Youssef Haouzi was the guest of “L’Info en Face”, on the sidelines of the eighth International Conference of One-Stop Shops currently being held in Marrakech. The Managing Director of PortNet SA emphasized the importance of integrating digitalization into processes and not being handcuffed technologically.
The upheavals of the past two years have brought about a new world economic order. And Morocco has all the potential to position itself. “We will have to become a hub if we want to have the possibility of emerging as a power on the international trade side, as is the case for Tanger Med, which is not only a hub to serve Morocco, but also Europe and Africa,” said Youssef Haouzi.
Guest of “L’Info en Face”, on the sidelines of the eighth International Conference of One-Stop Shops currently being held in Marrakech, the Managing Director of PortNet SA emphasized the importance of integrating digitalization into the processes . “Now we have to talk about a digital one-stop shop. Because if we want to obtain tangible results and that economic operators can feel them, it is absolutely necessary to integrate digitalization”. According to him, facilitating trade will significantly improve the economic development of the country and its citizens. “With digital, we have the possibility of having this interoperability with our customers and our suppliers. And therefore, to measure the effectiveness of our exchanges and to do what is necessary to protect local production, ”explains the DG. But to achieve this, “you need data, and it is only thanks to digital transformation that we can have reliable data”.
While Asian countries are leading in the connection of smart ports, PortNet has just concluded an agreement with the African Alliance and the Pan-Asian Alliance on e-commerce. Objective: to strengthen the sharing of experiences between these two entities. “In Asia, they are very advanced in these one-stop-shop issues. And the use of technology with incumbent operators like Singapore, which has been the first one-stop shop in the world since 1989, gives the sector a lot of ideas for innovation,” explains Youssef Haouzi.
Blue gold is data!
Industry 4.0 relies on resources that must be used efficiently. It is therefore important to have secure and quality data. Only then “we can have a clear traceability of what is happening and profit from it afterwards. It’s not always easy when the processes are not tied up,” explains the CEO of PortNet.
For their part, companies are required to follow suit. “It’s a question of survival”. For Youssef Haouzi, “the company must know its customers, its suppliers and all this is done through data. By integrating information technology, we become more efficient”. And to achieve this, Rachid Hallaouy’s invitation insists on the importance of training young people and supporting companies. “It’s a path to put in place and we don’t have the time, we have to go there and quickly”.
Accelerating digitization also requires a regulatory framework that sets the entire information security aspect. And Morocco already has it. “If we follow it, we protect ourselves against these issues and therefore we are open to all technologies”. The Director General thus calls for the application of this regulation and to be transparent about the use of technology, so as not to handcuff oneself technologically.
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