RABAT, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Morocco believes in Africa's capacity to rise to the challenges facing it and to ensure sustainable human development for its peoples, thanks to its vast natural and human resources, King Mohammed VI said on Friday.
"Achieving the African renaissance we yearn for hinges, however, on how much belief we have in ourselves, how far we rely on our own capacities and potential, and how well we exploit them, within the framework of mutually-beneficial South-South cooperation and solidarity-based, strategic partnerships," the king said in a message addressed to the participants in the 2017 edition of the Crans Montana Forum, which kicked off in the southern city of Dakhla.
"I am sure we can rise to these challenges," he insisted, saying that Africa is governed today by a new generation of pragmatic leaders, uninhibited by outdated ideologies who are working with a high sense of patriotism and responsibility to achieve their countries' stability, political openness, economic development and social progress.
The King said that South-South cooperation, which is based on the culture of sharing and solidarity, is "the mechanism that will enable our countries to exchange their expertise directly and immediately. It will help improve our field experience, make the most of our complementarities and expand our national markets."
This cooperation "will also open up new opportunities for efficient and beneficial investment and achieve effective sustainable human development, while respecting each country's national sovereignty, as well as the principles of mutual esteem and equality," the Sovereign noted.
Crans Montana Forum is attended with the participation of more than 150 countries represented by high-level personalities.