USAID and Morocco Announce New Development Cooperation Strategy

For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch USAID’s new Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) for Morocco.   This CDCS will serve the common interest of promoting sustainable development in Morocco. Morocco’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid and the Ambassador of Morocco to the U.S., Rachad Bouhlal joined USAID Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein and senior leadership from the U.S. Government and Moroccan-American community for the signing reception.

“The Government of Morocco has laid out an ambitious agenda of political, economic, and social reforms, which will advance stability and security throughout the country,” said Associate Administrator Feierstein. “USAID is dedicated to continuing our longstanding partnership with the Moroccan Government, civil society, and the private sector to respond to the needs of Moroccan citizens and advance the country’s peaceful progress towards those important reforms.”

USAID’s new CDCS, developed in close collaboration between the two governments, is a five-year plan designed to support Morocco’s efforts to enhance the employability of its youth, increase its citizens’ participation in governance, and improve the quality of primary education.