South-South Co-op­er­a­tion a Pri­or­ity for Moroc­can Em­bassy

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Kayra Wil­liams

Weeks af­ter pre­sent­ing his Let­ters of Cre­dence to Saint Lu­cia’s Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Dame Pear­lette Louisy at an of­fi­cial cer­e­mony, Aber­rahim Kad­miri, Am­bas­sador of the King­dom of Morocco to English-speak­ing is­lands in the Caribbean in­clud­ing Saint Lu­cia, Ja­maica, St Kitts & Ne­vis, St Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines, as well as Trinidad & Tobago met with me­dia here in Saint Lu­cia. The in­for­mal meet­ing got un­der­way on Jan­uary 10th, just one day be­fore the ob­ser­vance of the 73rd an­niver­sary of Morocco’s pre­sen­ta­tion of the man­i­festo of in­de­pen­dence.

Speak­ing to in­vited guests, the am­bas­sador ex­pressed that he was pleased with the man­ner in which he had been wel­comed to Saint Lu­cia, the is­land in which he will re­side for the du­ra­tion of his ten­ure.

“I have been here for one month now, ex­actly 32 days to­day,” he said. “Within this short pe­riod I got the op­por­tu­nity to present my cre­den­tials to three coun­tries, some­thing ex­cel­lent for an am­bas­sador . . . I did it first of course here in Saint Lu­cia, the coun­try of my res­i­dence. I got the priv­i­lege to be re­ceived by the Hon­ourable Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, and of course on that day, ac­cord­ing to diplo­matic prac­tices, I got the op­por­tu­nity to meet also with the Hon­ourable Prime Min­is­ter.”

Where diplo­matic in­tro­duc­tions are con­cerned, the am­bas­sador has thus far vis­ited two other is­lands and their ter­ri­to­ries, namely Do­minica and An­tigua & Bar­buda. He was ex­pected to visit a fourth coun­try, St Kitts & Ne­vis, yes­ter­day for of­fi­cial pro­ceed­ings.

At this week’s oc­ca­sion the am­bas­sador shared his­tor­i­cal facts of his own coun­try that dated back to the es­tab­lish­ment of the first Moroc­can state in 789. Morocco was sub­se­quently ruled by many dy­nas­ties un­til the mid-sev­en­teenth cen­tury, with the Alaouite dy­nasty. Morocco gained in­de­pen­dence from Spain and France in March 1956.

The con­ver­sa­tion at Tues­day’s meet-and-greet touched on Morocco’s strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence and in the midst of an un­ex­pected his­tory les­son, the am­bas­sador shared some of his own. He has worked as a diplo­mat for the last three decades and in his last post served as the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Moroc­can Agency for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion. In the words of the new am­bas­sador: ”I have been han­dling all what is re­lated to in­ter­na­tional co-op­er­a­tion so I did know the re­gion, and of course the Caribbean re­gion; Morocco is well in­volved here. We have a plan of co-op­er­a­tion: we be­lieve in what is called South-South co-op­er­a­tion, and we do our best, of course, to try to ex­change ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence with our friends from the Caribbean re­gion.”

The King­dom of Morocco, by way of its em­bassy in Saint Lu­cia, has been pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to the is­land for a num­ber of years in var­i­ous as­pects, key among those: agri­cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion. Its ef­forts in­clude the ex­change of ex­per­tise and grants to var­i­ous sec­tors, specif­i­cally fer­til­izer grants to Saint Lu­cia and other is­lands across the Caribbean. As­sis­tance has also come in the form of schol­ar­ships for stu­dents.

“Our ob­jec­tive is that we can help to ex­pand . . . to make demon­stra­tions of knowl­edge in dif­fer­ent fields like tourism, health, agri­cul­ture,” the am­bas­sador ex­plained. “My hope is that within the com­ing months we will suc­ceed from both sides to con­sol­i­date our co-op­er­a­tion and our ties, so that the co­op­er­a­tion that is fo­cused now on three or four fields can be ex­tended to other very im­por­tant fields.”

The new Moroc­can Am­bas­sador to the English-speak­ing Caribbean, Aber­rahim Kad­miri, met with lo­cal me­dia this week.

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