Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Morocco
In dialogue with Pol Morillas, Director, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), Spain and Viviana Mazza, Corriere della Sera
As one of the key partners of the European Union in the Southern Neighborhood, the Kingdom of Morocco represents a cornerstone of regional cooperation, in areas as diverse as trade, counterterrorism and the fight against irregular migration. Despite having adopted severe measures to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the country is facing the pandemic-induced socio-economic challenges which are common to many countries in the region. On the international ground, Morocco confirms its role as a crucial actor for Africa, developing a south-south cooperation strategy. Moreover, Rabat continues to play an important role in the intra-Libyans’ dialogue, as showed during the third round of talks held in Bouznika on November 4-5.
Nasser Bourita is a Moroccan diplomat serving as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation since 5 April 2017. He was appointed Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in 2011 and then Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in 2016. He has evolved in many key positions within the ministry, from the head of United Nations Main Organs Unit, to head of United Nations Division (2003-2006) and then director of United Nations an International Organizations (2006-2009). Mr. Bourita is an alumnus of the Faculty of Law, Economics, and Humanities of Rabat, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law in 1991. In 1993, he earned a Certificate of Higher Studies in International Relations, followed by a master’s degree in International Public Law in 1995.