Bourita/North Africa regional ministerial conference: the Kingdom is very rich through its “assumed Afro-optimism”, which is reflected in its proactive African policy


The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad Mr. Nasser Bourita delivered, on April 18, 2024 by videoconference, a speech during the North Africa regional ministerial conference organized by the Kingdom of Morocco and the Togolese Republic under the theme “Pan-Africanism and Migration”.

On this occasion, Mr. Nasser Bourita affirmed that African identity is deeply anchored in the institutions and political choices of Morocco, under the enlightened leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

Mr. Bourita indicated that the Kingdom is greatly enriched by its “assumed Afro-optimism”, which is reflected in particular by its proactive African policy encompassing various areas of cooperation and its humanist policy on migration.

Morocco, he continued, advocated a humanist and united approach by adopting in 2013 a new migration policy based on a participatory approach including various aspects, including respect for human rights, compliance with international law, international cooperation and shared responsibility.

A symbol of this Afro-optimism, the Kingdom’s migration policy has enabled the regularization of tens of thousands of migrants in a regional and international context marked by a “characterized shrinkage of the humanitarian space”, said Mr. Bourita.

Co-chaired by Mr. Bourita and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese Abroad, Robert Dussey, whose country chairs the High Committee responsible for supervising the Ten-Year Agenda on African Roots and diasporas, this Conference, organized in virtual format, is being held as part of the preparatory process for the 9th Pan-African Congress which will take place from October 29 to November 2 in Lomé, under the theme “Renewal of Pan-Africanism and the role of Africa in the reform of multilateral institutions: mobilizing resources and reinventing ourselves to act”.

The organization by the Kingdom of Morocco of this Conference, in which several ministers and senior African officials are taking part, is a continuation of the pioneering role of the Kingdom in matters of migration, in accordance with the enlightened vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, May God help Him, Leader of the African Union on the issue of migration.

It also constitutes an opportunity to reaffirm and recall the commitment of the Kingdom of Morocco and its leadership on migration issues and its initiatives for the promotion of safe and responsible migration, on the continental and international levels.

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