A new ecosystem of great importance is emerging, that of the large-scale production and consumption of health products “Made In Morocco”, products that until now Morocco has imported up to 90%. of the sector’s turnover.
A memorandum of understanding relating to the development of industrialization and local sourcing of medical devices and health products was signed on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, on the sidelines of a meeting organized at the headquarters of the Ministry of Industry and Trade to highlight the products produced by the medical cluster which has more than 40 members combining ministerial departments, industry, universities and experts.
The text aims to develop self-sufficiency in order to no longer resort to a large importation of medical products. In this regard, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Ryad Mezzour, and the Minister of Health, Khalid Aït Taleb, co-chaired this Tuesday, December 28, 2021 a signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding relating to the development of domestic manufacturing of medical devices and health products.
In addition to the two ministers, the two other signatories of the convention are the president of the Moroccan Association of Private Health Groups (AMGS), Mohamed Elmandjra, and the president of the Cluster of Electronics, Mechatronics, Mechanics of Morocco (CE3M), Saïd Benhajjou.
Before the signing ceremony, the four signatories visited a pavilion where various medical products and devices were exhibited entirely in Morocco by national inventors and national firms.
In a speech, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Ryad Mezzour, estimated that the agreement between the four parties constitutes “a departure from enhanced production and a health ecosystem to support the development of the country”, thanks to the private sector partners.
The Minister of Health estimated that the agreement comes at the right time because the global context marked by the crisis has shown a “vulnerability and a tension in the importation of some products” in Morocco. This new strategy, that of Made Morocco industrialization “will ensure sovereignty and independence vis-à-vis abroad”, he added. The ambition is also to boost the national economy knowing that “Morocco already produces its own medical products”.
Asked by Le360 about the delay in the marketing of the artificial respirator, Khalid Aït Taleb indicated that the tests have not yet been completed. “The construction of the respirator has to go through a series of procedures which is not so simple and so short.” According to him, it is necessary to go through first the production “of the concepts, the realization of conformity tests, stimulation tests, then clinical trials on animals and humans”.
Once these stages have been passed, added the Minister, “come the stages of compliance with international standards, then finally, marketing”. “We are thinking of marketing this device in 2022,” he concluded.
In his speech, the president of the AMGS, Mohamed Elmandjra, expressed the commitment of his group to make available to the medical cluster and the carriers of innovation projects “the infrastructures under the responsibility of its members for carrying out the analyzes. and trials on innovative medical devices ”.
“The association will encourage its members to have recourse to medical devices and health products manufactured locally and will set up an annual plan of local purchases in this field with for each product-material the volume, as well as the technical specifications meeting the requirements of its members, ”he said.
Finally, the president of the Mohammed VI University of Health Sciences, Chakib Nejjari, highlighted the very important role that the university plays in research and development. “We are fully committed to the vision of His Majesty the King, which has as its objective the achievement of national sovereignty over the health industries,” he said.