Moroccan-Turkish Relations: Current Issues and Future Prospects


3:00 pm January 2021
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The Policy Center for the New South (PCNS), in partnership with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (ORSAM) will hold a joint panel entitled “Moroccan-Turkish Relations: Current Issues and Future Prospects” scheduled to take place on Thursday, January 14th, 2021 starting 3pm (GMT+1/Morocco time) and 5pm (GMT+3/Turkish time).

Moroccan-Turkish economic ties are not new; the first partnership framework facilitating trade and economic relations dates back to 1982. Since then, the two economies have embarked on a series of cooperation agreements ranging from scientific, economic and technical cooperation to reciprocal investment promotion and protection. In particular, the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Turkey and Morocco, which entered into force in 2006, aimed to eliminate tariffs and other barriers to exports, expand trade between the two countries, and to promote economic growth for both. The FTA marked a new era in the bilateral economic ties and confirmed both countries’ commitment to trade openness principles and the need to foster economic integration among southern Mediterranean economies.

In addition to strengthening bilateral relations, the opportunities for both countries to consolidate their efforts in expanding their presence on the African continent calls for proactive and a joint strategy. Indeed, Africa’s economic development requires increased contribution from emerging powers for technology transfer and bring new alternatives for the continent, aside from traditional economic powers.

Based on this background, this webinar will contribute to a better understanding and development of bilateral economic relations between Morocco and Turkey, in light of current international economic challenges and opportunities.


Opening speech

Bouchra Rahmouni, Director, Research, Partnerships & Events, Policy Center for the New South

Ahmed Uysal, Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Introduction to the panel

Moderator :  Rim Berahab, Economist, Policy Center for the New South




Uri Dadush, Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Burhan Koroğlu, Associate Professor, Ibn Haldun University

Recep Yorulmaz, Director of Economics Studies, Middle Eastern Studies Center



Uri Dadush
Non-Resident Senior Fellow
Uri Dadush is non-resident Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, where he served as Senior Fellow from its founding in 2014 until 2022. He is Research Professor at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland and a non-resident scholar at Bruegel. He is based in Washington, DC, and is Principal of Economic Policy International, LLC, providing consulting services to the World Bank and to other international organizations as well as corporations. Previously, he served as Director of the International Economics Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and, at the World Bank, was Director of the International Trade, Economic Policy, and Development Prospects Departments. In the private sector before that he was President of the Economist Int ...
Ahmed Uysal
Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Rim Berahab
Senior Economist
Rim Berahab is Senior Economist at the Policy Center for the New South, which she joined in 2014. She is currently working on themes related to energy issues and their impacts on economic growth and long-term development. Her research areas also cover trade and regional integration challenges in Africa. Previously, she has also worked on questions related to gender inequalities in the labor market of North African countries. Rim spent three months at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in 2016, in the Commodities Unit of the Research Department. She holds a State Engineering degree from the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (INSEA). ...
Recep Yorulmaz
Director of Economics Studies, Middle Eastern Studies Center