Global Insights Mission to Morocco

A delegation of twenty private sector and diplomatic leaders traveled to the Kingdom of Morocco as part of the annual Meridian Global Insights Mission on April 8-14, 2019. The delegates journeyed through the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez and Marrakech for a week of impactful exchanges with government and cultural leaders. Ambassador Stuart Holliday, Meridian's President and CEO, led the delegation and found the trip to be an informative look at the many facets the nation has to offer.

"We came away with a sense that the nation has a strategic view of itself as a bridge both between East and West and between North and South. It was interesting to see Morocco’s emphasis on serving as a gateway to Africa for European and American businesses seeking to invest in that rapidly emerging market, despite concerns over immigration and migration to Europe that serves as a maritime and agricultural link to Europe — which is essential for the country’s prosperity," Amb. Holliday said at the end of the trip.

The group was welcomed by entrepreneurs, business leaders, and civil society activists as well as the Deputy Trade Minister and the Deputy Foreign Minister. Through insightful discussions surrounding current U.S. – Moroccan affairs, the delegation gained deeper understanding of the importance of the U.S. – Morocco relationship and unique insights into Morocco’s rich history, vibrant culture, and emerging ideas and reforms. The delegates experienced the power of cultural exchange through customized visits to historical and cultural landmarks that highlight the rich history and diversity of the region. Meridian has worked to bring hundreds of leaders from Morocco to the United States through its programs and is actively engaged in cultural initiatives to help strengthen ties between our two countries.

Project summary

Global Insights Mission to Morocco
Number of Attendees: 22
Regions: Near East and North Africa, Western Hemisphere
Countries: United States, Morocco
Impact Areas: Business and Trade, Cultural Diplomacy, Entrepreneurship, Foreign Policy, Governance and Transparency, Public Diplomacy
Program Areas: Culture