Exploring Brazilian and Moroccan Regional Strengths for a New South Atlantic Partnership
By invitation only,
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Analyzing the Brazilian position beyond frontiers is only relevant when first shedding the light on the main strategic fields that promote the country’s exclusive growth and development. Considered as a major global exporter, Brazil benefits from several high added value sectors that strongly contribute to the recent modest GDP recovery after the economic recession that started in 2014. Areas like agricultural commodities, mining, energy and aerospace industries are some perfect examples in this context.
These strategic Brazilian sectors and many others condition the Latin American giant’s position in the Atlantic basin and determine the starting point of its influence and impact on the other Atlantic countries, particularly on the African border of the ocean.
On the West side of the Atlantic basin, Morocco is becoming a strategic bridge fortified with a privileged geographical location halfway between Europe and Africa. The last two decades marked a major turning point in the history of the Kingdom that launched large-scale political, economic and social reforms. Moroccan priorities are evolving in accordance with the regional and international contexts, and this highlighted by sizable national plans: 1) industrial modernization especially through an “Emergence” innovative program; 2) social progress by implementing the Human Development National Initiative; and 3) environmental awareness thanks to renewable energies substantial promotion.
At first glance, it may appear that Asian emerging powers’ presence in Africa is dominantly widespread through solid and competitive exports succinctly exemplified by high technology products, automotive industry and infrastructure investments. In reality, African countries are beginning to diversify their foreign cooperation exploring new geographic paths with attractive economic potentials. Undeniably South American countries seem to perfectly fit to the African expectations and needs, particularly when sharing a similar historical background (political systems, colonialism, slavery, etc.) and facing common social challenges (inequalities, illiteracy, criminality, etc.).
This general context being exposed, the conference organized by OCP Policy Center at the State Assembly of Sao Paulo will be composed of two main panels.The first panel will discuss the development of the Brazilian and the Moroccan economies by emphasizing the specific trajectories of each country, with a focus on their regional leading positions. The second panel will be the occasion to expose a wider perception of the Brazilian-Moroccan cooperation by extending it to an intercontinental level.
Wednesday July 19th 2017
09:30 – 10:00
REGISTRATION, AND TEA AND COFFEE SERVED
10:00 – 10:15
- Karim El Aynaoui, Managing Director, OCP Policy Center
|10:15 – 11:45
PANEL I: BRAZILIAN AND MOROCCAN NEW POSITIONING IN THE ATLANTIC
Brazilian and Moroccan emerging economies represent an essential cornerstone for the promotion of the South-South cooperation, a pressing issue in a world facing vital challenges such as food security, social responsibility, global warming, and technological revolution. In this panel, the opportunity will be given to analyze the contribution of the Brazil and Morocco’s exclusive strengths in their regional progress.
In continuity with the preceding elements, it would be significant to analyze the Brazilian and the Moroccan Atlantic roles by attempting to answer the following questions: What are Brazil and Morocco’s most powerful sectors that allow to widen their regional sphere of influence? How can Brazil export its best social and economic practices to Atlantic developing countries for a constructive partnership?
Rachid El Houdaigui, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center
- Alfredo Valladao, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center & Professor Sciences Po Paris
- Mohammed Loulichki, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center & Former Ambassador of Morocco to the UN
11:45 – 12:15
|12:15 – 13:45
PANEL II: IDENTIFYING NEW AVENUES FOR COOPERATION BETWEEN AFRICAN AND SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES
The general tendency characterizing African-South American interactions shows that commercial trade in the South Atlantic region is mainly dominated by commodities and natural resources. Thus, following the global competitiveness and market diversification requirements, it is sensible to think of a cooperation renewal between developing and emerging countries on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. This revitalization can materialize thanks to exploring optimistic promising sectors. In this scope, mass consumption is actually a high value African market that is intensely growing and where South American countries can win a considerable place.
Bearing in mind the importance of the already existing cooperation between African and South American countries, the present panel will be held to recognize new cooperation opportunities and the best approach to reach their full potential.
Moubarack Lo, Chief Economist, Office of the Prime Minister of Senegal and Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center
Otaviano Canuto, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center
Marcus Freitas, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center
State assembly representative
|13:45 – 14:00
Karim El Aynaoui, Managing Director, OCP Policy Center