Recently，Covid-19 has become rampant in the world, hitting Africa hard with a sharp increase of affected cases. As an active participant in China’s endeavor to conduct foreign aid, CITIC Group implemented the decisions of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council and showedthe commitment to global corporate social responsibility and a good corporate image. At the request of the Chinese Embassy in Morocco, CITIC Group offered help in no time by contacting the MFA, MOFCOM, GAC and Moroccan Embassy in China and coordinating the procurement and scheduling with leading producers of medical materials.The approval procedures,qualification examination,procurement, commodity inspection, transportation, customs clearance and other working procedures were finished within only three days.
In the early morning of April 10th, CITIC’sdonation of 20,000 pieces of virus nucleic acid detection kit and supporting detection instruments arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport from Changsha, Hunan province. The Group and Moroccan Embassy arranged the handover at BGS international freight station at noon. Mr. MourdLayachi, Moroccan Minister-Counselor to China who attended the handover, expressed sincere gratitude to CITIC Group.The aid was flied to Morocco by charter flight the very night. According to the Moroccan Embassy, virus nucleic acid detection kits and supporting detection instruments were much needed in the country and CITIC’s aid was the largest single donation among those from Chinese enterprises. The Embassy believed that with the full support of Chinese government and CITIC Group, the two countries would be able to unite as one, help each other and overcome the coronavirus as soon as possible.
In recent years, CITIC Group has actively implemented the Belt and Road Initiative. Relying on the advantages of an international platform with financial and non-financial business, it carries out infrastructure construction and auto parts manufacturing projects in African countries such as Morocco. As it helps to expand local employment and upgrade regional industries, CITIC Group receives strong support from the local government and is widely recognized by the public. As an amicable friend, CITIC follows closely Morocco’s fight against the pandemic and wishes to convey confidence and make contribution by offering aid. In the future, CITIC will continue to highlight and support its undertakings in Morocco and other African countries, contributing to bilateral economic cooperation and cultural and social exchanges.