Morocco has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Union (EU). This makes the Kingdom the first country in the world to sign a Green Partnership.
The memorandum was signed in Rabat by Nasser Bourita (Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates) and Frans Timmermans (Executive Vice President of European Commission, Commissioner for Climate Action Policy), and aims to create a Green Partnership between partners in the areas combating climate change, energy transition and the promotion of the green andblue economy.
The Minister of Industry and Trade Ryad Mezzour, Minister for Energy Transition and Sustainable Development Leila Benali, and Minister of Economy and Finance Nadia Fettah Alaoui launched the partnership.
This Green Partnership is strategic in its approach and offers real opportunities for technical, political and technological cooperation. It should, among others, prioritize the fight against climate change, promotion and advancements of the energy transition, environment protection, and transition to a fair and green economy as priorities between the EU-Morocco relations.
This memorandum will allow the partners to move towards their common goal of becoming low-carbon countries, moving towards climate neutrality and ensuring their energy supplies are secure. It’s also about facilitating the shift to a low-carbon industry by investing in green technology, renewable power production, and clean production in industry.
It will allow partners to strengthen their cooperation, making it a lever towards mutually beneficial sustainable developments that promote the emergence economic and social opportunities, while also developing triangular South-South cooperation in climate change, green energies, and the environment.
This agreement also promotes early policy dialogue, exchange and consideration of the interests, priorities, and concerns of each party in the development policies on climate change and energy transition.
This memorandum also aims to increase awareness among the population, particularly the most vulnerable, about climate and environmental issues by encouraging the participation of all actors to ensure the success of this partnership.
It will also be important to strengthen the participation of the private sector on the green fields, such as in mobilizing investments for the green transformation of the Moroccan economy and closer collaboration with European cooperation institutions and financial organizations.
This enhanced cooperation framework will allow partners to discuss any issues of common interest, exchange knowledge and best practice, and create and implement mutually beneficial cooperation projects.
This partnership could also encourage privileged cooperation between specialized European agencies as well as Morocco’s participation to relevant community programs or European initiatives.
The existing framework of Morocco-EU relations includes this green partnership. It will build on the many successes of the bilateral relationship.
It will allow for the establishment of follow up mechanisms, such as ministerial meeting, follow-up group and business forums.
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