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Pruaitch Signs Deal With Morocco

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Patrick Pruaitch has signed a cooperation roadmap with Morocco. The program is part of a bigger bilateral arrangement with PNG and other Pacific Island countries seeking to further enhance “south-south” cooperation.

The signing took place at the third Morocco-Pacific Island States Forum, which was also attended by Vanuatu, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Nauru and Palau.

On his return from the meeting in the Laayoune region, Morocco, Mr Pruaitch said the Morocco forum could help PNG further develop its international trading links and diplomatic ties with African nations that shared similar development aspirations.

Under the program, Morocco and the Pacific Island nations have pledged to cooperate on multilateral initiatives that will assist small island developing states to tackle challenges posed by climate change and sustainable development.

The south-south co-operation program, backed by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, will see Morocco, become “a bridge linking diverse regions of the global south”.

The Moroccan government has offered training for PNG diplomats, in addition to scholarships for higher education, technical and vocational training and in agriculture.

Mr Pruaitch said the elevation of PNG’s diplomatic ties with Morocco, which were established in September 2018, would offer Papua New Guineans the opportunity to gain expertise and insight into the French-speaking world and the Arabic speaking nations of the Middle East. Continue reading at https://postcourier.com.pg/pruaitch-signs-deal-with-morocco/ | Post Courier

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