- Apr 10, 2017
The cluster community in Morocco is growing. Morocco first engaged in cluster development policy through the “Pacte National pour l’Emergence Industrielle” in the late 2000’s. Today, Morocco’s cluster programme consists of the “Stratégie Maroc Innovation” programme, which aims to improve R&D and promote innovation.
Cluster-to-cluster cooperation between the EU and Morocco is in its beginning stages, although several and strategic sectors for cooperation have been established, as well as cluster organisations in the EU and Morocco looking for cooperation.
Economic and political context and framework
Morocco is one of the most developed economies in Africa. It is the 5th African economy by GDP and The World Economic Forum placed Morocco as the 1st most competitive economy in North African 2014. The major resources of the Moroccan economy are agriculture, phosphates, and tourism. Sales of fish and seafood are important as well. The production of textiles and clothing is part of a growing manufacturing sector in Morocco.
Cluster community in the country
Originally, Morocco engaged in cluster development policy through the Pacte National pour l’Emergence Industrielle. In 2009, the objective of this pacte was to develop 15 national cluster initiatives. Today, Morocco’s cluster programme consists of the “Stratégie Maroc Innovation” programme aims to improve R&D and promote innovation targeting triple-helix agents.
The cluster programme combines a top-down and bottom-up approach: state support and at the same time initiating cluster competition. Further cluster organisations are promoted by other stakeholders such as the solar cluster or the Industrial Cluster for Environmental Services (CISE). Additionally, Morocco actively pursues an industrial policy plan (“Plan D’acceleration industrielle”) until 2020 which includes the development of cluster organisations and cluster policy.Read less.
Cluster policies encouraging the development and internationalisation of clusters
Through the Plan D’acceleration industrielle, the internationalization of clusters has been a particular area of focus for the Moroccan government.
Cluster to cluster cooperation opportunities and potential interest from European clusters and SMEs
In 2013, in the frame of the EU-Morocco Cooperation Project “MOBILISE”, a number of cluster organisations (operating a cluster initiative) and organisations with a similar function but different names (technology parks, agropoles) were identified.
In total, 12 Moroccan organisations replied to the survey and showed an interest in collaborating with EU partners. Among them were six cluster organisations, selected and supported by the Moroccan government in the framework of its support programme. Most of these cluster organisations were located close to the largest cities in Morocco, namely Rabat and Casablanca. Read less.
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|Wednesday, 6 May, 2015 - 09:00||Explore new business opportunities with European and Mediterranean clusters at a matchmaking event in Milan||Cluster managers||Matchmaking|
|Wednesday, 22 January, 2014 - 10:30||Business Roadshow Morocco||Cluster managers, SME||Matchmaking, Workshop|
|Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 - 10:30||Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage Event on Research and Innovation||Cluster Policy Makers, Large audience, SME||Conference, Workshop|
|Wednesday, 19 February, 2014 - 10:15||Euromed Business Workshop on Intercultural Communication||Large audience||Workshop|
|Sunday, 17 July, 2016 - 10:00||World Investment Forum 2016||Large audience||Conference|