Morocco eager to become India’s IT outsourcing hub for Europe & Africa: Minister – Economic Times

New Delhi: Morocco, politically extremely stable and having trade pacts with several EU nations and widespread outreach in Africa, can be the hub for Indian outsourcing IT firms for the two continents, according to the country’s Minister for digital transition and administrative reform, Ghita Mezzour.

Mezzour, who is on her first trip to India, told ET that Morocco presents an excellent opportunity for Indian IT firms given the fact that the country is politically stable and has trade pacts with several EU states besides Morocco’s trade outreach across Africa.

The Minister informed that HCL will set up its presence in Morocco and key focus of her trip was engaging with the HCL and leading a business mission to India.

has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Morocco to invest in the country’s Outsourcing sector. Under the MoU, HCL will invest in Morocco’s outsourcing, which includes coding, software and information technology. This investment will pave the way for job creation in the North African country.

Outsourcing is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Morocco. The Moroccan Ministry of Industry recently stated that the country plans to invest $ five million in the outsourcing sector. The investment seeks to generate 5,000 new jobs by 2026 across major cities in the North African country.

“Morocco has deep internet penetration and this is growing exponentially. The country also has an educated and skilled workforce besides having advantage of a population who can speak Arabic and French besides Spanish. As French is widely spoken, this could also help Indian entrepreneurs to reach out to African countries where French is widely spoken,” Mezzour informed. “We are also looking to collaborate with India in the field of Artificial Intelligence.”

The Minister further informed that Morocco is focussing on e-governance with King Mohammed VI emphasising on the need for a wide scale of digitisation. “Covid-19 which allowed people to work from home also enabled the push for digitisation across Morocco.”

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Mezzour stressed that digitalization is essential to facilitate administrative procedures. The “digitalization of public administration” means granting citizens and residents digital access to government services. The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) provide Moroccans and the government with a variety of opportunities. ICT facilitates the exchange of information between institutions, improves the efficiency of public services, and simplifies the administrative procedures of citizens.

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