On December 8, 2017, the European Investment Bank (EIB), together with Bank al-Maghrib and the Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc (CGEM), organised a high-level conference to discuss barriers and opportunities for private sector development and investment in Rabat, Morocco. The discussion was underpinned by the key messages of the report “What's holding back the private sector in MENA?”, a joint publication by the EIB, the World Bank Group and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
The conference brought together high level officials, representatives of international organisations and business leaders. The discussions showed that Morocco has a comparatively dynamic, efficient and competitive private sector. However, further efforts are needed to stimulate private sector activity, particularly with regard to access to finance for small innovative companies, skills development and digitalisation.