The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) took part in the ceremony of the official inauguration of the Program of Rabat as African Capital of Culture 2022, which is organized by the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco. The program will continue until May 2023 and will feature several cultural and art activities in all of Rabat’s historical sites, public spaces and neighborhoods.
The Mohammed VI Theater in Rabat, hosted Friday, June 24, 2022, the ceremony that the Ministry organized in cooperation with the United Local Cities and Governments of Africa (ULCG Africa). The event was attended by Ms. Asmaa Rhlalou, Mayor of Rabat, and Ms. Fatimetou Abdelmalik, ULCG Africa President, along with a host of ambassadors and representatives of regional and international government organizations.
In an address he gave on behalf of the Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication, Mr. Abdelilah Afifi, Secretary-General of the Sector of Culture at the Ministry, reaffirmed the major attention the Ministry accords to this event, in coordination with the Council of Rabat and local authorities. For her part, Ms. Rhlalou stated that the celebration will make the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco a special destination for cultural tourism, which will, in turn, lead to the creation of new innovative mechanisms to promote this sector.
ICESCO was represented in this ceremony by Ms. Amira Fadil, Head of the Sector of Partnerships and International Cooperation; Dr. Ahmad Said Bah, Advisor to the Director-General for Partnerships and International Cooperation, Supervisor of the Secretariat of National Commissions and Conferences; and Mr. Omar Hamid, Expert at the Sector of Partnerships and International Cooperation.