Institut Royal des Etudes Stratégiques
Scenarios of the euro zone crisis : what ...

As part of its study program "Global competitiveness and positioning of Morocco in the global system" and its permanent mission of strategic watch, the Royal Institute of Strategic Studies (IRES), held on January 26th, 2012 a seminar under the theme "scenarios of the euro zone crisis: what impact on Morocco? ". This seminar, to which took part a panel of Moroccan and European experts, looked at the potential risks arising from the Euro Zone crisis, the channels through which the crisis may affect the Moroccan economy and the adequate responses in terms of public policies that Morocco should deploy in order to mitigate the impact of the crisis on the country’s macroeconomic stability. The debate held during this seminar emphasized on the importance for Morocco to maintain the pace of reform and to strengthen its resilience to external shocks through the development of structural levers of its global competitiveness. Optimizing its regional positioning and grasping the opportunities arising from an adequate linkage to fast growing emerging economies should stand as the key foundation of Morocco’s international openness strategy . Other relevant aspects related to the examined topic were discussed in depth. These include, among others, further strengthening of the quality of supervision of the Moroccan financial sector, the development of internal sources of growth and the implementation of an integrated migration policy so as to enable Morocco to mobilize efficiently the potential of its population living abroad.

09:00
Introduction by Mr. Mohammed Tawfik MOULINE,
Director General of the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies

Mr. Abdellatif MAAZOUZ
Minister Delegate to the Head of Government, in charge of Moroccans Living Abroad
09:30
Session 1: The Euro Zone crisis : Features and main regional and international stakes

Ms. Mouna Cherkaoui,
University Professor, University Mohammed V-Agdal.

Mr. Gonzalo Escribano
Director of Program, Royal Institute El Cano, Spain

Moderator: Mr. Nacer Benjelloun TOUIMI,
Program Coordinator at IRES, former Ambassador, University Professor
10.15
Session 2: Impacts of the Euro Zone crisis on Morocco : What are the key economic policy responses ?

Mr. Karim EL AYNAOUI
Director of Studies and International Relations, Bank Al Maghrib

Mr. Hassan El Basri
Director General at the Central Bank Populaire

Mr. Abdelhakim MARRAKCHI
Vice-President of the General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco

Moderator: Mr. Said Moufti
Research Director, Project Coordinator “Economic Competitiveness”, IRES

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