RABAT, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Morocco and Madagascar signed Tuesday in the Moroccan city of Marrakech nine agreements to strengthen bilateral cooperation, local media reported.
The agreements were signed during the first session of the Morocco-Madagascar Joint Cooperation Committee, which was co-chaired by Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and his Madagascan counterpart Naina Andriantsitohaina.
The two sides signed an agreement on decentralization in the area of territorial management, and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the sectors of national spatial planning, urban planning, housing and urban policy.
In the field of health, they inked a deal to promote cooperation in making medicinal and health products, as well as a twinning agreement between the Moroccan University Hospital Center of Ibn Sina and the Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona University Hospital in Antananarivo.
To step up cooperation in the area of culture, the two sides inked a deal in education and scientific research, and a framework cooperation agreement on offering scholarships and internships in Morocco.
The two sides also signed a deal that aims to promote gender equality in education and the labor market, fighting violence against women, and exchanging experiences and information on this issue.
Morocco and Madagascar also signed a MoU with the aim to promote cooperation in the field of diplomatic training and international relations.
A deal on launching an action program in the fields of youth and sports for the period 2019-2021 was also signed.