Sovereignty does not mean the imperviousness of the economy

Tangier hosted today the 4th edition of the Industry Meeting Days, twinned with the 2nd edition of the Industry Meeting Awards. The latter made it possible to positively reward 14 companies and personalities for their impact on the Moroccan industrial ecosystem. The Days of Industry Meetings, organized by Industrie du Maroc Magazine, had as their theme this year “Industrial, energy, health and food sovereignty”. This is a vast project in which Morocco is committed.

As proof, Ryad Mezzour, Minister of Industry and Trade, cites nearly 900 projects being processed mainly dedicated to the substitution program adopted by his ministry for some time. He cautioned, however, against confusing sovereignty with sufficiency. The latter is, in fact, synonymous with closure vis-à-vis international markets and would have harmful effects on the national economy.

For his part, Youness Sekkouri, Minister of Economic Inclusion and Small Business, Employment and Skills, is convinced that industrial sovereignty is a prerequisite for social peace. In this regard, the Minister revealed an ongoing reflection on the Labor Code to reform human resources contracts and promised, soon, “agreements with the unions”.

Omar Moro, chairman of the council of the Tanger-Tetouan-Al-Hoceima region, announced several projects, including the Agropole de Larache and the creation of a regional development fund with an envelope of one billion dirhams. A sign of the dynamics experienced by the region and the opportunities it offers to industrialists wishing to join this dynamic of industrial sovereignty. This sovereignty, underlines Mohamed Bachiri, managing director of Renault Morocco, also passes through water. The availability, proper management and recycling of this raw material is important in all industries, especially the food industry.

For her part, Sanaa Lahlou, permanent representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) insisted on the need to regain industrial sovereignty, to prepare nations for the various exogenous shocks. “This industrial sovereignty must be built around a new industrial normal, built around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” she recommended.

Regarding the 2nd edition of the Industry Meeting Awards, the morning ended with the presentation of trophies in 14 categories:

Person of the year: Moulay Hafid Elalamy

Sustainability Award: Management

Decarbonization Trophy: ST Microelectronics

Contractor Price: Ait Manos company

Industrial Price: Poudrox Industries

Exporter of the Year: Renault Morocco

Innovation Award: Mascir Foundation

Startup Price: ATAREC


Brand price: Insulated box

Investment price: LafargeHolcim Morocco

Territory Price: Circutex

Industrial Architecture: TERADIS

Favorite price: Imane Zaoui, CEO of Nestlé Morocco.


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