The French Development Agency (AFD) and the EuroMed University of Fes concluded, Thursday in Fes, a financing agreement for the design and implementation of an AgriTech Cluster in the Fes-Meknes region.
DWith an amount of 16.3 million dirhams (1.5 million euros), this agreement intended to encourage innovative entrepreneurship in AgriTech, was signed by the Director of AFD in Morocco, Mihoub Mezouaghi and the President of the Euromed University of Fez, Mostapha Bousmina.
Under this agreement, AFD makes available to UEMF a grant of 16.3 million DH, intended for the design and implementation of this project within the Eco-campus of the University. This agreement is part of the “Tamkin Li Tanmia” project, aimed at fostering local actors for sustainable and inclusive development, available in two territories: the province of Rhamna and the region of Fez-Meknes.
In the Fes-Meknes region, this pilot project aims to support the move upmarket in the agro-industrial sector, through support for entrepreneurs, promotion of research and development and adaptation of the local agricultural fabric to international standards.
“The region of Fes-Meknes illustrates the dynamism of cooperation between Morocco and France, and I welcome this new partnership, with the French Development Agency, which will allow us to share our experiences and our expertise in matters of innovation in the Agritech sector “, said French ambassador to Morocco Helene Le GAL on this occasion.
The President of the University of Euromed in Fez stressed that this partnership agreement is part of a structuring local project, which “illustrates our desire to anchor our university in its local agricultural and industrial ecosystem”, saying he is convinced that “innovation constitutes a decisive lever for introducing more added value into the agricultural production chains of the region”.
“This project is a bet on cross-fertilization between the University, research and industry to make innovation and entrepreneurship a factor of the competitiveness and attractiveness of the Fes-Meknes region” , underlined, for his part, Mezouaghi.
This pilot project will make it possible to adopt a structured and innovative approach in the sector, by strengthening capacities in terms of technical and technological knowledge, training, research-innovation and transfer of skills, while developing an agro-cluster. industrial combined with digital engineering and artificial intelligence.
It will initially be developed in the form of a “Territorial Competence Pole” bringing together private, public and associative actors and creating a collective dynamic around the development of innovation and entrepreneurship Agritech.