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Morocco commits 300,000 euros to the world digital solidarity fund

Morocco is contributing 300,000 euros to the world digital solidarity fund, launched on March 14th in Geneva in the presence of several African leaders.

Moroccan foreign minister, Mohamed Benaissa announced, during the launching ceremony, the decision of HM King Mohammed VI to “make of Morocco a founding member” of the fund.

In his presentation, Benaissa stressed Morocco is keenly interested in the efforts made since the Geneva summit on the Information Society of December 2003 to reduce the digital gap and allow greater access to communication means.

Morocco’s participation in the kick-off ceremony is evidence of its support to the initiative that is helping materialise one of NEPAD (New African partnership for development) main goals, said the Moroccan diplomat.

The digital solidarity fund will help third world countries access information technologies, which have become a “legitimate right since it is part of the UN Millennium Declaration”, said Benaissa.

The fund is an African initiative presented by President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, in his quality of Head for new information and communication technologies (ICTs), within the New Partnership for Development in Africa (NEPAD).

On the occasion of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which was held in Geneva from 10 to 12 December 2003, an initiative committee decided to establish the Digital Solidarity Fund.

The new fund has been established in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Millennium Declaration, the Johannesburg Declaration and the “Monterrey Consensus”.

It aims at turning the digital divide into digital opportunities to promote peace, sustainable development, democracy, transparency and good governance.