As one of the key partners of the European Union in the Southern Neighborhood, the Kingdom of Morocco represents a cornerstone of regional cooperation, in areas as diverse as trade, counterterrorism and the fight against irregular migration. Despite having adopted severe measures to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the country is facing the pandemic-induced socio-economic challenges which are common to many countries in the region. On the international ground, Morocco confirms its role as a crucial actor for Africa, developing a south-south cooperation strategy.
Describing a decade of developments in North Africa is no simple task. The last ten years have offered each North African State its own redefining moment(s) to grapple with, making a case for observing their distinctive contexts and the complex processes stemming from the different choices and strategies adopted by these countries.
The Kingdom of Morocco has been implementing a set of extremely severe measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country, so harsh that the Spanish newspaper El Paìs classified it at the top of the countries that adopted major restrictions in their fight against the pandemic.