Rabat- Answering an invitation extended to him by Niger’s president Mahamadou Issoufou, King Mohamed VI instructed a number of high-ranking Moroccan government officials to take part in a conference on the Lake Chad that was held on February 26-28 in Abuja (Nigeria).
The conference, whose main objective was to discuss and devise a comprehensive action plan to resolve the region’s environmental and social concerns and save the Lake Chad from extinction, marked the participations of multiple international partners, including foreign officials, experts, international organization.
Morocco was represented by Minister of agriculture fisheries, rural development, waters and forests, Aziz Akhannouch, and Minister Delegate in charge of African cooperation, Mouhcine Jazouli. They took part in the three-day conference, holding talks with several heads of delegation and international partners on strategic topics of “common interests,” MAP reported.
The Lake Chad Basin, which is made up of four countries (Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon), is facing severe drought and intense insecurity. According to the UN, 2 million people have fled the area due to a massive Bocco Haram presence, whereas a further 10.7 million are dependent on food and economic aid.
This week’s conference is part of an ongoing international coalition to quash the rampant terrorist threat and rekindle the region’s economic prospects, some participants told the press.