High on its status as one of the few African States that got an FTA with Washington, and aware of the country’s pivotal position between the US and the EU (with whom it also has a privileged trade relationship through an FTA), the government of Morocco is somewhat bullish about FTAs and its own role in promoting them in Africa and the Arab world.
Apart from the US and the EU, it has signed deals with the EFTA group, Mercosur, Turkey and the UAE. Regionally, it is an active party to the Agadir Agreement as well as GAFTA. The kingdom is negotiating a new deal with Singapore and Mauritania and may start talks with Vietnam. It also secured a significant trade and investment deal with the West African Monetary Union — where Morocco-based corporations plan to expand and invest in banking, telecommunications and other sectors — in late November 2008. A recently signed agricultural free trade agreement with the EU has been opposed by small farmers in Europe and human rights organizations who charge that the deal promotes the exploitation of the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
last update: May 2012
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Trade relations between Morocco and Spain are at an all-time high. Since the government of Pedro Sánchez changed the traditional Spanish position on the Sahara issue, recognising the Moroccan autonomy plan.
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Morocco and Guinea signed eight cooperation agreements and conventions during the 7th session of the Moroccan-Guinean joint cooperation commission on Monday.
Israel and Morocco signed three trade agreements to strengthen cooperation between the two nations on Monday.
The London Court of Appeals rejected on Thursday the appeal request of pro-Polisario NGO WSC against the Morocco-UK Association Agreement.
The two countries strengthen their relationship in the aeronautics, automotive and energy sectors.
The French government has touted trade cooperation with Morocco amid diplomatic tension affecting the Rabat-Paris bilateral ties.
Qatar and Morocco have concluded the second round of talks on free trade agreement (FTA), a move that is expected to further accelerate trade growth by encouraging co-operation between businesses in both the countries.
Dec 5 (Reuters) - A campaign group on Monday lost a legal challenge to Britain’s post-Brexit trade arrangements with Morocco over goods from the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
Rabat - Morocco, and Qatar have concluded the first round of negotiations on the free trade agreement (FTA) in Rabat.