Tangier | Morocco
In 1933 the nationalists introduced Fête du Trône (Throne Day), to celebrate the King’s accession to the throne. Since then, each year has seen a country-wide celebration of this pivotal day in Morocco’s history. Morocco’s Fête du Trône 2018 marked the 19th anniversary of His Majesty, King Mohammed VI’s accession to the throne.
During the reign of his father King Hassan II, the then heir to the throne took on increasing responsibilities in supporting his father. After he became King, His Majesty has gained a reputation as a monarch with a passion for helping the poor. Hosted at the Royal Palace in Tangier, Morocco’s Fête du Trône 2018 saw His Majesty celebrate this important milestone with many delegates, dignitaries and friends in attendance.
Some noticeable attendees included the former Spanish Prime Minister, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, former Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Jacques Diouf, and Gianni Infantino, President of the International Football Federation (FIFA)
Also in attendance was the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina. Commenting on the event Mr. Adesina said:
“It is a great honor to be invited to this celebration which marks the privileged character of our partnership. I reiterate here the Bank’s commitment to supporting His Majesty King Mohammed VI’s vision for inclusive growth and shared prosperity.”
The partnership between the African Development Bank and the Kingdom of Morocco dates back to 1970. In nearly 50 years of partnership, the African Development Bank Group has provided over US$10 billion in development financing to Morocco. The Bank’s active portfolio in the Kingdom comprises 33 projects and programs, amounting to US$3.1 billion. Over 85 percent of the funding is dedicated to basic infrastructure across various sectors, including energy, transport, water and sanitation, agriculture, and social development.
The African Development Bank has also contributed to other major infrastructure projects in Morocco, such as the Green Morocco Plan in agriculture, the Marrakesh-Agadir motorway and more recently, the expansion of Marrakech Menar Airport.
During his speech, His Majesty stated:
“The Feast of the Throne, of which we are commemorating today the nineteenth anniversary, is the concrete celebration of the Beia (allegiance) that binds Me to you. It symbolizes the Covenant which commits us mutually to demonstrate an unchanging fidelity to the constants and sacred symbols of Morocco and to make all the sacrifices to preserve its unity and stability.” he further added “I will be, dear people, as you have always known Me, the first to serve you, having always at heart to answer your concerns, receptive to your grievances, and guarantor of your rights and your sacred values.”