The Moroccan American Network presents
its fourth Business Forum-CEO Summit, focusing on small business
opportunities, from the U.S. to Africa, during the official “Morocco
Day” on March 29, 2019 at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in
Washington, D.C. “Morocco Day” was established by the
Proclamation of Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on March 29, 2018,
following a formal resolution by the thirteen-member DC Council.
It's celebrates the official Morocco Day for the first time in 2019
with this special conference of American business executives and a
Moroccan government delegation from the City of Zagora, which is in
the southeast of Morocco.
The Morocco delegation will
include Mohamed El Gharrass, State Secretary to the Minister of
National Education for Vocational Training, Higher Education and
Scientific Research; Abderrahim Chahid, President of Provincial
Council of Zagora; Hmad Ayt Baha, Member of Parliament and President
of the rural Commune; and Mohammed Elansari, President of the Chamber
of Commerce of the Daraa-Tafilalt region.
"Morocco Day" in Washington, D.C. is just the “first step
in a long and ambitious journey to strengthen Morocco's position in
the United States of America,” according to Mohamed El Hajjam, CEO
of AV Actions Inc. and President of the Moroccan American Network.
The neighboring city of Alexandria, one of the oldest cities in
the U.S., also officially recognized June 9 as “Morocco Day” each
year. El Hajjam says that the Moroccan American Network has a
twelve-year strategy to celebrate Morocco Day by recognizing one of
the Morocco’s twelve regions each year.
“The summit is
designed to expand opportunities for conducting business in Africa,
and we are honored to have the City of Zagora, Morocco as a guest of
honor, representing Morocco’s Eighth Region,” he said.
“Specifically, we want to highlight opportunities for greater
collaboration and exchange of ideas, promoting foreign investment and
economic growth.” “The summit will also recognize women and
youth leaders for their contributions to the Moroccan-American
community,” said American attorney and MAN Strategic Advisor
Establishing every March 29 as "Morocco
Day" in the Nation’s Capital, and every June 9 in Alexandria,
is especially symbolic, reflecting recognition by lawmakers and
American citizens of Morocco’s stature as a prosperous and stable
country with a long-standing relationship with the United States.
“Morocco Day is an opportunity to explore economic,
cultural, and educational exchange opportunities that are mutually
beneficial for the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States of
America,” said Antoine Battle, CEO of Diplomatic Communications and
former U.S. Delegate to Morocco (U.S. Department of State’s
Professional Fellows Program). Morocco was the very first country in
the world to recognize the independence of the United States of
America in 1777. From that original treaty providing safe harbor for
American ships in Morocco, to the latest Proclamations nearly 250
years later welcoming Moroccans in two key US cities, the bonds of
friendship have only strengthened.
The official recognition of Morocco
Day in two large U.S. cities is the result of a multi-year initiative
by senior members of the Moroccan American Network, including former
American government officials, lobbyists, lawyers, activists, and
journalists. The CEO Summit will be attended by members of Congress,
DC Government, the Congressional Black Caucus, the U.S. Black Chamber
of Commerce, think tank experts, academics, and business leaders.
The Moroccan American Network is a
network of senior individuals dedicated to creating opportunities for
small business in the US, Morocco, and Africa. Through dialogue,
forums, and events, the Network serves as a platform to educate the
American public, U.S. media, and U.S. government officials about
business and investment opportunities, as well as the history and
culture of North Africa, and to connect the Moroccan, American,
Moroccan-American, African-American, and African small business and
The Network sponsors delegation
visits and exchange trips between the U.S. and Morocco and engages in
partnerships, including memoranda of understanding, solidifying
relationships among sister cities, universities, and think tanks.
Our team consists principally of American and Moroccan-American
advocates and lobbyists, lawyers, journalists, media and PR
professionals and filmmakers, and think tank experts with 100+
combined years of experience on Capitol Hill and in international
lobbying, national and local media, law and diplomacy, think tanks,
and cutting-edge technology.
CP March 9 2019