As part of moves to promote unity and peace
through education, the government of Morocco has opened its doors to many
foreign students to access higher quality education.
It is estimated that over 40,000 foreign students
had, over the last three decades, benefited from higher education, technical
and vocational training in Morocco.
Mohammed Methqual, Ambassador
Director General of the Morocco International Cooperation Agency (AMCI), said
the students were drawn from 117 countries.
Currently, 14,000 foreign students are studying
in the Morocco through AMCI, and 85 per cent of them are on scholarship.
He was addressing the Third Morocco-Pacific
Islands States Forum in the Moroccan southern city of Laayoune.
The theme for the meeting was ‘strengthening linkages,
delivering on commitments and unifying voices for shared prosperity between
Morocco and the Pacific Island States’, aimed at exploring ways to enhance
bilateral cooperation between Morocco and the Pacific Islands.
Mr. Methqal said they had also been supporting
capacity building of public sector executives, with about 10,000 public sector
officials from 80 countries trained in areas of agriculture, fisheries, water,
health, tourism, energy and climate change.
Morocco has always had strong relations with
countries of the south and this has been marked by solidarity, mutual respect
and the promotion of common ideals.
In 1986, Morocco established the AMCI, a public
institution that operates under of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to
contribute to strengthening its relations with partner countries through
academic, cultural and technical cooperation.
He said south-south cooperation is one of the
major pillars of the Kingdom’s foreign policy, adding that developing human capital
and sustainable progress are at the centre of every initiative or action they take.
AMCI has been playing pivotal role to empower foreign
students to receive education in Moroccan universities, technical and
vocational training centres.
He said a new proposed partnership between the
Kingdom and the Pacific Islands States, which would be launched at the forum,
would provide impetus to socio-economic progress of their peoples.
“We must join together, unite our efforts and
work together to continue our work and help accelerate the realisation of the
ideals of our peoples. This ambition can be achieved through important
programmes that we have proposed in the roadmap to strengthen our bilateral
cooperation and which we can discuss during technical meetings,” Mr. Methqal