Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris during Tuesday's sitting of the National Assembly.

Citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis will see early benefits from the recent official visit led by Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris to the Kingdom of Morocco, according to a report he delivered Tuesday to the National Assembly.

The prime minister highlighted in particular the signing of a Roadmap of Cooperation Programme between the two countries for the period 2019-2021.

“Critical to those would be new support in the areas of infrastructure development, and in particular alternative energy. To their credit they boast the largest solar plant in the world with the capacity of some 700 megawatts of power,” he said. “Through their engagements, study tours have been planned where we will have both the experts from the Kingdom [of Morocco] coming to St. Kitts and Nevis to work with our local teams here and we will have study tours of our persons going back to see what is actually happening on the ground in a wide range of areas reflecting alternative energy successfully at work.”

The agreement also outlined cooperation in the areas of agriculture, health, water and electricity, education and human resource development.

Dr. Harris also had the opportunity to meet with two of the Federation’s junior diplomats in Mr. Sheldon Henry and Ms. Crystal Mose while in Rabat, who are learning Arabic.

“As we become more active in the international market place as a world participant and as we enlarge our diplomatic footprint, increase our visa free access to our nationals more of our citizens and residents must achieve fluency in several languages and of course we have to inculcate in our people a healthy respect for culture of other countries and of course other civilizations,” the prime minister said.

During the visit, the prime minister met with Chief of Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, His Excellency Saadeddine El Othmani; Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, His Excellency Nasser Bourita, as well as Morocco’s Health Minister, His Excellency Anas Doukali.

The St. Kitts and Nevis delegation also included Minister of Public Infrastructure et al., the Honourable Ian Patches Liburd; Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mr. Andrew Skerritt; Ambassador His Excellency Sydney Osborne, and Special Envoy in the Office of the Prime Minister, His Excellency Ambassador Michael Powell.