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In Morocco, Israeli innovation minister hails ‘amazing’ opportunities ahead

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CASABLANCA, Morocco — Israel and Morocco are set to sign the first government-to-government agreement to facilitate tech and science collaborations between the two countries on Thursday.

The agreement will be signed by Israel’s Minister of Innovation, Science, and Technology Orit Farkash-Hacohen and Moroccan Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Innovation, Abdellatif Miraoui, a day after the Israeli minister announced the memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Israel-Morocco “Connect to Innovate” technology and business conference in Casablanca, organized by non-profit organization Start-Up Nation Central (SNC).

During closing remarks at the three-day conference Wednesday, Farkash-Hacohen praised rekindled official ties between the two countries and efforts to bring about collaboration in sectors like renewable energy, water management, agriculture, and food. The minister said both countries have an “amazing opportunity” to collaborate and address common challenges that should not be missed.

“This is a special event. It has been only 18 months since we signed and reestablished the diplomatic relationship with the kingdom of Morocco. While governments sign treaties, people are the ones who are actually building peace,” she said in her address.

The minister sang Israel’s innovation praises in sectors like water tech, energy efficiency and storage, and sewage treatment, and said many of these technologies were born out of necessity following some difficult years of drought in the late 2000s and early 2010s.

She also hailed Morocco’s New Development Model, a vision for the North African kingdom laid out last year by the government to invest in areas like green energy, smart agriculture, and food security.

Morocco has been facing one of the worst droughts in decades this year and has been looking to mitigate the impact on the agriculture and food industry. Last month, the kingdom announced the construction of a new seawater desalination plant to offset future drought periods. Rabat hopes the plant, near the city of Agadir on the southern Atlantic coast, will become the largest in the world at 275,000 cubic meters.


© The Times of Israel

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