The Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts and Social and Solidarity Economy, Fatim-Zahra Ammor, met on Friday with the Mauritanian Minister of Commerce, Industry, Handicrafts and Tourism, Naha Mint Hamdy Ould Mouknass, including ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the tourism, hotel and craft sectors.
During this meeting, Fatim-Zahra Ammor recalled the strong fraternal relations between Morocco and Mauritania, which are based on solid foundations of mutual respect and a sincere desire for cooperation, in synergy with the orientations of the leaders of the two country.
Tourism in particular is a factor of rapprochement between peoples and a major element of socio-economic development, she said, noting that “the 8th session of the High Joint Commission is an opportunity to give new impetus to cooperation between Morocco and Mauritania in the field of tourism and offers new horizons for fruitful collaboration”.
Indeed, this joint commission provides for the signing of a Cooperation Agreement in the field of tourism between the two countries, aimed at encouraging the development of cooperation in the field of tourism promotion, development and investment, and exchange experience and expertise, particularly in the field of hotel and tourism training.
In this wake, she reiterated the availability of her Department to support the Mauritanian side through the programming of bilateral meetings between officials of the two countries.
It should be noted that since the signing of the Cooperation Agreement between the governments of the two countries in January 2002, several cooperation actions have been carried out. They essentially concern professional training, the sharing of expertise, participation in promotional and commercial events, and the social and solidarity economy.
In addition, Ms. Ammor indicated that the ministry has established a new 10-day training program in Marrakech, for the benefit of 40 Mauritanian potters, and that it will continue to work with the Mauritanian side to strengthen bilateral cooperation. in terms of crafts and the social and solidarity economy.
The Mauritanian minister, for her part, stressed that Morocco’s experience in tourism, crafts and the social and solidarity economy is “pioneering and successful”, and Mauritania will have the chance to benefit from this experience. .
The prospects for cooperation between the two countries are “promising”, she noted, noting that with the evolution experienced by the world after the Covid-19 pandemic, changes will be made to the product offered by each country.
In this wake, the minister said that benefiting from the Moroccan experience in training would improve the quality of Mauritanian handicrafts and the expertise of Mauritanian craftsmen, particularly in leather and pottery.
Ultimately, the two parties expressed their desire to create a monitoring committee which will be responsible for implementing the planned cooperation agreement.