Russia and Morocco Strengthen Economic Cooperation
Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Dmitry Patrushev held a working meeting with the Chairman of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, Saadeddine Othmani on the sidelines of the Russia - Africa Economic Forum.
During the meeting, Dmitry Patrushev noted that Russia traditionally considers Morocco as one of the key trade and economic partners in the region of the Middle East and North Africa. At the same time, the kingdom is a major importer of agricultural products, and a further increase in bilateral trade is possible, among other things, by expanding the supply of agricultural products.
“In 2018, total trade turnover exceeded $1.5 billion, and about a third of it falls on agricultural products. Moreover, over the 9 months of this year, trade in agricultural products between our countries increased by 15%”, Mr. Patrushev emphasized.
Wheat is the main commodity position in the structure of supplies from Russia to Morocco, and our country is interested in further increasing its exports. Meat and dairy products are also products of export interest. The veterinary certificates for mutton and goat meat, poultry meat, eggs, milk, fish and other products exported from Russia have been agreed with the Moroccan side. Active work is underway to finalize veterinary certificates for the export of beef from Russia.
The Minister recalled that in addition to the agricultural track, there are other promising areas for the development of bilateral cooperation. As one of the most successful, he singled out ongoing work on the supply of equipment and technological solutions for the mining industry of Morocco.
In addition, to create favorable conditions and facilitate access to the Russian market of Moroccan goods through the customs departments of the two countries, a “Green Corridor” was set up for the goods transported in mutual trade. This project is aimed at accelerating customs operations through automated preliminary information system.
Discussion of these and other issues of bilateral cooperation is carried out on an ongoing basis at the Intergovernmental Mixed Russian-Moroccan Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, the chairman of the Russian part of which is Dmitry Patrushev. The eighth meeting of the commission is expected to be held in Moscow in early December 2019.