Morocco: Made-in-Morocco Fair to hold in Abidjan

Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The 2017 Made-in-Morocco fair, dedicated to promote Moroccan products across Africa, will be held in Abidjan, the capital of Cote d'Ivoire, from 21 to 24 September 2017.

Morocco World News, an Arabic, French and English language e-newspaper, reported that the international event is expected to garner more than 40,000 visitors and 100 Moroccan and Ivorian exhibitors from sectors including agri-food, tourism, crafts and real estate.

It said the event aims to boost the continent’s economic development as well as the integration and promotion of regional trade within it.

According to Mohammed Rahal Essoulami, president of Rahal Group who are organising the event, choosing the largest Ivorian city of Abidjan to host the meeting is not arbitrary. “Abidjan is a city full of history, which is why it has been chosen to host the third edition of the Made-In-Morocco fair.”

Regarding the economic consequences of the fair, Essoulami said that its ”aim is to promote exchanges between Morocco and the continent, and to promote inter-African exchanges for the emergence of Made-in-Africa goods”.

The Abidjan fair will offer African economic players the opportunity to learn about business opportunities in Morocco, establish new professional contacts with their Moroccan counterparts and conquer new markets.

The 'Made-in-Morocco' Fair will highlight “values of economic and intercultural exchanges and regional integration,” organisers Raham Group said, adding that the event’s main focus is creating a permanent link for inter-African exchanges.

Nadia Chellaoui, a Moroccan artist who will lead a cultural programme during the fair, said the event will celebrate art and culture. “We have thought of holding an exhibition by four artists from Morocco and Cote d'Ivoire to establish a platform for a meeting of cultures and dialogue of civilisations through the arts and culture.”

The two previous editions of the Fair were organised in 2014 and 2016, both in the Belgian capital of Brussels. Each fair attracted nearly 40,000 visitors and more than 100 exhibitors.
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