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Thursday 6 May 2021

Morocco-Serbia: Promising Sectors for Win-Win Partnership

Morocco-Serbia: Promising Sectors for Win-Win Partnership

Morocco and Serbia, which enjoy distinguished political and diplomatic relations, are now moving in the direction of establishing a win-win strategic partnership that includes sectors with high value added.

On the occasion of his visit to Morocco as part of the celebration of the 64th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two States, the Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selakovic underlined that his country and the Kingdom are linked by history and by excellent political relations, noting that this must have repercussions on economic cooperation.

"There are concrete issues on which we must work more" in order to properly identify the sectors and lay the foundations for "real cooperation which should be lasting", the Serbian foreign minister said in an interview, on Wednesday, with M24, the 24-7 news channel of the Moroccan news agency (MAP).

Among high potential sectors, he cited areas where Serbia has expertise such as new technologies and artificial intelligence.

The two countries can introduce this modern technology in sectors of common interest such as agriculture and the pharmaceutical industry, said Selakovic who is on a working visit to Morocco, the first to an Arab and African country since his appointment.

Selakovic recalled in this context the signing, in Rabat, of three partnership agreements in various fields, which will promote the sharing of know-how and experiences.

The signing of these agreements is part of the positive dynamic experienced by Moroccan-Serbian relations in recent years at the political, economic and cultural levels.

Another sector that needs to be explored in the context of efforts to strengthen bilateral economic relations is that of tourism, he noted, calling for bringing the two cultures and civilizations closer.

He called for the re-establishment of direct flights between Belgrade and Rabat or even with Casablanca and Marrakech to allow an exchange of visits between nationals of the two countries.

Referring to cooperation in education and scientific research, the Serbian minister said that officials from the universities of the two countries should meet with economic operators to identify the areas of cooperation.

Cooperation must be targeted and conditioned by concrete results, he insisted.

This same approach must preside over cultural cooperation, said the minister, calling for the organization of exhibitions for both Moroccan and Serbian artists, to promote  genuine synergy among them.

MAP 06 mai 2021