Rabat – The African Union elected Morocco as president of its Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Trade, Industry, and Minerals, on Friday in Addis Ababa.
Morocco’s Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Rokaya Derham will assumed the presidency January 11, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.
“On behalf of the government of the Kingdom of Morocco, I am very pleased to take part as President in the Second Ordinary Meeting” of the STC on Trade, Industry, and Minerals, said Derham.
“Our participation in this second meeting of the committee and in other bodies of the AU testifies to the adherence and the commitment of the Kingdom of Morocco to the strategies and the actions carried out by the pan-African organization,” she added.
The Moroccan delegation in Ethiopia, chaired by Ambassador Mohamed Arrouchi, Morocco’s permanent representative to the AU and UNECA, includes representatives of several ministerial departments.
Derham’s appointment will be the third important mission the AU has entrusted to Morocco since the North African country’s return to the AU on January 30, 2017.
In early December 2018, Mohamed Benabdelkader, deputy minister in charge of public administration and civil service reform, won election as vice-president of AU-STC 8 on Public Service, Local Government, Urban Development, and Decentralization.
In January 2018, the AU chose Morocco as a member of the AU’s Peace and Security Council for a two-year term (2018-2020).