The textile industry, a sector with high employability in Morocco

The textile industry represents a strategic sector for industrial development in Morocco, noted the World Bank (WB) in a recent report, which emphasizes that this sector ” contributes to the employment of 200,000 Moroccans, which represents more than a quarter of all jobs in the sector”.

More than 1,500 textile companies are based in Morocco, the financial institution continues in its report. Nothing but the Spanish company Inditex represents the largest buyer of products in the country, particularly in the northern region where it has contracts with more than 300 small factories in the Tangier region, underlines the BM.

Thus, the report notes that the most important textile areas in Morocco are based in the regions of Casablanca-Settat, Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima and Fez-Meknes, noting that the sector achieved in 2020 some 50.4 billion dirhams (MMDH) of revenue and 36.5 billion dirhams from exports.

According to the same international report, Europe represents an important export-oriented market, particularly France, Spain and the United Kingdom, before noting that, ” Morocco is the seventh supplier of clothing in Europe”.

In Morocco, there are actors all along the value chain, including producers, collectors and recyclers, which promotes the quality, productivity and competitiveness of the sector, in addition to the school of textile industries and clothing which awards engineering degrees and is industry-focused in research and development“, highlights the BM.

In this sense, the World Financial Institution notes in its report that ” Morocco hopes to transform the textile industry into a global market leader by 2035 by adopting a new strategy, called +Suede Morocco+, which will adopt environmentally friendly habits, including recycling and reusing waste“.

This strategy focuses on maintaining, consolidating and diversifying new markets such as North America and Northern Europe. Morocco has also developed the 2014-2020 Industrial Acceleration Plan, allocating 3 billion dirhams per year from 2014 to 2020 to individual companies operating along the textile value chain through the Industrial Development Fund (FDI).

It should be noted that since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the textile sector has been one of the most affected by the cancellation of orders, a sharp drop in demand in the main export markets, the closure of factories and other reasons that have prevented the sector from moving forward, all of which have had a negative impact on companies and workers in the sector.

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