UNIDO and the Government of Morocco sign a Programme for Country Partnership

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UNIDO Director General, LI Yong, has travelled to Morocco to open new
avenues for collaboration between UNIDO and the Government of Morocco to
promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development. To strengthen many
years of successful cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and UNIDO, a
Programme for Country Partnership has been signed by UNIDO’s Li Yong and
Morocco’s Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, H.E.
Moulay Hafid Elalamy.

At the signing ceremony, Director General Li thanked the Minister for
his active leadership and engagement with the establishment of the Programme
for Country Partnership for Morocco. He has also commended “the Government for
its industrial vision through its Industrial Acceleration Plan 2014-2021, which
underlines the importance of public investment to guide industrial
transformation and the achievement of a more dynamic manufacturing sector in
the country. UNIDO believes that the Kingdom has a unique window of opportunity
to create high and inclusive growth. We will endeavour to support the
acceleration of an inclusive and sustainable industrial development that
contributes to the Kingdom’s drive for increasing competitiveness.”

Li added that the ceremony marked an important milestone: the
finalization of the PCP Morocco programming phase. He noted that the Government
of the Kingdom of Morocco and UNIDO have been working closely together for a
number of months to develop a comprehensive programme to unleash Morocco’s
industrial potential.

The PCP Morocco focuses on six priority components:  industrial
zones; agro-industry; energy efficiency; the circular economy; the fourth
industrial revolution; and e-commerce, supported by cross-cutting components,
namely: South-South and triangular industrial cooperation; multi-stakeholder
partnerships; gender mainstreaming; and industrial statistics. The PCP will
rest on a multi-stakeholder partnership led by the Moroccan Government. It builds
synergies with ongoing government and partner interventions relevant to
industrial development and has been designed to leverage additional investments
in selected priority sectors. As such, it will be a model that facilitates the
mobilization of partners and resources to achieve higher development impact in
the country.

On behalf of the Government of Morocco, H.E. Moulay Hafid Elalamy
thanked the UNIDO Director General for his strong involvement in the entire
process of developing the PCP and congratulated his team for the work done
during the programming phase. He further stressed his appreciation for the
design of the PCP in close consultation and coordination with the various
ministerial departments concerned, the private sector and all additional stakeholders,
ultimately contributing to the objectives of national strategies, particularly
in the fields of agriculture, energy, environment and vocational training.

As a next step, the two partners will implement a portfolio of technical
cooperation projects in the above areas of focus through voluntary
contributions of the Moroccan Government and different UNIDO member states, as
well as additional financial support provided by other donors and development
institutions.

The signing ceremony wasfollowed by meetings with the highest
representatives of the Government of Morocco, namely with the Head of
Government, H.E. Saad Eddine El Othmani, and with the Minister of Foreign
Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. M Nasser Bourita.

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