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Report | The Report: Morocco 2016

Morocco benefits from its well-developed manufacturing sector, mining industry, agricultural output, proximity to Europe, sizeable diaspora community, low labour costs and market-oriented public policy.

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Chapter | Education from The Report: Morocco 2016

Ensuring access to education has been a prime objective for Morocco over the past couple of decades, and recent indicators show significant progress. This comes on the back of major efforts to reform the education system through strategies such as the National Charter of Education 1999-2005 and the Emergency Plan 2009-12. The government has also maintained a high level of public spending on the sector. In the short to medium term, the public sector will remain the main provider in Morocco, while the private sector will continue to depend on political will to encourage its growth and attract more students. Collaboration between both sectors will be key to addressing capacity and quality shortfalls. Vocational training is also likely to continue playing a major role in providing an alternative to mainstream education, as well as in putting new graduates into a market where needs for qualified labour are constantly evolving. This chapter contains an interview with Hervé Biausser, President, CentraleSupélec and Vice-President, Ecole Centrale Casablanca.

Chapter | Telecoms & IT from The Report: Morocco 2016

Since its liberalisation in 1997, Morocco’s telecoms sector has experienced substantial growth driven by the entry of new operators, a rapid increase in mobile subscribers and rising consumption of voice and data services. Despite the sector’s potential, user revenue growth has slowed in recent years due to fierce price competition among the main providers. Operators seeking new springboards for growth are therefore exploring a capital-intensive push towards data offerings. In the IT sector, having made an early drive for development in the mid-1990s, Morocco has managed to carve out a sizeable niche for itself in selected areas such as offshoring and electronic payments. The government is now working on a new strategy, Plan Maroc Numeric 2020 – a successor to the previous Plan Maroc Numeric 2013 – aimed at building on the country’s international position in cost-competitive IT services, while emphasising greater diversification and entrepreneurship. This chapter contains an interview with Nadia Fassi-Fehri, CEO, Inwi.

Chapter | Legal Framework from The Report: Morocco 2016

This chapter introduces potential foreign investors to the different aspects of the legal system in Morocco. This chapter contains a viewpoint from Romain Berthon and Lina Fassi-Fihri, Partners, Lefèvre Pelletier & associés, on participatory democracy in action.

Chapter | Tax from The Report: Morocco 2016

This chapter provides an overview of Morocco’s taxation system and examines its investor-friendly business environment. This chapter contains an interview with Kamal Mokdad, Managing Partner; and a viewpoint from Asma Charki, Partner, Mazars Morocco, on Casablanca Finance City.

Chapter | Health from The Report: Morocco 2016

Health care services in Morocco have evolved in line with the country’s epidemiological transition, facilitated by heightened surveillance of health-related conditions and the maturing role carried out by the private sector. Developments have tracked objectives outlined in the country’s long-term strategy, Vision 2020. In its 2012-16 phase, reforms have aimed primarily at consolidating past gains but also addressing new needs, with a particular focus on restructuring emergency services, promoting family medicine, developing rural health care, extending national coverage schemes and developing human resources. Broader health coverage and the gradual expansion of medical services bode well for the future of the sector. The challenge that lies ahead is to ensure even distribution of facilities and medical staff as demand for health services rises. This chapter contains an interview with Ahmed El Bahri, Managing Director, Cheikh Khalifa Ibn Zaid Foundation.

Chapter | Agriculture & Fisheries from The Report: Morocco 2016

Agriculture accounts for around 14% of GDP and 35-40% of jobs in Morocco. Driven in large part by the national agricultural policy, the Green Morocco Plan (Plan Maroc Vert, PMV), the sector’s GDP contribution increased by 57% between 2008 and 2015 to reach Dh115bn (€10.5bn). Among the key changes in the sector since the launch of the PMV is a shift in structure: Moroccan agriculture today is less dependent on cereals output for growth. Results borne of this strategy became most evident when, at the start of the 2015/16 agricultural season, severe droughts hit the country, leaving little hope for prosperous cereal yields. The increased value addition, however, is expected to offset the decline in upstream cereals production. In addition, efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change are playing a significant role in improving the sector’s resilience. This chapter contains an interview with Mohammed Fikrat, CEO, Cosumar.