Heading for PNB-NAPEO Second Edition
I will be attending PNB-NAPEO, a 3 days conference in Marrackech this coming Monday. It will be PNB NAPEO's second conference in the Maghreb region, the first one in 2010 having been hosted by Algeria.
Following Pres Obama's historic discourse in Cairo, the U.S State Dept actively engaged on different levels the Arab world's civil societies, the framework being the Partners for a New Beginning initiative, a joint venture with the Aspen Institute.
In December 2010 at the U.S.-Maghreb Entrepreneurship Conference, the U.S. Department of State announced the launch of the U.S.-North Africa Partnership for Economic Opportunity (NAPEO), a new regional public-private partnership that enhances the network of entrepreneurs and business leaders in the United States and the Maghreb. PNB-NPAO is centered on investment and business opportunities both for U.S and Maghreb entrepreneurs.
It is consistent with a policy of openness towards the region's peoples that started with Pres Obama's term, and one can tell that the Cairo bet paid off. Leaders come and go as the Arab spring demonstrated, but the people remain.
It is therefore better, much better, to light a candle than to curse the darkness, better to have the American and Arab peoples engage each others than for U.S policy makers to remain confined to halls of power of here and there, even more so when these halls have shown themselves to be only halls of vacuum siphoning the regions wealth and vast human potential and envenoming the relations with the West, to serve their own agenda's.
There, I made my political point, even if this blog is not geared towards politics. I just couldn't help it, I have a feeling that there has been a lot of mutual misunderstanding and it has to be remediated to.
Hot on my list will be networking for and representing Morocco Tomorrow as I am now actively engaged in that organization who's agenda is furthering internationally the cause of Morocco and Moroccans through citizenship, equality, dignity and progress.
I will also be reporting on any item of interest for renewable energy and sustainable development that might arise.
Last but definitely not least, PNB-NAPEO will be a meeting place not only for the U.S and Moroccan movers, but also for all of the Maghreb countries in the wake of the Arab spring. It will be an opportunity for me to meet our neighbors, getting to know them and figure out what we can do together. It would be an understatement to say that there is a lot of catching up to do in order to foster regional relations, and bright new perspectives on the horizon.
Special thanks to Hajji G. from the U.S State Dept for making this possible.
Morocco Tomorrow : http://moroccotomorrow.org
Genesis Morocco : http://genesismorocco.blogspot.com