Mauritania seeks closer economic ties with Morocco

Mauritania and Morocco held their 8th Joint High Commission, during which the officials of the two countries expressed their firm will to unlock the prospects for bilateral cooperation.

The event was co-chaired by Moroccan Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch and Mauritanian Prime Minister Mohamed Ould Bilal in Rabat on Friday.

Speaking at the opening of the event, Akhannouch said ties are about to be strengthened at the political, economic, cultural and social levels.

On the same occasion, the two countries signed thirteen cooperation agreements relating to the agricultural sector, animal health, fishing, aquaculture, environmental protection, sustainable development, tourism, industry, health, town planning, housing and investment.

On the sidelines of the session, the Moroccan and Mauritanian ministers of trade, agriculture, tourism and urban planning held talks on future areas of cooperation.

Morocco is Mauritania’s leading trading partner in Africa and the fourth globally. Mauritania mainly depends on its supply of fresh produce from its northern neighbour.

The trade was boosted after Morocco cleared a border crossing that has often been plagued by banditry by Algerian-backed Polisario militias.