The Minister of Transport and Logistics, Mohamed Abdeljalil, held, on November 27 in London, a series of talks with several of his counterparts on the sidelines of his participation in the 33rd session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
In a statement to Maghreb Arabe Presse (MAP), Minister Abdejalil stated that these meetings examined ways of giving impetus to bilateral cooperation between Morocco and its partners in the field of transport, noting that these exchanges were also an opportunity to emphasize Morocco’s commitment to transforming its Atlantic seaboard into an area of economic integration to promote the development of African countries.
The Moroccan Minister held talks with the Korean Minister of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF), Cho Seung-Hwan, on ways of strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the field of maritime transport, particularly concerning the sustainability of the sector and its digitalization.
During a meeting with his Malaysian counterpart, Anthony Loke Siew Fook, the Moroccan official highlighted the development of the technical cooperation framework between the two countries in the port and maritime fields and the expertise of regionalizing port management.
The Moroccan minister also met with Sierra Leone’s Minister of Transport and Aviation, Alhaji Fanday Turay, who praised the excellent relations between the two countries, expressing his country’s commitment to developing cooperation with Morocco in the fields of air and maritime transport.
During a meeting focusing on the Moroccan-Congolese partnership, the Congolese Minister of Transport, Civil Aviation, and Merchant Marine, Honoré Sayi, praised bilateral cooperation in the air and maritime fields, as well as the work of the two countries’ joint commission in the fields of road transport and road safety.
Accompanied by Morocco’s Ambassador to the UK, Hakim Hajoui, Abdeljalil also met with the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Kitack Lim, to review the Kingdom’s active participation in the organization’s bodies and its willingness to invest further in multilateral cooperation.
Minister Abdeljalil pointed out that the IMO plays an essential role in ensuring the development of a maritime industry that is both commercially profitable and respectful of safety and security conditions.
Morocco has been a member of the IMO’s executive body for several years, and this Assembly is an ideal opportunity to reaffirm the Kingdom’s commitment to developing an environmentally friendly maritime sector.
Morocco is represented at the 33rd session of the IMO Assembly, underway until December 6, by a high-level delegation led by the Minister of Transport and Logistics, Mohamed Abdeljalil, and includes officials from the Ministry and public institutions and companies operating in the maritime transport sector.