BMCE Bank Foundation Co-Chairs by Othman and Leila Benjelloun will receive an award for “visionary personalities” in Washington DC on November 12 from the Middle East Institute (MEI).
The Visionary Award recognizes a person or organization for “outstanding and forward-thinking work that promotes peace and stability in the Middle East and North Africa region”. According to the organizers, the prize will be awarded to the co-presidents of the BMCE Bank Foundation in recognition of their action, for nearly 30 years, in the areas of the fight against illiteracy and poverty in Morocco especially in rural areas.
“Together, Othman Benjelloun and his wife have created and funded more than 100 rural community schools throughout Morocco,” reads the website of the Institute based in the US federal capital. Through its programs, the Foundation is also active in the areas of environmental protection and the teaching of Amazigh language and culture, adds the same source.
This trophy will be awarded during a gala evening scheduled on the sidelines of the 73rd annual MEI conference.