India, Morocco enter into bilateral deals

The agreements, which come as part of the India visit of a Moroccan ministerial delegation, focus on cooperation in defence and security and in the development of micro, small and medium enterprises

September 26, 2018

Hydrography, peacekeeping, telemedicine, IT and communications as well as counter terrorism and counter insurgency have been identified under defence and security cooperation

The Governments have agreed on cooperation in peaceful usages of outer space between Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Morocco’s Royal Centre for Remote Sensing (CRTS)

Cyber security tie-up amid India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) and Morocco’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Computer Response Team (ma-CERT)

India’s National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) and Moroco’s Maroc PME have entered into an arrangement that will facilitate transfer of Indian technologies and products to Morocco

India and Morocco have entered into bilateral agreements to bolster cooperation in the field of defence and security as well as in the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME). The deals coincide with the India visit of a Moroccan ministerial delegation. As part of the visit, Morocco’s defence minister, Abdeltif Loudyi, met Indian defence minister, Nirmala Sitaraman. Mr Loudyi identified hydrography, peacekeeping, telemedicine, information technology and communications as well as counter terrorism and counter insurgency as potential areas for bilateral engagement. Tie-up in defence manufacturing, including collaboration in ship building and manufacturing support were also discussed.

 

Following the critical meeting, two bilateral defence agreements were signed – 1) Cooperation in peaceful usages of outer space between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Morocco’s Royal Centre for Remote Sensing (CRTS); 2) Cooperation in cyber security between India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) and Morocco’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Moroccan Computer Response Team (ma-CERT). The Moroccan delegation also visited the Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) facilities at Bengaluru. HAL and BEL are Indian state-owned aerospace and defence manufacturing with expanding footprint in global markets.

 

India and Morocco signed an agreement deepening cooperation between the MSME sectors of the two countries in Rabat, Morocco. The deal was signed between India’s National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) and Moroco’s Maroc PME. The arrangement will facilitate transfer of Indian technologies and products to Morocco. The Governments are discussing ways to synergize the strengths of both countries in MSME sector in terms of capacity building, infrastructure development, financing, among others. Morocco mainly relies on its exports of minerals and ores and services sector, the nation has very small MSME sector in manufacturing. Meanwhile, India has a strong MSME sector, especially in manufacturing.