The Kingdom of Morocco celebrates, on the 30th of July 2016, the 17th anniversary of the accession to the Alaouite throne of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI.
This celebration carries strong symbolic meanings for the whole Moroccan Nation. It illustrates the renewal of the act of allegiance between the Throne and the people, while reflecting also the attachment of the Moroccan people to its national constants. It is also an annual occasion to take stock of the accomplishments realized by the Kingdom under the ruling of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, to highlight the efforts undertaken for the development of Morocco and also to define the challenges ahead.
Since the enthronement of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, and under his impulsion, Morocco has witnessed major changes and has engaged itself in a process of deep reforms in all spheres, political, economic, social, cultural and religious. The Kingdom has accomplished considerable achievements, which have been the results of an inclusive and participative approach, placing the dignity and the prosperity of the Moroccan citizen at the heart of all preoccupations and public policies.
Thanks to its comprehensive process of deep reforms, Morocco remarked itself as an active, a committed and a responsible actor on the international, continental and regional scenes, as confirmed by its status of one of the most advanced partners within the European Neighborhood Policy, or recently, by the appeal to its reintegration in the African Union.
Established on the 20th of February 1962, the diplomatic relations between Romania and Morocco are excellent and based on a long tradition of cooperation. These multi-dimensional relations have been enrichened, along the time, to acquire an exemplary character in various domains such as politics, economics, culture and human dimension.
Morocco is one of the leading trade partners of Romania in Africa. Indeed, in 2015, Moroccan exports amounted to 142.89 million dollars while imports reached up 424.36 million dollars. However, these commercial exchanges remain below our expectations, given the fact that there is a considerable potential to capitalize on and a strong and shared political will uniting our two countries.
It is worth mentioning that the Kingdom of Morocco will organize and chair the next Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP22, which will be held from the 7th to 18th November 2016, in the city of Marrakech. In this regard, this Embassy organized in partnership with the Office of the Central and Eastern Europe of the University Agency of the Francophonie (AUF), a conference on “Climate issues for Morocco: from the agreement in Paris to the COP22, through the MedCOP22”, on the 8th of May 2016, at the Romanian Diplomatic Institute.
Morocco hopes that the COP22 in Marrakech will be an opportunity to maintain the international mobilization for the Paris Agreement, to examine the national voluntary contributions and potentially improve them, to accelerate the process of allocating financial resources for developing countries and the mechanisms facilitating access to climate finance, to promote adaptation through quantification of needs, increasing capacity building, and, finally, to define a decisive action plan concerning the transfer of technologies.
Committed to its history and its authentic roots, the Moroccan presidency of the COP22 will express its solidarity with the most vulnerable populations by paying a deep attention to insular States, Africa, and, more widely, to all countries in development.
This desire stems from a strong ambition of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, who called for a collective action during the COP22 to ensure a genuine implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.