The cluster community in Morocco is growing. Morocco first engaged in cluster development policy through the “Pacte National pour l’Emergence Industrielle” in the late 2000’s. Today, Morocco’s cluster programme consists of the “Stratégie Maroc Innovation” programme, which aims to improve R&D and promote innovation.

Cluster-to-cluster cooperation between the EU and Morocco is in its beginning stages, although several and strategic sectors for cooperation have been established, as well as cluster organisations in the EU and Morocco looking for cooperation.

Economic and political context and framework

Morocco is one of the most developed economies in Africa. With a total GDP of just above USD 109 billion in 2017, and with a GNI per capita of roughly USD 3.000 p. a. (current rate), Morocco is a middle-income economy. It is the sixth richest African country and ranks 11th in terms of GDP per capita, in Africa. Though Morocco is progressively shifting towards an industrial and service-based economy, agriculture is still important, with a booming export sector driven by fishes and seafood, tomatoes and citrus. The industry accounts for 30% of the Moroccan economy with strength in the automotive and aeronautic industries, textile, energy and ICT. Morocco’s service economy is well-developed with banking and finance, as well as tourism boosting the sector.

Cluster community in the country

Originally, Morocco engaged in cluster development policy through the Pacte National pour l’Emergence Industrielle. In 2009, the objective of this pacte was to develop 15 national cluster initiatives. Today, Morocco’s cluster programme consists of the “Stratégie Maroc Innovation” programme aims to improve R&D and promote innovation targeting triple-helix agents.


The cluster programme combines a top-down and bottom-up approach: state support and at the same time initiating cluster competition. Further cluster organisations are promoted by other stakeholders such as the solar cluster or the Industrial Cluster for Environmental Services (CISE). Additionally, Morocco actively pursues an industrial policy plan (“Plan D’acceleration industrielle”) until 2020 which includes the development of cluster organisations and cluster policy.Read less.

Cluster policies encouraging the development and internationalisation of clusters

Through the Plan D’acceleration industrielle, the internationalization of clusters has been a particular area of focus for the Moroccan government.

Cluster to cluster cooperation opportunities and potential interest from European clusters and SMEs

The Next Society, which aims to reinforce EU-South Mediterranean countries economic and innovation cooperation, is a programme funded by the European Commission. It works notably on developing cluster collaboration between Europe and Mediterranean countries, including Morocco.




Date Name Target Type
Friday, 13 September, 2019 - 09:30 THE NEXT SOCIETY International Market Mission on FILEX France Forum Cluster managers, Cluster Policy Makers, Project coordinators, SME Workshop
Monday, 2 October, 2017 - 09:30 MOVE 2nd brokerage event Cluster managers, SME Workshop
Saturday, 12 November, 2016 - 09:00 ADVANCITY and EMC: La transition énergétique dans les territoires Large audience Seminar
Wednesday, 6 May, 2015 - 09:00 Explore new business opportunities with European and Mediterranean clusters at a matchmaking event in Milan Cluster managers Matchmaking
Wednesday, 22 January, 2014 - 10:30 Business Roadshow Morocco Cluster managers, SME Matchmaking, Workshop
Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 - 10:30 Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage Event on Research and Innovation Cluster Policy Makers, Large audience, SME Conference, Workshop
Wednesday, 19 February, 2014 - 10:15 Euromed Business Workshop on Intercultural Communication Large audience Workshop
Sunday, 17 July, 2016 - 10:00 World Investment Forum 2016 Large audience Conference


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ESCP-4is targetting this country

Acronym Name Sector(s) Targeted third countries No. of SME involved No. of Partners
DIA European Digital Industry Alliance Production Technology and Heavy Machinery

ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMSElectronics, MicroelectronicsDigital Systems, Digital Representation
Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, United States 865 6
EnW Energy in Water Environmental Services

PROTECTING MAN AND ENVIRONMENTEnvironmentEnvironmental Engineering / Technology
China, Colombia, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Singapore, Tunisia, United States 650 7
FoodNet Food In Eco Network Transportation and Logistics

Algeria, Canada, China, India, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Turkmenistan, United States, Uzbekistan 362 5
MOVE Moving the Future Transportation and Logistics

Brazil, Morocco 567 9
REINA PLUS Renewable Energy Internationalisation ESCP project for European SMEs Electric Power Generation and Transmission

ENERGYRenewable Sources of EnergyWind energy
Algeria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Morocco, Tunisia, United States 322 4
SENTINEL Cluster Network for Hospitality Sustainable Development and Internationalization Hospitality and Tourism

ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMSIT and Telematics ApplicationsApplications for Tourism
Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United States 582 4