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Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

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The cooperation framework is made up of:

-  the priorities established by the Interministerial Committee for International Cooperation and Development (CICID) and the guidelines laid down at the high-level meetings of the heads of government;
-  the Partnership Agreement of 24 July 2003 establishing the France-Morocco partnership steering committee (COPP).
-  the Framework Partnership Agreement signed on 13 June 2006, which lays down strategic guidelines in the form of three priorities: governance, poverty reduction and sustainable development; the cultural dimension of development; and the promotion of higher education and research for development.

In the field of education, close on 31,000 pupils, half of them Moroccan, were enrolled in the 30 French schools in Morocco (including 23 operated by AEFE, the Agency for French Education Abroad) in 2012.

The Institut Français in Morocco, established on 1 January 2012, consists of eleven sites (Agadir, Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech, Meknes, Oujda, Rabat, Kenitra, Tangiers, Tetouan, El Jadida), in addition to two Alliance Française centres (Essaouira and Safi) and a Campus-France space attached to the Rabat Institut Français; together, they ensure an active, high-profile presence in the country. The 32,000 Moroccan students in France make up the single largest body of foreign students on French soil.

French enjoys true second language status in Morocco (estimates suggest that 40% of the population speaks French). Our support for the French language, focused primarily on teacher training, aims to consolidate that position.

Morocco is the leading beneficiary of AFD development aid. Net AFD commitments amount to €1.7 billion (including €300 million in commitments from Proparco, a private subsidiary of the AFD Group), targeting primarily sectors such as water, the environment and socio-economic infrastructure; more recently, funds have been also been targeted on education and vocational training.

France provided over 40% of the net official development assistance received by Morocco in 2011, with €377 million in bilateral aid. Morocco is part of the Priority Solidarity Zone defined by France. Of the total cooperation budget of €9.1 million in 2012, €750,000 was provided from the Priority Solidarity Fund (FSP).

Updated on : 11.04.13

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