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.




Date Name Target Type
Monday, 2 October, 2017 - 09:30 MOVE 2nd brokerage event Cluster managers, SME Workshop
Saturday, 12 November, 2016 - 09:00 ADVANCITY and EMC: La transition énergétique dans les territoires Large audience Seminar
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


ESCP-4i News


ESCP-4is targetting this country

Acronym Name Sector(s) Targeted third countries No. of SME involved No. of Partners
EnW Energy in Water Environmental Services

PROTECTING MAN AND ENVIRONMENTEnvironmentEnvironmental Engineering / Technology
China, Colombia, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Singapore, Tunisia, United States 650 7
FoodNet Food In Eco Network Transportation and Logistics

Algeria, China, India, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan 362 5
MOVE Moving the Future Transportation and Logistics

Brazil, Morocco 567 9
REINA PLUS Renewable Energy Internationalisation ESCP project for European SMEs Electric Power Generation and Transmission

ENERGYRenewable Sources of EnergyWind energy
Algeria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Morocco, Tunisia, United States 322 4
SENTINEL Cluster Network for Hospitality Sustainable Development and Internationalization Hospitality and Tourism

ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMSIT and Telematics ApplicationsApplications for Tourism
Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United States 582 4
SpaceWave Clusters waving the flag to the internationalisation of European SMEs taking advantage of the cross-sectoral dimension of Earth observation for Blue Growth market Information Technology and Analytical Instruments

ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMSTelecommunications, NetworkingSatellite Technology/Positioning/Communication in GPS
Australia, Canada, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Viet Nam 50 4