The Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr. Mohamed BENCHAABOUN, headed the signing ceremony of the Host Country Agreement of the 52nd meeting of the Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development of the Economic Commission of the United Nations for Africa (ECA).
The Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr. Mohamed BENCHAABOUN, met, Wednesday, January 30th 2019, Mrs. Vera SONGWE, Executive Secretary of the (ECA)and Deputy Secretary General of the UN, on official visit to Morocco.
During this event, Mr. BENCHAABOUN and Mrs. SONGWE signed the Agreement between the UN body and Morocco concerning the organization of the 52nd meeting of the Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development of the (ECA), to be held from March 20th to 26th 2019 in Marrakech, and which will focus on the theme of “fiscal policy, trade and the private sector in the digital era: a strategy for Africa”.
During this ceremony, the Minister of Economy and Finance welcomed the quality of the cooperation relations linking Morocco and the (ECA). He stressed the importance of working together to build the African continent for Africans. In this respect, he recalled that Morocco constitutes an example of a sustained commitment to enhance South-South cooperation and the development of intra-African trade under the leadership of His Majesty the King.
Moreover, the Minister assured the Executive Secretary of the (ECA) of Morocco's strong determination and commitment to make every effort to succeed the organization of this major event, in close collaboration with the (ECA) bodies.
Mrs SONGWE, on the other hand, welcomed Morocco’s successful organization of events of global significance, as the last Marrakech Summit on Migration, and thanked the Kingdom of Morocco for its willingness to host the 52nd session of the (ECA) Conference of Ministers.
The Executive Secretary of the (ECA) also stressed the relevance of the issue chosen for this conference particularly relating to the economic and social development challenges facing African countries today and the role of the digital economy to meet these challenges. .