TANGIERS: Morocco and China’s Haite Group signed an agreement on March 20, 2017 to launch an industrial park near Tangiers for 200 Chinese companies that will create tens of thousands of jobs.With an initial investment of US$1 billion, “Mohamed VI Tangier Tech City” aims to generate 100,000 jobs, including 90,000 for employees from the Tangiers area.
The following plans will be realized in Tangier tech city:
- Integrated service area with smart living space;
- Aeronautical industry zone;
- Automotive Industry Zone;
- E-commere area;
- Telecommunication zone;
- Equipment industry zone for renewable energies;
- Production area for household appliances and hardware;
- Zone of manufacture of pharmaceutical equipments;
- Material production area;
- Agribusiness area
With all these opportunities ahead, Morocco will have to invest in the right match between education and the requested potential at the start of these developments. An instrument to achieve this is the creation of Technoparks where science education, research and entrepreneurship for ICT, advanced instrumentation and sustainable businesses meet.
Technoparks contribute to the purpose of stimulating innovation and the creation of an environment where startups can flourish. Therefore it is essential that knowledge and business are brought together, so that scientific knowledge can be translated into products, companies or medical treatment.
A good example of such a Technopark is the Amsterdam Science Park, the largest hub in Europe for science education, research and entrepreneurship for ICT, advanced instrumentation and sustainable businesses.