Under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, the 25th annual session of the Crans Montana Forum, a global platform for promoting international cooperation, dialogue, development, stability, peace and security in the world, opened on Friday 20 June 2014, in Rabat, under the theme « Heading to the South-South: Not a strategy, but a necessity ».
The opening session was marked by the reading of a Royal Message by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar.
This session, which is being held at the Headquarters of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), is attended by a number of Heads of State and Government, Ministers, Heads of International Organizations, economists, and businessmen from several countries, gathered in order to identify new promising markets, particularly in Africa.
The opening session was chaired by the Director General of ISESCO, Mr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, the founding Chairman of the Forum, Mr. Jean-Paul Carteron, the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mrs. Mbarka Bouaida, and the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Lahcen Haddad. The attendance was also enhanced by the presence of distinguished guests such as Mrs. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, Mr. Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso, Mr. Filip Vujanovic, President of Montenegro, Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi, and Mr. Roger Kolo, Prime Minister of Madagascar.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, affirmed in a statement to the press, on the sidelines of this international event, that the 25th Session of the Crans Montana Forum is an opportunity to reaffirm the role of Morocco, under the Leadership of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, in promoting South-South cooperation.
The Minister indicated that the Royal Message conveyed to the participants in the Forum, is meant to build confidence of the African citizen to meet the current challenges, and to build a developed Africa which respects middle-way and tolerance.
The Minister also indicated that His Majesty the King highlighted that Morocco makes South-South cooperation – which the Kingdom hopes that it be founded on solidary and efficiency -, one of the pillars of its foreign policy.
The Minister recalled that the Sovereign explained that the Moroccan approach is based, in a balanced way, on three foundations, namely, the promotion of the African individual, by giving priority to human development programs and by strengthening economic growth, enhancing the spiritual ties which, throughout history, have united the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa to the King of Morocco - Amir Almouminine (Commander of the Faithful) –, and the active contribution towards achieving security and stability in the continent, whether this is through the mediation initiatives for the peaceful settlement of conflicts, or through the participation in the UN peacekeeping operations in the continent.
Throughout the three-day Forum, the panelists will address several issues related to the regional integration challenges, and the prospects for cooperation and development of the countries of the Mediterranean, Africa and the Arab world.
Founded in 1986 in Switzerland, the Crans Montana Forum is a Non-Governmental Organization whose aim is to promote international cooperation, dialogue, development, stability, peace and security in the world.
Since 1990, this annual event brings together the Heads of State and Government, Ministers, International Organizations, parliamentarians, and business leaders from all over the world.
Full text of Royal speech addressed to 25th meeting of Crans Montana Forum