French PM in Rabat to boost trade, cooperation
RABAT - The French prime minister arrived Wednesday in the Moroccan capital of Rabat in a bid to boost trade and cooperation with the North African kingdom.
Edouard Philippe is in Rabat with a delegation of officials and businessmen for a two-day visit and met with his Moroccan counterpart Saadeddine El Othmani.
On Thursday, the French PM, who is on his first visit to Morocco since his appointment in May, will chair a Franco-Moroccan economic forum involving nearly 150 French and Moroccan companies.
The two countries are expected to sign several conventions and cooperation agreements in various sectors, including economy, education and justice. Officials will also discuss a Franco-Moroccan cooperation plan for Africa.
Morocco has become a major regional economic powerhouse in Africa with its multi-million-dollar investments in the continent as part of its south-south cooperation strategy, competing with its former colonial power.