Last Tuesday, the city of Guelmim hosted the Regional Meeting on Trade, which was marked by the signing of a partnership agreement to launch the “Moubadara-Oued Noun” programme to promote self-employment in the region: “The trade sector contributes 68% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the Guelmim-Oued Noun region”.
The form is signed by Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy. This was at the Regional Meeting on Trade, held last Tuesday in Guelmim, at the initiative of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of the Guelmim-Oued Noun region, on the theme “The trader, a key player in development”.
The Minister also reported that the trade sector contributes 49% to the employment rate in the region, describing this rate as “very important”: “The number of sales outlets in the region stands at 13,850, including 6.450 in Guelmim, 4,100 in Tan-Tan, 2,820 in Sidi Ifni and 480 in Assa-Zag,” he said, noting that the Guelmim-Oued Noun region is among the regions that have benefited from the “Rawaj” plan to promote the internal trade sector.
The Minister noted that “Rawaj” has achieved positive results, although the number of beneficiaries of the plan remains limited, stressing the need to put in place a global strategy for the promotion of the sector. after stressing the importance of the Regional Meetings in examining the issues raised at the regional level, he stated that the National Conferences on Trade, scheduled for 24 and 25 April in Marrakech, will discuss the various proposals and recommendations resulting from the Regional Meetings.
For his part, the wali of the Guelmim-Oued Noun region, Governor of Guelmim Province, Mohamed Najem Abhai, highlighted the commercial development of the region, underlining in this context the crucial role of Souk Amhirich (camel market) in Guelmim, which aims to be a commercial portal to sub-Saharan African countries, as well as the cultural space with a historical vocation that extends from M’hamid El Ghizlane to Timbuktu (Mali), via the Assa Oasis.For his part, the President of the Guelmim-Oued Noun Chamber of Commerce, El Houssein Alioui, considered that this Regional Meeting provided an opportunity to create a space for exchange and communication with traders, in order to identify the constraints that hinder the development of the sector, find solutions that could promote and modernize trade in the region and overcome the various challenges, including unfair competition, tax constraints and the lack of social protection and medical coverage.
As for the president of the Federation of Moroccan Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Services, Omar Mourou noted that the national conferences planned in Marrakech constitute an achievement that aims to establish a national strategy for the trade sector based on a participatory and integrated approach. In the margins of this Regional Meeting, a partnership agreement was signed between the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of the Guelmim-Oued Noun region, the Social Development Agency and the Agency for the Promotion and Economic and Social Development of the Southern Provinces of the Kingdom, aimed at launching the “Moubadara-Oued Noun” programme to promote self-employment in the region, particularly for women and youth.