Secondary education, vocational training, industrial land, etc.
The Millennium Challenge Account-Morocco Agency (MCA-Morocco) published its 2021 activity report. The fourth year of Compact II was very rich in terms of achievements and support for beneficiaries. Regarding the “Secondary education” activity, the “Lycée Attahadi” model, which should be remembered, aims to improve the performance of schools and improve the academic results of students, the report states that 85,000 students benefited by year falling under the 90 establishments of the 3 target regions (Tangier-Tétouan-Al Hoceima, Marrakech-Safi and Fès-Meknes). As part of the implementation and monitoring of Integrated Establishment Projects (PEI), 13,000 people were consulted. In addition, meetings were devoted to examining the means of facilitating the management of the autonomous budgets granted by the AREFs to the beneficiary schools, over a period of 3 years. The objective is to enable them to carry out the activities identified as priorities in their IEPs. The budgets paid to these schools, as part of the strengthening of their financial autonomy, totaled 24.4 million DH since the entry into force of the Compact II until the end of June 2021.
Regarding the rehabilitation of school infrastructure in the 3 target regions, in addition to the completion of the first phase of the infrastructure rehabilitation works of 18 schools in the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, the fourth year of Compact II has recorded the launch of the second phase of this work at the level of 15 other beneficiary schools in this region. It is important to note that the Agency launched, in April 2021, 8 calls for tenders for the rehabilitation of the infrastructure of the 56 beneficiary schools in the Fès-Meknes and Marrakech-Safi regions. The infrastructure rehabilitation works have started at the level of 28 establishments in the Marrakech-Safi region and 12 establishments in the Fès-Meknes region. The start of this work was given on May 24, 2021 at the level of 5 establishments in the first region and on June 2 at the level of 6 establishments in the second region. Note that the total budget allocated for the rehabilitation of school infrastructure in the 3 target regions amounts to $ 56,832,761. These works mobilize an estimated average budget of $ 500,000 per establishment and require an execution period of 7 months from the date of the start of the works. In addition, a budget of $ 5,771,594 has been allocated for the equipment of 90 establishments and 3 regional examination centers.
The fourth year of Compact II was particularly fruitful for the “vocational training” component. As part of the implementation of the “Charaka” vocational training projects, infrastructure works were launched at 14 of the 15 vocational training establishments (VET) beneficiaries of the said fund. The report specifies that the rate of completion of structural works varies from 40 to 95% at the level of 10 projects and from 2 to 20% for the 4 other projects. As for the infrastructure works, they will be launched shortly at the level of the 15th VET, following the completion of in-depth architectural and technical studies. Totaling an investment of around 1.026 billion DH, the 15 projects receiving support from the “Charaka” Fund relate to the creation of 9 VETs 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 VETs, which will train nearly 12,670 trainees annually, are located in six regions (Casablanca-Settat, Fès-Meknes, Tanger-Tétouan-Al Hoceima, Béni Mellal-Khénifra, Drâa-Tafilalet and the Oriental) . The agency reports a total of 181,394 trainees beneficiaries over 20 years.
The “Industrial Land” activity has made qualitative progress. As regards the component of the “Pilot sites” component, the 4th year of Compact II was particularly distinguished by the signing, in April 2021, of a partnership agreement with Cap Holding relating to the planning, development and management of the industrial zone of Bouznika. It is also important to recall the launch of a call for partnership on the revitalization and extension of two industrial zones in Bouznika and Had Soualem and the development of a new industrial zone in Sahel Lakhyayta. Covering a total area of nearly 136 ha, these three pilot sites should eventually house 500 industrial companies for a total estimated investment of 486 million dollars and generate 27,000 direct jobs. With regard to the “FONZID” Sustainable Industrial Zones Fund, the 4th year of Compact II was marked by the conclusion of grant agreements for a total amount of nearly $ 33 million from Compact funds and $ 43 million. dollars as a contribution from the promoters of the 9 projects selected to benefit from the support of this fund, which aims to strengthen the model of sustainable industrial zones and improve the productivity and environmental and social performance of the companies established there. Totaling an investment of around 76 million dollars, the 9 projects subsidized by Fonzid relate to the creation / development of 5 industrial parks and the requalification / rehabilitation of 4 existing industrial zones.