Morocco, GCC countries poised to promote cooperation in culture

Morocco, GCC countries poised to promote cooperation in culture

Morocco and the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) signed a memorandum of understanding to promote cooperation in the cultural field.

The MoU reflects the two sides’ common resolve to strengthen brotherhood ties and fruitful cooperation between the two parties and to bolster cooperation in the cultural and civilizational fields.

The document materializes the points agreed upon during the joint meeting on November 7, 2012 in Manama, concerning joint action plans.

Under this MoU, the two parties agree, in line with laws and regulations in force in Morocco and GCC countries, to strengthen cooperation and the exchange of expertise in the field of digital culture and to promote direct exchanges in the realms of literature, arts, heritage, libraries, and archives.

It also provides for encouraging the exchange of visits, sharing cultural information, publications and expertise, and organizing roundtables and study days with the participation of experts in safeguarding, preserving and promoting tangible and intangible cultural heritage, while ensuring that positions on related issues are coordinated.

In addition, Morocco and the GCC countries will promote the exchange of expertise in the fight against illegal trafficking of cultural property as well as the development of bidding files related to the elements to be included on the list of material and immaterial cultural heritage of humanity. The two parties therefore undertake to establish close cooperation between training institutions for cultural, artistic and heritage professions.

The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the Morocco-GCC joint ministerial meeting held Sunday in Riyadh by Minister of Foreign Affairs and GCC Secretary General, Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi.

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