Rabat — The Millennium Challenge Account-Morocco Agency (MCA-Morocco) held, on Tuesday in Rabat, the 8th session of its Strategic Orientation Board, under the chairmanship of Minister of Economy, Finance and Administration Reform Mohamed Benchaaboun.
This session, in which Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research Saaïd Amzazi, and Minister of Labor and Professional Integration Mohamed Amekraz took part, was devoted to presenting the implementation report of this program and to examining the actions and measures to be taken to accelerate the pace of its implementation, the Agency said in a press release.
During this meeting, which coincides with the expiration of the 3rd year of the implementation of the cooperation program under the "Compact II", concluded between the Moroccan government and its American counterpart, represented by Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Benchaaboun underlined that Compact II projects have the particularity of developing and testing innovative models in the various targeted sectors with a view to their generalization, said the same source.
The minister noted the new governance model of secondary education establishments "Attahadi high school", based on the strengthening of their administrative and financial autonomy and the promotion of a pedagogy centered on the student, the governance model of vocational training establishments effectively and closely involving professional organizations from the private sector, as well as the new model for the development of sustainable industrial parks and the revitalization of existing industrial zones, driven by market demand and favoring public-private partnership and environmental and social sustainability.
Benchaaboun also underlined the optimized and simplified procedure for melkization of collective lands located in the irrigation zones, as well as the model for promoting inclusive employment of populations in difficulty of integrating the labor market, through results-based financing.
For his part, resident director of Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in Morocco Richard Gaynor noted the importance of building the capacities of stakeholders to ensure the sustainability and replicability of models designed and tested under the Compact II, welcoming the government for the recent adoption of three land laws, in particular laws n° 62.17 and 64.17.
In this regard, Gaynor also encouraged the government to take advantage of the funds mobilized within the framework of the Land governance activity, amounting to $ 10.5 million, to finance the implementation of priority actions within the framework of the action plan for implementing the national land strategy, including measures to promote women's access to land, the statement noted.
At the end of this meeting, the Board approved a series of resolutions notably a draft agreement between the Agency and the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH), relating to the execution of a pilot program of employment through results-based financing.