Morocco: Project to Fight Covid-19 Through Supporting Innovation, Entrepreneurship of Youth and Women Launched in Rabat

Rabat — The Moroccan National Commission for Education, Science and Culture and the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) launched, Thursday in Rabat, a project to combat Covid-19 through supporting innovation and entrepreneurship of youth and women.

This project aims to support the efforts of 10 African countries to cope with the impact of Covid-19, namely Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Nigeria, Sudan, Mauritania and Côte d’Ivoire.

A $200,000 grant is allocated for the implementation of this new project aimed at developing the spirit of entrepreneurship among youth and women, especially those from rural areas and the informal sector, said Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, government spokesman and President of the Moroccan National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Saaid Amzazi.

This project is in line with the roadmap for the development of vocational training which was presented to HM King Mohammed VI in April 2019, with a view to establishing new mechanisms to integrate a part of the informal sector into the formal sector, and creating an entrepreneurial culture among youth, the official added.

The project also aims to develop the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation among youth and women from rural areas by strengthening their capacity to produce hygienic products (hand sanitizer) and equipment (protective masks).

Such projects are seen as a model of constructive South-South partnership that Morocco supports and that allows a fresh start for the beneficiaries, the minister added.