Morocco Becoming Regional Manufacturing Hub: Fitch Group

Morocco Becoming Regional Manufacturing Hub: Fitch Group

Constance Renton
aeronautic Sector in Casablanca
@InvestMorocco

Toronto – A new report is showing Morocco is on track to realize its goal of becoming the principal regional manufacturing and export hub.

BMI Research Group, a Fitch Group Company, predicts Morocco’s GDP growth will outperform in the region in the coming years.

“Morocco will remain favoured by international investors over the coming years, benefitting from positive reforms to the business environment and policy continuity. This will support the country’s ambitions to become a manufacturing and exporting hub between Europe and Africa, which will in turn result in GDP growth outperforming the rest of the MENA region,” the report said.

The slow and steady progress of business reforms in Morocco, instituted at the instruction of King Mohamed VI, will continue reaping dividends for the foreseeable future.

While previously well-performing countries have suffered steady decline in the past decade, Morocco’s political stability and the Monarch’s commitment to making Morocco the area’s primary hub for manufacturing and export between Europe and Africa, have turned it into the investment darling of the MENA region. Researchers are expecting this trend to continue indefinitely.

Auto and Aeronautic Sector

Overall, Morocco’s manufacturing index expanded by 1.4 percent in 2016. Leaning toward more highly skilled manufacturing in recent years, its no surprise that Morocco’s top performing sectors include automotive (+14.1 percent), other transportation materials (+7.1 percent) and chemicals (+5.0 percent).

BMI uses the example of Renault to illustrate the positive movement in the auto sector. “Foreign investment in the auto sector underpins this positive trajectory, with French manufacturer Renault increasingly using Morocco as a manufacturing base.”

Morocco Has Become and Outperformer

Morocco has been steadily climbing the World Bank’s index for Ease of Doing Business over the past decade, highlighting the success of recent reforms made to the business environment. From 129th place in 2008, it has reached all the way to 68th position in their latest published results. Morocco’s new Investment Charter, adopted in 2016 is expected to support the continuation of this upward trend over the coming years.

Investors are responding positively to improvements Morocco has made to its business environment, including online platforms for the registration of businesses and properties. These reforms and Morocco’s status as the most politically stable country in the region, bode well for the future investing, BMI’s research noted.

“We believe that Morocco’s relative political stability compared with the rest of the region will continue to support policy continuity and investment-friendly reforms over the coming years,” the report concluded.

Over the coming years, Morocco’s GDP growth is predicted to be faster-than-average keeping it well on track to become the region’s primary hub for manufacturing and export.

Join the Conversation. What do you think?