A solid partnership between Morocco and the OECD
The Country Programme is an innovative OECD tool that enables select partner economies to leverage OECD expertise and best practices, strengthen institutions, build capacity for successful policy reforms and align themselves to OECD standards. Morocco is one of four partner economies along with Kazakhstan, Peru and Thailand, to have been selected for this bilateral work programme.
After a successful first phase (2015-18), 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 objective of this phase, whose implementation started early 2021, is to provide Morocco with expertise and key recommendations based on OECD standards, to develop and strengthen its economic and social reform plan with a view to revitalising strong, inclusive, and sustainable growth.
This phase will entail 11 projects and builds on four main pillars:
- Public governance, integrity and the fight against corruption
- Economic growth and investment
- Human capital, including education and gender equality
- Territorial development
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.
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. Morocco has already adhered to 30 OECD legal instruments and regularly participates in 11 committees as a participant, associate, or member. Further adherences are planned for the second phase. Participation in OECD activities gives Moroccan teams access to a network of international experts and to international best practices and peer learning and strengthens links with 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.