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How does Morocco tackle the difficult period caused by the pandemic

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Green and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy said Monday, November 9th, in Rabat that the industry sector has recovered 93% of jobs during the month of July. In terms of support for SMEs, the minister said that a series of special COVID-19 programs have been established, including the funding of 69 projects launched by young people for an investment of $55.3 million.



In response to a central question in the House of Representatives on “The Ministry’s strategy to overcome the persistent impact of COVID-19,” the minister stressed that thanks to the measures taken by the Ministry to deal with the effects of the pandemic, 93% of jobs were recovered in the industrial sector during the month of July. Moreover, he added that 100% of jobs were recovered in the pharmaceutical sector, 97% in the automotive sector and 92% in the textile and leather sector, despite the regression experienced by this sector because of the second wave of the Coronavirus.

Mr. Elalamy estimated that the national strategies have borne fruit thanks to the industrial systems, noting that the objectives set for the year 2020 have been achieved, especially in terms of job creation, with more than 505,000 jobs.

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The Minister says the measures implemented by the Government borne fruit

The minister said that the measures and procedures initiated in the area of supply concern the monitoring of 60,000 points of sale per day and 62 Moroccan products, noting that all food factories have been accompanied until they are able to produce during this difficult period, while ensuring compliance with health measures, monitoring 7,533 units.

The minister also stopped on the various Moroccan products manufactured during the health crisis. He noted that the only plant in Morocco specializing in the production of “ethanol”, rehabilitated in one week, produces 240 hectoliters per day of this alcohol essential for the manufacture of disinfectants.

After highlighting the support of 60 textile factories in the production of masks, he said that these factories now produce 16 million masks per day, knowing that the Kingdom has produced since last March 340 million protective masks.

Morocco could also produce 1,000 respirators per week

Referring to artificial respirators, Mr. Elalamy stressed that their manufacture has reached advanced stages and the Ministry of Health is responsible for monitoring the measures and procedures for marketing, noting that so far 500 respirators have been made.

“It is possible to produce 1,000 artificial respirators per week,” he added, welcoming the positive results achieved by Moroccan youth during this difficult period.

SMEs were also supported during this difficult period

In terms of support for SMEs, the minister said that a series of special COVID-19 programs have been established, including the funding of 69 projects launched by young people for an investment of $55.3 million (507 million MDH) allowing the creation of 4,115 jobs.

Regarding the digitization of the administration, he said that the number of administrations that now use the digital order desk and the electronic signature has increased from 30 to 900 in six months.

The Ministry has also worked to protect the Moroccan consumer through the control of market prices during this period, he said, noting that it has received more than 2,000 complaints and proceeded to control 5,000 outlets.


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