Ambitious Moroccan project to create 220,000 jobs

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A public-private agreement, National Pact for Industrial Emergence, aimed at a capacity building project, was signed signed last week at the historic city of Fez, Morocco. 12.4 billion dirhams has been earmarked for the project, out of which 34 per cent will be dedicated to training and human resources, while 24 per cent will be directed towards the encouragement of investments.

The implementation of the National Pact for Industrial Emergence is expected to create 220,000 new jobs over a six-year period, between 2009 and 2015, within the main economic sector of the country, namely; Off shoring, Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, Food as well as Textile and Leather.

Reacting to the ambitions of the proposed project, the Minister of Education and Scientific Research, Akhchichine Ahmed, indicated that Morocco couldn’t “display these ambitious goals without having the skills and know-how” needed in the concerned sectors, thus the urgent need for training as a determining factor to the success of this project.

The Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Jamal Rhmani, has promised that his ministry will show its commitment towards the achievement of the goals of the project through the development of a multi-level training as well as consolidating the availability of quantitative and qualitative skills.

Delegated professionals from concerned the sectors will engage in setting up and managing six specialized training institutes to be established by the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training.

The training program will target a total number of 220,000 candidates between 2009-2015, — 70,000 for the off shore sector, 70,000 for the auto sector, 15,000 to go to the aeronautics space industry, 9,000 for the electronics sector, 32,000 for the textile and leather industry and finally 24,000 for the food industry.

Meanwhile, a direct aid of over 1.7 billion dirhams, to companies earmarked for the proposed training between 2009 and 2012, is said to be on schedule.

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