|Washington Report, January/February 2006,
Moroccan Communities from DC, Orlando Meet
|Moroccan Americans from Orlando and
Washington, DC meet to map out a new organization in the
U.S. which they hope will build bridges with Morocco
(Photo courtesy Moroccan American Chamber of Commerce).
A DELEGATION from the Washington, DC Moroccan community
visited the Orlando Moroccan American Chamber of Commerce in
November to coordinate a series of activities with the Moroccan
communities in South and Central Florida
The Washington and Florida communities have decided to join
forces in order to start building a strong core of associations
in various parts of the country that would lead to an organized
and effective Moroccan community in the U.S. The goal of the
effort is to build an efficient, representative, modern and
forward-thinking federation of Moroccan American organizations.
The group could contribute to Morocco’s economic and social
progress as well as improve relations between their adopted
country and their country of origin.
Some issues they tackled included:
- Pooling of resources for better outreach to their
respective communities to inform them of upcoming actions
and provide opportunities for greater participation.
- Outreach to Moroccan-American organizations in other
parts of the country such as Houston/Dallas, Chicago, New
York, Boston and California.
- Work with all concerned to collect statistics to better
gauge the size of the communities in various parts of the
The visiting group included Hassan Khantach, the Moroccan
consul in Washington, DC; Hassan Samghouni; M. Board and
Adil Naji with The Washington Moroccan Club, Allied Media Corp
and Arabesques; Mohamed Hajjam and M. Abdelmoumen with AV
Actions, as a TV crew/reporter/producer for Al Maghrebia TV and
RTM TV; Salem Ammagui, NY-based director of Royal Air Maroc; and
Kadour Fattoumi, reporter with Maghreb Arab Press.
The host was the Orlando Moroccan American Chamber of
Commerce, a group of talented and active business people,
including Addul Aitboukil, Hassan Erroudani, Karim Bennouna,
Nouredine Chehab, Mohamed Tazi, and Rachid Choufani, a prominent
businessman and owner/operator of the Moroccan Pavilion at Epcot
center. For more information see the Moroccan-American Chamber
of Commerce Web site <www.marocam.com>.