The Minister of Economy, Finance and Administration Reform, Mr. Mohamed BENCHAABOUN, received on January 10, 2020 at the headquarters of his department Mr. Conor BURNS, British Minister of State at the Department for International Trade, accompanied by Mr. Thomas Reilly, British Ambassador to Morocco.
This visit constitutes an effort aiming at the strengthening of cooperation between Morocco and the United Kingdom, in preparation for its exit from the European Union (Brexit), and the preparation of Morocco's participation in "UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020" scheduled for January 20, 2020 in London, the objective of which is to strengthen the partnership between the United Kingdom and African countries and to promote new British investments in the continent.
In this regard, Mr. BURNS emphasized the British government’s strong interest in the participation of Morocco in this Summit, given the role and strategic positioning of our country in the African continent.
Both parties also highlighted the excellent relations between the two countries and welcomed the signing in October 2019 of the Bilateral Association Agreement, which constitutes the new framework to govern Moroccan-British post-Brexit economic relations.
The two ministers also expressed Morocco's desire for this new bilateral legal framework to promote the development of economic relations between Morocco and the United Kingdom and help strengthen partnership relations between the two countries.
Mr. BENCHAABOUN presented the great progress made in recent years by Morocco in various fields and the business and investment opportunities offered by our country in terms of sectorial strategies and major structuring projects.