MEKNES, MOROCCO — Morocco and CAte d’Ivoire have great relations, said the visiting Ivorian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly, on the sidelines of the 10th meeting on agriculture between the two countries here Monday.

“Our relationship is great. It is a tradition since the reign of the late King Hassan II and today with the two Heads of State King Mohammed VI and President Alassane Ouattara,” Coulibaly told journalists on the occasion of the signing by Morocco and CAte d’Ivoire of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the development and management of a logistics platform for the marketing of fruit and vegetables at the port of Abidjan.

The Ivorian official added that the two countries had excellent relations in various areas, especially in the agricultural sector, recalling the signing in 2014 with his Moroccan counterpart, Aziz Akhannouch, of an agricultural co-operation agreement, which provides for the setting up of a logistics platform in CAte d’Ivoire.

In this regard, he noted that the establishment of this logistics platform will allow Moroccan producers to have access to the narket in the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), of which Cote d’Ivoire is a member and for producers fro that sub-region to enter the Middle East market via Morocco.

The project to set up a logistics platform also aims to improve the value of trade flows between Morocco and CAte d’Ivoire as well as between the countries of their respective sub-region. It is also meant to directly serve the interests of Ivorian and Moroccan economic operators, strengthen their competitiveness and promote trade between the two countries.