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Morocco, UNIDO Sign Two Declarations on Decarbonization, Green Hydrogen

Morocco and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have signed two joint declarations on the promotion of industrial decarbonization and green hydrogen.

“UNIDO DG Muller on his first official visit to Africa and the Arab region, in Morocco, signs Joint Declarations to support the industrial sector and the SDGs,” UNIDO tweeted on Monday.

UNIDO Director-General Gerd Muller and Morocco’s Minister of Industry and Trade Ryad Mezzour signed yesterday a declaration that underpinned the national strategy for the fight against climate change.

The document called for the development of a national plan to coordinate and monitor the gradual reduction of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases in the industrial sector to decarbonize industrial activities.

The joint declaration also instructed the development of an industrial analysis platform (IAP) to identify and implement “digital innovation projects and capacity building programs in the areas of industrial decarbonization, technology transfer and advanced digital production, international trade and investment,” Mezzour said.

Morocco’s Minister for Energy Transition and Sustainable Development Leila Benali joined Muller and Mezzour in the signing of the second joint declaration on the development of green hydrogen.

“This new impetus to our partnership will promote…industrial decarbonization and resilient, inclusive and sustainable development, as well as the priorities of the new development model of the Kingdom,” Mezzour said, noting that the objective is to make “Morocco the most competitive carbon-free industrial base in the world.”

For his part, Muller stated that “UNIDO will use its partnership platform to support Morocco in renewable energy, circular economies, and data-driven industry to achieve the ambitious goals of decarbonization of the industrial sector and the SDGs.”

The advancement of cooperation with Morocco and UNIDO was also on the agenda of Muller’s meetings with the Head of Government Aziz Akhanouch and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita.

During Muller’s visit, Morocco launched an industrial estate portal. The platform was developed in partnership with UNIDO, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Millennium Challenge Account-Morocco, and the developers of industrial zones in Morocco.

It shares technical details on the Moroccan industrial zones and the latest news related to the regulation or development of such areas to better inform investors on Morocco’s appeal as a prime destination for doing business.

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