BANGLADESH EMBASSY IN MOROCCO

Bangladesh-Morocco Relations

  The Government of Morocco recognized Bangladesh on 13 July, 1973. Bangladesh opened our Mission in Rabat in 1990 on 28 August 1990 while Morocco opened its diplomatic Mission in Dhaka on 11 December 1988.

    a. Current state of Bilateral Relations       

      The diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and Morocco have been cordial and characterized by strong bond of friendship, goodwill and mutual support. Although  there have been no high level visits among the leadership of the two countries for a long time,   both the countries maintains regular contacts through diplomatic representatives in their respective capitals as well as at the UN.

Cultural relations:

          Bangladesh and Morocco signed a bilateral agreement on Cultural and Scientific Cooperation in February 1983. But, it has remained generally unfertilized since its signing and no program under this agreement was ever taken by either of the parties till date.

High Level Visits between Bangladesh and Morocco:          

Visits from Bangladesh to Morocco:

Over the years there have been limited contacts between the peoples of Bangladesh and Morocco, some of the important visits atre mentioned below;

1.  During her last tenure the Hon'ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Morocco in July 1999 to attend the funeral of late King Hassan II of Morocco.

2.    Former Health Minister Mr. Salah Uddin Yusuf visited Morocco in July 1999 to attend the South-South Cooperation Meeting in Marrakesh.

3.  Former Minister for Industries Mr. Tofail Ahmed visited Morocco in September 1999 to attend the Group-77 (G-77) Meeting.

4.   Former State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Reaz Rahman visited Morocco from 24—26 January 2002 to attend the 19th Session of the Al-Quds Committee Meeting held in Marrakesh.

5.  Former Speaker of the Parliament, Barrister Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar, MP visited Marrakesh from 16—24 March 2002 to attend the IPU Conference

6. Former Minister for Social Welfare, Mr. Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed paid a week-long visit to Morocco from 17—24 March 2004.

7.  Former Foreign Minister Mr. M. Morshed Khan, MP paid a bilateral visit to Morocco from 20—23 April 2004.

8.  Former Minister for Industries, Mr. Motiur Rahman Nizami visited Morocco on a study tour from 28 November—05 December 2004.

9.  A two member delegation headed by Mr. Md. Momtajul Islam, Secretary, Ministry of Education of the government of Bangladesh visited Morocco to attend the 28th Session of the Executive Council held in Rabat from 9-10 July 2007.

10.    A three member delegation headed by Mr. Md. Momtajul Islam, Secretary, Ministry of Education of the government of Bangladesh visited Morocco to attend the 29th Session of the Executive Council held in Rabat from 02-05 July 2008.

11.   A three member Bangladesh delegation, headed by Dr. Md. Nurul Amin, former Secretary, Ministry of Industries, visited Morocco from 15-18 April 2008 in connection with the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) and Office Cherifien of Phosphates (OCP) of Morocco for the supply of Rock Phosphate and Phosphoric Acid to be used for the TSP fertilizer factory in Bangladesh.

12.   A 6 member high level Bangladesh delegation headed by Abdul Aziz, former Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, visited Morocco from 31 July-August, 2008 and signed a MOU between Office Cherifien of Phosphates (OCP) and Bangladesh Agriculture Development Cooperation (BADC) for the supply of TSP fertilizers from Morocco to Bangladesh.

13.  A two member delegation headed by Mr. A.H.M.Rezaul Kabir, former Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of Bangladesh visited Morocco from 29-31 October 2008 to attend the Third Islamic Conference of the Environment Ministers

14.  Hon’ble Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Mr. Abul Kalam Azad visited Morocco from 25 - 28 January 2009 to attend eighth session of the Islamic Conference of Information Ministers held in Rabat.

15.    Hon’ble, Secretary of Ministry of Education Mr. Syed 
Ataur Rahman visited Morocco on 10-11 July 2010 to attend a conference on Education organized by Islamic, Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)
 
16. Major General (Rtd.) Hoymayon Khaled, Chairman, BJMC visited Morocco on 02 April 2014 for promoting jute business.

 

 17. Mr. Md. Moniul Islam, Agricultural Secretary, visited Casablanca to sign an Agreement to import Phosphate/Fertilizer from the Moroccan state-owned company OCP form 3-4 November 2014.

 

18.   Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP and President, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) visited Marrakech to participate in the Global Forum for Human Rights  from 27-30 November 2014.

 

 19.  Mr. Abdul Matin Khasru led a 4-member Parlimentary delegation to attend a Conference on “Good Governance and Rule of Law” held in Rabat from 03-05 December 2014.

 

20.     Mr. Md. Nazrul Islam Khan, Education Secretary, participated in the Education Minister’s Conference organized by the ISESCO held in Rabat from 18-19 December 2014.

 

21.   Mr. A.R. Mollah, Director,Bangladesh Shilpaka Academy with 6 delegates visited Morocco from 4-11 July 2015 in the Festival of Folk Culture.

 

 22.  The 6th Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers was held on October 8-9, 2015 in Rabat, Morocco. Hon’ble Deputy Minister of Environment and Forests Mr. Abdullah Al Islam Jacob was participated.

 

23. The International Environment Forum was held on 12 October, 2015 in Rabat, Morocco. Mr. Md. Raisul Alam Mondal, Director General of Environment of Bangladesh was participated.

Visits from Morocco to Bangladesh:

            So far, there have been no bilateral visits to Bangladesh from the Moroccan side. However, the King of Morocco has sent special Envoys to Bangladesh from time to time in connection with the Western Sahara issue. Special Envoys from Morocco visited Bangladesh once each in 1976, 1985, 1986, and twice in 2000.

Visits from Morocco to Bangladesh:

            So far, there have been no bilateral visits to Bangladesh from the Moroccan side. However, the King of Morocco has sent special Envoys to Bangladesh from time to time in connection with the Western Sahara issue. Special Envoys from Morocco visited Bangladesh once each in 1976, 1985, 1986, and twice in 2000.

Economic and Trade Relations

             There is a general trade agreement with Morocco signed on 15 September 1999. The Trade Agreement is valid for 5 years, which is automatically renewable on a year-to-year basis.

Bangladeshi exports to Morocco consist mainly of raw jute, jute manufactures, jute yarn and twins, jute carpets, leather, tea and other manufactured goods. Raw jute and jute goods occupy a major share in our exports claiming over 80% of total exports to Morocco. There is good demand of Bangladeshi products like Ceramics and melamine in as well as Bangladeshi pharmaceutical products may have potential demand in Morocco.

       

           

c. Pending Issues ( agreements,  MOUs etc)

Agreements:

               The following  Agreements/ Treaties/MOUs  between Bangladesh and Morocco are finalized and remain pending for the recent years:

 

S.L No

Name of the Country

Name of the Agreements

Latest Position

Remarks

1.

Morocco

Bilateral Agreement on Civil Aviation

At final stage. To be signed in Dhaka. Dates for the signing ceremony to be fixed by concerned authority in Bangladesh.

Initialed in December 1996

2.

Morocco

Science and Technological Cooperation Agreement

Signed on 22 July 2010 in Dhaka

 

3.

Morocco

Cooperation Agreement between BSS and Maghreb Arab Press (MAP)

At final stage. The Chief Editor and Managing Director of BSS were invited to visit Rabat and sign the agreement. But the visit was not materialized.

 

4.

Morocco

Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion

Negotiations have been concluded.

Awaited for Moroccan response for signature

5.

Morocco

Agreement Bangladesh Television and RTM (BTV-RTM)

An approved draft of the Agreement between BTV-RTM was sent to the Moroccan authorities and their response is awaited.

 

6.

 Morocco

 Agreement on Merchant  Shipping and Related Maritime Matters

 Bangladesh authorities have proposed to insert two clauses in the draft, which the Moroccan side accepted.  Response from Bangladesh authorities awaited.

 

7.

 

Memorandum of Understanding between BCIC and OCP

Negotiations are going on.

 

8

Morocco

MOU on the cooperation in the field of Agriculture

Finalized and to be signed at convenient date

 

 


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