Portugal currently serves as Chair of the Rabat Process, succeeding Morocco, which officially handed over the Chairmanship on 1 February 2024, at a Senior Officials Meeting held in Rabat. This marks Portugal’s second time assuming the Chairmanship, having previously held this leading role in 2016. 

Once confirmed, the dates of upcoming meetings under the Portuguese Chairmanship can be consulted here:
Calendar

Role of the Chairmanship

The role of Chairmanship of the Rabat Process was introduced in 2014. The Chairmanship of the Rabat Process is a driving force, shaping the dialogue:

  • Alternating between Africa and Europe, each member of the Steering Committee can hold the Chairmanship for a period of one year. 
  • The role of the Chairmanship is to give impetus to the Dialogue, moderate the political meetings and help find consensus between divergent positions. It plays an essential role in preparing agendas, preparatory documents and recommendations for the meetings. It is supported by the Rabat Process Secretariat.
  • The Chairmanship chooses to focus in particular on political and operational priorities that it shares with the member countries in order to ensure the successful implementation of the strategic framework of the Rabat Process and the Valletta framework.
  • The Chairmanship represents the Rabat Process in international fora and other external meetings. The Dialogue Chairmanship is based on a tripartite / troika model including the outgoing, current and incoming chairmanship.

Past Chairmanships

The following partner countries have already acted as Chair of the Rabat Process since the official introduction of the Chairmanship model:

Italy
2014
Senegal
2014
Morocco
2015
Portugal
2016

Mali
2017
Belgium
2018
Burkina Faso
2019
France
2020
Equatorial Guinea
2021
Spain
2022
Morocco
2023