of the Statement of H.E. Mr. Mohamed Benaissa, Minister
of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco
the turn-over ceremony of the Chairmanship of the Group
of 77 and China for the year 2003 -Observation on LDC issues
(New York, 16 January 2003)
Mr. Secretary General of the UN,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are delighted by the creation of the Office of the High
Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked
Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States
(SIDS). We hope that the creation of this office will ensure
the effective and coordination implementation of the new Programme
of Action for LDCs for the decade of 2001-2010. We assume
that if the Office High Representative does not receive the
necessary resources it requires, in time, it will be difficult
to fulfil the mandates that have been assigned to it.
We congratulate this group of countries that established its
own Bureau of Coordination. We are sure that, under the direction
of Benin, brotherly and friendly country, this initiative
will reinforce the cohesion and coordination among all countries
and components of the Group 77. We must all stand together
in solidarity with the LDCs and place among our priorities,
the implementation of the Programme of Action for LDCs.
LDCs need increased support regarding ODA and cancellation
or substantial reduction of the debt, which continues to consume
a big part of their financial resources. They also require
better access to the markets of developed countries, if we
are to provide them with the opportunity to carry out the
objectives of the Millennium Development Goals.
Numerous developing countries have cooperation and assistance
programs in favor of LDCs, such as Morocco, which has decided
to cancel the debt of the African LDCs and provide free access
of their exports to the Kingdom of Morocco.