Morocco and Germany Announce Strategic Energy Alliance

By on June 30, 2024

Morocco and Germany have agreed on an “energy alliance” that will see the European country supporting Morocco’s renewable energy efforts.

The announcement came amid a visit to Berlin by a Moroccan delegation led by Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Nasser Bourita.

Reuters reported that the agreement is part of Germany’s plan to expand its reliance on hydrogen as a “future energy source” to cut greenhouse emissions in polluting industrial sectors.

“Morocco has the best conditions for the energy transition and the production of green hydrogen,” Germany’s Development Minister, Svenja Schulze, said today in Berlin.

Schulze, who signed the alliance declaration with Bourita, added that her country wants to import hydrogen.

In a press conference today, Bourita expressed his satisfaction with the announcement, describing Germany as a strategic trade partner to Morocco.

“Germany has a very special position… as an economic partner, as a trade partner, but also, of course, as a political partner,” Reuters quoted Morocco’s Foreign Minister as saying.

Schulze echoed the same sentiment, noting that her country aims to secure a partnership that will allow Morocco to drive forward its energy transition.

In the past few years, Germany and Morocco have been expressing their commitment to boosting cooperation in all sectors, including renewable energies.

Last July, the German Foreign Office outlined Morocco’s efforts in fighting climate change challenges, highlighting the German-Moroccan shared goals towards energy transition and noting that both countries have achieved strong results.

“Next year, Germany and Morocco will engage in a comprehensive dialogue,” the German office added.

Since 2021, Germany has frequently stressed Morocco’s position as a strategic partner—particularly following a political crisis between the two countries in 2021.

In May 2021, Morocco decided to recall its ambassador to Berlin for consultation due to Germany’s “antagonistic” activism following the US decision to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over its southern provinces in the Western Sahara region.

Months after intense political dialogue, Germany’s new government publicly voiced support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan as a serious and credible basis to end the dispute over Western Sahara.

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