Diamniadio (Senegal) - HM King Mohammed VI and President of the Republic of Senegal, H.E. Macky Sall, chaired, on Wednesday at the Abdou Diouf international conference center of Diamniadio (near Dakar), the ceremony to present the work by the Moroccan-Senegalese Economic Impetus Group.
At the beginning of this ceremony, Minister of foreign affairs and Senegalese expatriates Mankeur Ndiaye presented, in his capacity of co-chairman of the Moroccan-Senegalese Economic Impetus Group, a report on the meeting by the group members, held on Tuesday in Dakar, and focusing mainly on the elaboration of four important partnership agreements which the two parties agreed to sign.
They are, he noted, a partnership agreement on joint actions for tourism promotion and development between the Moroccan Tourism Office and the Senegalese Agency for Tourism Promotion, and an agreement on the creation of a periodic exhibition on social and solidarity-based economy and handicraft, the sharing of INDH good practices and the community development urgency program.
The two parties also agreed to ink a partnership agreement to set up in Senegal a center for digital competences and a draft agreement on a joint venture between Moroccan logistics group "La Voie Express" and Senegalese company "Tex Courrier".
Two other partnership and bilateral cooperation agreements are under way, he said.
President of the Senegalese national employers' council Baidy Agne gave, afterwards, a speech in which he underlined that this follow-up meeting of the said group shows the exceptional relations between Senegal and Morocco, as well as the dynamic of economic cooperation and business partnership promoted by the two countries.
Baidy Agne reiterated, on this occasion, the group members' commitment to striving for the establishment of a win-win partnership between the private sector of the two countries.
Chairwoman of Moroccan employers' association (CGEM) Miriem Bensalah Cheqroun voiced the will of the group members to forge ahead with the implementation of objectives set by the body, namely multiplying investment, contributing to the emergence of regional economic stakeholders for job creation and encouraging regional economic integration.
To this end, she went on, the group has elaborated nine recommendations related to the amelioration of the group's governance, the setting up of a market of transportation and logistics, the convergence of standards, the development of tourist inflows, the reciprocity of investment flows, the promotion of the local human capital, the reinforcement of social economy, the improvement of access to financial information and the signature of a trade agreement between Morocco and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Set up during HM the King's visit in May 2015 to Dakar, the Moroccan-Senegalese economic impetus group is a body established by the two countries to structure and spur their economic partnership relations, promote co-emergence, encourage partnership between the two countries’ private sectors and monitor the implementation of private-private and public-private agreements between the two countries.
The inception of the new group is an implementation of HM the King’s instructions to further strengthen ties with Senegal, a sister country with which Morocco has a fruitful and multi-faceted cooperation.
It is also in line with the vision of the two leaders, HM King Mohammed VI and President Macky Sall, to make bilateral cooperation a model in Africa.
Co-chaired by the Foreign ministers and chairmen of employers' association in both countries, the Moroccan-Senegalese economic impetus group includes 10 priority sectors of activity, with a co-chairmanship on each side.
On this occasion, HM King Mohammed VI and President Macky Sall presided over the signing ceremony of four public-private and private-private economic partnership agreements.
Later on, the two Heads of State posed for a souvenir photo with members of the group.
The ceremony was attended by the official delegation accompanying the Sovereign, members of the Senegalese government, Moroccan and Senegalese economic operators and several civil and military high-ranking officials.