The new representative of the European Investment Bank in Morocco, Adrien de Passompierre, expressed his “astonishment” at the solidarity momentum and spirit of unity that emerged quickly from various parts of the Kingdom, following the earthquake that occurred in several regions of Morocco, stressing the readiness of this financial institution to provide “its financial support to Morocco to “Near and long term.”
In an interview with the Maghreb Arab Press, Mr. de Passompierre said, “I have only been here in Morocco since the beginning of September, but I already feel very attached to this country and its generous people. I was impressed by the momentum of solidarity and the spirit of unity that quickly emerged from various parts of the Kingdom.” .
The representative of the financial institution stressed that the European Bank, “as a long-term permanent partner of the Kingdom of Morocco, stands in solidarity with Morocco, and is ready to provide its financial support in the short and long term.”
He highlighted in this context that his organization had begun, since Monday, September 11, to assess needs “with our Moroccan partners in order to provide the best possible support in the rebuilding phase, whether it comes to expertise or financing.”
The new representative of the European Investment Bank in Morocco added that the matter is first related to redirecting the funds available within the framework of previously signed projects towards the affected areas, and then proposing new financing lines allocated to rebuilding and increasing the capacity to confront disasters, in accordance with the priorities set by the Moroccan authorities, and finally disbursing Funds in the form of grants to meet the necessary humanitarian needs in the affected areas.
Moreover, Mr. de Passompierre said that he was “happy and honored to represent the European Investment Bank in Morocco. First to listen and learn, then to share ideas and solutions with all our partners.”