As of April 19, the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Morocco is 8.86 million
Rabat – The speed of economic recovery in Morocco depends on the successful completion of the vaccination operation against COVID-19, said Mission Chief for Morocco of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Roberto Cardarelli on Monday.
“Morocco has shown agility in the procurement and distribution of vaccines to its population, thus setting an example at the global level in terms of immunization,” he said during a webinar under the theme “Global Economic Forecast: What Prospects for Morocco and the MENA region?”
Signs of recovery are visible in the rebound of exports and in the industrial sector, which created nearly 80,000 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2020, Cardarelli said. The service sector, including tourism, depends largely on the progress of vaccination, he added.
The IMF projects economic recovery in Morocco will start slowly at similar levels in North Africa and the Middle East (MENA) region, said Cardarelli.
“The significant weight of tourism in Morocco affects the economic recovery,” he said.
Cardarelli warned against the increase in financing needs expressed by the treasury, which may impact the availability of financing for the private sector, also noting that the sustainability of the debt is not threatened.
The mission chief underlined the major economic reforms in Morocco, such as the generalization of social protection, which contributes to the strengthening of human capital through access to better quality health services.
For her part, Chief of IMF‘s Regional Analytics and Strategy Division Pelin Berkmen, stressed that recovery paths in different MENA countries depend on the speed of vaccination and structural differences.
Early access to vaccines could support a short-term recovery, while deployment of fiscal support policies could help countries return to growth quickly, she argued.
According to Berkmen, reliance on tourism may slow recovery due to travel restrictions and social distancing measures.
The Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) and the IMF organized this virtual meeting to highlight the findings of the World Economic Outlook’s chapter one on global conjuncture as well as the April 2021 Regional Economic Outlook..