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    Morocco and India to Develop Cooperation in Housing Sector

    11 Jan 2018

    Fatna El Khiel, the State Secretary for Housing and India’s ambassador to Morocco, Kheya Bhattacharya, met on Tuesday, January 9.

    In the spirit of both governments’ desire to work more closely together, the two officials discussed new ways to cooperate relating to the housing sector, reported the state news agency MAP.

    At the end of discussions, El Khiel said that the meeting provided the opportunity to discuss the means to develop the housing sector and share the experience of both countries in the areas of social housing and the fight against the inadequate and poor housing.

    “A joint working group will be set up to focus on the main areas of collaboration between Moroccan and Indian departments in charge of the housing sector, with the aim of strengthening bilateral cooperation in this field,” commented the Secretary of State.

    Bhattacharya said that the meeting reflects the ongoing desire to strengthen South-South cooperation and recalled the visit paid by King Mohammed VI to India in October 2015, which was of a “great importance.”

    There are existing partnerships between Morocco and India which include the Centre for Excellence in Information Technology in Casablanca, a joint initiative between the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing in India and the Institut National des Postes et Télécommunications (INPT) in Morocco.

    A Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation on Broadcasting was signed between the two countries during the 5th India Morocco Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) held in Rabat, in May 2017.

    In 2015-16 the bilateral trade between Morocco and India was USD 1.42 billion.

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