchange of experience and expertise in the field of planning and implementation of industrial policy, sharing of experiences and best practices between the public and private sectors, encouraging cooperation between training institutes and capacity building to encourage the transfer of knowledge and expertise in the industrial field.

As for the second agreement, it concerns a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the fields of standardization and marks of conformity to normative specifications.

Under this memorandum, the two parties encourage joint action, consultations and exchange of information and experience between them in the fields of standardization and marks of conformity through the exchange and unification of normative specifications in force in both countries, based on Arab and international standards, and the harmonization of standards in force in both countries.

The memorandum aims to remove technical barriers to trade and encourage economic actors in each country to participate in standardization activities in the other country.

A memorandum of understanding was also signed in the field of trade cooperation, aiming to establish an appropriate framework to increase and diversify the volume of trade between the two parties in accordance with the laws and regulations in force in both countries.

The memorandum will be implemented through the design and implementation of effective programs, strengthening cooperation between the private sector by encouraging the business community of both countries to establish business partnerships, supporting the establishment of a joint business council and strengthening cooperation between the chambers of commerce, agriculture, industry, services and trade development agencies of both countries.

The fourth agreement concerns a memorandum of understanding in the field of consumer protection, which aims to set the general framework for cooperation and coordination between the two parties in the field of consumer protection, through the exchange of legislation on consumer affairs in both countries.

According to the agreement, joint training programs will be developed for the benefit of consumers, and channels of communication will be established between the structures of civil society in both countries, in addition to the exchange of data on the most important imported products that are seized and pose a threat to consumer health.

As for the fifth agreement, it concerns an executive program of a memorandum of understanding in the field of crafts.

This executive program aims to strengthen cooperation through the revitalization and development of handicrafts and social economy, the exchange of experience and know-how, and the development of partnership between the two countries in the field of training of artisans.

The last agreement concerns an executive program for the cooperation agreement in the field of Endowment and Islamic affairs for the years 2023-2024.

This program aims at exchanging expertise and experiences, as well as bringing the positions of the two countries closer together in conferences and official meetings, and working on the exchange of ideas and information on ways to confront the ideas of extremism and intolerance, and working on the promotion and dissemination of the values of tolerance by showing the radiant image of Islam abroad.

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