Morocco: African Union - Morocco Calls for African Strategy On Education

Addis Ababa — Morocco called Wednesday before the African Union (AU) for an African strategy to ensure accessibility to education for African populations.

Speaking through video conference during the 41st Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the AU, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the AU and UNECA, Ambassador Mohamed Arrouchi stressed the importance of ensuring the continuity of education in the face of new challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, through strengthening the access of African countries to online means and tools, especially for vulnerable populations.

The diplomat, who leads the Moroccan delegation to this two-day session, stressed the need to create a platform of experts and scientists to develop an African strategy to ensure accessibility to education for African populations.

Addressing the item on economic and financial integration of the continent, Arrouchi expressed support for a common African position aimed at changing global tax rules that should enable African states to build more capacity and expertise in the field of digital economy in general and taxation governing the sector in particular.

In this regard, the Moroccan diplomat stressed the need to combat illicit financial flows to establish an effective African payment system in the field of the digital economy and this, within the framework of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

On the item on Peace and Security, Arrouchi recalled the need for closer collaboration between the new leadership of the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security and the member states of the African Union.

He also stressed the existence of a multitude of projects, projects and initiatives aimed at consolidating peace and security in Africa, which member states should address in a constructive spirit and in full respect of international law.

On the gender issue, the Moroccan delegation highlighted the Kingdom's experience in empowering women, through the legislative corpus guaranteeing their rights, but also education and vocational training as vectors in strengthening women's rights.

The 41st Ordinary Session of the PRC that kicked off Wednesday will consider draft agenda and draft decisions of the 38th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council and agenda of the 34th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly, scheduled to take place 3 - 4 and 6 - 7 February 2021 respectively.

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