Ha Long City, Vietnam, 14 Dec 2018
Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the MRC Council
SESSION 2: Joint Meeting with the Twenty-Third
Development Partner Consultative Group
Mekong River Commission
28 November 2018
Ha Long City, Viet Nam
Ambassador of His Majesty the King of Morocco to Vietnam
Ladies and Gentlemen
1- At the outset, let me first thank the government of Vietnam for the warm welcome and generous hospitality extended to my delegation since its arrival to this beautiful and peaceful city of Ha long bay.
2- The participation of Morocco today stems from the foundations of the Kingdom’s foreign policy, based on fruitful cooperation and win-win partnership. This integrated approach aims at diversifying partners and accordingly embarking on an outstanding cooperation with MRC member States and its Development Partner Consultative Group (DGC).
3- In the same vein of this policy, Morocco, which has signed the ASEAN treaty of Amity and cooperation with ASEAN in 2016, is keen to enhance its partnership with South East Asia countries, and become ASEAN Sectoral Dialogue Partner (SDP) which is currently under consideration.
4- It goes without saying that the 2018 summit MRC member Countries recognized the importance of enhanced joint efforts and partnerships in addressing Mekong challenges and opportunities to contribute to achieving relevant Sustainable Development Goals in the Mekong basin.
5- Within this strategic vision and having been the first African and Arab country joining MRC, as a Partner since 29th June 2017, Morocco is committed, with a cooperative spirit of development, to support MRC state members’ innovative regional integration and collaborative approach to meet key challenges, pertaining to the sustainable management of the Mekong Bassin, as one of the priority areas of action the Siem Reap declaration.
6- Indeed, as part of the implementation of Morocco-MRC MoU, I am pleased to underline that my country organized last year, from 16th to 19th October 2017, a working visit for the MRC delegation, in order to explore, along with Moroccan side, opportunities of cooperation in the fields of water management, renewable energies, human development and agriculture.
7- Following this visit, the Secretariat of the MRC submitted to Morocco, during the 22nd Meeting of MRC Development Partners, held in Pattaya, on November 29th 2017, proposals of joint activities, under an MRC and Morocco Cooperation Action Plan pertaining to sustainable development areas.
8- Within the same dynamic of the implementation of the Action Plan between Morocco and MRC, a group of Moroccan experts in the field of management of hydraulic infrastructure paid a working visit to Vientiane (Lao) from 23 to 27 April 2018, so as to share experience and know-how and explore new opportunities to deepen our collaboration for a mutually beneficial partnership.
Thus, the upcoming visit to Morocco, in 2019, of H.E Mr. Tran Hong Ha, Minister of Naturel Resources and Environment and the chairman of Vietnam National Mekong, at the invitation of his counterpart HE Mme Nezha El Ouafi, Secretary of State to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, in charge of Sustainable Development, will be another opportunity to explore other ways and means for considering specific requests or undertaking joint action in the field of climate change.
9- Morocco is convinced that our meeting, as part of dialogue with MRC council and DCG, could contribute to improving coordination and mutual support towards the sustainable Management of the Mekong Basin.
On this occasion, I would like to announce that the Moroccan following Agencies are ready to implement the following actions:
Morocco believes that the implementation of these 3 proposals will be a strong milestone of a future outstanding cooperation, with the joint goal of achieving relevant sustainable development Goals in the Mekong Basin.
10- In conclusion, I remain fully convinced that Morocco and MRC State members share the same commitment to mitigate climate change effects. Morocco, which hosted 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference “COP22”, is determined to work for a more strengthened cooperation and more sustained global efforts through efficient partnerships, in particular under the Action Framework of Sendai 2015-2030.