Visit of Her Excellency Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India on 17th-18th February 2019, to the Kingdom of Morocco

Her Excellency Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India, paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Morocco on 17th – 18th February 2019.
During this visit Ms. Sushma Swaraj was received in audience by His Excellency Dr. Saad Dine El Otmani, Head of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco and by His Excellency Mr. Habib El Maliki, the President of Chamber of Representatives, Lower House of Parliament.
Madam Sushma Swaraj also held bilateral talks on a wide range of subjects/topics of common interest with His Excellency Mr. Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, after which the two Ministers signed four Memorandas of Understanding relating to Counter Terrorism, Cooperation in Housing and Human Settlement, Reciprocal facilitation of procedures for issue of Business Visa and Cooperation in Youth Matters.
On her arrival to Morocco on 17th February 2019, Madam Sushma Swaraj held a meeting with members of the Indian Diaspora in Morocco.

Press release: H.E Mr. Khalid Samadi, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Kingdom of Morocco, paid a working visit to India, on the 22nd – 23rd of January, 2018.

H.E Mr. Khalid Samadi, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Kingdom of Morocco, paid a working visit to India, on the 22nd – 23rd of January, 2018.
During his stay in New Delhi, H.E Mr. Khalid Samadi held a bilateral meeting with his Indian counterpart, H.E Mr. Satya Pal Singh, as well as with the Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Prof. D. P. Singh, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Higher Education, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, and visited Jawaharlal-Nehru University of New Delhi, where he gave a lecture on ‘‘the opportunities of studies in Morocco and the prospects of cooperation between the two countries in the field of higher education’’, in the presence of officials from the University and number of Phd candidates students.
H.E Mr. Khalid Samadi has also visited the National Physics Laboratory (NPL), the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
H.E Mr. Khalid Samadi, also signed, on the 22nd of January, 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding on the mutual recognition of diplomas delivered by accredited educational institutions in both countries.
This MoU aims to encourage student mobility between Morocco and India by facilitating the possibility for students to pursue their studies in either country according to the laws and regulations of both countries. It also aims to facilitate the mobility of teachers and researchers between them.
This visit of H.E Mr. Khalid Samadi to New Delhi took place after his participation in the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019, along with H.E Mrs. Rakiya Eddarhem, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, and many high officials and representatives of various Moroccan Agencies and businessmen.

PRESS RELEASE-Minister of Health paid a Working Visit to India between Dec. 10th & 13th 2018

Minister of Health of the Kingdom of Morocco, H.E. Mr. Anas Doukkali, paid a working visit to India between 10th and 13th December 2018, along with Professor Rachid Bezad, Director of the National Centre for Reproductive Health.

They paid this visit to take part in the 4th edition of the “Forum of Partners for the Health of the Mother, the newborn and the Child (PMNCH). This was an International Conference, organized by the World Health Organization ‘WHO’, which aims to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health globally.

During his visit to India Mr. Doukkali, also met, on the sidelines of his participation in the Forum, the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, H.E. Mr. J. P. Nadda and the Minister of State for External Affairs, H.E. Gen. V. K. Singh (Retd.), to hold discussions on bilateral issues of mutual interest. Mr. Minister also met other senior Indian officials, some of its African counterparts as well as Indian operators in the hospital and pharmaceutical sectors.

Travel Advice: 2019 Travel Risk Map, “Morocco As Safe As European Countries, US, Canada”

Global risk expert International SOS has launched the 2019 Travel Risk Map showing Morocco as “low” risk country.

By Tarek Bazza, a journalist at Morocco World News with Master’s degree in Translation from King Fahd School of Translation in Tangier.Nov 22, 2018

Rabat – When it comes to travel safety, Morocco is as safe as most European countries, the US, and Canada, having a low risk level, according to the map.
The North African country maintained this level over the last three years.
Iran, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait, are also among the low risk countries in the Middle East.
The map listed five categories of travel security risk: insignificant, low, medium, high, and extreme.
All Moroccan cities are low risk except for Morocco’s southern provinces in Western Sahara which are designated a medium risk status.
Morocco is the only country to have a low risk level in North Africa. Algeria and Tunisia are medium risk while Egypt is high risk.
The Travel Risk Map 2019 helps organisations and travellers better understand the risks in the destinations where they operate and travel.
The travel security risk rating is based on the actual threat posed to travellers by political violence, namely terrorism, as well as social unrest and crime.
The danger level also takes into consideration other factors such as “the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country’s susceptibility to natural disasters.”
The Ipsos MORI Business Resilience Trends Watch 2019 report shows that 43 percent of business decision-makers expect travel risks to rise in 2019, according to the Independent newspaper.
“Although some 47 per cent think risks have increased over the past year, this represents a 16 per cent decrease from 2017, when 63 per cent said risk had increased.”
For countries having extreme risk level were mainly countries in Africa and the Middle East including Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, South Sudan and Somalia.
Very few countries such as Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Luxembourg are among the “insignificant” travel risk category.
Medical and road safety risks
When it comes to road safety, however, Morocco is shown to have a high risk status. This could be mainly due to the high number of accidents in the country.
Between January and May 2018, some 1,052 traffic accidents occurred, according to a provisional toll issued by the National Committee for the Prevention of Traffic Accidents (CNPAC).
Most countries in Africa and the Middle East are in either “high” or “very high” risk category for road safety, except for Egypt which is a “moderate” level.
The Medical Risk Map shows that Morocco is a medium risk country alongside Tunisia, Egypt in North Africa. Algeria has a high medical risk level.
European countries are designated a low risk status while Eastern European countries are medium risk.
International SOS rates medical safety according to a range of health risks and mitigating factors including infectious diseases, environmental factors, emergency and dental service, access to quality prescription drugs, medical evacuation, and language, or administrative barriers.
International SOS released the map in collaboration with Control Risks and in conjunction with the Ipsos MORI Business Resilience Trends Watch 2019 report.

The Official Inauguration Ceremony of President-elect His Excellency Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Republic of Maldives, dated 17th & 18th November 2018


The Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Her Excellency Mrs. Mounia Boucetta represented His Majesty the King of Morocco Mohammed VI at the official inauguration ceremony of the newly elected President, His Excellency Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on the 17th November 2018.
During this occasion, the Secretary of State was accompanied by His Excellency the Ambassador of His Majesty the King of Morocco to the Republic of Maldives Mr. Mohamed Maliki, who was received in audience on 18th November 2018, by the President of Republic of Maldives. Reinforcement of the historical bilateral relations was at the centre of their discussion.