King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan and Prince Moulay Rachid, and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari presided in Rabat, the signing ceremony of three bilateral cooperation agreements, including one relating to the Nigeria Gas Pipeline strategic project. -Morocco.
Among the planned actions, it is planned to refine the estimates of investment and operating costs, to finalize the economic analysis on the basis of volumes and construction assumptions finalized and to start discussions with the international banks. to test their willingness to finance this project, and to prepare the preliminary documents.
Farouk Garba Said and Ms Amina Benkhadra also stressed that the two Heads of State insisted on the need to take fully into account the ecological and environmental dimension in the various stages of the Project.
This project will give Africa a new economic, political and strategic dimension and place Morocco and Nigeria as two leaders of South-South cooperation at the level of the African continent, they assured.
And to conclude that given its strategic importance and benefits, not only for Nigeria and Morocco, but also for the countries crossed by the Pipeline, NNPC and ONHYM confirm their joint commitment to carry out this project.
Agadir International Training Center (AITC) Project with an estimated budget of 52 MDH, is located near the future University Hospital Center of Agadir and the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Agadir, and has already received the Environmental Impact Assessment Acceptability.
This project will make Souss Massa Region and the city of Agadir a first choice destination for oil and gas trainings, due to the international network.
AITC center will offer international trainings for Africans and Europeans operating in the oil sector, mainly OPITO-certified training courses in the oil and gas industry and “BOSIET”. The initiators of the project have also planned a training program in survival techniques and individual and collective rescue. The center intends to extend the HSE culture to other sectors as well, including petrochemicals, industrial, construction, agrifood and fishing.
The center will have an industrial department where NDT (Non Destructive Testing) and welding will be conducted. It’s mainly technical trainings ISO 9712 for control agents certification and ISO 9606 for welders qualification in order to face the shortage of skilled welders in the field of shipyard.
This project is perfectly in line with the Industrial Acceleration Plan for the period of 2014-2020, launched by his majesty last January. The center will thus make it possible to adapt the profile to the industrial need and for the shipbuilding sector as well.
Agadir International Training Center will be the largest training center in Africa, and will thus meet the growing needs in terms of trainings for the Souss Massa Region, for the country of Morocco and extensively: Africa in the framework of the conventions signed by the Kingdom with many African countries in order to provide excellent trainings.
Agadir International Training Center will mainly consist of 16 training rooms and 04 laboratories in addition to a semi-Olympic swimming pool and a helicopter crash simulator as well as firefighting training area, an industrial building welding workshop last generation, several conference rooms, projection room of 206 seats with catering service.
The opening of the center is scheduled for the end of 2019.
Eight regional ecosystems were launched as part of the regional implementation of the Industrial Acceleration Plan (PAI) in the Souss-Massa region. The latter will grant investors a grant calculated on the basis of 250 DH / m² of land for a maximum area of 1 ha.
The Industrial Acceleration Plan (IPA) begins a new phase. The long-awaited integration of the regional economy was launched at the end of the week in Agadir. And it is King Mohammed VI, who presided over the presentation ceremony of this regional variation of the PAI for the period 2014-2020 in the region of Souss-Massa through the signature of eight conventions and a memorandum of understanding for the realization of several industrial investments. As a result, the Souss-Massa region, which is one of the first regions to validate their Regional Development Plan (RDP), will be the first area to activate the sectoral and regional variation of industrial ecosystems. To this end, the industrial approach designed for Souss-Massa is based on the consolidation of three historic industrial sectors at the regional level, namely, shipbuilding, agribusiness and chemicals, as well as five emerging sectors, industrial acceleration levers, in this case automobile, leather, construction materials, plastics and offshoring. In total, "the Souss-Massa industrial project aims to create 24,000 new jobs in the future, in partnership with the professional federations, the first of which will be generated by the signed projects", underlines Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, investment, commerce and the digital economy.
Naval industry: The Souss-Massa region well off
The Federation of Metallurgical, Mechanical and Electromechanical Industries (FIMME) is committed to creating 1,000 jobs in the Souss-Massa Region through investment projects launched in shipbuilding and ship repair activities. To do this, the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy (MIICEN) has been responsible for supporting investors in the shipping industry wishing to settle in the Region Souss-Massa, or those already established in the region in accordance with the terms and conditions provided for in the performance contract for the development of the "Naval Industry" ecosystem. To enhance the attractiveness of the Souss-Massa Region, the Regional Council will grant investors in the shipbuilding industry a support grant in support of new investment projects calculated on the basis of 250 dhs / m² of land for a maximum area. of 1 hectare. This grant will be granted after the effective start of the activity duly noted by the Regional Monitoring Commission. This support grant will come in addition to the investment bonus granted under the Industrial Development and Investment Fund (FDII). The practical arrangements and the functioning of the support mechanism (subsidy of 250 DH / m²) will be decided upon by the Regional Council by the regional monitoring committee within 6 months after the signature of the agreement.
When it comes to recruiting profiles, a company is always very demanding in terms of the skills required by the missions that these profiles have to fulfill. However, this is often not the case when these missions are linked to the health, safety and health aspects. These components are not priorities, while the number of victims is enormous. Indeed, according to the latest official figures (2011), 200 000 accidents are linked to work, including 2 000 fatal accidents. On the rate side, Morocco recorded 47.8 fatal work accidents per 100,000 workers during the same year. This is double the MENA area (Middle East and North Africa) and 16 times the figure in Finland. The construction sector is most affected by the physical exposure of the workers at their workplace (60 000 victims per year, 20% of them in Casablanca).
These alarming figures can be significantly reduced if industrialists in Morocco and the public authorities work together to create a "Hygiene Safety Environment" (HSE) culture in Moroccan companies. Notably, by adopting this culture through the training of appropriate skills. The importance of training such profiles is also evident and necessary in the major national and international projects of which Morocco is a stakeholder.
CASE OF GAZODUC NIGERIA MOROCCO
On 3 December, King Mohammed VI and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari kicked off an offshore pipeline project that is expected to link Nigeria, the third largest producer of natural gas in Africa, Morocco, and then 'Europe. It is a Pharaonic project that will transform the countries through which it passes. It will extend the West African Gas Pipeline for 5,000 km, which since 2010 connects Nigeria to Ghana via Benin and Togo. The future stretch will run along the West African coast and will have considerable economic impact on the region. However, it is legitimate to ask: does Morocco and the countries concerned have the skilled labor force for such a huge project? Let us mention the case of welders. Projects such as this one will require a foreign "labor force" which will be expensive and will be paid in foreign currency. Why ? Because on such projects, one must be certified. A manufacturing welder will never be able to set foot without training in accordance with international standards and certified by recognized international bodies.
Training is therefore a sine qua non condition if Morocco really wants to give continental and international influence to its Emergence. Hence the importance of having establishments capable of forming such profiles.
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