Crans Montana Forum on Africa and South-South Cooperation

On March 13th, 2015, in Dakhla, Kingdom of Morocco, the Crans Montana Forum held its 9th annual session dedicated to Africa, regional cooperation and South-South cooperation. The 2015 Forum, sponsored by His Royal Majesty Mohammed VI of Morocco in association with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and a number of other Moroccan economic institutions, brought together government officials, international and regional organizations, members of national and international parliaments, financial institutions and other private sector organizations to address challenges and opportunities for Africa and progress made in the economic and social fields.

Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director-General of ISESCO, stressed the importance increasing understanding and cooperation among peoples within Member States and beyond, thereby contributing to greater world peace and security through various means, notably education, science, culture and communication. He also spoke of ISESCO’s mission of contributing to bringing lasting peace, security and cooperation between African peoples and nations, and enhancing the integrity and sovereignty of African countries.

The forum also featured a special meeting of African women dedicated to discussing such key topics as gender equality, and early and more effective educational systems for girls. They also discussed strategies of cooperation to prevent and fight cross-border threats to public health, and on the necessity for Africa to promote regional and south-south cooperation.

The Crans Montana Forum offered participants an opportunity to discuss relevant key topics as economic development and management of natural resources, the role of tourism industry as a best tool for economic development, integration and social progress, many of which are major challenges facing African nations. Participant agreed that through multi-lateral cooperation and a strategic vision with clearly defined goals and effective implementation mechanisms, the world will begin to see the true economic and social development.