Country Reports - North Africa

Morocco to Bolster Export of Agri-Food Products

January 2017

Country Reports - North Africa

Morocco to Bolster Export of Agri-Food Products

January 2017

Morocco participated for the third consecutive year in WOP Dubai 2016 - International Perishable Expo Middle East, last November at the Dubai World Trade Center. Organized by the food export control and coordination organization Etablissement Autonome de Contr´┐Żle et de Coordination des Exportations (EACCE), Morocco's presence was in line with the implementation of the 'Green Morocco Plan,' especially for its component related to the development of agri-food exports. The North African kingdom occupied a 204 sq m pavilion. Fourteen companies showcased a wide range of agricultural products such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, early vegetables, and rose hips to visiting audience. This event also served as a platform for exchange of ideas, knowledge and innovation through more than 400 business-to-business (b2b) meetings between Moroccan operators and clients in the region. The UAE is a major international trading hub for agri-food products in the Gulf region. Characterized by a strong domestic demand, it has also emerged as a major center for re-export to the other markets in the region. Over the past few years, Morocco's agri-food exports to the region have witnessed an upward trend, where the volume of exports has increased threefold since 2011. Created in 1986, the Independent Organization for the Control and Coordination of Exports (EACCE) is a public body serving the sector of agri-food products and fisheries intended for exports. As such, its intervention covers the sectors of fresh produce, processed vegetable products, and fisheries.