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British Commerce Chamber Satisfied With Morocco-UK Cooperation

Rabat – The British Chamber of Commerce for Morocco (BritCham) has reiterated its satisfaction with Moroccan-UK industrial cooperation at different levels.

Stephen Orr, President of the chamber, conveyed the UK’s satisfaction with the cooperation during a webinar on Thursday under the theme “Morocco and the United Kingdom: an evolving agreement.”

During the online event, Orr stressed that the two countries have been engaged in boosting and developing bilateral cooperation covering different sectors, including agriculture, textiles, and pharmaceutical sector.

He also emphasized the developing cooperation between the UK and Morocco in the aerospace sectors, while highlighting the significant opportunities for Moroccan-British trade in areas like electronics and household appliances.

The two countries share great potential, especially in education and healthcare, he emphasized.

The BritCham president also emphasized the importance of strengthening maritime connections between the two countries, emphasizing that this should facilitate bilateral exchanges while avoiding paperwork difficulties at the borders.

UK ambassador to Morocco Simon Martin also commented on commercial cooperation between the two countries, emphasizing that this collaboration has been marked by mutual interest.

He also reiterated the UK’s satisfaction with the progress of commercial ties, while anticipating that many “successes will be achieved as these relations continue to develop.”

Several other speakers have also expressed satisfaction with the ties between the two countries, emphasizing notable projects, including the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline.

The Consul General of the British Consulate General in Casablanca Tom Hill also commented on the gas pipeline project, emphasizing that it can add value to exchanges between the two countries.

He also expressed the UK’s willingness to support Morocco’s preparatory campaign for hosting the 2030 World Cup.

Sofia Akhtar, head of trade policy at Morocco’s Department for Business and Trade, joined the previous speakers in emphasizing the importance of bilateral trade ties between the two countries.

Emphasizing the significant increase in exports between the two countries, Akhtar identified agriculture as a “real opportunity” for the two countries to boost trade.

The webinar came a day following a meeting between Morocco’s Foreign Affairs minister Nasser Bourita and  Lord Tariq Ahmad, UK Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and the United Nations at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

During the meeting, the two ministers emphasized the importance of ties between Rabat and London, describing them as “stronger than ever before.”

In a previous visit to Morocco, Lord Ahmad said that the volume of trade between the countries was estimated at a value of £2.9 billion in 2022, indicating an “incredible” increase of over 53% from the four quarters to the end of Q3 2021.

Source : Morocco World News