Several cooperation agreements were signed on Tuesday, March 26, in Marrakech, during the first session of the Morocco-Madagascar Joint Cooperation Commission co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Nasser Bourita and the Minister Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Madagascar, Mr. Andriantsitohaina Franck Michel Niaina.
The first cooperation agreement on decentralization, aims to encourage, facilitate and develop cooperation between the Ministry of the Interior-Directorate General of Territorial Communities- and the Ministry of the Interior and Decentralization of the Republic of Madagascar.
Morocco and Madagascar have also signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of diplomatic training, which aims to establish a dynamic and sustainable framework of cooperation between the two countries in the field of diplomatic training and international relations for the benefit of young diplomats. Cooperation is based on the principles of reciprocity and mutual benefit.
The two sides have also concluded a cooperation agreement in the social field, which aims to establish a framework of cooperation in the field of the promotion of gender, the protection of the family and children through the struggle against gender discrimination in the field of education and the labor market, the fight against violence against women and the exchange of experiences and documentation.
A protocol on cooperation in education and scientific research, has also been signed between the two countries and aimed at strengthening cultural and scientific cooperation through the granting of exchanges for information, experiences and expertise, the mobility of students, teachers and supervisory staff working in basic education, training, technical and vocational and higher education.
The two parties also signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of National Spatial Planning, Urban Planning, Housing and Urban Policy. Its purpose is to boost cooperation between the two countries with a view to developing a mutually beneficial partnership for the promotion of the areas of national spatial planning, urban planning, housing and city policy.
The two countries have concluded a program of implementation in the fields of Youth and Sports for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021. This program aims to allow an annual exchange of youth groups to participate in cultural and artistic events, facilitate the access of Malagasy students and teaching staff to sports training institutes in Morocco and encourage the exchange of national sports teams to carry out preparation and concentration camps and to participate in sports events organized in both countries.
A framework cooperation agreement on scholarships and internships in Morocco has also been signed between the two parties. This framework agreement aims to promote cooperation between the two countries in the cultural, scientific, technical and socio-economic fields through the exchange of students, the granting of scholarships for academic training, the organization of training courses and development, the sending of experts and the exchange of experience and information as well as the implementation, monitoring and implementation of selected actions, which are part of bilateral or multilateral agreements.
The two countries have also concluded a protocol of cooperation in the field of medicines and health products. The purpose of this protocol is to establish cooperation in the field of medicines and health products. This cooperation results in the exchange and sharing of know-how, experiences and expertise in this field, especially for the terms defined in the various axes.
This session of the Morocco-Madagascar Joint Cooperation Commission was also marked by the signature of a twinning and cooperation agreement between the University Hospital Center (CHU) Ibn Sina and the Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona University Hospital in Antananarivo.
This agreement aims at the professional development of hospital staff and the contribution of Ibn Sina University Hospital of Rabat to the improvement of the functioning of the Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona University Hospital in Antananarivo and the support to the improvement of its skills.