Ryad Mezzour, Minister of Industry and Trade. Ph.Sradni
The inadmissibility of the “Morocco Tech” brand by the Intellectual Property Office (OMPIC) is a false debate according to the Minister of Industry and Trade, Ryad Mezzour. “Everyone has worked to ensure that the domain name is preserved. So no debate!”, he summed up during his speech on the program “L’info en face”. The opportunity for the manager to highlight the quality of the Moroccan ecosystem of industrial startups, presented as a real standard bearer that commands pride.
“It’s exceptional what is happening in the ecosystem of industrial startups! It’s fabulous!” exclaimed the Minister of Industry and Trade, Ryad Mezzour during his very striking appearance on the “L’info en face” program of the “Le Matin” group.
Admiringly, the minister praised Moroccan inventiveness and innovation in all areas, even more exacerbated by the Covid crisis. “Not only is this ecosystem an integral part of Morocco’s new industrial strategy, but these startups are also our standard bearers and our pride! “, he assures.
“I’ll give you an example of a startup I visited recently. It made 3 or 4 million dirhams in turnover in 2019. Today, it ended the year 2021 with 230 million dirhams!”, he marvels. “This startup is capable of doing everything, including microsatellites! “, he adds in the same tone.
The manager knows that a large part of the 735 projects supported by his department are made up of teams of young innovators. “We often imagine the startup ecosystem in beautiful google rooms… but, in truth, it’s in fablabs, universities, factories… It’s everywhere! “, he notes.
Asked about the “Morocco tech” initiative, the national brand for promoting Moroccan digital, the minister gave his opinion on what he described as a “very innovative approach” and “very interesting”. “It’s less a roadmap than a movement. It fits the spirit of tech and I think it’s outdoors time,” he said. “Morocco Tech is a movement that integrates the visions of certain operators, which is getting to know them and leading them towards what we want and what our country deserves in terms of digital transformation,” he continues.
Regarding the case of the inadmissibility of the “Morocco Tech” brand by the Intellectual Property Office (OMPIC), Ryad Mezzour assured that it is a hollow debate. “The story is very simple: the Director General of APEBI, to keep the name, tried to register it and ended up doing so. And then, immediately afterwards, it sold it to the Ministry of Energy Transition so that the State would own it. It was goodwill and everyone worked to ensure that the domain name was preserved. So no debate!”, he explains.