Morocco has reiterated before the African Union in Addis Ababa its call for the creation of an African Expert Platform to fight epidemics in the continent.
The call was launched by Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the African Union and the UNECA, Mohamed Arrouchi, in an address Monday during the 41st AU Representatives Committee, convened ahead of the coming AU Summit scheduled February 6 – 7.
The Moroccan diplomat underlined the need for the creation of this platform as a tool to support the competent authorities of African countries in terms of counseling in the fight against epidemics, to allow a continuous exchange of expertise and consequently consolidate intra-African cooperation.
This proposal is part of the pan-African institution’s efforts to strengthen African knowledge and expertise, as well as its autonomy in the field of medical products, equipment, and logistics, noted Arrouchi who is leading the Moroccan delegation to this session.
By proposing the creation of this platform in Africa, Morocco reiterates the importance of the operational dimension of a common African action to meet the legitimate aspirations of the African citizen, Arrouchi added.
The Moroccan diplomat underlined Morocco’s active solidarity with several African countries during the coronavirus pandemic, recalling that at the high instructions of King Mohammed VI, the Kingdom dispatched medical aid to the African Union Commission and to several sisterly African nations to help them in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
He stressed that all the medical products and equipment sent part of this assistance were manufactured in Morocco, on African soil, by Africans.