Successful dialogue towards reinforced EU-Morocco cluster cooperation
On 28-29 November 2019 the EU-Africa Business Summit took place in Marrakesh, Morocco, aiming to debate political, economic, social and environmental issues to promote the voices of enterprises in Europe and Africa. In order to move towards a more efficient partnership between the two continents, a multi-sectorial dialogue should be consolidated at both institutional and business level. The goal of the Summit is to enable public and private sectors to join forces at inter-continental, regional and local levels.
Slawomir Tokarski, Director for Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing at the European Commission’s DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) spoke in the “Meet-the-Expert” session (a format dedicated to an informal dialogue with well-known personalities for their leadership and expertise in their field) about instruments supporting strategic value chains, innovation ecosystems and green transformation. He highlighted the great potential for business cooperation through industrial clusters.
On the occasion of the EU-Africa Business Summit, Mr. Tokarski, together with Christophe Guichard, Team Leader Internationalisation at the Advanced Technologies, Clusters and Social Economy Unit at DG GROW carried out a successful meeting at the Ministry of Industry of Morocco exploring how to advance the EU-Moroccan cluster collaboration.
DG GROW representatives met also the Menara Cluster from Marrakesh with SMEs and start-ups active in the field of luxury cosmetics and agri-food who expressed strong interest in closer cooperation with EU clusters and business partners. For further cooperation with Moroccan clusters, see their contact details here.