Infomediary Morocco – The continental free trade zone of Africa (ZLECA) was the focus of Tuesday's talks in Rabat, between the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, and the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (CEA) ), Vera Songwe.
The talks focused on the ZLECA and the ratification of the agreement setting up the zone, the UN official said in a statement to the press after his talks with Bourita. In this sense, she emphasized the positive impact of this area on African countries, in particular to solve the problems related to unemployment and employment, and noted that this agreement will provide access to a market of 2 billion people and promote the economic integration of the continent.
"We also discussed the importance of digitization and its role in free trade areas, as many of our exchanges will take place via digital platforms," she said.
It has thus formulated the wish to take advantage of the Moroccan experience in the field of digitization, and notes that Morocco, which has launched itself early in this field, has built up "considerable" expertise.
The meeting also focused on the UN Conference of African Finance Ministers, which "will take place in Marrakech in six weeks and whose agenda will focus on issues such as taxation and digitization," she said.
Some of the issues discussed include Morocco's support for the European Court of Auditors' Women's Fund and the role of subregional organizations in continental economic integration, she added.