The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Expatriates unveiled on Thursday its strategy for the year 2024, as outlined in a report submitted on the occasion of the discussion of its draft budget in the Parliament.
The strategy focuses on seven pillars, taking into account the variables determined by the regional and international context,.
The first pillar is mobilization in defense of the Kingdom’s territorial unity and promotion of the distinct Moroccan model in its reform and development dimensions.
The second pillar revolves around developing and growing Morocco’s relationships with all partners –be they bilateral, regional, or international—with special emphasis on the African dimension.
The third pillar focuses on the appropriate approach to safeguarding the issues and interests of Moroccans residing abroad.
This will strategically promote new economic diplomacy to boost and reinforce the position of the national economy at both the regional and international levels, taking into consideration the profound changes in the political and economic landscape.
The report also emphasized the need for cultural diplomacy, as well as the establishment of working processes within the sector to enable it to carry out its given tasks efficiently.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and African Cooperation is in charge of preparing and implementing the Moroccan government policy in areas related to foreign relations.
It also strives to create and lead its strategy in conformity with the principles of the Kingdom’s new constitution and the orders of King Mohammed VI, who prioritizes diplomatic activity among national priorities.
The report highlighted that the Ministry is implementing the Kingdom’s foreign policy within a “changing regional and international climate”, marked by a “shift towards a multipolar world with a new distribution of influence on the international stage, especially with the emergence of new powers such as Russia, Brazil, India, and China.”
It also underlines the direction towards establishing and strengthening regional alliances at both the political and economic levels.
The report also cites the growth of conflicts and areas of friction inside and between countries, as well as the emergence of new threats mostly related to terrorism, drug trafficking, and weapon proliferation.
All these challenges are taken into consideration by the Moroccan foreign policy.
The report further highlights the growing role and influence of “non-governmental institutions on international policies and decisions, as well as market openness and the liberalization of exchanges between countries.
This led to the empowerment of multinational companies that directly impact global political and economic decisions.”