Institut Royal des Etudes Stratégiques
Free Trade Agreements concluded by Morocco : what ...

As part of its study program "Global competitiveness and positioning of Morocco in the global system", IRES held on April 25th, 2012, a seminar on the theme "Free Trade Agreements concluded by Morocco : What implications on the country’s industrialization ? ".

Led by national and foreign experts of issues related to free trade, this seminar examined global and sectoral impacts of trade agreements signed by Morocco, with a specific emphasis on the competitive effects resulting from these agreements on some industrial branches. This scientific event was also an opportunity to discuss the required levers so as to maximize the benefits of these agreements on the country's industrialization and therefore on its overall development.

Discussions held during the seminar stressed the importance of accelerating the comprehensive upgrading of Morocco’s productive sector in order to strengthen its competitiveness against the competing offer both on domestic and international markets, of optimizing the State incentive system in favor of domestic firms, through a results-based evaluation system, as well as developing coordination among public and private actors in the design and implementation of free trade agreements.

Other relevant aspects were examined in depth such as the reinforcement of the governance of free trade agreements as a mean to ensure their consistency with the strategic interests of the country, the need to fight vigorously against all forms of unfair competition which are detrimental to local production and attracting foreign investment with high potential in terms of technology transfer acceleration and improvement of Morocco’s international specialization profile.

8h45
Accueil des participants

9h00
Mot d’introduction de M. Mohammed Tawfik MOULINE,
Directeur Général de l’Institut Royal des Etudes Stratégiques
Session n° 1 : Incidences globales et sectorielles des accords de libre échange conclus par le Maroc

9h15

Mr. Azzedine GHOUFRANE,
Coordinateur du groupe de travail de l’IRES sur les accords de libre échange, Professeur universitaire, Université Mohammed V- Souissi

Mme AMINA KHAMLICHI IDRISSI,
Ministère de l’Economie et des Finances

Modérateur : M. Nacer BENJELLOUN TOUIMI

Coordinateur de Programme d’études à l’IRES, Professeur universitaire, ancien Ambassadeur
Session n° 2 : Les leviers d’actions pour maximiser les retombées des accords de libre échange sur l’industrialisation du pay

10h10

M. Abdemajid IRAQUI,
Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc

Mme Mounia BOUCETTA,
Secrétaire Général, Ministère de l’Industrie, du Commerce et des Nouvelles Technologies

Modérateur : M. Said MOUFTI

Directeur de Recherche, Coordinateur de Projet d’études « Compétitivité économique », IRES

10h45
Débat Général

12h00
Mot de clôture

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