A solid partnership between Morocco and the OECD
Morocco is one of the first countries, and the only country from the Middle East and North Africa region, to benefit from an OECD Country Programme. The Country Programme for Morocco was signed on 15 June 2015 by Abdel-Ilah Benkiran, former Head of Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, and the OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría. Currently, the Programme implements 16 projects built around thre strategic areas for Morocco: competitiveness, public governance and social inclusion.
The Programme comprises peer reviews, capacity-building activities, inclusion in the OECD’s statistical tools, participation in 9 OECD committees and adherence to 9 OECD legal instruments. It is enabling evidence-based policy making in Morocco that responds to actual and factual issues. Several strategic projects contain inter-sector activities and require the concerted efforts of various ministries and government institutions, resulting in a horizontal approach encouraging the harmonisation of public policies. Some projects are directly related to the implementation of the 2011 Constitution, which was a major step forward in the process of political transformation designed to develop citizen participation.
As the Programme's co-ordinator, the OECD Global Relations Secretariat works closely with the Morocco Head of Government services. Together, they develop and oversee the strategic orientation of this relationship and ensure that the dialogue remains focused and forward-looking. A monitoring mechanism has been integrated into the Country Programme to ensure policy coherence, impact and alignment with the Moroccan Government’s strategic guidelines. (The mechanism was elaborated by the OECD Global Relations Secretariat in close collaboration with the Head of Government services, the Moroccan project teams and OECD experts).
The Programme results in a mutually beneficial partnership, which builds on a historically strong relationship between the OECD and Morocco, notably in the context of the MENA-OECD Initiative. Participation in OECD activities gives Moroccan teams access to a network of international experts and to international best practices and peer learning. Exchanges of experience with experts from OECD members are not just an opportunity to strengthen co-operation between countries, they also tie Morocco more closely to the OECD. In return, this dialogue enriches the OECD’s knowledge and benefits OECD members and non-OECD economies by enabling them to acquire a deeper understanding of Morocco.