October 7, 2016
Rabat, January 19, 2016: a meeting of the Board of the Moroccan Agency for the Development of Logistics (AMDL) was held under the chairmanship of Mr. Minister in charge of Equipment, Transportation, and Logistics. It was mainly devoted to the presentation and the approval of a plan of action and the Agency’s budget for FY 2016.
This session was also an occasion to review the evolution of the logistical sector in Morocco since the 2010 launch of the National Logistical Strategy. In fact, the deployment of this strategy has witnessed a real boost and considerable efforts have been expended. This has resulted in a number of multi-leveled achievements for the sector:
At the level of the evolution of the sector, and notwithstanding the difficulties related to the economic juncture, the logistical service and the road merchandise haulage market markedly grew between 2010 and 2014, with a turnover jumping from 17 to roughly 21 billion Dirhams, which accounts for an annual growth of 5.2%, or a percentile point higher than the average GDP growth rate over the same period.
In terms of the development of the network of operators in the sector, the national market has seen the installation of a number of international groups since 2010. Besides, several Moroccan operators have started to position themselves internationally, notably on the African market. Today, they benefit from the trust of world-class loaders, notably thanks to the positive evolution of the logistical service offer in the area of international road transportation, air-cargo, warehousing, value-added services, and New Information and Communication Technologies’ solutions especially devised for companies operating in the sector.
The investments made by logistics and merchandise road haulage companies have evolved to attain 5.5 billion Dirhams on average during the era spanning 2010-2014, which represents a 30% increase approximately, compared with the 2010-2014 time period.
Considerable investments have been made by public and private operators which have resulted in a 35% decrease in the rental prices of ready-to-use logistical estates, over the last four years. Moreover, the offer of modern (Class A and B) logistical estate has more than trebled in Casablanca to stand at 700,000 square meters by 2014.
Over all, Morocco which boasted only a few dozens of hectares developed into modern logistical platforms now totals about 550 hectares of developed areas in Casablanca, Tangiers, as well as several other regions which now host integrated industrial platforms.
On another register, and thanks to the important efforts made by several public and private operators, the offer of training in logistical trade-lines has almost trebled, moving up from an offer of 2,500 seats before 2010 to 7,300 pedagogical seats in 2015
On an institutional level, the governance of the sector has been bolstered by the establishment of the National Agency for the Development of Logistics; the Moroccan Observatory of Logistical Competitiveness, the National Commission for Logistical Standardization, and the National Board for the Coordination of Training in Logistics.
In terms of international radiance, the Moroccan strategy is now cited as an example by different countries and international institutions. Morocco has indeed acquired the position of regional leader, as suggested by the various international rankings and evidenced by the affiliation of a non-European country to the European Logistics Association (ELA).
The cooperation agreements signed on the occasion of Royal Visits to Africa and the recent success of the 1st African Congress of Transportation and Logistics is, likewise, indicative of the position that Morocco claims as a logistical gateway to Africa.
The dynamics driving the sector will be further bolstered in 2016, with a plan of actions that has been approved by the Agency’s Board. This action plan comprises new programs, notably those related to the upgrade of urban logistics in several Moroccan cities and the upgrade of logistics within small and medium-sized enterprises.
With regard to the development of logistical parks, the year 2016 will see the completion of the preparatory stages for the launch of the second stage of the Zenata Logistical Park and the announcement of invitation to express interest in the projected development of additional logistical parks in other regions of the Kingdom.
As far as capacity-building in the various trade lines of logistics is concerned, and in parallel with the installation of mechanisms designed to ensure on-going match between training and job-market requirements, a training plan spanning to 2020 is presently being prepared.
Furthermore, considering the necessity of an adequate normative and regulatory supervision of the sector and following the establishment of the Commission for the Standardization of the Logistics Sector, and the adoption of a series of Moroccan standards in this area, efforts will be stepped up in 2016 to set up an apparatus of Moroccan Norms apt to improve and modernize the practices of enterprises operating in the logistics sector.
In parallel to this, efforts will also be centered on the development of a legal framework specific to the logistics sector. The preparation of such a framework is made in consultation with the various actors concerned.
In order to bolster the role played by the Moroccan Agency for the Development of Logistics in the deployment of the national strategy, a program-contract between the State and the Agency is being drawn up so as to fix the objectives to be attained, as well as the institutional, organizational, and financial means that need to be mobilized to ensure decent conduct of different projects.
At the end of the meeting, the Administrative Board approved the budget allocated to AMDL for the year 2016. The budget, totaling 133.6 million Dirhams, is intended to cover both investments and operating expenses.