Morocco became the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to join the IEA’s Association initiative aimed at opening the agency’s doors to emerging economies.
The Kingdom of Morocco, which joined the International Energy Agency as an Association Country in November 2016, signed a three-year Joint Programme of Work with the IEA to deepen bilateral cooperation in the areas of energy security, energy efficiency, renewable energy, capacity building and data and statistics. The work programme is tailored to Morocco’s specific needs as it transitions to a low-carbon economy.
Under the programme, the IEA Secretariat and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development will work closely together to reach the ambitious targets set out in the Kingdom’s long-term energy plan.
Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA’s executive director, and Morocco’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, His Excellency Aziz Rabbah, signed the document in Paris in the presence of several ambassadors from IEA member countries.
“This Joint Programme of Work takes the long-standing relationship between the IEA and Morocco to a new level. It will cement the partnership between the two parties for a more sustainable and secure energy future.”
(Fatih Birol, IEA executive director)
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