Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Economy and Finance, participated Friday, July 2nd 2010 in Paris in the tenth French-Moroccan high-level meeting co-chaired by the Moroccan Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi and his counterpart, Francois Fillon.
This meeting on sustainable development was crowned by the signing, between Morocco and France, of eleven cooperation agreements with a budget of 146.8 million euros, including:
A sovereign loan granted to Morocco by the French Development Agency (AFD) of 35 million euros and a grant of 200,000 euros has been signed by Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar and Mr. Dov Zerah, Director General of the AFD. They aim to contribute to improving the health status of populations of three regions (Doukkala-Abda, Taza-Al Hoceima-Taounate and Tadla-Azilal).
Mr. Dov Zerah, Mr. Mezouar and Mrs. Lagarde signed a program to upgrade infrastructure and trade capacity of the National Fisheries Office (ONP) to support Halieutis Plan. This agreement provides a grant for 1 million euro, signed by Mrs. Lagarde, Mr. Zerah and Mr. Mezouar.
A non-sovereign loan of 27 million euros was granted by AFD to Morocco to finance multi-year investment program of the ONP. In this sense, an agreement was signed by Mr. Mezouar and Mr. Zerah.
A donation of 600,000 euros in France, to finance the final studies for the implementation of an irrigation project using seawater desalination in the province of Chtouka Ait-Baha, was signed between Mr.Salaheddine Mezouar and his French counterpart, Mrs. Christine Lagarde.
During the tenth meeting, a business forum was organized with the participation of Ministers of Economy Mrs. Christine Lagarde and Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, Mr. Ahmed Reda Chami, Minister of Industry, Trade and New Technologies and Mrs. Amina Benkhadra Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment as well as leaders of business organizations such as Mrs. Laurence Parisot and Mr. Mohamed Horani and several business leaders in both countries.