(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat – The 2018 Crans Montana Forum, which began last Friday in Dakhla, came to end today aboard the Italian cruise ship Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV), the host site for the second phase of the international event.
Held under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, this year's edition took place March 15-20, focusing on Africa and South-South cooperation.
More than a thousand participants from 131 countries and representatives of 27 regional and international organizations, as well as former heads of state and government, ministers, presidents of parliaments, policy makers and parliamentarians, took part in the forum, to discuss several topics, including the future of Africa, sustainable development, South-South cooperation, and the different challenges of Africa in the era of globalization.
The first half of this year's edition took place from March 15-17 at the South Pearl Conference Center in Morocco's southern city, Dakhla, despite efforts made by the Polisario, Algeria, and the African Union to prevent Morocco from hosting the event in the city.
The second part was held on board the Italian cruise ship Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV), which sailed from Dakhla to Casablanca from March 18-20, hosting several work discussions during their coastal journey northward.
The 2018 Crans Montana Forum was an opportunity to engage in fruitful exchanges on topics such as food security and sustainable agriculture, the oceans economy and the fisheries sector, renewable energies, and the African Green Revolution.
The Crans Montana Forum has become a must-attend international event that brings together high-level political decision makers, representatives of the business community, intellectuals, civil society activists from all walks of life, as well as opinion makers from all corners of the world.
Founded in 1986 in Switzerland, the Crans Montana Forum is a non-governmental organization that focuses on encouraging international cooperation, dialogue, development, stability, peace, and security in the world.