Since 2005, Morocco has been implementing several action plans for an effective digital transition throughout the country. And for 2022, Ahmed Chami, president of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (EESC), wants to give artificial intelligence a prominent place in the kingdom's progress towards digitalization.
Digitization, a major objective for the kingdom
With its plans “e-Morocco 2010”, then “Digital Morocco 2013”, followed by “Digital Morocco 2020” and finally “Horizon 2025″, the Kingdom of Morocco committed itself very early in its digitalization objective, and now aims to become one of the major players in digital on the African continent. And if the pandemic has of course affected its ambition, it has also allowed to increase the rate of use of digital tools and services for professional or social purposes, notably thanks to telecommuting, which has developed in many sectors, and to e-commerce, among others.
And to accelerate this transformation process, Mr. Chami, President of the EESC, spoke in video about the significant impact of digital technology on the development of Morocco, and more specifically on its ability to improve the functioning of public services and boost the economy.
“Thanks to the gains in productivity and efficiency from dematerialization, this could eventually save about 718 million working hours per year, a saving of about 1% of GDP.”
Artificial intelligence, essential for a responsible digital transformation
The EESC is unanimous, artificial intelligence is a priority to make this ambitious project a long-term success. Ahmed Chami wants to make AI a “national priority” in order to make it a pillar of economic and social development in Morocco.
And to do this, the President of the EESC wants to proceed step by step. First, A.Chami aims to provide broadband Internet access to the entire country within the next three years, at an affordable price for all. In the same time frame, the next step is to digitize all Moroccan administrative services, in order to facilitate and especially accelerate the often long and very slow procedures.
“It is also about increasing the contribution of the Information and Communication Technologies sector to more than 10% of GDP and the launch of at least one Moroccan unicorn in the field of artificial intelligence, Fintech or Agritech within five years.”
It will thus take a few more years of patience before Morocco meets its ambitious national digitization goals, which meet the demands of its increasingly young and active population.