Moroccan and Spanish trade unions call for consolidation of technical and social cooperation
Morocco-Spain, Economics, 10/4/1999
Spanish and Moroccan trade unions in a meeting held in Tetuan (northern Morocco) last week called for the consolidation of technical and social cooperation.
The inter-trade union meeting argued that cooperation should cover the training of youth, women and unionists. Participants also urged for seeking new methods to support economy by encouraging socio-economic projects in northern Morocco and recommended the creation of joint cooperatives in sea fisheries and agriculture.
In tourism, the meeting recommended to encourage the environment component, improve the tourism product, compile a tourism guide on northern Morocco and promote cultural and leisure events.
Regarding the issue of migration, participants said it was necessary to promote the legal awareness of migrants, improve their living and work conditions and create a fund for socio-economic projects for migrant workers.
The meeting, dubbed "Interreg-II" is the second of the kind. The first one was held last April in Malaga (southern Spain) at the initiative of the European Regional Development Fund, the general labor union in Andalusia and the autonomous government of Andalusia with the collaboration of the Tangiers-Tetuan region.
Moroccan communication minister, Mohamed Larbi Messari, stressed at the opening of the meeting that by taking 11% of Spanish private investments abroad, Morocco has become an important partner of Spain.
Apart from the participation of Spanish "Telefonica" in the group that won Morocco's second mobile phone license, the minister said Spanish investments reached $ 47.6 million. He went on that the two countries will develop cooperation opportunities with Spain, which used to be Morocco's 12th partner, becoming Morocco's second customer.
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