Since the signing of the Abraham Accords, the Arab world's solidarity with Israel and vice versa has grown exponentially. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has seen its security considerably improved, economic relations between member states have benefited and, above all, understanding between the governments of the countries has led them to promote projects of common benefit to all. The latest announcement is that an unnamed Israeli company is preparing to invest in the fish farming sector in Morocco's Western Sahara region.
The quest for common development was reflected in the UN World Water Conference 2023. As part of the meetings and discussions held on Thursday at the World Water Conference, Israel's Cabinets of Innovation, Science and Technology and Morocco's Cabinet of Equipment and Water signed a series of agreements for the development of the Saharawi region. Ofir Akunis, Israeli Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, told the audience that all the development and impetus for the region comes from the approval, at the time, of the Abraham Accords.
Since the present Hebrew government took office, it has been working on a number of initiatives, most notably relations with its North African allies, which have not been altered. Since the beginning of 2022, the two countries have been in continuous talks with the aim of seeking political security to facilitate decision-making regarding the approval of common projects.
Although it all began with the desire for maximum security, since 2020 the two states have supported each other and have given the green light to numerous projects in the commercial and economic spheres. Before the current Israeli government came to power, the budget earmarked for the approval of collective projects with Morocco was $130 million. As a symbol of the good relations that coexist between the two administrations, Tel Aviv's objective is to increase this to 500 million dollars in the coming years.
The signing of this new commitment to support aquaculture in the Western Sahara region follows on from a project led by AgriPro signed last February at the Haleutis conference. The agreement approved the construction of a "marine life farm" in the vicinity of the port city of Tangier, which is due to start operating at the beginning of April. Concern about the droughts that are affecting dozens of countries is global, and Morocco and Israel are no exception to this dilemma.
The Moroccan government, as in other sectors that make up the country's business, commercial and economic fabric, is at the forefront in terms of efficiency and use of water resources, as they stated at the UN Water Conference. In particular, the Water Resources Management (WRM) department was commended for its high concern for water stress and its excellent management of the water dilemma, especially in recent years where droughts are rife, partly due to climate change.