Kittitians and Nevisians to benefit from Road Map on Cooperation with Morocco

St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas (third from the left) and Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Elvis Newton (second from the left) meeting with officials of the Government of Morocco. (Photo by Erasmus Williams)

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 17TH 2013 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says the recent agreement with the Kingdom of Morocco will result in substantial and substantive benefits to the twin-island Federation.

In a recent “Ask the Prime Minister,” Dr. Douglas said his government’s discussions with the delegation from the Kingdom of Morocco, led by Ambassador Nasser Bourita, has resulted in a Roadmap on Cooperation.

“As you know, I have long believed that one of the most important form of international assistance is skills transfer. And so I am very pleased to be able to share with you the fact that training will constitute a major component of the enhanced collaboration between our Federation and Morocco under this Roadmap,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

He said Kittitian and Nevisian junior diplomats, small farmers, pharmacy inspectors, aspiring French speakers, and technical and vocational students will be eligible to receive training.

“In addition, there will be collaboration in the areas of electricity and water management, and there will be mid-year cultural exchanges between Moroccan and Kittitian-Nevisian children. We will cooperate in our mutual fight against illegal immigration, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorism, as well as our shared commitment to strengthen international resolve to address climate change,” Prime Minister Douglas said.

He disclosed that there will also be a grant in the amount of US$1 million, to be used in an area of strategic importance to the Federation, as identified by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis.

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