Last Thursday Aziz Akhannouch, minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forestry issued a statement explaining that agricultural products represent 77 percent of Moroccan exports to Russia, estimated at MAD 1.5 billion (€137.73 mln).
Speaking at a business breakfast for Moroccan and Russian business people, Akhannouch said that citrus fruits top agricultural exports, followed by fruits and vegetables. However there is still a need to move forward in promoting Moroccan-Russian trade. Even more so after the royal visit to Russia, which has paved the way for even stronger and more diversified bilateral cooperation.
In this regard, Akhannouch called on economic operators to further develop marketing networks in order to better understand the Russian market, highlighting the importance of creating the “Green Corridor” which will make this market more accessible, especially with the customs facilities offered by the two countries.
For his part, the Russian minister of Agriculture, Dmitry Patroushev, presented the various aspects of economic cooperation, referring in particular to the setting up of joint ventures in the production of fruits and vegetables, red meat and water. He also highlighted Morocco’s economic assets, with an exceptional openness to the African continent, and expressed the interest shown by Russian investors in the partnership with the Kingdom.