A Greek-Moroccan Workshop with the aim to strengthen Greek and Moroccan business ties was organized by SEV in cooperation with the Embassy of Morocco in Athens on March 29th 2011 with the presence of H.E. The Minister of Foreign Trade of Morocco Mr Abdellatif Mazouz, accompanied by a delegation of high-rank executives of Ministries and State Organizations. The event was chaired by Dr Athanase Lavidas, Vice-Chairman & Head of International Affairs of SEV and addresses were made by H.E. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Mr Spyros Kouvelis, the Chairman of the Arab-Greek Chamber of Commerce and Development Mr. Christos Folias and H.E. The Ambassador of Morocco in Greece Mr Abdelkader El Ansari. Presentation on the positive experiences of Intralot in its operations in the Moroccan market was made by the CEO Mr Constantinos Antonopoulos.
Welcoming the Minister Dr Lavidas underlined that Morocco is considered one of the most dynamic economies of the region and has not been yet influenced considerably by the international economic crisis, is characterized by stability, has low inflation and presents growth potential. The Government of Morocco has set an ambitious program of new infrastructure projects in the field of constructions, energy and information technology, thus providing an outlet to extrovert Greek companies which may use their european identity, long experience and valuable know-how to enter to an emerging market. Collaborations can also arise in energy efficiency and safety, exploitation of renewable sources, water management, confrontation of environmental crises and increase of tourism infrastructures and flow. Dr Lavidas pointed out that the so far “unexplored” Morocco can become the new destination in the Mediterranean basin, an area of vital economic importance for Greece, while the current unrest and changes taking place in the Arab region makes it imperative for Greek enterprises for timely presence to seek synergies and exert benefits in the post-crisis environment. It was in this context that Minister Mazzouz and his team came to Athens to create awareness among greek companies on latest developments and trends in the Moroccan economy, on incentives offered to foreigner investors and on opportunities arising in the market for competitive Greek products, which may advantage of the Trade Agreements in place with the EU and Maghreb. A clear message was also delivered that Morocco seeks to attract Greek business as an alternative choice to other traditional partners in the European South.
The workshop was attended by more than 50 executives of Greek companies who appreciated the comprehensive and qualitative presentations, while several side meetings with the Moroccan officials took place for in-depth discussion on individual business plans. As Dr Lavidas announced, SEV will follow-up by organizing a mission of Greek companies to Morocco in early July to focus on meetings and contacts with local companies while in the mean time SEV is consulting with interested enterprises to set up the Business Council Greece-Morocco in cooperation with the counterpart Organization CGEM (National Confederation of Moroccan Employers).