A solid partnership between Morocco and the OECD
On 25 June 2019, the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and the Morocco Head of Government, Saad Dine El Otmani signed the second phase of the Morocco Country Programme.
The Country Programme is an innovative OECD tool that enables some partner economies to leverage OECD expertise and best practices, strengthen institutions and build capacity for successful policy reforms. Morocco is one of four partner economies along with Kazakhstan, Peru and Thailand, which have been selected for this bilateral work programme.
The Country Programme for Morocco comprises 15 projects and policy reviews, possible adherence to 20 OECD legal instruments and reinforced participation to 6 OECD bodies. It builds on four main pillars:
- Public governance, integrity and the fight against corruption
- Economic growth, investment and taxation
- Human capital, including education and gender equality
- Territorial development
The Programme 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.