A Moroccan-Saudi agreement on the protection of heritage sites and natural areas – Day 24

Morocco signed a memorandum of understanding with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the aim of promoting and developing cooperation in the field of tourism and coordinating efforts to achieve sustainable development of the tourism industry in both countries.

The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the 117th session of the Executive Council meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

Fatima Al-Zahra Amor, Minister of Tourism, said: “The MoU reflects the strong relations between the two countries and the common vision towards strengthening the partnership and advancing the prospects for cooperation in the tourism sector. The memorandum of understanding will also lead to more joint initiatives and the exchange of experiences and best practices, which will allow the two sister countries to develop their capacities in the field of tourism.”

For his part, Ahmed Al-Khatib said: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Morocco have a joint commitment to protect heritage-rich sites and marine, mountainous and desert natural areas in both sister countries, in addition to ensuring that youth are prioritized in their development plans. The issue of sustainability occupies an important place in Saudi tourism aspirations, so cooperation with partners who have a similar vision, such as Morocco, helps to strengthen the sector in our region and in the world as a whole, and contributes to consolidate the sustainability, flexibility and inclusion of the tourism sector for the benefit of people and societies.

In light of the continuous efforts to seize the right opportunities to improve the recovery process of the world tourism sector from the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic, the MoU between Morocco and Saudi Arabia will allow the possibility of benefiting from mutual experiences. and provide new horizons for cooperation and growth. Both countries recognize the potential of the tourism sector and its ability to contribute to the development of the local economy, provide job opportunities and empower communities. The agreement will also support efforts to achieve sustainable tourism, increase opportunities for training and knowledge sharing, and provide new opportunities for investment in tourism.

It is noteworthy that Saudi Arabia is currently one of Morocco’s largest trading partners in the Arab world. In 2020, Saudi Arabia injected $26.6 million in investments in the real estate, tourism and agricultural sectors in Morocco. The memorandum of understanding will provide more opportunities for tourism investment in both countries and will allow training sessions and exchange of experiences.