Within the framework of the partnership between Morocco and the European Union, the two partners signed this Thursday in Rabat, the document relating to the project ” LINK UP AFRICA“, the first of its kind.
At the end of their bilateral talks, the project document ” LINK UP AFRICA was signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, and the European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi.
This project is based on the priority given by Morocco and the EU to the development of cooperation with Africa, relying on a Morocco-EU triangular cooperation approach for the benefit of African States, and on a range of converging actions carried out by various Moroccan actors.
Mainly involving the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI) and the Belgian Cooperation Agency ” ENABEL“, designated as an implementing partner, this project also gives priority to employment, socio-economic integration and citizenship of young people who have benefited from Moroccan know-how, as well as intra-African mobility and its contribution to the development of the Continent.
Spread over a period of four years, it revolves around two complementary projects with a budget of 4.15 million euros. In detail, the first project is an action that will benefit from the EU-Morocco bilateral envelope financed by the European Neighborhood Instrument (only dedicated to the AMCI) of the order of 3.15 million euros.
As for the second project (1 million euros), it complements a pre-existing EU program and aims to support the CCG in favor of entrepreneurship and innovation in Morocco and in the countries of the African network of guarantee institutions. .
The main objective of ” LINK UP AFRICA is to strengthen technical cooperation, academic and economic ties between Morocco and other African countries, with the participation of the EU and through a focus on developing economic opportunities for young Africans.
This objective is divided into two actions, namely the strengthening of the capacities of the AMCI for the implementation of its objectives of academic and technical cooperation, and the consolidation of employment opportunities and economic links for the African laureates of a Moroccan diploma (AMCI scholarship holder or not).
In addition, this project will enable AMCI capacity building through action on its technical and academic cooperation offer, support for the consolidation of AMCI’s operation and performance, improvement of support mechanisms for triangular cooperation, through their operationalization and accessibility, and the establishment of mechanisms for selecting and referencing students with viable economic initiatives.
It will also allow an offer of tools and services adapted to promote access to employment and/or business creation projects, the training of certain winners, in relation to their professional project and support for innovative companies. (startups) carried by the African winners.