An agreement was signed in this regards between Mohammed VI International Academy for Civil Aviation and Brazil’s aerospace conglomerate Embraer.
Under the agreement, Morocco will send aeronautical engineers to gain a first-hand experience in Embraer sites with a view to return to Morocco with an advanced know-how.
Training features prominently in Morocco’s plan to boost its attractiveness for aviation industry investments. The IMA aeronautics institute (Institut des Métiers de l’Aéronautique,) near Casablanca’s international airport, equips aerospace companies with skilled workforce to meet manufacturing requirements.
The industry, employing 11,500 people, has achieved in 2015 exports worth $1 billion and has been recording a growth rate of 15 % annually.
Morocco’s aim is to create 23,000 jobs in the aeronautic sector by 2020, increase exports to $1.6 billion per year and boost to 35% the proportion of locally-produced components.
There are 100 European and American companies operating in the country, including Bombardier, Alcoa and Stelia, a subsidiary of Airbus.