The commitment of King Mohammed VI to the development efforts in Africa shows how “the Moroccan talent is committed through an exemplary approach” in the continent, said Friday in Washington, Michael A. Battle, Ambassador and Senior Advisor to the Organization of US- African Leaders Summit, slated for next August in the U.S. capital.

“In fact, Morocco is Africa and Africa is Morocco,” stressed the former U.S. ambassador to the African Union, at a conference at the National Press Club on “regional solutions to Africa’s challenges”, noting that the Kingdom “shows the way” through an “approach that hardly recognizes the artificial differences between North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.”

The senior U.S. official regretted that “Algeria has invested so much capital in European banks. If just some of these funds were allocated to projects of the African Development Bank, it would be able to finance almost every African project related to infrastructure development.”

“It is for this reason that Morocco sets the example by demonstrating how successful African countries are involved in the development efforts of other African countries,” welcomed the U.S. official, “commending” the Kingdom for its commitment to solidarity in the continent.

Michael A. Battle also noted that the efforts of the African Development Bank, the African Union, and the UN Economic Commission for Africa”, combined with Morocco’s clout in the continent are likely to provide a clear demonstration that Africa is able to make its own solutions “to various development issues.”

02/03/2014