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Speech of Ambassador of Morocco to Indonesia on 16th anniversary of the Enthronement of His Majesty King Mohammed VI

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PERSISMA, Jakarta (30 July 2015) – This is full speech of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Indonesia on the 16th anniversary of the Enthronement of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, as follow:

Honorable Minister Ignasius Jonan, Minister for Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia;

Honorable Minister Adburrahman Fachir, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia;

Excellencies and dear colleagues;

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you this evening, to celebrate with you the 16th anniversary of the Enthronement of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

Since His Enthronement in 1999, His Majesty King Mohammed VI, has undertaken a set of bold democratic reforms.

This year, we have witnessed the decisive steps towards the accomplishment of one of Morocco’s most important reforms: advanced regionalization.

Based on an inclusive approach, the advanced regionalization project aimed at producing a comprehensive proposal that underlines local specificities, fosters good governance at the local level, and meets the local economic and socio¬development needs.

Another major highlight of this year has been His Majesty’s Royal visits to Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast and Gabon.

Since His enthronement, His Majesty has undertaken many Royal Visits to several Sub Saharan countries, during which:

1. Strong and secular cultural and spiritual ties have been reaffirmed

2. Economic ties have been strengthened and diversified

3. The focus on human and social development has been underlined.

Morocco is also becoming a financial hub for Africa. The African Development Bank (ADB) has chosen Morocco’s “Casablanca Finance City” to establish the “Africa 50” Fund, designed to support growth, social and human development through innovative financing.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Kingdom of Morocco has built fruitful and diversified partnerships with European, American, African and Asian partners.

Morocco nurtures a development approach based on a multidimensional strategy in order to promote, within the South¬South cooperation framework, a pillar of Morocco’s Foreign policy, the development of the private sector, institutional capacity building, the rule of law, peaceful conflict resolution and sustainable development.

We believe that tailored models of cooperation, such as South¬South Cooperation, which rests on a win¬win vision as well the sharing of know¬how, will provide developing countries with the adequate responses to their development needs.

The Kingdom of Morocco is very concerned with the rise of religious extremism and the growing threats of terrorism.

To address this issue, the Kingdom has adopted a global strategy covering institutional, economic, socio¬cultural, educational, religious and media sectors, thus addressing the roots of terrorism through human development and the rule of law.

This has undoubtedly been a cornerstone of the Kingdom’s stability and safety.

Morocco’s practice of Islam has been praised and its experience in training religious leaders, Imams and Mourchidates, is considered by many as a success. Several countries have expressed their desire to benefit from it.

Furthermore, in the past month, the Mohammed VI Foundation for African Oulemas has been created in order to unite the efforts deployed by the Oulemas of Morocco and Oulemas from other African countries in the service of Islam, by promoting its values and fighting extremism.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Morocco and Indonesia’s friendship stems from strong political ties based common values and mutual respect.

However, economic relations still haven’t met the expectations one has, based on the potential of both countries.

Our bilateral relation should be deepened through the strengthening of the economic ties which should become one of the stepping stones of the Moroccan¬Indonesian friendship.

Both countries have all the ingredients to establish long lasting, sustainable and successful economic ties, so let’s not delay it any further.

Morocco provides great investment opportunities in several sectors, such as: industry, energy (solar and wind); tourism; agriculture and fisheries; logistics (etc…).

Over the years, it has also become an automotive and aeronautical hub, with many household names choosing Morocco to establish their business; the most recent illustration being PSA¬Citroen.

Tourism between both countries is encouraged; I would like to see more Indonesians visit Morocco, at the same time, I would like to see more Moroccans visit Indonesia.

For the time being, the tourism potential that exists hasn’t been unleashed.

Cultural ties between our two countries are continuously enhanced through human interactions that stem from university students, namely Indonesian students who chose Morocco to undertake or accomplish their studies.

Thanks to these young people, genuine ties are forged and continue to bring together two people, the Moroccan and the Indonesian.

Thank you for your kind attention. Terima Kasih.

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Indonesia, Mohammed Madji

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