Social media channels this week hosted dozens of meetings with German and Moroccan government executives and institutions as well as civil society and private sector representatives to launch a new three-year German-Moroccan cooperation project in the agribusiness sector. This project will focus on the qualification of SMEs and the improvement of their products as well as the support of job creation and employment in the Kingdom of Morocco, especially in the region around the city of Ouezzane in northern Morocco.
One of the objectives of the project will be the creation of an academy to support young entrepreneurs in that city and to provide them with expertise and basic resources for the development of their projects in the aforementioned sector. Another focus of the project will be on exploring new national and international markets for its stakeholders. Last but not least, this project will also take into account the development of vocational and training services in the partner organizations so that the sustainability of the desired results can be guaranteed.
The preparation for this project started already in 2018 and the partners were able to win the support of the concerned authorities, especially the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). This exemplary project will be important in the larger frameworks of the German-Moroccan cooperation structure and of Germany’s efforts to support the development and economic cooperation in African countries in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
This initiative is a collaboration between the Berlin-based Euro-Mediterranean-Arab Association EMA and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Schwerin in Northern Germany. From the Moroccan side, the project will include the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tangiers-Tetouan-Al Hoceima in addition to several other specialized professional associations.