“It’s only been 18 months since we signed and restored diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Morocco,” Israeli Minister of Science and Technology Orit Farkash-Hacohen said during the latest session of the Morocco-Morocco conference. Israel Connect to Innovate in Casablanca. . “And while governments sign treaties, it’s people who really build peace.”
Building Peace Through Building Business Linkages, Especially in High Technology, brought together Israeli and Moroccan innovators and investors in Casablanca, Morocco, for a three-day conference to discuss the cooperation in the fields of green energy, water and agrotechnology.
The conference is an initiative of the Israeli non-governmental organization Start-Up Nation Central (SNC), aimed at bringing together investors and innovators from the two countries and finding technological solutions to regional problems.
Yosef Abramowitz, CEO of Energiya Global Capital, told The Media Line that the experience of the Abraham Accords showed how business and political partnerships go hand in hand.
Deepening ties with Morocco, he said, would help facilitate closer ties between Israel and other Muslim countries in Africa — first economic and trade ties and later political ties. also formal.
“I think it’s important that we have facts on the ground fairly quickly – quick agreements here in Morocco so that it’s an incentive for other countries to join the Abraham Accords.”
Abramowitz predicts that his company’s solar energy entrepreneurship could show the way: “We are indirectly in contact with many Muslim countries in Africa that do not have [with Israel] who say: ‘Listen, we want to work to officially join the Abraham Accords, but let’s start with economic ties’. Could you invest and create the solar industry in our countries? And the answer is yes!”
Zakariya el-Mujahid, director of the digital ecosystem at the Moroccan Agency for Digital Development (ADD), sees great potential for collaboration between Israeli tech companies and the Moroccan people.
“We talked a lot about how we can develop human capital. It’s very important for SNC and it’s very important for Morocco,” he told The Media Line. “It is important for SNC because we would like to take advantage of human capital in order to be attractive to Israeli companies that would like to open branches here in Morocco, … It will correspond to a win-win challenge between SNC and ADD .”
On the streets of Rabat, which once had a large Jewish population, some local residents expressed concern — especially when the cameras were turned off — that by strengthening ties with Israel, Morocco was abandoning the Palestinian issue.
But many were as enthusiastic as entrepreneurs and business leaders about ties with Israel. “The closer we get, the more good things happen. … It will bring more tourists, more work, more technology. … The more we share, the stronger we become,” store owner Kenzay Shwafni told The Media Line.