Morocco and Australia expressed their willingness to strengthen their cooperation in the sectors of agriculture and marine fisheries.
“The Government of the State of Victoria has shown great interest in supporting Morocco in its agricultural and fisheries development,” said Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Waters and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch, in a statement after his meeting with the Victoria Minister of Agriculture, Jaclyn Symes.
This meeting was an opportunity to learn about the Australian experience in the areas of training, research and biosecurity, in addition to development projects, such as aquaculture and the development of fish markets, said the minister, who was accompanied by Mbarka Bouaida, Secretary of State for Sea Fisheries, and Karim Medrek, Ambassador of the Kingdom in Australia.
“Australia has a strong focus on product quality and biosecurity, aspects that are of particular interest to Morocco,” said Akhannouch, who said the two countries are called to “develop even more partnerships” around the world in two sectors of activity.
Same story for Symes, who noted that Canberra and Rabat are particularly interested in the development of agriculture and sea fishing, two sectors of the economies of both countries.
In addition to the meeting with Symes, the Moroccan delegation visited the Agri-Bio center dedicated to agricultural research and technologies, and Mainstream, the Australian leader in aquaculture technologies and systems.
During this visit, Akhannouch is accompanied by a large delegation composed of the president of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce, the presidents of the Chambers of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries, professionals from both sectors and heads of the agricultural departments and sea fishing.