The 9th session of the Strategic Orientation Board (SOB) of the Millennium Challenge Account-Morocco Agency (MCA-Morocco) was held on Wednesday October 14, 2020 in Rabat, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Economy, Finance and of the Reform of the Administration, Mohamed BENCHAABOUN.
The Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education
and Scientific Research, Saaïd Amzazi, MCC Resident Director in Morocco, and
other members of the SOB or their representatives attended the proceedings of
the 8th session.
This session was devoted to the presentation of the implementation report
of the cooperation program object of “Compact II”, concluded between the
Moroccan Government and its American counterpart, represented by Millennium
Challenge Corporation (MCC), as well as to the examination of the
implementation of actions and measures recommended by the SOB members to accelerate
the pace of this program.
On this occasion, Mr. BENCHAABOUN welcomed the qualitative progress made in
the implementation of the various activities under Compact II, thanks to the
efforts exerted by all the ministerial departments and public establishments
concerned and to the effective involvement of the private sector and civil
society. In this sense, the Minister highlighted:
The launch of equipping 90 schools with teaching
and robotics materials beneficiaries of the “Secondary education” project
at the level of the three target regions (Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceïma,
Fez-Meknes and Marrakesh-Safi) and the completion of the equipment of 34
establishments with computer equipment at the level of the Tanger-Tetouan
Region -Al Hoceïma and the rehabilitation works of the 1st batch of 18 establishments
in this region.
The imminent launch of infrastructure works at 9
of the 15 vocational training establishments (VTE) receiving support from
the “Charaka” Fund and the continuation of support for the various aspects
of the reform of the vocational reform, in particular as regards the
development of the benchmark for the costs of vocational training and the
certification of graduates of private VTEs.
The training and integration of a first group of
beneficiaries of the Employment Program through results-based financing
(RBF) and the ongoing support of several partners, in particular the
Ministry of Labor and Professional Integration, INDH, ANAPEC, the General
Directorate of Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR) and the
Mohammed VI Foundation for the reintegration of inmates, with a view to
replicating RBF programs aimed at strengthening the employability of youth.
Progress of off-site infrastructure works at the
level of the three pilot industrial zones in the Casablanca-Settat Region
and the ongoing realization of various technical studies (Infrastructures;
Environmental and social performances; and Gender and social inclusion)
for the 9 projects selected to benefit from the financial and technical
support of the Sustainable Industrial Zones Fund (FONZID)
Under the “Rural land” project, completion of
field survey work on 36,000 Ha of collective land affected by the
melkization operation in the irrigation perimeters of Gharb and Haouz, of
which 15,000 Ha saw the start of the subdivision operation and the ongoing
launch of the implementation of the accompanying measures for the
melkization operation provided for in the partnership agreements with the
National Office of Agricultural Advisory ( ONCA) and the National Agency
for the Fight against Illiteracy (ANLCA).
For his part, the Resident Director of MCC in Morocco, Richard Gaynor,
praised the mobilization of the MCA-Morocco Agency and its partners which
allowed the accomplishment of several achievements during the past quarter, indicating
that the recent visits that ‘he carried out in the sites hosting certain
Compact II projects revealed the significant positive impacts of this program,
as well as the high expectations of the beneficiaries and the extent of the work
that remains to be completed.
The Director General of the MCA-Morocco Agency, Malika Laasri, for her part
presented to the members of the Board the performance report of Compact II
since the last session of the SOB, underlining the substantial progress made by
the Agency under its financial achievements, as evidenced by the recording of a
fund commitment rate of 55% currently, or $ 250 million, against 38% at the end
of July 2020, it is detailed.
At the end of this meeting, the Board approved a series of resolutions, which
mainly concern the activity report of the Agency under the 3rd year of Compact
II, as well as the manual of financial procedures “Fiscal Accountability Plan”
and the Agency’s procurement program, such as they have been amended and
In addition to the approval of the draft implementation agreement between
the Agency and the Directorate General of Civil Protection aimed at raising the
level of compliance with safety standards of three pilot industrial zones in
the Casablanca-Settat Region, the SOB has approved partnership agreements
concluded by the Agency within the framework of the implementation of Compact
II, including in particular that signed with the United Nations Industrial
Development Organization (UNIDO) relating to the implementation of a technical
assistance and capacity building program for industrial land in Morocco.