Ministerial Segment of High-Level Conference on Middle-Income Countries Kicks Off in Rabat

February 6, 2024

The Ministerial Segment of the High-Level Conference on Middle-Income Countries kicked off in Rabat on Tuesday, with the participation of 32 countries and 23 UN development agencies and other international and regional institutions.

Chaired by Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, the Ministerial Segment will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing middle-income countries, with the participation of senior representatives of the United Nations Regional Economic Commissions, including ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti, ECA Deputy Executive Secretary Hanan Morsy and UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General Pedro Manuel Moreno.

It will also provide a further opportunity to deepen the debate on how the United Nations Development System, regional and international institutions and other development partners can support these countries in meeting the challenges of economic and social development.

Held under the theme “Solutions to address development challenges of Middle-Income Countries in a changing world”, this High-Level Ministerial Conference is part of the Kingdom of Morocco’s presidency of the Group of Friends of Middle-Income Countries within the framework of the United Nations, which it has held since 2023, and its continued advocacy of the interests of developing countries, under the far-sighted vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, in favor of an active and solidarity-based multilateralism.

Organized on the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, in conjunction with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the United Nations Development Programme, the Conference kicked off on Monday with a meeting of experts focusing on key themes for middle-income countries, including South-South and triangular cooperation, climate financing, innovative sources of financing and the middle-income trap.

The High-Level Ministerial Conference on Middle-Income Countries, which aims to identify new, innovative approaches to give fresh impetus to cooperation in favor of middle-income countries, will be attended by Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J. Mohammed, and President of ECOSOC, Paula Narváez Ojeda.

The Conference also brings together Cabo Verde’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rui Alberto De Figueiredo Soares, Cameroon’s Minister of External Relations, Mbella Mbella Lejeune, Eswatini’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pholile Shakantu, Comorian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in charge of the Francophonie and the Diaspora, Dhoihir Dhoulkamal, Gabonese Minister of Foreign Affairs, in charge of Sub-regional Integration and Gabonese Living Abroad, Régis Onanga Ndiaye, and Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar.

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