Since the year 2007, the balance of trade deficit in goods alone exceeds the value of exports. This worsening of the trade deficit has led to a decline in external assets in foreign currency which currently cover only about 4 months and 19 days of imports instead of over 9 months in 2007. The trade deficit also led to a resumption of external debt, which rose from 19.8% of GDP in 2007 to 25.7% currently. This deficit is among the main factors hindering the increase of investment likely to enable the country to achieve a level of economic growth capable of creating jobs and improving living standards.


In order to remedy this situation and to build mastery of balance of trade deficit a national priority challenging all stakeholders, the Ministry of Foreign Trade has prepared in consultation with the ministries concerned, the exchange of National Development Plan Commercial (CEDP). This plan, which was adopted by the Government Council Thursday, June 5, 2014 is structured around three axes, available in 20 projects and 40 measures.

The first axis of the plan calls for the enhancement, development and export promotion as the main solution to reduce the trade deficit, particularly through:

- The definition of a shared and inclusive vision for the development of foreign trade, in keeping with the various sectoral strategies;

- Strengthening the effectiveness of support measures for exporting companies;

- Streamlining and improving the impact of export promotion system;

- Anticipation of economic social and environmental developments and strengthening of existing prospecting business opportunities;

- Opening new markets through the negotiation of trade agreements.


At its second axis, CEDP is regulating imports and facilitating procedures related to foreign trade, particularly through:

- The regulation of imports by strengthening customs control and the fight against smuggling;

- The organization of the profession of foreign trade operator;

- Accelerating the dematerialization of foreign trade documentation site;

- Improving the efficiency of the system of trade defense.

The third axis is the development of local value added in the national product, and aims to achieve the following projects:


- Promotion and support of economic integration;

- The implementation of existing industrial netting agreements and the development of new offset projects for large public investments.

The Ministry Delegate to the Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and the Digital Economy, in charge of Foreign Trade has initiated the implementation of the Plan through a clear roadmap.


For more information visit the following link:

Download the National Development Plan 2014-2016 trade



The new industrial strategy essentially aims to increase the pace of industrialization in Morocco. To achieve this, an Industrial Development Fund (IDF) will be created, with a budget of 20 billion dirhams ($ 2.5 billion). This support fund, with a budget never mobilized before, allow the industrial sector to consolidate, modernize and develop its ability to substitute dynamic importés.Six products are implemented to support the expected industrial reform , namely the mobilization of 1,000 hectares of land public rental, the commitment of the banking sector to actively support the industry and the overhaul of the public guarantee system for SMEs. Leplan is also based on ten key measures, namely the creation of a new dynamic and a new relationship between large companies Locomotives- groups and SMEs, strengthening the role of industry as a provider of employment major, especially for young people, and optimizing social and economic benefits of public order through industrial compensation.

The 2014-2020 industrial plan also provides acceleration Moroccan track free trade agreements (FTAs) being negotiated, and relentless monitoring of compliance of existing FTAs, the establishment of a culture of " Deal Making "in pursuit of the IDE, and the amplification of the African vocation of Morocco, a continuation of the strategy Emergence.

Since 2005, Morocco's industrial policy focuses of Emergence Plan strengthened in 2009 by the Pact for Industrial Emergence. The National Pact for Industrial Emergence, sealed between the government and the private sector, covering the period 2009-2015 and provides more visibility to investors. It costs the state $ 12.4 billion dirhams, can create some 220 000 jobs and must generate annually 50 billion DH over GDP and as much in private industrial investments and 95 billion dirhams of exports more.

To provide the necessary support to businesses, four transversal projects are part of the Covenant and accompanying actions: strengthening the competitiveness of SMEs, improving the business climate, training and development of industrial parks next generation P2I or called Integrated Industrial Platforms.

Besides the objective of promoting investment and increase industrial GDP, the plan aims to create sustainable jobs and reduce urban unemployment, a major paris current Morocco which should boost political stability and economic progress focus more on the shortcomings recorded in the field of social policy and human development.


For more information visit the following link:

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and New Technologies



Launched on 29 September 2009, under the chairmanship of His Majesty King Mohamed VI, the Plan Halieutis aims to develop a new dynamic in the fisheries sector.

This Plan is based on three strategic pillars, namely:

- Sustainability: the sustainability of the sector for future generations

- Performance: efficiently manage equipment and landing infrastructure, and implement a quality control mechanism to guarantee consumers access to products with a high level of safety on Plans hygiene and health.

- Competing with well-valued products and competitive, facilitating the access of industrial raw materials and focusing on the most promising markets.

In addition, the Plan Halieutis aims to reduce informality, increase the number of direct and indirect jobs in the sector, to increase the turnover of exports and boost fish consumption in Morocco.


For more information see the following links:

-The Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing - Department of Maritime Fisheries


Vision 2020, aims to double the size of the tourism sector and hoisting Morocco among the world's top 20 tourist destinations. It will play an important role in the advanced regionalization process in which the Kingdom is committed by adopting an innovative approach and building on 8 territories.


It was designed under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI to showcase each of Morocco's regions and to set up a tourism that respects the environment. Sustainable development is indeed one of the pillars of Vision 2020. The Moroccan tourism take into account the preservation of natural resources, maintaining the socio-cultural authenticity of the regions and the development and well being of local people.

The "eco territories" will emerge and will be true showcases Morocco's sustainable development.

Eight new destinations will be born as part of Vision 2020, 200,000 new tourist beds will be created across the UK and foreign tourist arrivals will be doubled.

The country has triple the number of domestic passengers while tourism revenues will be increased to 140 billion dirhams (billion dirhams) in 2020, a cumulative sum over the decade close to 1,000 billion dirhams.


Six major projects, driven and supported by the state, regions and the private sector, will be implemented: Azur 2020 program (in continuity with the Plan Azur), the Heritage and Heritage program, which aims to radiate cultural identity of Morocco and the Eco & Green program, which aims to enhance the preserved natural areas of exception.


It is also the Animation program and Leisure (enrich the tourist offer hospitality and make it more competitive), the program Niches with strong Added Value (position Morocco as a destination of international standing on Wellness) and Biladi program ( A key priority of Vision 2020 with the completion of the 7 stations initially planned in the most popular regions by Moroccan).

As part of the revitalization of the tourism sector to rebalance the offer in favor of a Moroccan seaside offers competitive at international level, two major projects are already beginning to take shape:

 -The First is the "Wessal Casablanca-Port", which consists of the conversion of part of the ancient port of Casablanca, allowing the creation of a new urban center. Marina, residential complex, business center, shopping centers, recreation areas, hotels and museums, everything is planned to further consolidate the position and attractiveness of the economic capital. In the same vein,

- The project "Wessal Bouregreg" in Rabat provides for the creation of new cultural infrastructure, recreational areas, public spaces and green areas, with residential, commercial and hotel programs, plus a marina.


For more information visit the following link:

The Ministry of Tourism of Morocco

Morocco Green Plan

The Morocco Green Plan, recovery strategy and modernization of Moroccan agriculture, was launched in 2008. This plan emphasizes that agriculture is a priority sector for economic and social policy of Morocco.


The Morocco green Plan is based on two complementary pillars:


Pillar I focuses on the accelerated development of a modern and competitive agriculture, vital for the national economy and that, through the implementation of high added value projects and high productivity (milk, citrus, red fruits, olives...).

It targets 400,000 farms with an investment of 110 to 150 billion DH for the production of 700 to 900 projects. The objective is to develop efficient agriculture, suited to the market rules, relying on private investment, organized around new fair aggregation models.

Pillar II concerns the solidarity support of smallholder agriculture. It is dedicated to the upgrade of fragile agricultural stakeholders and the fight against rural poverty by significantly increasing the agricultural income of the most vulnerable farmers, especially in rural areas.

600 to 800 000 farmers are being targeted with an investment of 15-20 billion DH for the production of 300 to 400 social projects. It is worth mentioning that Pillar II focuses on three types of projects: conversion projects (small existing farms to crops with higher added value), the intensification project (to increase productivity) and project diversification (support for diversification in order to generate additional farm income).

The expected benefits of the Morocco green Plan for economic and social level are very important.


Indeed, the implementation of this plan should generate 1 to 1,500,000 jobs, an annual GDP of between 70 and 100 billion dirhams, launching a new wave of investment estimated at 10 billion dirhams a year, the improving the income of farmers with multiplication by double or even triple by about 3 million rural incomes.


For more information see the following link:

- Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries


Launched in 2009, under the chairmanship of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the Moroccan Solar Plan is a very ambitious project. This project falls within the framework of Morocco's energy strategy, which focuses on the development of renewable energies and sustainable development.

The realization of the Moroccan Solar Plan is provided on five sites: Ouarzazate, Ain BniMathar, Foum Al Oued, Boujdour and SebkhatTah.

The completion of this project will reduce energy dependency of Morocco and save on fuel. It will also protect the environment by limiting emissions of greenhouse gases.

In addition, the project includes training, technical expertise, research, development, promotion of integrated solar industry and potentially the desalination of sea water.

The implementation of the Moroccan Solar Plan is entrusted to the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Moroccan Agency for SolarEnergy).

For more information visit the following link:

the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy


Morocco currently has a new National Strategy for development of the mining sector based on ambitious targets for 2025 to:

- Tripling of sector sales to over 15 Billion Dirham,

- Multiply by 10 the volume of investment in exploration and mining research at close to 4 billion dirhams

- Doubling of the jobs generated by the sector to more than 30 000 direct jobs.


The strategy includes the implementation of several structural pillars affecting the entire mining chain; exploration, research, exploitation, recovery and processing of minerals.


At the implementation path of this strategy, priority is given to the revitalization of exploration and research.

This will enable the discovery of new deposits and the increase in the life of existing mines.

The main open stopes concern:

- Modernisation of the legislative and regulatory framework,

- Upgrading of the national mining heritage to free mining permits whose work is not done optimally,

- The revitalization of the production of geological mapping and improving accessibility,

- The introduction of incentives for investment in the mining-activity research highly risky and capital intensive,

- The professionalization of mining promotion in order to capture a large number of operators in the upstream phase of exploration and research,

- The development of training provision in the fields of geology and mining.


For more information see the following links:

- Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment


The Government has adopted a strategy for the handicraft sector called "2015’s Vision " whose main objective is boosting the activity of crafts and employment in 2015 and increasing exports of handicrafts.


The strategy Vision 2015 has set the objectives for the next five years:

- Create about 115 000 jobs by 2015.

- Doubling of turnover crafts cultural content.

- Multiply by 10 formal exports.

- Generate 4 billion in additional GDP to reach 10 billion dirhams in 2015

- Creating companies capable of penetrating distribution channels tailored to target consumers by promoting the creation of leading players and developing a tissue formal SMEs.

- Improve the income and working conditions of artisans.


To do this, the strategy planned to take the following actions:

- Support and supervision of craftsmen through training programs.

- Development programs for product design.

- Improving the quality and production techniques.

- Support for marketing.


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The state and the private sector represented by the CGEM have defined a strategy that spans the period 2010-2015 for the development of logistics competitiveness of Morocco.

This contract program aims to:

- Define the logistics sector development framework in Morocco

- Set the outline and objectives of the new integrated strategy for the development of logistics competitiveness

- Decline joint commitments of the state and the private sector.

The logistics strategy has significant economic, it aims to:

- Reduce the weight of the logistics costs of Morocco in relation to GDP from 20% to 15%

- Accelerate the growth of GDP by winning 5 points over 10 years by increasing the added value induced by lower logistics costs and the emergence of competitive logistics sector,

- Contributing to sustainable development of the country, through the reduction of CO2 emissions from road transport of goods by 35%, and decongestion of roads and towns.

To achieve the overall objectives of development of logistics competitiveness of the national economy, logistics strategy revolves around five key areas:

1. The development of an integrated national network of logistics areas near large pools of consumption, production areas and the main points of exchange and major transport infrastructure (ports, highways, railways ...) on a total area of ​​3,300 ha including 2,080 ha in the medium term;

2. The implementation of specific optimization measures and massification the main flows of goods (containers, grain, energy products, exports,...);

3. The emergence of logistics, public and private, integrated and efficient;

4. Skills development through a National Training Plan in the fields of logistics.

5. The establishment of a governance framework in the sector with the creation of the Agency Logistics Development Moroccan and the establishment of the Moroccan Observatory of logistics competitiveness.

The implementation of measures and actions related to these axes will take place gradually over several waves with ambitious objectives in the short and medium term, for full deployment in 2030.

As part of the implementation of the national logistics strategy, the program contract between the State and the private sector provides for the conclusion:

- In implementing contracts for the development of logistics platforms at regional level;

- From contracts of horizontal and sectoral implementation for the training, qualification of road freight transport and the improvement of logistics chains on flows of energy products, agricultural products, domestic distribution, construction materials and import / export flows.


Maritime transport: Six projects for 2030

 The port vision for 2030, aims to provide the Country of efficient ports, catalysts of competitiveness of the national economy, drivers of regional development planning and key players in Morocco's position as a logistics hub in the Mediterranean.

In this context, this strategy has identified six port areas:

- The division of the Oriental facing Europe and the Mediterranean, including North Africa,

- The Northwest pole door with Detroit Tangier

- The Kenitra-Casablanca division which covers including two ports, Mohammedia and Casablanca, within the same conurbation,

- The pole Abda - Doukkala center of heavy industry, with Jorf and Safi

- The division of Souss - Tensift, with the port complex of Agadir,

- The Southern Ports division comprising three ports: Tan Tan, Laayoune and Dakhla.


Extension of the Tarfaya Port

The port of Tarfaya is the nearest port of the Canary Islands. The ambition for this port is:

- Resume fishing activities (40,000 tonnes / year, 300 artisanal fishing boats)

- Sustaining a ferry line with the Canary Islands (17300 pax / year, 2800 vehicles / year)

- Provide a home opportunity for pleasure, which would extend the navigation area of ​​the Canaries to Morocco while the socio-economic development of the city

The investment cost is 505.45 Mdh with funding from the General State Budget, with an execution period of 26mois.


Extension of the new port of Dakhla

The creation of a new province to the Atlantic port of Dakhla aims to develop the activity of fishing in the region through the exploitation of the stock C pelagic fish. This project will also improve the economy of the region by developing industrial traffic, energy and miscellaneous goods while contributing to social and economic development of the southern region of Morocco.

The project implementation period is 24 months with funding from the state of $ 354.63 Mdh


Port of Safi

New Port of Safi The new Port of Safi is part of the Pole-Abda Doukkala, one of six poles defined in the national port strategy, the major purpose is to support the energy sector and the chemical industry the Region and contribute to the development of the transport of large energy-related bulk and mineral industry.

The project implementation period is 53 months with an investment of 3.929 billion dirhams

Reinforcement of shore quay of Safi: The objective of this project is:

- Repair the damage observed;

- Preserve landing facilities

- Upgrading berthing structures

A time limit of 20 months with a project cost 50 million DHS / HT


Port of Essaouira

- Extension of Essaouira port: This project is still under tendering study. This extension will:

- Have space for the installation of facilities and safety equipment for fishing in accordance with international standards, including those of the European Union.

- Provide adequate security to fishermen and boaters

- Respond to the tourist vocation of Essaouira


Port of Al Hoceima

- Creation of a new era in the yachting port of Al Hoceima: it will allow the diversification and promotion of Al Hoceima port activities, will provide the region with a marina with international standards and will be aligned with the vision of tourism.

The project cost is 140 million DHS / HT

- Reinforcement cliff adjacent to the port bypass road of Al Hoceima to protect the port against the boulders fall as well as vehicles and pedestrians against the boulders fall;


Port of Sidi Ifni

Construction of the ear of sand stop and reinforcement of protection and massive dredging works for the port of Sidi Ifni, Project objectives:

- Resolving issues of access to the port of Sidi Ifni;

- Ensure the safety of navigation in the access channel to the port.

- Preserve the protection works.

- Repair the damage observed.

- Upgrading of protective structures.

- Upgrade the infrastructure of the port of Sidi Ifni.

The implementation period is 30 months with $ 267 Million DHS / HT for the construction of the spike and the reinforcement of structures (massive dredging is estimated at 76 MDH / HT)


Port of Agadir

Reinforcement of the commercial port docks of Agadir, which aims to:

- Repair the damage observed;

- Preserve landing facilities

- Upgrading berthing structures

A scheduled market for 2014 with an investment of nearly 120Millions DHS / HT


North Quay extension work in the commercial port of Agadir to meet the growing demand of traffic in the port of Agadir and increase capacity. A draft Cost of 112 Million DHS / HT


Port of Laayoune

The project objectives are to:

- Enhance the stability of protective structures;

- Increase the capacity of the works to protect the port against adverse climatic conditions of the South Atlantic area.

The project cost is 32 million DHS / HT


Port of Casablanca

New Shipyard in the Port of Casablanca: Great works are underway in the port of Casablanca in order to meet a need for openness of the city and restructured to better meet market needs. The project cost is 900 million DHS / HT


Extending Serving northern port of Casablanca: This extension will aim to improve traffic conditions by diverting traffic from the Port borrower currently the artery of the coastal road. It results in thinning of the goods passing through the port traffic and improving freight transport conditions to the future logistics area. The project cost is Cost of the project is 489 Million DHS / HT


Port of Mohammedia

The port of Mohammedia is developing several strategic projects. These will be conducted in two stages:

A first step that aims to meet the increase in traffic passing through the port and to address current constraints of the port, this stage has three projects, namely:

- A position of LPG;

- A versatile device that will provide solutions to current dysfunctions of the inner harbor (saturation and inability to handle large ships, more available at the market) .It will provide new port capacity to meet the port needs to 2020 for sugar, oil and salt and more food now through the port of Casablanca).

- A terminal chemicals and requalification project the inner harbor for boating and fishing.

 A second step which aims to deal with traffic possibly from Casablanca such as steel, wood and other miscellaneous goods and includes the following project:

- A second multipurpose terminal and an extension to the main breakwater of about 400 ml The terminal will treat the traffic which will be transferred from Casablanca other than those already covered in the first multi-purpose terminal. In this context, the ANP is currently conducting economic and financial feasibility studies and detailed engineering studies of this terminal.


Nador West Med

Nador West Med will become the largest port in the UK and one of the largest in the entire Mediterranean shore. It is an integrated complex, port, industrial, energy and trade. This new port is set in the Bay of Betoya, located at the estuary of the Oued Kert, 30 km west of the city of Nador. This location is chosen for reasons of good topographic and bathymetric conditions, good position on the sea routes and availability of public and private land.


Tanger Med 3

The extension project Tangier Med I to Tanger Med II will add two terminals (3 and 4) to all for an additional capacity of 5 million TEUs, bringing the total capacity to 8 million containers. Terminal 3, with a capacity of 3 million TEU, includes 1,600 meters of quays, 78 ha of platforms will be launched according to the demand. As for the terminal 4, with a capacity of over 2 million TEUs and including 1,200 meters of quays and 54 hectares of platforms. Marsa Morocco plans to invest 3.8 billion dirhams to the terminal.



Air Traffic

The sectoral revolution following the agreement of the open (open sky) dedicated the liberalization of air transport with the European Union, improving air links and the Kingdom increased flows of international traffic.

Also, to better support this development, significant expansion and upgrade of airport infrastructure projects were implemented by the National Office of Airports (ONDA) which include:

- The extension and upgrading of airports of Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangier, Oujda, Al-Hoceima, Essaouira and Dakhla,

- Extension and redevelopment of Terminal 1 in Rabat-Salé Airport.

- The redevelopment of Terminal 1 at Casablanca airport,

- The completion of Terminal 3 of the airport of Marrakech,

- The expansion of the terminal facilities in Fez Airport.

- The extension of secondary platforms as part of a regional opening up to tourism potential areas such as program Guelmim, Zagora, Tantan.



Motorway Network

 Infrastructure projects and large construction sites are now part of everyday life Moroccans. In recent years, the country has become a major project resulting in titanic achievements with a new face in Morocco. Thus, with the completion of the building program and extension of the national motorway network currently underway, it is expected that it passes 1,500 km in 2010 to 1,800 km in 2015 connecting all the cities for the benefit of 400,000 inhabitants . This project required a total investment of 45 billion dirhams ..

A new highway program for the next 10 or 15 years is expected to eventually network length will span 3,600 kilometers.



By choosing the high speed, Morocco and joined the rank of countries that, by adopting this technique, now enjoy countless benefits that promote sustainable development, regional planning, growth of mobility.

It is in this context that this master plan envisages the construction of a 1500 km network to link to 2035:

Tangier to Agadir via Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech and Essaouira in less than 4 hours (Atlantic line).

Casablanca to Oujda via Meknes, Fez in less than 3 hours (Maghreb line).

In addition to reduced travel time, the 133 million expected passengers benefit from high quality through clocked hourly services, hospitality systems, modern information and booking and a high standard of comfort provided by suitable equipment .

Today, in fact, the Moroccan TGV is accurate, since in the first stage, two high-speed lines to be put into service:

- First, to the north, linking Tangier to Casablanca from 2013-2014.

- The second, to the south, linking Marrakech to Casablanca in 1:20 instead of 3:15 today.

The Office has launched a major development program that involves the construction of a network of dry ports through the major sites of distribution and consumption in Morocco and the development of Logistics Activities Zone (ZAL) backed by dry ports. In this sense, the ONCF has completed the construction of a dry port at Casablanca. Other projects are underway and include the construction of multimodal platforms in the cities of Casablanca, Mohammedia, Fez, Marrakech, Jorf Lasfar, and Tangier.