The Moroccan American Network will host the Sixth “Morocco Day” Celebration from January 17 – 19, 2021. The event will feature analysts, trade experts, and academics to discuss varied themes as it traditionally does, annually. This year’s event’s focus will be about “Tourism and Handicrafts, two pillars for Leveraging and Repositioning the Moroccan Economy in the Post-Epidemic World.” The panels will dedicate the opening event of “Morocco Day 2021” to Martin Luther King, the American civil rights icon and Moroccan explorer of North America, Mostafa El-Zemouri, who was nicknamed “the first great African man in America.”
Experts seek partnerships between businessmen and entrepreneurs from the southern Moroccan cities of Laayoune, Dakhla, along with the coastal city of Essaouira and others in the Washington-Virginia region. The network has selected these three cities based on closing suggestions of participants in 2019’s Morocco Day.
“This year’s session celebrates the three Moroccan cities since they represent African depth and Moroccan natural and cultural diversity.” This diversity originates from the unique resources in the field of tourism and handicrafts as the resullt of their historical and cultural symbolism,” stated the Moroccan American Network.
The event will be an opportunity to explore the region’s assets and rich resources. It will also lend potential for urban development and be a celebration that highlights the strong relations that link the United States and Morocco.
Morocco Day Celebrations will take place one month after US President Donald Trump recognized the Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara. This recognition advanced Morocco-US strong ties further, with both countries reinforcing cooperation. The United States plans to further increase investment in southern Morocco with the opening of consulate in Dakhla. This highlights America’s support for Morocco’s territorial integrity.
The Morocco Day this year will commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the friendship between Morocco and the United States, as well as the 15-year-old Free Trade Agreement between the two countries.
“This agreement contributed to doubling the value of bilateral exchanges between the two countries, and Morocco is the only African country that is linked to a free trade agreement with the United States of America. According to this agreement, the Kingdom embraces more than 150 American companies, and the number may double in the next few years,” claims the network.
There will be panel discussions around the US latest decision of recognizing Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara, tourism, and handicrafts as part of Morocco’s economy and cultural pillars.