Ambassador to Spain Calls on Businessmen, Political Actors to Play Significant Role in Developing Bilateral Ties

Morocco and Spain’s new stage, which they established following Spanish Government President Pedro Sánchez’s visit to Morocco last April 7, at the invitation of HM King Mohammed VI, offers to businessmen and political actors of both countries the opportunity to play a “leverage role” in favor of the development of bilateral relations, stressed, Wednesday in Madrid, the Moroccan ambassador to Spain, Karima Benyaich “This new stage offers us the opportunity to write a new page of our relations where the role of businessmen can be a lever in favor of our bilateral relationship,” said Banyaich, at the presentation ceremony of the new Moroccan-Spanish Economic Council (CEMAES). The new international context marked by the pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine “invites us to reconfigure our value chains and appreciate the proximity factor” between the two countries, said the diplomat. In this respect, she added that today, more than ever, Morocco offers great opportunities to Spanish investors, due to the important political, economic and social reforms adopted in recent decades, under the enlightened leadership of HM King Mohammed VI. On this occasion, Benyaich cited the major projects carried out throughout the country, including agriculture, fisheries, industry, automotive, aerospace, logistics, construction, renewable energy and tourism. Morocco is also a gateway to Africa, since it is the first investor in West Africa and the second on the whole continent, which represents “the future and where the Kingdom has a great expertise,” said Benyaich. “Beyond geography and history, Moroccans and Spaniards are and will remain natural partners,” said the ambassador, recalling that the state visit of the King and Queen of Spain to Morocco in February 2019 reflects “the political, economic, cultural and social alliance” between the two countries, an alliance to which HM King Mohammed VI attaches the utmost importance. This ceremony was marked by the presence of the President of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE), Antonio Garamendi, co-presidents of CEMAES, Adil Rais and Clemente Gonzales, as well as representatives of the Spanish Ministries of Industry, Trade and Tourism, and Foreign Affairs, and the General Confederation of Enterprises in Morocco (CGEM).