Also part of the collaboration is the creation of the African Center of Excellence for Mines (CEAM) at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Ben Guerir.
Rabat – The Ministry of Energy, Mines and the Environment signed a partnership agreement with the OCP Group and the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) to collaborate in the field of education, training, research, and sustainable development.
The signing ceremony took place on Tuesday, December 17, in Rabat. Minister of Energy, Mines and the Environment, Aziz Rabbah, and Chairman and CEO of the OCP Group, Mostafa Terrab both attended the event.
The Partnership Agreement is in line with the actions carried out under previous partnership agreements between the ministry and the OCP Group.
The collaboration involves establishing education and training programs as well as promoting scientific and technical research in various fields, including mining and the mineral industry. In addition to the integration of different players in the mining sector at the national level.
Sustainable development is also a crucial element of the partnership agreement. Through the accord, the ministry and OCP intend to combine their efforts, skills, and experience in order to identify and implement an integrated program for environmental protection and sustainable development.
The program aims, in particular, to strengthen the “Circular Economy” approach, contributing to community engagement and implementing the national sustainable development strategy.
The development of renewable energies and the preservation of water resources is also part of the initiative, with the aim of allowing the OCP Group to reach its objective of 100% clean electricity and 100% unconventional water in 2028.
Developing African Center of Excellence for Mine
The agreement also comprised the creation and development of the African Center of Excellence for Mine (CEAM). The Center will play a key role in training, research, and development of the Moroccan and African mining sector.
The CEAM will be established at the UM6P on an area of 10,000m2 and will be equipped with several technical platforms including a core library covering geomodelling, geophysics, mineralogy and processing, digitalization.
To achieve its objectives, the CEAM will collaborate with the Benguerir “Experimental Mine” and on the other laboratories and departments of the UM6P and will create bonds with Moroccan and African universities and schools.