BY STAFF WRITER
JOHANNESBURG -The strengthening of cooperation relations between Morocco and South Africa, two African heavyweights, represents a major asset for all Africa, said the Democratic Alliance (DA) party, the second largest political party in South Africa.
Morocco and South Africa, two of the largest economies in Africa, can play the role of locomotive for strengthening integration in Africa, said in an interview with MAP-Johannesburg, Stevens Mokgalapa, spokesman for the party of the DA for foreign policy issues.
Morocco‘s return to the African Union will strengthen this role of the Kingdom, said the official, recalling Morocco‘s efforts to consolidate its presence in several regions of the continent through an innovative strategy based on co-development and a win-win partnership.
This historic return of Morocco within its African institutional family also offers the opportunity to Morocco and South Africa to move up a gear to strengthen their relations for the good of the peoples of the two countries and those of the African continent in general, continued Mokgalapa.
Great opportunities exist to establish a mutually beneficial economic cooperation between Rabat and Pretoria, the official said. “If we talk about promoting intra-African trade, we must turn to the major economies that can act as catalysts in this direction. Morocco and South Africa are among these major African economies capable of making a decisive contribution to these efforts, “he said, stressing that it is not possible to ignore Morocco, a key player key in several regions of the continent.
Morocco‘s place in North Africa and West Africa and South Africa in Southern Africa make cooperation between these two countries an invaluable asset to be a dream of continental integration. “This cooperation between these two giants of Africa is the only way to move forward on several issues intrinsically linked to the development of Africa,” Mokgalapa insisted, noting that South Africa has all to gain from enhanced cooperation with Morocco.
The DA Spokesperson for Foreign Policy Issues expressed in this context the support of his training in efforts to strengthen Moroccan-South African relations.
A partnership between these two African powers will certainly serve the values of Pan-Africanism, he said. Mr Mokgalapa, on the other hand, is addressing the Crans Montana World Forum, which will be held from 15 to 20 March in the city of Dakhla, noting that the theme chosen for this year’s edition is a straight line. continental objectives of the party of the DA.
The official called, in this vein, the strengthening of trade in the continent. Inter-African trade remains below expectations and should be encouraged in the broader context of economic integration, he said. “South-South cooperation inevitably means strengthening economic development in southern countries,” Mokgalapa said, welcoming Morocco‘s commitment to promoting South-South cooperation at the highest level. , erected in the central axis of the foreign policy of the Kingdom.