Malaysia–Morocco relations

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Malaysia–Morocco relations
Map indicating locations of Malaysia and Morocco

Malaysia

Morocco

Malaysia–Morocco relations refers to bilateral foreign relations between Malaysia and Morocco. Malaysia has an embassy in Rabat,[1] and Morocco has an embassy in Kuala Lumpur.[2]

History[edit]

Morocco established relations with Malaysia right after Malaysia's been formed in 1963.[3] In 2010, Abdul Khalid Ibrahim who is the Menteri Besar of Selangor made a working visit to Morocco.[3] While Moroccan former Minister of Tourism also made a visit to Malaysia on the same year.[3]

Economic relations[edit]

Several agreements and memorandum of understanding has been signed between the two countries.[4][5][6] In 2008, the total trade between Malaysia and Morocco reached nearly $65 million.[4] The total Malaysian exports to Morocco reached $50.6 million while Moroccan exports to Malaysia worth around $14.4 million.[4] Malaysian exports are such as consumer products, electrical and electronic products, plastic, chemical materials and products, manufactured metals, products of animal origin, textile and clothing, rubber products, transportation equipment while Morocco exports were copper, semi products, mineral goods and other finished products.[3] While investments from Malaysia are mainly in oil and gas in which Petronas is involved.[7] Other Malaysian companies also has been invited to invest in Morocco especially on the housing sector and both countries working close on palm oil.[8][9]

Education relations[edit]

Between 2008–2009, 15 Moroccan scholarships were awarded to Malaysian students to undertake Arabic language and Islamic studies at Moroccan universities.[4]

Cultural links[edit]

An Moorish architecture influences also can be found on several buildings in Putrajaya, which is the Malaysia's federal governments administrative centre.[10]

Cyber security[edit]

A memorandum of understanding on computer security were also signed to become close partners in cyber security.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Website of Embassy of Malaysia, Rabat". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "AMBASSADE DU MAROC : KUALA LUMPUR". Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Morocco. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Malaysia-Morocco Relations". Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Morocco. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Morocco-Malaysia Cooperation" (PDF). Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco to Malaysia. South-South Information Gateway. July 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO FOR THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF INVESTMENTS" (PDF). Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Malaysia). Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBLE TAXATION AND THE PREVENTION OF FISCAL EVASION WITH RESPECT TO TAXES ON INCOME" (PDF). Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia. 2 July 2001. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Improving Malaysia-Morocco Bilateral Trade And Investments". Bernama. 10 November 2007. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "MALAYSIAN COMPANIES INVITED TO INVEST IN MOROCCO’S BOOMING CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY". Malaysia.com. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Malaysia-Morocco Talks Focus On Palm Oil". PalmOilHQ. 7 August 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Morocco impressed with Malaysia’s role in OIC". The Borneo Post. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Malaysia, Morocco partners in cybersecurity". The Malay Mail. Cyber Security Malaysia. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2014.