Posted by: Morocco World News

Morocco will host a forum for skilled Moroccans in Canada in the aeronautics industry to involve them in the industrial development of Morocco.

Morocco’s Delegate Ministry in Charge of Moroccans Residing Abroad (MCMREAM) will organize the “First Forum on the Mobilization of Skilled Moroccans from Canada in Aeronautics” on October 5, in coordination with the Moroccan Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade, and Digital Economy.

The forum will receive 200 participants, including a delegation from Aero Montreal, Moroccan members of the Aero Mac, Canadian experts in the aeronautics field, investors, institutional managers, and technical and financial partners.

Aero-Montreal is a strategic forum in Canada which brings together leaders of the aerospace sector in Quebec belonging to educational institutions, research centers, and professional associations. Aero Mac is a network of skilled Moroccans in aeronautics in Canada.

The overall objective of the forum is to mobilize Moroccan expertise in Canada.

The forum also aims to highlight investment opportunities in Morocco, particularly in aeronautics; to identify future talented aeronautical engineers; and to match them, along with future managers, with industrialists in the sector.

The event will also be an opportunity to develop mechanisms for the transfer of aerospace technology to Morocco.

The forum will be part of a “business mission” by representatives from the Aero-Montreal to visit companies and training institutes in Casablanca and Tangier. The business mission will begin October 1 and end in October 5.

The forum will take place on the final day of the mission, October 5, in Skhirat, near Rabat.

The mission aims to promote Canadian companies’ investment in Morocco in the field of aeronautics and to strengthen the transfer of technological knowledge to Morocco through exchanges between Moroccan and Canadian universities and training institutions.

MCMREAM has been working to promote the involvement of skilled Moroccans abroad in the industrial development of Morocco. The ministry has created a strategic partnership with Canada’s Aero-Montreal network in coordination with the Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade, and Digital Economy.

Morocco needs aerospace engineers

Moroccans residing abroad (MRE) have a high socio-economic development potential for Morocco.

According to a study conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2016 of 2.6 million MREs in OECD countries, 500,000 have higher education degrees, 7,000 are doctors, and 50,000 are international students.

Since the launch of Morocco’s industrial acceleration plan in 2014, employment in the sector has grown by 55 percent, local integration has increased by more than 70 percent, while the number of companies has increased by 10 percent per year.

Morocco has 130 operational companies in aeronautics.

Morocco’s needs for engineers to support the growth of the aerospace industry will increase in the years to come. According to MCMREAM, the aeronautical sector in Morocco currently employs 15,000 people.

According to a recent briefing of the US’s export.gov, “The aerospace industry in Morocco plans to double its capacity and number of operators and create 23,000 new jobs by 2020.

“Morocco boasts nearly 11,500 aviation professionals, of whom 50 percent are women.”

Morocco an ideal host for aeronautics

To achieve its ambitions, Morocco needs to attract 100 new investors.

In its 2018 Investment Climate Statement, the US Department of State wrote, “Morocco enjoys political stability, robust infrastructure, and a strategic location, which are helping it emerge as a regional manufacturing and export base for international companies.”

On July 17, the aviation outlet AIN listed many economic locations in Morocco which provide an important platform for Morocco’s growing aviation sector. These include Casablanca’s Aeropole Nouaceur and Midparc free zones, in addition to Tangier, Kenitra, Oujda, and Salé, which have aerospace facilities.

“The Casablanca Free Zone in Nouaceur is a designated Industrial Integrated Platform (P2i) with special support for investors in the aerospace sector,” wrote the US’s export.gov.’s briefing.

According to Midparc, Morocco hosts many international aviation companies, such as Boeing, Dassault Aviation, EADS Aviation, Ratier Figeac, and Safran.

“Bombardier’s Moroccan facility today produces wing components, slats, ailerons, winglets, flaps, fuselage parts, fuselages, nose extensions, doors, floors, nacelles, and subassemblies for various programs of regional aircraft and business jets,” a Moroccan Bombardier spokeswoman told AIN.

Bombardier is the world’s third-largest aerospace and transportation manufacturer, based in Montreal. In 2014, the company built an aerospace-manufacturing facility in Morocco.

According to Morocco’s  foreign exchange office, the Moroccan aviation industry’s operations reached  more than MAD 9.78 billion at the end of November, 2017, compared to MAD 8.42 billion in 2016, an increase of 16.3 percent.

In late 2017, “Boeing and RAM announced orders for four 787-9 Dreamliners, worth $1.1 billion at list prices. RAM’s fleet consists of 737s, 767-300ERs, 787s, and a 747-400”, AIN reported.