The rate of commitment of funds under the “Compact II” program currently stands at 75.1%, or the equivalent of nearly 338 million dollars, said the Director General of the MCA-Morocco Agency. , Malika Laasri, Tuesday in Rabat during the 11th session of the Strategic Orientation Council (COS) of the Agency.
During this session, held under the chairmanship of the Minister of Economy, Finance and Administration Reform, Mohamed Benchaâboun, Malika Laasri presented a detailed presentation of the progress of the implementation, since the last COS session, “Compact II”, which is a program concluded between the Moroccan government and its American counterpart, represented by Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), indicates a statement from MCA-Morocco.
The said session, which was attended by the Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Saïd Amzazi and other members of the COS or their representatives, was also devoted to the follow-up of the implementation of the resolutions taken during the last session of the COS and the approval of the resolutions included in the framework of the implementation of the projects, the same source said.
On this occasion, the President of the Council welcomed the significant progress made in the implementation of the various activities under Compact II.
He noted, in this sense, the sustained progress made in carrying out the infrastructure works planned under several Compact II activities, particularly with regard to the rehabilitation of 15 secondary schools in the Tangier region. -Tétouan-Al Hoceïma, construction or rehabilitation of 13 of the 15 vocational training establishments (VET) benefiting from support from the “Charaka” Fund, development works at the level of three projects supported by the Sustainable Industrial Zones Fund (FONZID) and off-site works at the level of the three pilot industrial zones in the Casablanca-Settat region.
In addition, the Chairman of the Board reviewed the main achievements made within the framework of the various activities of Compact II.
Thus, the “Secondary education” activity recorded the launch of three new mobile applications to facilitate access to the services of the “Massar” information system, the ongoing delivery of teaching equipment to the three beneficiary regions, the launch the training program for 6,000 pedagogical and administrative executives, the digitization of the 26 training modules for teaching and administrative staff and their posting on the ministry’s platform “E-takwine”.
For its part, the “Vocational training” activity was distinguished by the launch of the procedure for acquiring equipment for the benefit of VETs benefiting from the “Charaka” Fund, as well as by the deployment of technical assistance provided to these VET in terms of the development of basic and continuing training programs, the development of the training plan for administrative and technical-pedagogical staff and the implementation of management and management tools.
For its part, the “Employment” activity was marked mainly by the partnership agreement with the consortium “Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) – OCP Solutions – Atlas Cloud Services” for the implementation of a digital platform of information, in real time, on job offers and applications, based on artificial intelligence and big data.
This activity also saw the training of 3,851 beneficiaries of the Results-Based Financing Employment Program (RBF) and the integration of 953 of them, including 2,649 and 661 women respectively.
Likewise, this activity recorded the launch of the BCURE “Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence” program aimed at strengthening national capacities in terms of production and use of the most reliable scientific evidence and data in the development process, implementation and evaluation of employment and labor market policies.
The “Industrial Land” activity was punctuated by the signing of an agreement with the private partner “CAP Holding” relating to the planning, development and management of the Bouznika industrial zone within the framework of a public-private partnership (PPP), the continuation of the capacity building program for the staff of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and the green and digital economy in terms of mobilizing land for industrial investment and the start of the diagnosis of the current electronic platform on industrial land in order to identify avenues for technical and functional improvement of this platform in order to set it up as a complete information system.
The “rural land tenure” activity was mainly marked, in the component of the deployment of the operation of melkization of 66,000 Ha of collective land located in the irrigation perimeters of Gharb and Haouz, by the finalization of plot and household surveys on 47,681 Ha, the execution of subdivision plans on 11,500 Ha and the installation of terminals on 7,388 Ha.
The accompanying measures for the melkization operation have seen, as part of the functional literacy program carried out in partnership with the National Agency for the Fight against Illiteracy (ANLCA), the development of additional modules and the start-up the capacity building program for literacy teachers and NGO managers mobilized for the opening of literacy classes.
The measures initiated in cooperation with the National Agricultural Advisory Board (ONCA) focused on the implementation of the partnership axis relating to agricultural entrepreneurship in favor of women and young people, through the development of a project financing mechanism.
The “Land governance” activity, for its part, recorded the organization of a round table on improving women’s access to land and their participation in land governance with a view to developing a vision. common understanding of the design and modalities of setting up a Center for the inclusion of women in land tenure.
This activity also saw the start of the work of the Technical Committee set up following the signing with the Ministries of the Interior and Agriculture of the implementation agreement relating to the “Land governance” activity.
For his part, the Resident Director of MCC in Morocco, Richard Gaynor, described the results of the last quarter as honorable, welcoming in this regard the commitment and support of all the partners and the mobilization of the staff. of the MCA-Morocco Agency.
He also called for regular meetings of the steering committees of the various activities of Compact II with a view to accelerating their implementation and promoting greater ownership of these activities by the partners.
At the end of this meeting, the Board approved a series of resolutions, which mainly concern the approval of agreements concluded within the framework of the implementation of Compact projects and the Agency’s procurement program as it stands. has been updated.