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Moroccan City Laayoune Twins Up With Hollywood In Historic Deal

Agreement opens prospects for the consolidation of partnerships in various sectors

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Hollywood city in the state of Florida (United States) and the Moroccan city of Laayoune laid down a twin-city deal, signed Wednesday in Laayoune, aimed at strengthening bilateral relations in the economic, cultural, educational and tourist fields.

During their stay in Laayoune, American officials made field visits to several projects completed or under way, where they saw firsthand the efforts made to ensure comprehensive and integrated development in the region.

Moroccans and their US counterparts said this agreement opens promising prospects for the consolidation of partnership ties in these sectors, in addition to sharing expertise and strengthening cooperation between the two trans-Atlantic countries.

As part of the decentralized cooperation between Morocco and the United States, this agreement was initialed by the President of the City Council, Moulay Hamdi Ould Errachid and the mayor of the city of Hollywood in Florida, Josh Levy, at the headquarters of the municipality of Laayoune; in the presence of the Wali of the region Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra, governor of the province of Laayoune, Abdeslam Bekrate and elected officials from both cities.

This agreement will offer the capital of the Moroccan Sahara international influence and partnership opportunities that can contribute positively to its socio-economic development. “This agreement marks the beginning of a closer relationship between the two cities in the economic and cultural fields,” said Mayor Josh Levy at the end the ceremony of the twinning agreement.

The mayor of the city of Hollywood in Florida also expressed the wish to further consolidate bilateral relations, through the exchange of visits of delegations from both cities. The priority sectors in Laayoune and Florida are similar and complementary, he noted, citing in particular the sectors of aviation, agriculture and education. He has, in this sense, called for close cooperation between businesses in Hollywood and Laayoune, to benefit from investment opportunities in both cities.

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Similarly, he said he was “very impressed” by the quality of investments and educational infrastructure, sports, socio-economic and health in Laayoune, praising the efforts made by the Regional Council and the Communal Council of Laayoune in the implementation of projects.

This was after the American delegation visited the women’s municipal club, the Olympic pool and the sports village, as well as projects related to the construction of the Faculty of Medicine, the City of Trades and Skills and the University Hospital, in addition to the African Institute for Research in Sustainable Agriculture and the phosphate port in Foum El Oued that is a fort of Moroccan fertilizer output.

Similarly, the members of the delegation attended a presentation on the development program of the municipality of Laayoune, covering the various development projects registered under the new development model of the southern provinces launched by King Mohammed VI in 2015.

For his part, Ould Errachid stressed that this agreement, which comes after Washington’s decision to recognize the sovereignty of Morocco over its Sahara region, in a further blow to foes who falsely claim rights to this region. It aims to deepen bilateral cooperation in various areas. Errachid also expressed his willingness to establish mutually beneficial relations in all sectors of common interest with the American city.

On this occasion, an institutional film highlighting the potential and assets of the two cities, was shown. The American delegation also visited the Regional Investment Center for presentations on the socio-economic potential and investment opportunities within the region.

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