Subsidieregeling RVO open per 5 maart 2016

Subsidieregeling voor demonstratieprojecten, haalbaarheidsstudies en investeringsvoorbereidingsstudies (DHI)

Opkomende markten en ontwikkelingslanden bieden kansen voor Nederlandse export en investeringen. Heeft u internationale ambities en interesse in deze markten? Wilt u mogelijke afnemers overtuigen van uw technologie? Of wilt u daar een project uitvoeren of investeren in een onderneming? Dan is de subsidieregeling voor demonstratieprojecten, haalbaarheidsstudies en investeringsvoorbereidingsstudies (DHI, voorheen DHK) misschien interessant voor u.

Met deze regeling wil het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken het aantal Nederlandse ondernemingen dat succesvol internationaliseert in opkomende markten en ontwikkelingslanden verhogen en versterken. In ontwikkelingslanden levert het ministerie hiermee een positieve bijdrage aan duurzame lokale ontwikkeling

Invest in Morocco kan u bijstaan in de aanvraag en de invulling van deze demonstratieprojecten, haalbaarheidstudies en investeringsvoorbereidingsstudies. Neem gerust contact op voor vragen.

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Siemens bouwt mega-fabriek voor windturbines in Tanger Med

Siemens gaat in Tanger een nieuwe fabriek bouwen waar windturbines gemaakt worden.

Dank längerer Rotorblätter und höherer Türme steigt die Leistung der Siemens-Windkraftanlagen der D3-Plattform auf jeweils 3,2 Megawatt. Capacity of Siemens' 3-MW D3 platform wind turbines increases to 3.2 MW thanks to the use of larger rotors and higher towers.

Daarmee komen er 675 arbeidsplaatsen vrij in de stad. In maart volgend jaar moet de bouw van de fabriek beginnen, aldus The Economist. Siemens heeft gekozen voor bedrijventerrein ‘Tanger Automotive City’ als locatie en heeft daarvoor 13 hectare grond weten te bemachtigen. In februari 2017 moet de fabriek in gebruik worden genomen. Het doel is om jaarlijks honderden windturbinebladen te maken.
Marokko heeft een bijzonder ambitieus energiebeleid en werkt hard om dit te verwezenlijken. Daarom worden veel van de bladen in Marokko gebruikt, maar zijn ook voor de export naar Italië, Duitsland en Zuid-Afrika. Omar Chraibi is hoofd van een investeringsmaatschappij in Tanger en Tetouan en is blij met een grote naam in Tanger.
‘We zijn trots dat deze regio een dergelijk groot project weet te verwezenlijken. Niet alleen op het gebied van investeringen en werkgelegenheid, maar ook in termen van deskundigheid en specialiteit op het gebied van duurzame energie.’
Volgens de krant gaat Siemens vijf windparken bouwen in Marokko, met een capaciteit van 850 megawatt. De bouw gaat 1,1 miljard dirham kosten.

Tanger Med has it all

Automotive, Aeronautics, Electronics, Textile, Pharma, Offshoring.

Tanger Med has it all.

Aeronautical industry growing in Morocco

The Moroccan aeronautical industry has made significant strides over the past decade, with its industrial base growing from around 10 companies to over 100 today. The sector generated $1bn in turnover in 2013 and was the main source of employment for 10,000 people. Aeronautics exports accounted for 6% of total exports in 2013, up from 0.5% a decade earlier, and the list of major manufacturers present now includes Safran, Bombardier, Boeing and Airbus.

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source: Oxford Business Group


Tangiers Technopark, future hotspot for Moroccan tech? [Q&A]


by  Aline MayardNovember 2, 2015

Technopark Tanger

Interview with Marouane Chelli, Technopark Tanger director. Marouane has great ambitions for the newly launched Technopark in Tangiers.

After launching in Casablanca, Morocco’s business capital, and in Rabat, the administrative capital, Technopark is now in downtown Tangiers.

The move may seem odd to some. Technopark Tanger director, Marouane Chelli admits that the city is not known for its entrepreneurial or technological dynamism. However, he believes it could one day be Morocco’s second biggest tech hub.

Perhaps underscoring his conviction, Technopark Tanger is already as big as the Rabat location, and in a few months they plan to make three additional floors available.

The product of a public-private partnership, the Casablanca hub hosts 230 companies and gathers the main players of the Moroccan ecosystem (associations, incubators and investors) under one roof.

Here is why Chelli believes it’s possible to recreate Casablanca’s dynamism in Tangiers.

Wamda: Tangiers is not a city that comes to mind when thinking about tech. Why locate Technopark’s third building there?

Marouane Chelli: At the beginning our strategy was to open a small Technopark in every main city. That’s why we opened a 2,000m2 Technopark in Rabat.

We considered a few cities for our third Technopark but Tangiers had the optimal conditions so we decided to be more ambitious than planned.

Tangiers is already the second business hub of Morocco and it’s on its way to grow in importance.

With governmental project Métropole Tangiers, the whole city of Tangiers is getting a facelift. There are many ongoing projects at the moment, including free zones, industrial zones, and a seaside. As for the Tangiers Med’s project, it will lead to the creation of a massive port complex, but there’s also the industrial sector with the new Renault plant, and the tourism industry.

These industries will have needs in informatics and green tech which will benefit our companies. Some of our companies in Casablanca are already seeing more activity in Tangiers.

Another major element in our decision was the implication of the city via Tangiers’ Wilaya. It plays a major part in the success of a technological park. They put at our disposal a unique, central building that many eyed in the region. Having the city as a partner allows us to have more opportunities, for example regarding the events we can organize and the institutions we can work with.

Tangiers is more than just a port city. [Image via Challenge]

Wamda: Who will be your audience in Tangiers?

Chelli: There are some tech companies in Tangiers but they are scattered. There’s no place or event where they meet. Still there’s a demand; the rare events are packed. Once we start organizing events like we do in Casablanca and Rabat – the TechnoCouscous, TechnoFtour, etcetera – and allow our partners to organize their own, we will create that consolidation of the IT Tangiers community.

On the other hand, many companies in Tangiers are working with tech companies based in Casablanca and Rabat, some are already clients of the Technoparks there. Some want to expand to Tangiers but most said that if there was a structure they trust there it will motivate them to do the move.

The Technopark community is multi-sites. As soon as you’re a client of Technopark, you’re a client of all the Technoparks. Members have access to meeting rooms, an advisor, and more in every city.

We’re also working on a coworking space in Tangiers to offer entrepreneurs from the North a place to meet, and entrepreneurs traveling to the city a place of work.

Technopark Tanger
The new Technopark Tangiers. [Image via Technopark]

Wamda: Will Tangiers’ Technopark be different from Casablanca’s and Rabat’s? 

Chelli: In Tangiers we’re doing the same activities we do in Casablanca and Rabat. We want to leverage what we learned in Casablanca.

Down the road, we will discover needs that are specific to Tangiers, but the basics are the same. We offer the same services and prices.

We are trying to convince the support organization that are in Casablanca’s Technopark, such as MNF, the AFEM, Réseau Entreprendre Maroc MNF [a network of business owners mentoring new entrepreneurs] to open a satellite in Tangiers Technopark. Our goal is to work with them, to bring them closer to our community and to create synergies between them and our community.

In the early days of Technopark, we realized that support organizations had a hard time finding project holders, and that project holders couldn’t find the offers and services they were looking for. There was a lack of communication. At Technopark, we’re working on that aspect to insure that the members of our community and the ecosystem’s partners connect.

We have a beautiful conference room [in Tangiers] which will allow us to host up to 200 people. We’re currently renovating it to organize more entrepreneurship and cultural events. 

Wamda: Are there any challenges to working in Tangiers?

Chelli: We need to change the perception that Tangiers is not a dynamic or a business city, and take part in the city’s rebranding.

At the moment, young companies don’t have the same opportunities [as in in Casablanca] but we’re here to create the same kind of opportunities. You need to look for the future. Tangiers is the city of the future; it’s the city where there are opportunities, and growth to seize.

by  Aline MayardNovember 2, 2015

Aline is French Editor at Wamda. A former startup Online Marketing and Community Manager, she has now opened The Blue House, a residence for international startups in a Moroccan surf town. You can follow her on Twitter @YallahAlineor reach her at aline[at]wamda[dot]com.


African dividend: India-Morocco MoU to boost bilateral trade is welcome

Blog by , a Delhi-based journalist working for the Edit Page of The Times of India, on the relations between India and Morocco.

“New Delhi and Rabat enhancing bilateral economic cooperation makes perfect sense”


In my previous blog I had mentioned the potential for solar energy cooperation between India and the north African nation of Morocco. Now, in a major takeaway from the ongoing India-Africa Forum Summit, the Moroccan Firms General Confederation (CGEM) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) have inked a memorandum of understanding to boost trade relations between the two countries. The MoU seeks to increase trade missions and information exchange to enhance business ties between India and Morocco. It also aims to establish a platform of exchange in the areas of investment, industry and tourism.

This is welcome as it exemplifies efforts to diversify the existing phosphate-centric trade relations between India and Morocco – the latter is the largest exporter of phosphate in the world. In fact, areas such as pharmaceuticals, automobile and textile are highly conducive for bilateral trade, investment and cooperation. Add to this Morocco’s strategic location on the western edge of north Africa with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Its proximity to Europe – only 14 kilometres – also makes Morocco an ideal hub for exports into European markets.

But the real reason that makes Morocco an attractive investment destination is its political stability. It was one of the few countries in the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) region to successfully navigate the turbulence of the Arab Spring wave. This was because Morocco’s popular monarch, King Mohammed VI, had immediately directed political reforms that included a new constitution and devolution of greater powers to the elected Parliament. In fact, in subsequent general elections in 2011 – which this author had the privilege to cover for this newspaper – the moderate Islamist PJD party came to power for the first time in Morocco’s history.

It’s on the basis of such democratic foundations that Morocco has been able to emerge as the most competitive economy in north Africa. Aiding this economic potential are Moroccan government policies which have ensured competitive costs for exports – approximately $595/container – and low tax rates – taxes paid by companies represent only 49% of their profits. Plus, initiatives like the Casablanca Finance City aim to position Morocco as a regional financial hub and a premier gateway into African markets.

On top of all this, Morocco has strong ties with sister Francophone African nations in the Sahara and Sahel regions. Taken together, with India seeking to boost its own economic growth through better ties with Africa – as revealed by finance minister Arun Jaitley – it simply cannot ignore Morocco. New Delhi and Rabat enhancing bilateral economic cooperation makes perfect sense.

Source: Times of India,