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Kingdom of Morocco
Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology



Address by His Majesty King Mohammed VI

at the Inauguration of the Hassan Il Academy of Science and Technology

Agadir, 18 May, 2006

(see the film after the event)

Praise be to God
Peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and Kin

Distinguished Members of the Academy, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to inaugurate the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, chair its first session, and set it on track for a promising future.

I should like to take this opportunity to recall, with deep respect and reverence, the action undertaken by my venerable father, His Majesty King Hassan II, may he rest in peace, for it is to him that we owe the founding of this institution. Indeed, His Majesty spared no effort to promote our country as a land for dialogue and for fruitful interaction between scientists and scholars.

Through this inauguration, we are showing how committed we are to science and learning, given the direct bearing they have on our country's development and progress.

With such a distinguished membership, this Academy will not only strengthen bonds between Moroccan researchers at home and abroad, but also foster closer ties with the international scientific community, through the Academy's associate members, who have kindly agreed to share their scientific expertise and competence.

I am sure this young institution will find the best way to discharge its mission and muster the means and resources needed to promote advanced scientific research, building on a gradual approach based on realistic programming and a future-oriented vision that targets priority areas. The ultimate objective is to serve our country and, at the same time, contribute to the advancement of global science.

I have launched many reforms designed to pave the way for the future, with hope and optimism. I have also seen to it the country embarks on major development projects, making sure, in particular, that the necessary infrastructure for our country's social and economic development is available.

As we celebrate the first anniversary of the National Initiative for Human Development, I wish to underline the key role our scientists, and especially the members of the Academy, should play in helping the country rise to the challenges of development, especially those relating to human development.

Scientific research, technological advancement, innovation and creativity must contribute to this crucial project, which is designed to upgrade the living conditions of our citizens, preserve their dignity, and promote their integration into the knowledge-based society.

Distinguished Members of the Academy, Ladies and Gentlemen,

We hope this Academy will contribute to making ours a productive society; one which is open to modern science and technology, committed to the values of cultural dialogue, and constantly attached to the lofty principles and ideals in which we have always believed, and which are based on solidarity, coexistence, dignity for all and respect for others.

I wish to express my sincere thanks to the foreign academicians for joining us in this noble mission, and to their Moroccan counterparts, for their enthusiasm and determination, I want you all to know that you will always have my support and greatest respect.

I pray that the Almighty grant you every success, so that the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology may develop into a prominent institution dedicated to scientific cooperation and the advancement of science.

Wassalamu alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh.




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