On the eve of the COP26 in Glasgow, a meeting has mobilized Moroccan economic actors for the climate.
On October 26th, 2021, the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, in partnership with the CGEM and the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Morocco representing the COP26 Presidency, organized a climate action meeting on the commitment of Moroccan economic actors in a low-carbon transition that is resilient to climate change.
This event comes as a continuation of the commitment of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa in accordance with the policy initiated by His Majesty King Mohammed VI in favor of Climate and Sustainable Development, a commitment that was at the heart of the Marrakech COP22 in 2016.
This important meeting, held in person and digital format, was attended by Mr. Ryad Mezzour, Minister of Industry and Trade, Ms. Leila Benali, Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Mr. Chakib Alj, President of the CGEM, Dr. Andrew Murrison MP, the British Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Trade to Morocco and Tunisia, and Mr. Simon Martin, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Morocco. Leading Moroccan companies from the industrial, transport and agricultural sectors took the floor at the meeting to express their commitment to carbon neutrality and climate.
In his speech, Mr. Ryad Mezzour, Minister of Industry and Trade, said that « thanks to the clear-sighted vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, reducing the carbon intensity of the industrial tool constitutes a major advantage for the Moroccan industry to enhance its competitiveness and enable it to compete with the world’s most integrated industrial platforms ». He added that « lowering the carbon intensity will not only secure access to our exports to foreign markets, especially in Europe, after the implementation of carbon taxes, but also to develop, substantially, our market share in countries that have, in the circumstances of the pandemic, made the choice to relocate in countries that are close and have reliable new sources of supply ».