Middle East and Central Asia Department: Morocco’s Quest for Stronger and Inclusive Growth - Book Launch


Location: AA03 Volubilis



The event will launch a new book prepared by the IMF on “Morocco’s quest for stronger and inclusive growth.” Conceived as part of the road to Marrakech 2023, the book highlights Morocco’s economic progress over the last few decades, discusses its remaining challenges and the new agenda of structural reforms aimed at transforming the country’s model of development, by making it more private sector driven and inclusive. To a certain extent, Morocco’s story is a useful example for many developing economies still in search of building the foundations of macroeconomic stability. And as the challenges that Morocco is facing in strengthening growth and making it more resilient and inclusive are not unique to the Kingdom, the series of reforms that the country has begun to implement could provide equally interesting ideas for other emerging market and developing economies. The event will present Morocco’s experience, discuss its lessons for other countries, and showcase Morocco’s potential for private sector involvement, a key pillar of the country’s new model of development agenda. 




10:30 – 11:00 Registration

11:00 – 11:10 Welcoming Remarks by Nadia Fettah, Minister of Economy, and Finance

11:15 – 11:45 Session I. Twenty Years of Reforms: Lessons from Morocco

Fireside chat: led by Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director, with

Aziz Akhannouch, Morocco Head of Government, and Abdellatif Jouahri, Governor of Bank Al-Maghrib

11.45 – 12.00 Keynote speaker: Fouzi Lekjaa, Minister Delegate in charge of the Budget, Morocco: a history of continued reforms

12.05 – 12:45 Session II: The Agenda for the Future: How to Make Growth More Resilient and Inclusive?

Moderator: Jihad Azour, IMF Director of Middle East and Central Asia Department


  • Chakib Benmoussa, Morocco, Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports
  • Magdalena Rzeczkowska, Minister of Finance of Poland
  • Ricardo Hausmann, Harvard University

12.50 - 13.30 Lunch Break

13.35 – 14.40 Session III. Morocco as a privileged land for private investment

Moderator: Thami Ghorfi

Keynote speaker:

  • Mohcine Jazouli, Minister delegate to Head of Government, in charge of Investment, Convergence and Evaluation of Public Policies

Conversation with:

  • Luca De Meo, President of the European Automobile Manufacturers Associations, CEO of Renault Group and Chairman of Renault s.a.s

Cross discussion with high institutional and private sector representatives:

  • Ferid Belhaj, Vice President Middle East & North Africa, World Bank
  • Abdelhamid Addou, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Royal Air Maroc
  • Sandro Salsano, CEO of Salsano Group
  • Alexis Crow, Global Geopolitical Investing Practice Lead, PwC
  • Olivier Perrin, Senior Partner Energy Resources & Industrials, Monitor Deloitte
  • Hamza Kabbaj, Managing Director, SGTM

14:45 – 14:50 Closing Remarks by Antoinette Sayeh, Deputy Managing Director, IMF