Text of speech addressed by HM King Mohammed VI to participants in the 4th EU-Africa summit

Here follows the full text of the speech addressed on Thursday by HM King Mohammed VI to participants in the 4th Africa-EU summit, held here this April 02-03. The speech was read out by minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar.

"Praise be to God    
May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and Kin

Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council

Mr José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission,

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,

Your Excellencies,    

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to address this 4th Africa-EU Summit, which is being held on the initiative of the President of the European Council and of the President of the European Commission. I should like to express my warmest thanks to both of them for convening this important conference that brings together our two continents.
I hope the conclusions of this important meeting will promote the African-European partnership and enhance stability, security and prosperity in both our continents.

Mr. Chairman,

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Our Summit is being held at a time when the world is facing sensitive and singular political circumstances. Such a situation requires us to engage in a deep reflection in order to chart the broad-lines of a better future for our respective populations, meet their legitimate aspirations and fulfill their ambitions.

The Summit also provides a precious opportunity to assess the progress made and to set a new course of action for African-European cooperation, in the light of new regional and global developments.

Such a re-focusing effort should seek, in particular, to achieve better use of our assets and of our forum, and to optimize the Summit’s operational mechanisms so that our peoples may embrace our framework of cooperation more effectively and enjoy its tangible benefits.

In this way, we should be able to lay the foundations of the African-European "Pact for the Future", which Morocco so fervently advocated during the 3rd Africa-EU Summit, which was held in Tripoli in 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Africa is freeing itself from its past once and for all. It is resolutely looking to the future. By doing so, it is gaining in self-confidence without showing any inclination towards reclusiveness.

As I recently pointed out in Abidjan, Africa must become aware of its many assets and of its immense human and material resources.
Since my accession to the throne, I have wanted this to be the defining philosophy of the Kingdom’s Africa strategy.

It is a strategy which capitalizes on the virtues of South-South cooperation and on the need for balanced, sustainable human development.

The result is a comprehensive, integrated approach which significantly expands the scope of cooperation and serves the common interests shared by most African countries. This strategy is characterized by the exchange of experiences and expertise in institutional capacity building, governance and economic empowerment, and also by the consolidation of academic and vocational training programs and capacity building in the banking sector, through equity investment by Moroccan banks.


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