Rabat, Capital of South-South Cooperation

The Parliamentary Dialogue Forum of Senates and Equivalent Councils of Africa, the Arab World, Latin America and the Caribbean has proclaimed the city of Rabat capital of South-South cooperation.

The proclamation came in the final declaration issued at the end of the first day of the event, praising Morocco’s efforts as a leader in south-south cooperation.

According to the final declaration of the Forum, held in Rabat, under the high patronage of King Mohammed VI, the presidents and representatives of senates, shoora councils, equivalent councils and regional parliamentary associations from Africa, the Arab world and Latin America and the Caribbean recognized the role played by the Kingdom in initiating and supporting any development and solidarity initiative aimed at supporting South-South cooperation.

In their speeches, participating countries and delegations described the process of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as measures to encourage and strengthen the spirit of cooperation and development among countries.

The event underscored the importance of putting in place sustainable and long-lasting measures to combat the problems endemic to some of the participating countries, such as famine and disease.

In this vein, the Final Declaration underlined the need to strengthen South-South coordination, cooperation and synergy between the countries of these regions at the bilateral level, to strengthen regional integration mechanisms and to – cooperation, particularly in areas related to safeguarding sovereignty, food, energy and health security, economic exchanges, sustainable development, constant coordination and consultation through permanent institutional channels.

The final declaration contains many recommendations, including the construction of mutually beneficial partnerships and the release of the dynamics of human and social development projects through the accelerated development of cooperation strategies based on the values ​​of solidarity, justice and common interest. , to help countries in the global south get back on their feet following the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this regard, the Forum called for the establishment of a “parliamentary mechanism for economic cooperation and integration” composed of representatives of regional and continental parliaments – which would enable the promotion of legislative innovation in terms of strengthening South-South cooperation and strengthening the exchange of information. best practices between parliamentary institutions, in addition to working in a practical and timely manner to propose an “integrated roadmap proposal for joint cooperation” at the summits of leaders of African, Arab countries, institutions, bodies and intergovernmental conferences and Latin Americans.

In his address to the forum, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said that Morocco is determined to achieve the objectives of the forum initiative and is committed to giving the forum the momentum it needs to achieve the objectives. defined and establish dialogue and cooperation.

He noted that the experience that Morocco has accumulated in several strategic sectors can help pave the way for participating countries to achieve win-win partnerships.

The forum also addressed international issues such as the Palestinian and Ukrainian conflicts, stressing the importance of establishing a state for the Palestinians with the 1967 borders and calling on the parties to the Ukrainian conflict to seek dialogue and seek a peaceful solution. .

The “South-South” Parliamentary Dialogue Forum, marked by the presence of representatives of the Senates of more than 31 countries from the three geopolitical groups, is intended to be a parliamentary mechanism and a space for advocacy and exploration of new areas of multidimensional cooperation, according to a logic of strategic partnership and solidarity based on proximity and efficient and effective participatory action.

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