At the opening session held November 15th, 2011 in Rabat, the Secretary General of the MEF, Mr. Khalid Safir, stressed the importance of the theme chosen, considered as being at the heart of sector- based strategies developed by Morocco and which was a useful tool to bring our country on a path of righteous research and development. "Our belief is that research and innovation are the principal tools to help build tomorrow`s world," he claimed.
In addition, Mr. Safir mentioned the budget Allocated for the Research and development components for 2011 which is about 6 billion dirhams, That is to say 0.8% of the GDP (see the full speech).
In his speech, the Director of Advanced Technologies, Research and Development and Innovation at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and New Technologies, Mrs. Soumaya Iraqui, highlighted the four objectives of the strategy `Morocco -Innovation `, namely:
- Make innovation a key factor in competitiveness;
- make Morocco a producer of technology;
- Take advantage of the Moroccan universities` experience in R § D;
- make Morocco an attractive place for R § D talents and projects;
- Disseminate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Moreover, Mrs. Iraqui mentioned the quantitative objectives of "Morocco Innovation» strategy which are set at 1000 patents a year starting from 2014 and to 200 innovative start-ups a year to the horizon of 2014. As for the four axes of the aforementioned strategy, they are as follows:
- Governance and regulatory framework;
- Infrastructure and Clusters;
- Funding and support;
- Mobilization of talents.
Mr. Zayer El Majid, the Director of Technology at the Ministry of National Education of Higher Education of the Professional Training and Scientific Research, quoted the comprehensive and strategic framework which fits the action of its department as regards R § D. In this respect, he underlined the Moroccan strategy of scientific research and technological development, approved in March 2006 as well as the Moroccan strategy of innovation approved in June 2009.
As regards the investment projects in technology transfer and/or R§D, Mr.Zayer specified that the government, through the promotion of investment funds, deals partially with the expenses related to:
- The vocational training under the investment program within the limit of 20% of the cost of such training;
- The external infrastructure required to achieve the investment program (electricity, telephone services , water, sanitation, roadway system) within the limit of 5% of the global amount of the investment program;
- The acquisition of land necessary to realize the investment plan within the limit of 20% of the cost of this ground.
It should be noted that other presentations in relation to the same theme, are scheduled and will be presented by eminent Moroccan personalities, during the three days seminar of the MED- CHED-2011. The headings of these talks are as follows:
- "The technology infrastructure and recovery: a prerequisite for the development of innovation and market-oriented R § D";
- "Innovation in the business- role of clusters: the case of sectors as information and communication technologies, mechanics and mecaelectronics?;
- "Innovation in Business: presentation of the experience of Morocco"
- "Funding and innovation support in Morocco";
- "Managing Intellectual Property: What economic stakes,...»
The second session of the Cycle of Higher Studies for Economic Development-Mediterranean (CHED-MED-2011), currently taking place in Morocco was organized by the Institute of Finance under the Ministry of Economy and Finance.