US Senate Confirms David Fischer as New Ambassador to Morocco

US Senate Confirms David Fischer as New Ambassador to Morocco

The US Senate confirmed on Thursday Dec. 19 David T. Fisher to be the next ambassador to Morocco, succeeding Dwight Lamar Bush, who served in the North African Kingdom from 2014 to 2017.

The nomination process took several months in the foreign relations committee of the Republican-dominated senate.

During his confirmation hearing at the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee in August 2018, the nominee had pointed out that Morocco is a bridge to Africa, to the Middle East, and to the Muslim world, and the USA-Morocco friendship and continued economic, political, and security collaboration are vital and must be strengthened.

“Building a strong relationship with King Mohammed VI will be paramount as we strengthen our collaboration from a foundation of trust”, he had said.

“With my business background, I appreciate the tremendous opportunities for trade, as exports from the U.S. to Morocco have tripled in recent years”, he had said, adding the North African Kingdom is also a gateway for US companies to enter other markets.

The nominee had also pointed out that Washington and Rabat stand firm in advancing religious freedom and rooting out violent extremism, describing Morocco as “an active and capable partner” of the USA.

As one of the first African countries to join the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and as co-chair of the Global Counterterrorism Forum, “Morocco plays a global role in the fight against terrorism”, he stressed.

“If confirmed, I will seek to further strengthen our security cooperation with Morocco…to strengthen Morocco as a secure, prosperous, and vital ally of the United States of America,” he had vowed.

Mr. Fischer is a prominent businessman and community leader in Michigan. He has been involved in his family automotive dealership group and related entities since 1967. He became CEO and partner in 1975, and principal owner in 1978.

Known today as “The Suburban Collection,” Mr. Fischer’s organization has become one of the largest privately held automotive dealership groups in the United States.

This organization operates state-of-the-art collision centers, accessories distribution centers, fleet management and retrofitting services throughout the United States and Canada.

Recognized for his leadership, problem solving and fiscal management, Mr. Fischer has forged and managed a large organization of highly talented and loyal personnel, while dedicating time and resources to the welfare of his community, the arts and education through the support of charities.

He has experience in Detroit local government and was Member of the Judicial Tenure Commission in Detroit (2012-2017).

Mr. Fischer earned a B.A. at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, in 1967 and participated in the CEO President’s Seminar at Harvard College, 2015-2017.

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