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Morocco Wants to Make Ethanol with Brazilian Help

Amina Benkhadra, Morocco's Energy Minister Amina Benkhadra, Morocco's Energy Minister

Amina Benkhadra, Morocco's Energy Minister Morocco is interested in producing ethanol and wants help from Brazil in the area. The subject was discussed Tuesday, June 24, in Rabat, by the Brazilian minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim, and the Moroccan minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, Amina Benkhadra.

According to information supplied by the Brazilian foreign office (Itamaraty), the semi-arid climate of Morocco is not ideal for sugarcane farming, therefore the local government wants to evaluate the possibility of using another plant to produce ethanol.

The Moroccans are seeking experience accumulated over the course of several decades by Brazil, and the minister was invited to come to the country to have a close look at the functioning of the sector.

Also in the field of energy, Amorim and Amina talked about the cooperation of Petrobras for oil exploration in the Moroccan coast, and the production of oil using bituminous schist in the Arab country. Exchange in the field of schist is already underway.

With the minister of Economy and Finance, Salaheddine Mezouar, the Brazilian chancellor discussed the trade agreement that the Mercosur started negotiating with the Arab country in the second half of 2004.

According to information supplied by the Itamaraty, the two ministers expect for the deal to progress in the upcoming rounds of negotiation. The idea is to have a fixed tariff preference agreement first, and then to establish a free trade agreement.

Mezouar, according to the Itamaraty, also showed much interest in the Bolsa Famí­lia (Family Voucher), an income transfer program of the Brazilian federal government.

Amorim also met with the Moroccan prime minister, Abbas El Fassi. They discussed international and regional political issues, especially the matter of the Western Sahara, a territory controlled by Morocco over which there is a dispute with Algeria.

They also spoke of the good economical situation of the two countries, and of the ethanol issue.

Morocco is the second stop on a tour of the Brazilian foreign minister to North Africa, which started in Algerian and will end in Tunisia. Today, he will sign eight agreements with the minister of Foreign Trade and Cooperation, Taieb Fassi Fihri, in areas such as health, environment, agricultural cooperation and animal inspection. Amorim will also participate in the meeting of the Brazil-Morocco Bilateral Mixed Commission.

US Support

The Moroccan government manifested its support to Brazil's intention of having a permanent seat at the Security Council of the United Nations. The statement was made by the Moroccan minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Taieb Fassi Fihri, during a meeting with the Brazilian foreign minister, Celso Amorim, in Rabat.

"Morocco regards as legitimate the Brazilian aspiration to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council. This will translate into strong support by Morocco to the Brazilian candidacy when the reform takes place," said Fassi Fihri, according to information supplied by the Itamaraty.

Brazil is one of the strongest advocates of the reform at the Council, which follows the same model since its inception, after World War II, with five permanent members that have power of veto (United States, Russia, France, China and Great Britain) and 10 rotating seats, with two-year-long terms and no veto power.

Advocating the reform is an important part of the foreign policy of president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's administration. The Brazilian diplomacy claims that the disposition of the Security Council does not reflect the current geopolitical reality.

"The more the Southern countries speak to each other, the more the Northern countries listen to us," Amorim said to Fassi Fihri, according to the Itamaraty. The two ministers underscored the importance of enhancing the so-called South-South cooperation, among developing countries.

Anba – www.anba.com.br

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  • João da Silva

    [quote]So let’s go back to the important, so what’s up with the Ethanol in Brazil? you think Brazil can be the richest country in the world in 40 years from now?[/quote]

    Whom am I to think? You better interview “Squid” the next time you visit Brazil and tell us all about what HE thinks. I fully support his line of thoughts. After all he is our fearless leader!

  • AB

    Well good for you, they Like foreigners I guess! as Brazilian women like foreigners too right?

    So let’s go back to the important, so what’s up with the Ethanol in Brazil? you think Brazil can be the richest country in the world in 40 years from now?

  • João da Silva

    AB
    [quote]What are you guys talking about? there a lot s of moroccan in Brazil?[/quote]

    We are not talking about the Moroccans in Brazil (I have not come across any so far). We are discussing about Ch.cÀ‚´s romantic interludes with pretty Moroccan ladies in Switzerland 😀

  • AB

    What are you guys talking about? there a lot s of moroccan in Brazil?

  • João da Silva

    Ch.c
    [quote]I even had several “romances” with more than one ! [/quote]

    Does your wife know about these “romances”? 😉

  • ch.c.

    Joao !
    Is she pretty….in your view ?
    Hmmmm !!!
    Not only have I visited Morocco more than once (around a 3 hours flight from here) but Morrrocans are by the thousands and thousands here.
    I even had several “romances” with more than one ! Easy picks….when they are away of their country and their family tradition and religion. Reality being this is the reason they leave their country even if from middle income or wealthy families. True facts !

    And the pretty Morrocans women are within the world most beautiful !

  • João da Silva

    Ch.c
    You must have visited Morocco. Are the ladies as pretty as the one in the Picture? 8)

  • ch.c.

    “BRAZIL has amazing experience in Ethanol production….”
    So true that in 2008 over 55 % of your sugarcane is still manually harvested in the “most” developed state : SP !!!!!!
    Meaning a far higher number in the other states !!!!!!!!!

    And this despite mechanical harvesters exists for SEVERAL DECADES !

    Even in Australia sugarcane is 100 % mechanically harvested….SINCE 1980 !

    Yesssssss….BRAZIL is amazingly UNdeveloped in Ethanoi Production !!!!!!!!

    Prove me wrong….please !

    But may be your intention is to create new jobs elsewhere, such as the one you prefer to develop : SLAVE ALIKE WORKERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AB

    BRAZIL has amazing experience in Ethanol production, May be Morocco should follow its Steps since he’s not an oil producer. But what really amazes me is that Morocco is starting to be aware of its Potential and hidden wealth that can lift the Country up into building real wealth and success for its 35 Million people.

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