Building A Future: The Imperative Of Innovation And Collaboration In Morocco’s Construction Sector – OpEd


On May 28, 2024, Mr. Nizar Baraka, Morocco’s Minister of Equipment and Water, stood alongside the Saudi Arabian Ambassador in Marrakech to inaugurate the sixth edition of the Construction and Public Works Forum and Exhibition. This event, organized by the National Association of Construction and Public Works in partnership with multiple Moroccan ministries and under the auspices of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, represents more than a mere convergence of industry experts. It embodies the forward-thinking ethos necessary to propel Morocco into a future defined by sustainable development and robust infrastructure.

In his keynote address, Mr. Baraka underscored the forum’s pivotal role as a crucible for the exchange of experiences, expertise, and cutting-edge technologies within the construction and public works sectors. This gathering of minds provides an essential platform for serious discourse on critical themes, such as the national vision for 2030, regional challenges, and the innovative management of water resources amid the pressing reality of climate change.

The timeliness and importance of this meeting cannot be overstated. As Mr. Baraka rightly pointed out, the recommendations emerging from this forum will be instrumental in shaping the roadmap for Morocco’s construction and public works sector. This blueprint is not just about addressing current demands but also about anticipating and preparing for future challenges and opportunities.

One of the most ambitious undertakings highlighted by Mr. Baraka is Morocco’s commitment to hosting major international events, including the 2025 African Cup of Nations and the 2030 FIFA World Cup. These events are not just sporting spectacles; they are catalysts for significant infrastructural and economic development. The collaboration between Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, encapsulated in a comprehensive agreement spanning from 2024 to 2029, further underscores this point. This agreement, marked by a well-defined timeline and a holistic vision, aims to drive investments in construction, renewable energy, green hydrogen, industrial sectors, and education.

However, realizing these grand projects requires more than just ambition. It demands a collective commitment to meet high standards and navigate the complexities inherent in such large-scale endeavors. Mr. Baraka emphasized that success hinges on our collective ability to execute these projects on time, maintain the requisite quality, and ensure all necessary resources are available to keep the works progressing smoothly. This involves a proactive approach to overcoming the various challenges facing the sector.

The early signs are promising. Mr. Baraka revealed that Morocco’s construction and public works sector experienced a significant revival in the first quarter of 2024, with a growth rate of 7.3% compared to the previous year. This resurgence is a testament to the resilience and potential of the sector, bolstered by strategic planning and international cooperation.

In conclusion, the sixth edition of the Construction and Public Works Forum and Exhibition serves as a beacon of what is possible when innovation, collaboration, and strategic vision come together. As Morocco strides forward, it is these principles that will guide its journey towards a future where infrastructure development not only meets present needs but also lays the foundation for sustainable growth and prosperity. The roadmap drawn from this forum’s discussions will be pivotal in navigating this path, ensuring that Morocco remains at the forefront of construction and public works excellence.

Said Temsamani

Said Temsamani is a Moroccan political observer and consultant, who follows events in his country and across North Africa. He is a member of Washington Press Club.

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