Brahim Oubaha, Tangier, Morocco

The ‘Moroccan-German Association for Cultural Exchange and Cooperation’ started life as the ‘Moroccan Association for Students and Graduates of German’ (MVGSA) and was founded in 2010 in Agadir, where it still has its headquarters. The association’s management committee wanted to support German language learning and teaching in Morocco and promote friendly cultural and social relations between Morocco and German-speaking countries. It’s a non-profit organisation and has no economic or commercial aims.

Following the Annual General Meeting on 14 August 2013, we changed the name to the ‘Moroccan-German Association for Cultural Exchange and Cooperation’. We also set some new aims for the association, to reflect social movements and the developments taking place across North Africa. It has already organised a number of cultural events with singers and songwriters, women’s rights activists and other actors – self-funded, as we receive no state funding.

I’m also the project manager of the German-Moroccan Cultural Forum, which met in Agadir between 27 and 29 March 2015. The Forum is a meeting point for dialogue and exchange between political, cultural, historical, civil society and media experts from both countries. The aim of the three-day forum was to discuss existing bilateral relations between Morocco and Germany and to consider how, and in which areas, we could deepen cultural cooperation between our two countries and open up new prospects for Moroccan-German relations. The Forum organises workshops, lectures, discussions, exhibitions and trips.

I also work in other civil society and political associations right across Morocco, including the North Moroccan Human Rights Forum in Tangier and the Izerfan Foundation in Casablanca.

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