Croisement bd Al Nakhil et la rocade de Rabat Hay Riad,Rabat, Morocco
The conference, entitled “Education for a Better Morocco,” adressed the important issues in education within the broader context of business, entrepreneurship, and the future economic growth of Morocco. and gathered experts and decisionmakers to reflect on the crucial role of education in the economic and social development of Morocco, by creating a practical dialogue platform for the development of recommendations to strengthen and enhance Morocco’s educational system as a catalyst of sustainable, positive change. The conference also celebrated the official launch of AUL’s new American University of Leadership Morocco Foundation.
Speakers included Dr. Lahcen Daoudi, Morocco’s Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Training, who offered keynote remarks; Hamid Ben Elafdil, President, La Fondation Marocaine l’Etudiant and former CEO of the Moroccan Investment Development Agency — AMDI, and Prince Youssouf Ouedraogo, Director, African Development Bank and former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso.
Others included Malika Laasri, CEO of Education for Employment; Amine Bentahar, Managing Partner of Advantix Digital (formerly with Microsoft and Hilton Hotels) from the U.S., Sarah Ouakim, Multilingual and Multicultural Leadership Executive & Founder of Global Bridging, from Sweden; Professor Kamaleddine Tabine, Moroccan-American university professor; Prof. Christine Clarke, Academic Dean of the European University’s business school in Spain; Zouhair Benjelloun, Managing Director of SNTL Supply Chain; and two core team members representing the Moroccan and U.S. government respectively who participated in the recent establishment of MCC Compact 2.
Delegates of the Minister of Moroccans Resident Abroad and Immigration Affairs, Anis Birou, and of the Minister of Equipment, Transportation, and Logistics, Aziz Rabbah, will present remarks on behalf of their ministers.
The two panels on macro and micro issues was moderated by Abdelmounim El Amrani, Bureau Chief in Rabat of Al Jazeera, and Adnane Bennis, Managing Editor of Morocco World News.
The day’s session was closed with a cocktail reception, celebrating the official launch of AUL’s new American University of Leadership Morocco Foundation. Saturday morning continued with a round table of invited experts to develop recommendations for strengthening and enhancing Morocco’s educational system.
“We are looking forward to hosting this international conference, to provide a powerhouse platform for international experts in education and business from around the world to focus on Morocco’s bright economic future,” said Dr. Anass Lahlou, the President of AUL. “With our new foundation and university, AUL is well positioned to facilitate innovation, research, and business best practices in Morocco, thereby contributing to Morocco’s economic stability and growth.”
“We are so pleased that we were able to springboard off of AMPA’s initiative last December in its Moroccan American Bridges 2015 conference to present this international conference in partnership with the American University of Leadership Morocco addressing important education issues,” said Chaouki Zahzah, President of AMPA. “This comes at an important time when Morocco is reconsidering its position in the world arena and its national brand in the global economy. It will be critical for Morocco to be able to provide the best qualified workforce to fill the jobs created by increasing entrepreneurship and investment in Morocco.”
Morocco World News is a proud media partner of this conference, which is supported by other strategic partners and sponsors, including the Ministry of Moroccans Resident Abroad and Immigration Affairs; the Ministry of Equipment, Transportation, and Logistics; Royal Air Maroc; AMPA; AmCham Morocco; Amoud; AUL Global Radio; Africar; Belmejdoub Events; Event Travel International; Golden Tulip Farah Hotel; PIIMT, and the Washington, D.C.-based Middle East and North Africa Consultants Association.
Article by Elisabeth Myers