Morocco

The priorities of the cooperation between Germany and Morocco are practical education and research projects on sustainable energy and water supply, food production as well as environment and climate change adaptation.

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Political framework

The scientific and technological cooperation between Germany and Morocco is based on the “Memorandum of Understanding” from 1998. Agreements were added in 2007 and 2008 in relation to cultural cooperation, development policy measures in water, climate and environmental protection as well as funding renewable energies. The foreign secretaries of Germany and Morocco confirmed their intentions to intensify bilateral relations in the Rabat Declaration in September 2013 and the German-Moroccan communique in January 2015. At European level, an agreement to cooperate in the fields of science and technology has existed between the EU and the Kingdom of Morocco since 2005.

In addition to energy and water supply, food production and fighting the consequences of climate change, scientific projects also included Moroccan industries such as urban development, textiles and tourism. The latest research projects are flanked by collaborations between German research and education institutions and Moroccan partners. 34 university cooperations have existed, some since the 1960s.

Priorities of the German-Moroccan cooperation

The joint German-Moroccan programme PMARS (Programme Maroc-Allemand de Recherche Scientifique) has so far funded the preparation for and further development of the bilateral cooperation between German and Moroccan education, research and technology institutions in two phases. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Moroccan research ministry (Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur, de la Recherche Scientifique et de la Formation des Cadres) are supporting both new and existing partnerships on topics of mutual interest. Topics of the first round of tenders in 2010, in which 15 projects were funded, included environmental research, renewable energies and health research. In the second round of tenders in 2012, 19 projects with a duration of up to 3 years received financial support. A new announcement is planned for the end of 2015. This is to create new partnerships, intensify synergies in education and research between German and Moroccan institutions with joint priorities and foster young scientists.

Germany continues to support the development of measures to improve the employability of Moroccan university graduates.

In 2015 a German-Moroccan workshop on "Water and Environment" took place in Rabat. Find out more.

Cooperation in the context of the EU

After France, Spain and the USA, Germany is Morocco’s most important partner for scientific publications. In addition to the bilateral cooperation, Germany and Morocco also work together in the context of EU projects, such as via the “Mediterranean Science, Policy, Research and Innovation Gateway - MED-SPRING”, in which the BMBF is involved via the International Bureau. The project promotes dialogue between the European Union and the Mediterranean countries on the subjects of research and innovation and supports the further intensification of regional cooperation in connection with the EU’s neighbourhood policy.