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Energy: Cooperation and economic development factor (Mr Aziz Rabbah)

Mr Aziz RABBAH, Minister of Energy, Mines and Environment took part, at the head of a delegation of leaders from the energy, geology and mining sectors, in the Russian-African Economic Forum held in Sochi, from 23 to 24 October 2019.

The Moroccan delegation was composed of the heads of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines, the Cherifian Office of Phosphates, the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water, the Moroccan Solar Energy Agency and the Institute of Research in Solar Energy and New Energies.

It should be noted that the Economic Forum was held on the margins of this summit, which aims to strengthen and diversify trade and economic relations between Russia and all countries on the African continent. According to the Russian side, more than 3000 economic operators from various fields took part in this meeting. The opening session of the Forum was chaired by the Russian President, Mr. Vladimir Putin, in the presence of several Heads of State and Government.

This event took place in 28 high-level panels, focusing on the creation of economic links, joint projects and collaboration in the humanitarian and social sector.

The Minister participated also in a round table discussion on the theme “Russia-Africa: Cooperation in the energy sector”. Discussions focused on the efficient use of renewable energy resources in Africa to create a competitive environment and improve energy efficiency, in order to diversify investment as a factor in economic development.

During the work of this table, Mr. Rabbah stated that the energy sector is an important area for strengthening cooperation between Morocco and its African counterparts. Moroccan public institutions have always been involved in the implementation of African energy strategies, supporting African institutions in their different areas of competence, whether in electricity supply and demand planning, engineering, rural electrification or renewable energy, not to mention capacity building.

The Minister also highlighted the role of Russian companies in the fields of renewable energies, natural gas, minerals, geology and energy efficiency, and expressed the wish that Russian companies establish partnerships with Moroccan operators in order to provide technological solutions to the energy challenges facing Africa and thus make it possible to generalize access to energy on the continent.

The Head of Government Saâd Eddine El Othmani represented His Majesty King Mohammed VI at the first edition of the Russia-Africa Summit, which was also attended by more than 40 African Heads of State and Government. The aim of this Summit is to establish a multifaceted partnership between Russia and Africa in the political, economic, cultural and scientific fields.