The Kingdom of Morocco has ratified a number of treaties of important strategic importance, which fall within the framework of embodying the royal vision for joint African action.
The ratification ceremony was held on Monday 18 April 2022 and presided over by officials of the African Union (AU) Office of Legal Counsel. Bancol Adewe, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security and official representative of Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission was in attendance.
Morocco’s delegation to the event was headed by Mr. Mohamed Arouchi, Permanent Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the African Union and the Economic Committee For Africa and the United Nations.
The signed protocol relates to the African Continental Free Trade Area, African Union Agreement on Preventing and Corruption Combating. Other areas covered by the protocol include the Bamako Agreement on Banning the Importation of Hazardous Wastes into Africa, Control of Cross-Border Movements, and Management of Hazardous Wastes Produced in Africa.
Other protocols relating to the African Union and African Parliament enactment, the Pelindaba Treaty which calls for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Africa, as well as the African Charter on Road Safety Headquarters and the establishment of an African Migration Observatory were signed by Morocco.
Speaking at the event, Mohamed Arouchi emphasized Morocco’s acceptance of the Constitutive Act of the African Union relating to the African Parliament, as adopted in Malabo on June 27, 2014. According to him, this “confirms the firm will of Morocco to modernize and improve parliamentary work in our African continent” in the continent’s march towards regional integration.
He reiterated the Kingdom’s support for gains made in human rights protection, the establishment of democratic values, sustenance of the rule of law as well as human rights and good governance promotion in Africa.