Morocco, First Arab and African Country to be Granted SEAMEO 'Associate Member' Status

Sunday, 22 August 2021 | Piyapa Su-angavatin

17 June 2021 - Morocco was granted, unanimously, the status of Associate Member of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) during the 51st SEAMEO Council Conference, held Thursday 17 June 2021 via videoconference, with the participation of Morocco's Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, Abdelilah El Housni.


H E Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Education of Singapore, and newly-elected SEAMEO Council President presented the proclamation of a new Associate Member to the Ambassador H E Mr Abdelilah EI Housni, Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, Bangkok, Thailand


Morocco is the first Arab and African country to obtain this status, reinforcing its position as a key partner in the region for the countries of Southeast Asia, the Embassy of the Kingdom in Bangkok said in a statement.

This status, which confirms the strategic position of Morocco as a crossroads of cultures between the East, Africa, and Europe, shows the trust placed in the Moroccan education system, the same source noted.

It also confirms the High Solicitude of HM King Mohammed VI for the education sector and it is a recognition of the actions undertaken by the Kingdom to build a modern Morocco, the statement added.

The status supports the strategic guidelines of the Kingdom's New Development Model, particularly in the section devoted to positioning Morocco as a regional hub for higher education, research, and innovation.

It gives privileged access to Morocco for the promotion of cooperation with all countries of the Southeast Asian region in the fields of education, scientific research, and culture and paves the way for active participation in the programs and projects of the Organization.