Morocco is the main partner country of Belgian cooperation, after the Great Lakes Countries. Belgium has supported the Moroccan government strategy to foster economic growth and reduce poverty for over 45 years.
Historically, the Belgian-Moroccan cooperation concentrated on the health, education, rural development and water sectors.
With the new Indicative Cooperation Programme for 2010-2013, Belgium wanted to place itself even more at the service of the initiatives of the Moroccan partners and decided to increase its aid, which amounts to EUR 80 million, or double the amount of the preceding programme. Thanks to this budget increase, Belgium becomes the second-biggest bilateral donor country for Morocco.
One of the priorities of development activities is improving the living conditions of rural populations, especially in oases and in the mountains, in other words in particularly threatened ecosystems. That is why the new programme will concentrate on two sectors, namely water and agriculture, especially in the Souss-Massa-Drâa region but also in the north of the country. The choice of these two sectors fits in the desire to support Morocco in its Integrated Water Management Policy.
Professional education through training provides an important leverage to fight unemployment and encourage the integration of young people; new projects will strengthen this approach in the north. The Scholarship and internship programme will not only be continued but also be reinforced in view of strengthening the human and institutional potential in Morocco.
BTC also support the efforts of the Moroccan government to enhance the position of women by actively supporting civil society actors in the priority regions, namely Souss-Massa-Drâa, and Casablanca and Oriental in the north.