US support for Morocco to deal with the pandemic is just a “new page in a long cooperation,” said USAID Director of the North Africa and Arab Affairs Bureau Alex Klaits.
The Moroccan and American governments are linked by strong partnership relations dating back more than 200 years and the support provided today by the United States to help Morocco cope with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic is that a “new page in a long history of ancestral cooperation,” said Monday in Beni Mellal, the Director of the North Africa and Arab affairs office of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Alex Klaits.
Speaking on the occasion of the launch of a support program for cooperatives in the Beni Mellal-Khénifra region with funding of $ 3 million as part of a partnership between USAID, GiveDirectly, l ‘INDH and the Wilaya of the region, Mr. Klaits indicated that this project aims to support small cooperatives, especially women, and should benefit 11,000 people, the vast majority of them women.
The objective of the Cooperative Support Program is to mitigate the negative consequences of the novel Coronavirus pandemic on the Beni Mellal-Khenifra region, Klaits said, expressing himself very happy that this program will benefit a total of 250 cooperatives in the mountainous provinces of Azilal, Béni Mellal and Khenifra.
USAID and GiveDirectly to provide $ 1.5 million each
This support is of great importance especially in this difficult situation marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, he said, adding that the health crisis has affected several SMEs in the United States and has propelled many of them into new areas. great difficulties.
USAID has a significant partner in this project, namely GiveDirectly, he explained, noting that this organization collects financial resources from donors and funders to distribute them directly to beneficiaries.
In the Beni Mellal-Khénifra region, USAID will contribute $ 1.5 million to this program while GiveDirectly will bring as much, said Mr. Klaits, recalling that the United States recently granted Morocco, in the context of of Covid-19, some $ 11 million to support the health sector, in particular analytical laboratories.
He also stressed that this program is in line with Morocco’s policy in the field of cooperatives and the social and solidarity economy as well as with the interventions of the INDH.