Paris – Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi hosted, through its Department of Law and Economics, Dr. AbdellatifBenjelloun, professor of public law at Al-Ain University, in a conference on Moroccan-GCC relations. The conference featured discussions between students and the speaker on the future of and opportunities for developing these relationships. The event marked the conclusion of Morocco Month at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, which was held throughout February. The event was attended by Sorbonne Abu Dhabi Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Eric Fouache and a number of university faculty and students.
Prof. Fouache underscored Sorbonne Abu Dhabi’s keenness to organize such conferences to train students, hone their debate and discussion skills and encourage them to employ their critical faculties and acquired knowledge to solve emerging problems and challenges.
“Through conferences and seminars, Sorbonne Abu Dhabi helps its students to develop their capacity to ask the right questions, determine the nature and facets of the problem, and search for appropriate data and information to propose logical and effective solutions. Students thus learn about how experts address difficult problems and think methodically in different settings.
“These meetings allow students to refine their logic, voice their opinions on current issues, and receive feedback from experts to help them grow and evolve. Students are motivated to test their knowledge and expand their horizons, especially through interaction with teachers,” he said.
Dr. Abdullatif Benjelloun observed that Moroccan-GCC relations are a form of strategic alliance on practical issues, including the economy as Morocco constitutes a safe destination for GCC investments given the stability enjoyed by the Kingdom of Morocco.
Dr. Benjelloun highlighted the excellent relations between Morocco and the UAE under the guidance of the leaders of both countries. He noted that these special bilateral ties have produced a range of investment and development projects across Morocco, creating jobs and raising the volume of trade between the two countries.
“Relations between Morocco and the Emirates are a worthy model for inter-Arab ties. The level attained by our bilateral relationships reflects the aspirations of both our leaders and their hope for further cooperation on all fronts,” he said. He added that this mutual partnership is founded on a sense of Arab solidarity. The two countries seek to nurture the values of brotherhood and friendship that join them in order to positively reflect on mutual exchanges in terms of the economy, trade, finance, agriculture, expertise, experiences, and coordination on Arab and international affairs.
Dr. Benjelloun drew attention to Emirati investments in Morocco and the positive impact they have had on the socio-economic situation in the latter. He stressed the pragmatic and moderate policies adopted in both countries, especially in terms of the UAE’s support of the legitimate rights and territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco, and Morocco’s backing of Emirati sovereignty over the three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa occupied by Iran.
Dr. Benjelloun affirmed that Morocco is rife with phenomenal investment opportunities and welcomes investors and investment funds from the GCC which continue to support its development plans. Morocco’s safe and stable climate, in addition to the bonds of fellowship and collaboration between the GCC and the kingdom, constitute favorable conditions for investment.
Dr. Benjelloun noted that Morocco’s strategic location offers promising and considerable opportunities for GCC investments and constitutes a gateway for the GCC into Africa. Morocco’s political, economic, and financial stability raises its profile as a prime destination for international investments, especially from the GCC.
Dr. Benjelloun stressed that Morocco offers economic actors and sovereign funds from the GCC an emerging and guaranteed market to diversify their economic base and reinvest part of their oil revenues, as reflected by the kingdom’s approach in partnering with the region’s most economically-integrated group of countries.
“The GCC has proved its keenness to promote investment in Morocco by contributing to the Moroccan Fund for Tourism Development; a sure sign of the GCC’s confidence in Morocco’s position as a prime touristic destination,” he concluded.
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