Training of trainers on the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property in Morocco

National Workshop; Kingdom of Morocco, Marrakech, 7 and 8 April 2016

As part of its policy to protect national cultural heritage, and in order to fulfill the commitments of the Kingdom of Morocco for the effective implementation of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural property, the Ministry of Culture is developing a large initiative to strengthen its national capacity for which it has requested UNESCO's technical support and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.

The Ministry of Culture and the UNESCO Office for the Maghreb, therefore, held on 7 and 8 April 2016 in Marrakech, a second national workshop, the first in a series of four, on the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property. This workshop benefited various beneficiaries including regional administrations and services involved in the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural goods, NGOs, art and antique dealers, academics and journalists.

The workshop provided an overview of the different international Conventions, the international bodies active in the field of looting of cultural property, as well as legal and administrative procedures for tackling the smuggling of antiquities by the competent authorities. The workshop also helped deepen understanding of actors involved in the thematic concepts and normative, ethical and operational instruments in the fight against theft and transfer of ownership of cultural property, so that the Kingdom of Morocco can effectively safeguard its cultural heritage.

The workshop was facilitated by a core of national trainers within the framework of the project "Training of Trainers to Combat Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property in Morocco", including representatives from the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Justice and Freedom, the Royal Gendamerie, the Directorate of National Security and the Department of Customs and Indirect Taxes.

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