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IFC, AMDL Help Improve Skills of Young Moroccans in the Logistics Sector


In Rabat
Catherine Gozard, IFC
Phone: + 212 (0)537 652 479
E-mail: CGozard@ifc.org

Aissam Ech-Chabbi, AMDL
Phone: +212 (0)537  679 110  
E-mail : ech-chabbi@mtpnet.gov.ma

In Cairo
Riham Mustafa, IFC
Phone: +20 2 24614230
E-mail: RMustafa@ifc.org

Rabat, Morocco, September 16, 2013—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Moroccan Agency for Logistics Development (AMDL) today signed an agreement to launch an online platform showcasing job opportunities in the logistics field, helping improve the employment prospects of young people in Morocco.

The online resource will also outline the skills and education demanded by employers, allowing youth to better choose programs that prepare them for work in the field. The fast-growing logistics sector is expected to create 60,000 new jobs by 2016, but employers often struggle to find qualified workers.

“Skills development is a priority of the national logistics industry,” said Younes Tazi, General Director of AMDL. “We aim to redesign education programs for young people who currently lack the relevant skills. We will improve the quality of training and outline the skills and education in demand by employers."

The transportation and logistics sector is one of the main job providers in Morocco, which suffers from high youth unemployment.

“It is vitally important to train young people with the skill sets that employers are looking for,” said Aziz Rabbah, Morocco’s Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation. “In this way we will improve the employability of Moroccan youth, and encourage economic development across the country, especially in the fast-growing and labor-intensive logistics sector.”

The online platform is part of IFC’s E4E Initiative for Arab Youth. Active in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco, the program is designed to help equip young people with the skills and education in demand among employers.

“Unemployment is a critical threat to the region’s stability and economic growth,” said Joumana Cobein, head of the Maghreb region for IFC.  “Linking youth, educators, and employers together will improve competitiveness, boost growth, and enable the country to utilize its biggest asset, human capital.”

About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private enterprises in more than 100 countries, we use our capital, expertise, and influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. In FY13, our investments climbed to an all-time high of nearly $25 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs and tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges. For more information, visit www.ifc.org
 
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About AMDL
The Moroccan Agency for Logistics Development is a newly-created public institution intended to help the logistics sector boost economic competitiveness. This agency promotes the development of logistics, the optimization of supply chains, the emergence of integrated and efficient operators in the sector, and the improvement of skills.