Institut Royal des Etudes Stratégiques
Discussion of key findings of the studies related ...

The IRES held on September 29th, 2011, a seminar devoted to the discussion of key findings of the studies related to the dimension "International Positioning of Morocco". This seminar comes within the scope of the institute’s study program “Global Competitiveness and positioning of Morocco in the global system”, which involves about fifty scholars and research associates.

The seminar was attended by a high-level panel made up of diplomats, senior officials, private sector representatives and national experts in the field of international relations. It was an opportunity to review the diagnostics developed by IRES’ working groups on Morocco's relationships with neighborhood countries as well as the potential of diversifying the country's strategic alliances with the emerging powers in different continents.

The debate during this scientific event emphasizes on key policy orientations so as to improve further the country’s international positioning and to serve best the requirements of its development strategy as a whole.

9.00
Introductory speech of Mohammed Tawfik MOULINE,
Director General of the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies

9.15
Session 1: Positioning of Morocco within its neighborhood
Moderator: Mr. Nacer Benjelloun TOUIMI
Program Coordinator at IRES, University Professor, University Mohammed V-Agdal, former Ambassador

Said DKHISSI
University Professor, University Mohammed V-Souissi

“Morocco-Africa Relations: towards a new and a comprehensive partnership strategy”

Ms. Fatiha BENLABBAH
Director of the Institute of Hispano-Lusophone Studies
“Relations between Morocco and Spain: the levers of a sustainable strategy of cooperation”

12.00
Coffee Break
12.15
Session 2: Relations between Morocco and the new actors of the global economy

Moderator: Mr. Said Moufti
Research Director, Project Coordinator “Economic Competitiveness”

Mr. Abdeslam SEDDIK
University Professor, University Moulay Ismail, Meknes

“Diversification of Strategic Alliances: What potential of developing Morocco’s relations with the BRIC? ”

13.45
Closing Remarks