The Integrated and Modular Programme for Morocco (IMP) is the outcome of a technical cooperation between the United Nations for Industrial Development (UNIDO), the Ministry of Industry, Trade and New Technologies, the private sector, the civil society and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The second phase of this programme, IMP II, essentially aims at: (i) consolidating the achievements of the first phase of the programme; (ii) supporting Morocco in its efforts towards the modernization of the industrial sector, (iii) contributing to the realization of the objectives of the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH) in view of the improvement of the living conditions of the poorest. It supports the efforts of the Government, of the private sector, and of the civil society, to ensure in the country a sustainable economic growth, notably in the framework of:
- The industrial development strategy defined in the Plan Emergence, with a view to reinstall Morocco in the global exchange system, through new specializations (considered as growth engines), as well as the modernization and improvement of the competitiveness of the business network;
- The National Initiative for Human Development (INDH), launched in 2005 by HM King Mohammed VI, to contribute to the improvement of the income and living conditions of the poor, notably those suffering from precarious conditions, particularly in rural and suburban areas.
In line with these objectives, the PIMII is structured in three components:
Component I, rural development and reinforcement of productive capacities, particularly in support to income generation activities and the INDH, was elaborated to follow up on the activities undertaken during the IMP I in the strengthening of the rural sector and to respond to the efforts undertaken by the country, notably in the framework of the INDH. Therefore the objective is to consolidate the productive capacities in rural areas towards a better access to the market, the creation of employment and the fight against poverty. On the short term, this component essentially aims at the set up of around 200 rural SMEs or viable UVPA through a specialised assistance, training of qualified human resources and support measures.
Component II, Reinforcement of commercial capacities, modernization of the industrial sector, and improvement of competitiveness, particularly in support to the Plan Emergence, was established to enable the Moroccan enterprises, notably the SMEs to improve their access to international markets and at the same time strengthening the production and trade capacities, and to stimulate the internal investment and the foreign direct investment.
Component III, Energy and environment, was elaborated bring support to the sustainable development activities with the objective to promote the sustainable management of industrial resources in morocco, to reinforce the capacities of Morocco in responding to the commitments of a number of conventions such as in the framework of environment, and to participate to the divers mechanisms for clean development and to the mechanism related to the Protocol of Kyoto. Furthermore it aims at improving the viable ecological technologies and practices and to protect the integrity and functions of the natural ecosystems, particularly in the desert and semi-desert regions.
These three components reflect as well UNIDO’s three thematic priorities, and provide a logical follow-on to PIM I. Moreover, they are in line with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2007-2011), the Common Country Assessment (CCA) and the Millennium Development Goals.