A conference on political, economic and social issues held in Paris

A conference debate on “the legal, economic and social issues in the Moroccan Sahara” was moderated on Tuesday evening in Paris by Me Hubert Seillan, honorary professor of law and jurist at the Paris Bar, author of several books on Morocco.

This meeting, held at the headquarters of the Kingdom Embassy in the French capital, was an opportunity to present the second edition of the book “The Moroccan Sahara – Space and Time” by Me Seillan.

In his introductory speech, Morocco’s Ambassador to Paris, Mohamed Benchaâboun, reiterated the importance of this second edition of the book, insofar as it intervenes in an international context marked by important achievements of diplomacy under the enlightened leadership of HM King Mohammed VI on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara.

He noted that Morocco is part of a positive and constructive dynamic, proposing in 2007 an initiative to negotiate a Statute of Autonomy for the Sahara region within the framework of the Kingdom’s sovereignty and its national unity, and clarified that with this The Kingdom guarantees all Sahrawis, both outside and inside, their full place and role, without discrimination or exclusion, in the bodies and institutions of the region.

In recent years, the Ambassador noted, Morocco has launched an extraordinary investment program relating to road and port infrastructure, strengthened electricity and internet connections, university and hospital equipment or industrial recovery units with the aim of establishing the region as a real investment center. and growth for the benefit of the local population.

And the diplomat continues that these development efforts consolidate regional stability, help strengthen the strategic ties between Europe and Africa and show that the Sahelo-Sahara region can avoid instability and the scourge of terrorism in Africa, as recalled by the 79 delegations from the global coalition to defeat Daesh, which met in Marrakech on 11 May. The kingdom, he said, has the ambition of becoming a hub between sub-Saharan Africa and Europe, noting that this dynamic could be accelerated if it enjoys clear support from other European states.

For his part, Me Seillan, a good connoisseur of the national question, especially from a legal point of view, returned to the creation of the artificial dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, created from scratch in the context of the Cold War, while highlighting news in second edition of his work, more enriched and updated, in the light of recent developments in the Sahara issue.

“The book is only an expression of what I have seen and heard” in the Moroccan Sahara, Mr Seillan immediately confirmed to an audience of mainly French senators, intellectuals, elected representatives and members of the Moroccan community established in Paris and its region.

The author, also the author of the book “Politics Against the Law. Sahara, Human Rights and the Trial of Gdim Izik”, recalled the main lines of his work, which traces the historical and political contours of the national question, and emphasizes the growing international support no longer achieves the proposed plan of autonomy for the Moroccan Sahara of the Kingdom, thanks to proactive and active royal diplomacy.

Sir. Seillan, also the founding president of the “Fund for Peace and Sustainable Development of France in Morocco”, emphasized the dazzling socio-economic development experienced by the Sahara provinces and which, thanks to colossal investment led by the Moroccan state, has become an attractive platform for national and foreign investors.

He also highlighted the climate of freedom and tranquility enjoyed by the Sahrawi people, noting that Morocco has become a model in the fight against terrorism.

The conference was also attended by Gilbert Bauer, Founding Vice President of the France Morocco Peace and Sustainable Development Foundation and CEO of the Qualtech group, Laboratoires d’Analyse Alimentaire et Sensorielle, who discussed the projects his group had carried out. Morocco, especially in the Moroccan Sahara.

It was followed by a debate between the author and the public, which also made it possible to highlight the main purpose of this book, which is to make this issue known outside Morocco, with the central theme of showing, based on historical facts and on geography, the kingdom’s integrity that Morocco knew how to maintain even under the protectorate of natural, geographical, historical, economic and cultural forces.

Published by “The crossroads” editions in November 2021, 2nd edition of the book “The Moroccan Sahara: Space and Time” has been enriched by taking into account the latest advances in the Moroccan Sahara file in the years 2020 and 2021.

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