The head of the Canary Islands government is “very pleased” that companies from his region have won deals in Morocco, and looks forward to “joint cooperation in Africa.”
On Thursday, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Canary Islands government and Moroccan employers, specifically regarding opportunities for developing cooperation between the two parties in Africa in sectors such as tourism, water treatment and renewable energy.
“Africa is a real opportunity to move forward,” said the head of the government of the Canary Islands, Angel Victor Torres, during a meeting organized at the headquarters of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises in Casablanca.
The agreement signed between the Moroccan-Spanish Economic Council (CEMAES) and the state program of the Canary Islands PROEXCA aims to support Canarian companies in various sectors such as tourism, water supply (wastewater treatment and desalination), circular economy, renewable energy, logistics and transport, as well as construction and infrastructure.
In a statement to the media, Torres said that during his visit to Morocco, he held important meetings between businessmen from the two countries.
He referred to signed agreements that allow Canarian companies to develop their relations in countries such as Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania and Senegal.
The President of the Canaries expressed his satisfaction that five Canarian companies have recently won five tenders in Morocco, noting that the Moroccan government is “clearly betting” on the reopening of the Tarfaya-Fuerteventura shipping line.
Torres began his two-day visit to Morocco with meetings with Foreign Minister Nasser Burita, Prime Minister Aziz Ahannoush, Parliament Speaker Rachid Talbi Alami and Transport and Logistics Minister Mohamed Abdel Jalil.
He expressed the hope that discussions on the demarcation of maritime boundaries between the archipelago and Morocco would be resumed on an “equal footing” and “without unilateral decisions.”
The same Spanish official who yesterday, Wednesday, met with Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Burita and Prime Minister Aziz Ahannoush, stressed that “these negotiations must be transparent and credible.”