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In most African countries, Belgium appears mainly as a contributor more than a business partner supporting good governance, fight against corruption and encouraging regional cooperation. It also has variety diplomatic and economic contacts with different countries across the world.

In a move to strengthen the bilateral relations with Morocco, Belgium is set to allocate €3 million, over four years, to promote jobs creation and youth self-employment. The funds will be granted under a Moroccan-Belgian project dubbed “Supporting Youth Entrepreneurship Development in Morocco.”

The project, whose related agreement was signed on Wednesday in Rabat, will focus in a first phase on four regions: Beni Mellal-Khenifra, the eastern region, Fez-Meknes and Draa-Tafilalet.

Belgian Development Agency (ENABEL) program, initiated since 2016 in cooperation with the Moroccan employment ministry, falls in line with long-term bilateral cooperation and the strategic objective aimed at strengthening economic integration mechanisms and promoting youth employment.

This project is founded on two Moroccan strategies; the National Integrated Youth Strategy and the 2017-2021 National Employment Promotion Plan. According to Belgium’s ambassador to Morocco, Marc Trenteseau, the project is also based on a firm framework developed in collaboration with all stakeholders.

While signing the agreement, ambassador Marc Trenteseau strongly emphasized the importance of this project, which will promote the employment of young people, particularly in rural areas, and will build their entrepreneurial capacities. In addition, both Morocco’s ANAPEC and the Belgian Cooperation Agency will be involved.


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