Monthly Archives: May 2016

Amina Benkhadra: “We want Indian oil companies to invest in the Moroccan hydrocarbons sector”

Vice-President Hamid Ansari is visiting the North African nation of Morocco which has emerged as a key player in the Middle East-North Africa region. Amina Benkhadra, Morocco’s former energy minister and current director-general of the Moroccan National Hydrocarbons and Mining Company, spoke with Rudroneel Ghosh about India-Morocco synergy in hydrocarbons, Morocco hosting the next UN climate summit and what it means to be a woman politician in the Arab world:     

Hello Morocco: Vice President Hamid Ansari’s visit to the North African nation can be a game-changer

In a hugely significant and crucial visit Vice-President Hamid Ansari will embark on a tour of the North African nation of Morocco from May 30 to June 1. The visit will not only seek to boost bilateral ties but also lay the platform for a future strategic partnership. In fact, India-Morocco relations ought to become a vital axis of New Delhi’s Africa outreach, especially in the Sahara and Sahel regions dominated by Francophone African nations. Given Morocco’s sisterly relations with these nations, it can open the door for India to this part of Africa. In this context, it’s to be noted that Morocco is the top African investor in West Africa and the second biggest African investor on the continent.