PROGRAMME FOR COUNTRY PARTNERSHIP
PCP Morocco National Coordination Body holds its first meeting.
Donor and financial institution roundtable held to identify synergies and collaboration opportunities within PCP Morocco, chaired by the Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy of the Government of Morocco.
Roundtable held with the national business sector to identify partnership opportunities.
Draft Country Diagnostic shared with national counterparts for comments.
Government of Morocco’s PCP Team Lead visits UNIDO HQ in Vienna: meetings with UNIDO’s PCP Team to discuss programme components and country diagnostic.
UNIDO conducts 1st PCP programming mission and launches the PCP Morocco Country Diagnostic.
The Government of Morocco commits financial and in-kind contributions for PCP programming and implementation, as well as the organization of the Morocco Investment Forum to be held in 2019.
Roundtables held with national counterparts to discuss focus areas of technical cooperation.
Discussions with the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank on collaboration within the framework of PCP Morocco.
UNIDO Executive Board approves the development of PCP Morocco for the period 2018-2023.
The Kingdom of Morocco is located on the westernmost tip of North Africa. The country spans across mountainous areas and the Sahara desert with coastlines on the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with a multi-party government system and a population of 34.8 million.
Due to the Government’s significant investments in infrastructure development, Morocco benefits from one of the most well-connected transport facilities in the region, including modern rail and road networks.
Economic growth has averaged 4% per year, with Morocco currently ranked as the 6th largest economy in Africa by GDP. The service sector represents 56.3% of GDP, with industry and agriculture constituting 29.2% and 14.5% respectively. In recent years, the sectors of telecommunication, textiles, tourism and information technology have recorded the highest growth rates. Nearly 40% of the labour force is employed in agriculture.
Morocco is ranked 69th in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business 2018 report, with FDI inflows amounting to USD 2,651 million in 2017 (UNCTAD World Investment Report 2018), of which 19.9 % were in the manufacturing sector.
A unique opportunity to boost the economy
Morocco became a Member State of UNIDO in 1985. Since, UNIDO has provided assistance to Morocco through nearly 200 projects in the areas of industrial competitiveness, poverty reduction, environmental protection, agro-industrial development and energy efficiency. In 2018, Morocco was announced as the pilot PCP for the Arab region.
The PCP’s programming phase started in April 2018 with the launch of a country diagnostic to help identify the main opportunities and bottlenecks for advancing industrialization in Morocco, and support the design and development of the PCP. The Programme for Country Partnership for Morocco (PCP Morocco) will support the implementation of the Government’s Industrial Acceleration Plan 2014-2020.
The PCP rests on a multi-stakeholder partnership between development partners, UN agencies, financial institutions and the business sector, under the overall leadership of the national Government. Through the PCP, UNIDO provides policy advice to the Government, delivers multidisciplinary technical assistance focused on selected industrial sectors and areas, and facilitates overall PCP coordination and the convening of partners.
PCP Morocco will focus on several priority industrial sectors and areas, namely agribusiness, E-commerce and industry 4.0, circular economy and waste management, energy, industrial zones, and South-South cooperation. The programme will also integrate cross-cutting issues such as vocational training, gender and statistics.
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT GOALS
PCP Morocco supports the following national targets from the Industrial Acceleration Plan 2014-2020, inter alia:
PCP Morocco National Coordination Body
An inter-ministerial national coordination body is established under the leadership of the Government of Morocco.
OUTLOOK FOR 2018
The PCP Morocco Programme Document is expected to be finalized by the end of 2018, with an official signing ceremony between the UNIDO Director General and the Government of Morocco planned in December 2018.