The closing day of the regional trade conference and the visit of the Minister and his delegation to the regional headquarters of the Chamber of Guelmim
The Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Alami, said on Tuesday that the trade sector contributed 68% of Guelmim Oued Noon’s GDP.
At the end of the regional debate on trade organized by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Guelmim Oued on the 4th of this month under the slogan “The trader is an essential actor in development” as part of the preparations for the national trade conferences to be held on 24 and 25 April in Marrakech, the trade sector also contributes 49% to employment in the region of Guelmim and Noun.
He pointed out that the points of sale in the region amounted to 13,850 points of sale, including 6450 in Guelmim and 4100 in Tantan and 2820 in Sidi Ifni and 480 in Assa Zag, pointing out at the same time that Guelmim Oued Noun was one of the regions that had benefited from the “Rawaj” operation to promote the Internal Trade sector.
In this context, El-Alami highlighted the good results of the Rawaj programme despite the limited number of beneficiaries, stressing that it has become urgent to put in place a comprehensive strategy to promote the commercial sector.
The Minister stressed that the national debate in Marrakech would consider all proposals and recommendations that would emerge from the regional debates.
For his part, the Governor of Guelmim Oued Noun, Mohamed Elnajem Abhay, referred to the commercial influence of the region, highlighting in this context the important role of the Amhirich market (camel market) in Guelmim, which is a commercial gateway to sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the historic commercial areas of Mhamid, the Assa Oasis and Timbuktu.
The President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Guelmim and Noun Hussein Eliwa said that this regional debate was an opportunity to communicate with traders and diagnose the constraints that prevent the development of this sector in the region and to explore ways to promote it and modernize trade in the face of challenges. Due to tax pressure and unfair competition, lack of access to finance, lack of social security coverage and the spread of the informal sector, he said that workshop participants had discussed the following topics: “Legislation and taxation”, “Reconstruction, infrastructure and logistics” and “Social support and protection”. “
On this occasion, a partnership agreement was signed between the Guelmim Oued Noun Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services, the Agency for the Promotion of Social and Economic Development in the South and the Social Development Agency. This agreement defines the conditions and rules governing the partnership between the parties concerned for the implementation of the “Oued Noun Initiative” programme to support self-employment in Guelmim and Noun. The agreement aims to support about 300 entrepreneurs in Guelmim and Noun within three years.