Spain, Morocco boost cooperation

Spain has signed a new three-year program of cooperation with Morocco for the period 2014-2016, during the visit of Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo.

The program worth 150 million euros, of which 50 million are grant and the remaining 100 million are repayable loans with advantageous conditions, explained sources within the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development, who accompanied Margallo.

Alberto Virella, director of Africa, Asia and Western Europe AECID, said cooperation with Morocco, as elsewhere, tends to concentrate on certain areas, specifically the program covers health and education projects, inclusive growth and job creation, in addition to governance.

Morocco has been relatively lucky to be considered a priority country for the Spanish cooperation, which has focused on the North African country in its current efforts after the general decline in public funds for cooperation in the past three years, which has resulted in the departure of many Spanish NGOs from the country.

The new program will also seek the implementation of Spanish language option at the Moroccan International Baccalaureate for next year 2014-2015, a plan that is yet to be defined in detail.

One of the novelties of the new cooperation program signed yesterday was the express intention of developing a “triangular cooperation” with black African countries, through an action plan prepared by the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation.

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