The Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Fatim-Zahra Ammor, accompanied by the Director General of the Millennium Challenge Account-Morocco Agency (MCA-Morocco), Malika Laasri, gave on Monday in Tangier, the kick-off of the rehabilitation and extension works of the Institute of Hotel and Tourism Technology (ITHT).
This project, which aims to strengthen training structures in Morocco, benefits from the support of the “Charaka” Fund set up within the framework of the “Compact II” cooperation program, concluded between the government of the Kingdom of Morocco and the government of the United States of America, represented by Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
The “Charaka” Fund is intended to be a contribution to the promotion of the professional integration of young people, to the improvement of the competitiveness of companies and to the adoption of modes of governance concerted with professionals.
With a total cost of nearly 64.5 million dirhams (MDH), including a contribution of 58.6 MDH from the “Charaka” Fund, this project is carried out by the Department of Tourism, in partnership with the National Federation of hotel industry (FNIH). This partnership is materialized by the creation of a School Council (CE), as the governance body of this vocational training establishment (EFP), within the framework of a public-private partnership (PPP).
Speaking at this ceremony, which took place in the presence of officials of the FNIH, the president of the Regional Council of Tourism (CRT) of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, Rkia Alaoui, and economic actors, Fatim-Zahra Ammor stressed that the rehabilitation and extension of this establishment is part of the ministry’s policy aimed at expanding the training offer at national and regional levels, and at allowing young people interested in the various disciplines related to tourism to benefit from the necessary training.
The Minister, in this regard, assured that the tourism sector needs qualitative investments, but also a workforce and qualified executives, to win the bet of competition with other international destinations, stressing that Morocco has significant experience in the field of training and large-scale infrastructure, enabling it to support the needs of this vital economic sector, particularly in terms of human resources.
For her part, Malika Laasri focused on the projects launched by the various Moroccan institutions in partnership with the Agency, which have contributed to promoting the development of many important sectors, noting that the Agency’s contribution to the achievement of this project is in line with Morocco’s desire to strengthen its presence on the world tourism scene and establish itself as a benchmark tourist destination.
She noted that this project reflects the close and fruitful partnership between the public and private sectors, aimed at realizing the projects of young people and their economic aspirations, improving the income of vulnerable groups and helping government sectors to implement strategies. and plans with a strong socio-economic impact.
Thanks to the support of the “Charaka” Fund, the ITHT of Tangier should annually provide 285 additional educational seats, including 120 seats under the additional sectors which will be created and which concern the management and engineering of catering, the management of tourism, quality management, hygiene and safety, business tourism and events, luxury and international hotels and Mediterranean gourmet cuisine.
In addition, the Institute will strengthen the skills of 165 trainees each year within the framework of the current courses, covering in particular the professions of kitchen clerk, catering employee, housekeeping employee, catering agent community and pastry chef.
It should be noted that the 15 projects receiving support from the “Charaka” Fund, with an overall investment of approximately 1.026 billion dirhams, relate to the creation of 9 EFPs and the extension, rehabilitation and/or conversion of 6 existing VETs.
These projects cover the sectors of agriculture and agro-industry, tourism, industry, crafts, construction, transport, logistics and health. These EFPs, which will train nearly 12,670 trainees annually, are located in six regions of the Kingdom, namely Casablanca-Settat, Fez-Meknes, Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, Béni Mellal-Khénifra, Drâa-Tafilalet and the Oriental.