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Ambassador Sapiro Meets with Moroccan Minister Abdellatif Maazouz, Reviews Progess of the U.S.-Morocco Trade Agreement

This week, Deputy United States Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro met with Moroccan Minister of Foreign Trade Abdellatif Maazouz, and the Moroccan Ambassador to the United States Aziz Mekuoar. The meeting focused on reviewing progress made under the joint workplan of the U.S.-Morocco trade agreement, specifically in the areas of customs cooperation, agriculture, and textiles. Both sides renewed their commitment to build upon recent successes – including the signing of a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement – and to continue working together to maximize the benefits of the trade agreement. The three also exchanged views on the President’s Trade and Investment Partnership Initiative for the Middle East and North Africa.

Ambassador Sapiro, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Trade Abdellatif Maazouz and Moroccan Ambassador to the United States Aziz Mekuoar
Ambassador Sapiro, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Trade Abdellatif Maazouz and Moroccan Ambassador to the United States Aziz Mekuoar

The U.S.-Morocco trade agreement entered into force on January 1, 2006. Since that time, there have been significant increases in bilateral trade. Overall trade in goods between the U.S. and Morocco has increased 180 percent in five years, from $927 million in 2005 to $2.6 billion in 2010.