The consolidation of bilateral cooperation relations and the strengthening of parliamentary cooperation between Morocco and the Republic of Burundi were the main axes of the cycle of talks held by the President of the Chamber of Councillors, Alnaam Mayara, with several Burundian officials, on the on the sidelines of his chairmanship of the ninth consultative meeting of the Association of Senates, Shura Councils and Similar Councils in Africa and the Arab World, which was held today, 19-20 September, in Bujumbura.
These meetings constituted an opportunity to highlight the depth and strength of the fraternal relations between Burundi and the Kingdom of Morocco, as well as to discuss ways to improve bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various fields in the interest of the two friendly peoples.
Thus, Mayara began her cycle of talks with the Burundian Prime Minister, Jervi Ndirakubuka, who stressed that his country hopes to deepen the cooperative relations it maintains with the Kingdom of Morocco in various fields, expressing its desire to benefit more from the Moroccan experience. in various sectors, especially in the fields of education and agriculture.
The Burundian official noted that his country offers promising economic opportunities and called on Moroccan investors to visit Burundi to explore the huge investment opportunities it offers, especially in the agricultural sector.
The President of the Chamber of Councilors was also received by the Vice President of the Republic of Burundi, Air Prosper Pazumpanza, who praised the quality of relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Burundi, which are based at all times on cooperation and solidarity. levels and through various initiatives, citing the opening of a consulate general for his country in El-Aaiun in 2020.
Air Prosper Pazumpanza praised Morocco’s support and support to Burundi in various sectors, especially in education and training, expressing his country’s desire to expand these areas to include agriculture, the environment and decentralized cooperation.
He also highlighted the efforts made by the Association of Senates, Shura Councils and similar councils in Africa and the Arab world, headed by Mayara, to promote Afro-Arab dialogue and build bridges of cooperation and partnership between the countries of the two regions in various fields, noting that the organization of this consultative meeting in the Republic of Burundi enhances its regional and international openness.
For his part, Ennaam Mayara affirmed, during this meeting, Morocco’s willingness to offer its support, share its experience, expand cooperation programs with the Republic of Burundi and accompany them in priority areas, especially in education, training, agriculture, technical cooperation and digitization sectors, in addition to creating alliances at the level of regions and territorial groups between the two countries.
On the occasion, the president of the Chamber of Councilors reiterated his thanks and gratitude to the Republic of Burundi for its firm and supportive position on the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco, as well as its support for the autonomy scheme in the southern provinces. , as the one and only solution to this conflict, highlighting in this context the mutual support of the two countries in various continental and international forums in a framework of honest and active solidarity.
Mayara also held a meeting with the President of the Senate of Burundi, Emmanuel Senzohagira, during which they affirmed the determination of both the Chamber of Councilors and the Senate of the Republic of Burundi to strengthen relations of parliamentary cooperation, identify new areas of work and establish a fruitful partnership.
Mayara and Senzohajira highlighted the regional role played by the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Burundi as strong partners in establishing peace and stability.
They also highlighted the importance of the role played by (ASICA) in promoting dialogue and parliamentary consultation between African and Arab countries, and in promoting South-South cooperation.
Mayara’s cycle of talks continued with the meeting of the Secretary General of the National Council for the Defense of Democracy – Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), the ruling party in Burundi, Rivérian Ndicuriou, who praised the friendly relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Burundi, expressing their desire to promote these relations to better levels and the development of bilateral associations that serve the interests of the two friendly countries and peoples.
Ndicuriou also expressed his desire to benefit from the vast Moroccan experience in several priority areas in Burundi, especially agriculture, education and vocational training, praising in this context the allocation by Morocco of more than 170 scholarships for Burundian students who wish to continue their studies in Moroccan university institutions. .
The president of the Chamber of Councilors concluded his series of talks with a meeting with the mayor of Bujumbura, Jimmy Hatungimana, during which the two sides discussed ways to establish alliances at the level of territorial authorities and groups between the two countries, to be mechanism and locomotive to achieve local development.
It should be noted that the President of the Chamber of Councilors and the President of the Association of Senates, Shura Councils and Similar Councils in Africa and the Arab World (ASICA) presided over the work of the ninth consultative meeting of the Association, held in Bujumbura.
This consultative meeting focused on discussing two main topics, the first related to the repercussions of the Corona pandemic on the Arab and African economy and the government’s response to confront it, while the second refers to the Russo-Ukrainian crisis and its impact. in supply chains, energy and food prices.