By Karima Rhanem | Morocco TIMES 7/20/2005 | 9:34 am
David A. Sampson, US Acting Deputy Secretary of the US Commerce Department, is paying an official state visit to Morocco on July 20-22 to discuss with Moroccan senior officials possibilities of reinforcing bilateral economic cooperation between Morocco and the USA, said a release of the US Embassy in Rabat.
The US official will visit a Solar Energy center and a Technology Satellite Station. Sampson talks will focus on Morocco's progress in terms of political and economic reforms. He will also recall the commitment of the Bush administration to fostering democracy, open markets, a clean environment, and investment in the health fields and education fields for the peoples of Africa.
Sampson will also underscore the importance of the implementation of the US-Morocco Free Exchange Agreement, while encouraging Moroccans to fight against the transgression of intellectual property. He will also emphasise the two priorities of the US and the G8 countries. These include proper thermal technology, science and technology in general.
Sampson will also pay a visit to an American company, CMS Energy, the biggest independent producer of electricity in Africa. He will also visit the Royal Center of Satellite Technology, a national institution in charge of the promotion, utilisation, and development of satellites application in Morocco.
David A. Sampson is the Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department, having been nominated to that position by President George W. Bush on April 1, 2005.
Sampson also serves as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and head of the Economic Development Administration, which issues federal grants to help revitalise distressed communities. Additionally, on June 16, 2005 Sampson was designated as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation by President George W. Bush.