Tourism, trade, key events of the month… The American think tank Abraham Accords Peace Institute (AAPI) combs through the latest figures, advances and recent events that have characterized relations between Israel and the countries of the Abraham Accords, including including Morocco.
In a recent analysis relating to the report “Easier to obtain visas lead to tourism growth and increased GDP”, the AAPI analyzed all the new developments in terms of visitors and trade between the member countries of the Agreements Abraham, as well as notable events that occurred during the month of May 2023. Here are the details regarding Morocco.
Number of visitors in April 2023
According to data from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, 200 Moroccan citizens visited Israel in April 2023, constituting no change from April 2022, while 1,400 Moroccan citizens have visited Israel since the start of the year, an increase of 100% compared to the first four months of 2022.
Additionally, 15,325 people flew from Israel to Morocco in April 2023, which is an increase of 30.32% compared to April 2022. In the first four months of 2023, the number of passengers was 51,554 , an increase of 115.73% compared to the same period in 2022.
Trade between Israel and Morocco reached $3.8 million in April 2023, constituting a 15.56% drop in trade compared to April 2022. For the first four months of 2023, bilateral trade increased amounted to $28.8 million, constituting a 150.43% increase in trade over the first four months of 2022.
Significant events – May 2023
From May 2 to 4, 2023, 100 women entrepreneurs from Morocco, Bahrain, Benin, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and the United States met in Morocco for the “Women Connect to Innovate” conference.
Co-organized by Start-Up Nation Central (Israel) and Consensus Public Relations (Morocco), the conference brought together women leaders to create new business relationships and highlight the role of women in innovation and prosperity of the region.
From May 2 to 7, Israel took part, for the first time, in the International Agricultural Show (SIAM) in Meknes. Representatives of ten Israeli companies attended the exhibition, as well as the Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry, Nir Barkat.
On May 4, 2023, Nir Barkat, announced his intention to open an economic mission to Morocco in the coming months, following his meeting with the Moroccan Minister of Industry, Ryad Mezzour, during SIAM.
From May 14-16, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Vice Mayor of Jerusalem, traveled to Morocco to launch FemForward’s MENA program, an initiative that will bring together 23 women from Morocco and Israel to bridge the management gap. of the technology industry.
On May 16, 2023, the Moroccan Parliament announced the formation of a Moroccan-Israeli friendship group, made up of members of several Moroccan political parties.
From May 16 to 18, some 60 Chabad rabbis from more than 40 countries gathered in Morocco to strengthen “Jewish life, awareness and practice in Muslim-majority countries, as well as those where the Jewish population is relatively small,” while celebrating Jewish life in these areas.
Between May 16 and 25, Hadera, a city in northern Israel, hosted “Diyala,” an exhibition of traditional Moroccan objects attended by more than 30 artisans from the school of traditional Moroccan Jewish arts.
On May 19, the Israeli start-up QD-SOL, which seeks to fight against climate change by developing a green technology for the production of quantum hydrogen, received the prestigious Aviram prize in Marrakech.
On May 22, the International University of Rabat (UIR) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) signed a memorandum of understanding in Rabat, Morocco, to create a center of excellence focused on research in aeronautics and artificial intelligence. .
On May 28, the African ambassadors to Israel, including the ambassadors of Morocco, Egypt and Chad, organized an event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the African Union.
On the same day, Israeli Transport Minister Miri Regev arrived in Morocco for an official visit during which she announced that Israel would soon declare its position on the Moroccan Sahara and signed a number of agreements with its Moroccan counterparts in the field of transport.
As a reminder, these agreements provide for the reciprocal recognition of driving licenses, the development of direct maritime transport between Rabat and Tel Aviv and the facilitation of exchanges in terms of road safety and innovation in transport.