In collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM) and the Euro-Mediterranean Forum of Institutes of Economic Sciences (FEMISE), Groupe ISCAE has organised, on February 22nd, a Study Day under the theme “Integrating Moroccan exporting SMEs into Global Value Chains: Constraints and Opportunities”.
This study day is part of the presentation of the results of a study jointly conducted by the AfDB, the FEMISE and the SMEs Chair of CEDOC (Groupe ISCAE).
The purpose of this workshop is to fully apprehendthe constraints that prevent Moroccan SMEs from developing, and how to integrate the global value chain.
Its contribution is to set up measures that would allow medium and small enterprises to ensure an efficientfunctioning andenhance their ability to go global.
This study day began with keynote speeches of:
- MsNada BIAZ: General Director of Groupe ISCAE;
- Mr Said MAGHRAOUI HASSANI on behalf of Mrs Rkia DERHAM: Secretary of State to the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, in charge of Foreign Trade;
- Ms Soumya ALAMI, President of the SME Commission at CGEM;
- Mr Vincent CASTEL, Chief Economist of the African Development Bank (AfDB),
Then a first panel, made up of Ms Patricia AUGIER, Director of FEMISE (Aix en Provence), and Mr. Tarik EL MALKI (Director in charge of Development, International Relations and Scientific Research at GroupeISCAE) presented the main results and conclusions of the study highlighting the main obstacles that hindered the integration of Moroccan exportingSME into global value chains (GVCs).
The second panel set out to identify, from the point of view of the professional federations (MICA and AMITH), the obstacles to the integration of Moroccan exporting SMEs to global value chains. This panel was moderated by Pr. Azizar (Full ProfessoratGroupeISCAE), and composed of:
- Mr Hakim ABDELMOUMEN, President of the Moroccan Association for Automotive Industry and Trade (AMICA);
- Mr Mohamed TAZI, General Director of the Moroccan Association of Textile and Clothing Industries (AMITH);
The associations’ leaders highlighted the main adversities on the business environment of their respective sectors and proposed measures to create a new dynamics.
- Mr Ali MEHREZ, Project Manager at the General Directorate of the Moroccan Agency for Development of Investments and Exports (AMDIE);
- Mr Jamal RAIS, Director of the Development Division of the Moroccan Export Insurance Corporation (SMAEX);
- Mr Abderrazak MOURCHID, representative of the Head of Government, in charge of the Business Environment, Coordinator of the Permanent Secretariat of CNEA;
- Mr LAGHIDI Amine, DeputyPresident of the Moroccan Association of Exporters (ASMEX).
Based on the main recommendations of the study, the panellistshave proposed concrete measures to improve the integration of Moroccan exporting SMEs to global value chains.