Mercosur/Mercosul and Morocco: Avenues for dialogue


3:30 pm June 2023
Add to Calendar 2023-06-09 15:30:00 2024-05-18 15:21:42 Mercosur/Mercosul and Morocco: Avenues for dialogue Description Location Policy Center Policy Center Africa/Casablanca public

Morocco and Mercosur/Mercosul countries share a lot of common characteristics and challenges, notably as countries pertaining to the Global South. The inclusiveness of growth and its extension to rural areas, the management of megalopolises with visible economic and spatial inequalities, the “sustainabilization” of  economic activity, the insertion of businesses in global value chains, the ability of the public sector to act in order to crowd and spearhead investment while maintaining macro-economic stability and leaving the initiative to a dynamic and innovative private sector  – in sum, the necessity to reform and review their development models as they have been functioning so far, are all issues that require the attention of policymakers.

In parallel, the Middle East / Africa (MEA) and Latin America also experienced similar phases in their quest for industrialization and development, whereby consecutive, conflicting, and sometimes overlapping economic theories have advocated for more or less state intervention in their quest for development. Dialogue and intellectual exchanges between both areas have thus been permanent, and lessons can be drawn from each other’s experiences to this very day.

In addition, Morocco and the Mercosur/Mercosul block share a common basin, that of the Atlantic Ocean. While a map can make the latter look like a barrier, trade already demonstrates that concrete links have been established between the Mercosur/Mercosul and Morocco. For instance, in 2021, Mercosur/Mercosul countries accounted for about two thirds of Morocco’s imports of corn. That same year, Mercosur/Mercosul represented the second client of Morocco’s exports after the European Union (EU) with about 6% of Morocco’s total exports, while Brazil alone was the 4th destination of Moroccan exports with 4.92% of total volume after Spain (20.3%), France (18.8%) and India (5.02%). While fertilizers represented about 90% of Moroccan exports to Brazil, aircraft parts stood at about 5%. Opportunities can be deepened and expanded to other member states of the Mercosur/Mercosul if a better understanding of shared opportunities is installed.

Last, Morocco and Mercosur/Mercosul countries are also navigating the global mutations of the world, be it in economic terms (shoring growth and maintain macro-economic stability) or in political ones (negotiating forms of neutrality in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict). Political dialogue between both these areas can thus prove to be particularly fruitful.

To address some of these topics, the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) is honored to welcome a delegation from the Mercosur/Mercosul Parliament (Parlasur/Parlasul) for a closed-door meeting on Friday, June 9th, 2023.

*All times indicated are GMT+1.

15:00- 15:10

Welcoming remarks and presentation of the PCNS

Zakaria Jouhari, Manager – Partnerships & Development, PCNS

A focus on the PCNS partnerships with South and Latin American partners

15:10 - 15:40

Mercosur/Mercosul and Morocco in a shifting global geoeconomic order



Sara Hasnaa Mokaddem, Manager – Strategic Monitoring & Analysis, PCNS




Mahmoud Arbouch, Economist, PCNS

Morocco’s insertion in aeronautics value chains


Ahmed Ouhnini, Economist, PCNS

African and South American perspectives on tropical agriculture’s development


Badr Mandri, Economist, PCNS

Reflections on global debt sustainability from a Southern perspective


Youssef Tobi, Senior International Relations Specialist, PCNS

The Atlantic as bridge between Morocco and Latin America

15:40 – 16:20

Open discussion

16:20 – 16:30

Visit of the PCNS


Mahmoud Arbouch
Mahmoud Arbouch is an Economist at the Policy Center for the New South. He is a graduate engineer from the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (INSEA – Rabat). Mahmoud is currently a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Governance Economic & Social Sciences of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (FGSES – UM6P), working on the impact of public infrastructure on growth and welfare in Morocco. He previously worked on topics related to infrastructure development and financing in Sub-Saharan Africa, regional economics in Morocco, the economic aspects of migration, as well as some sectoral policies in Morocco. Mahmoud is also interested in macroeconomic policies and long-term development. Before joining the economic research team at the Policy Center for the New ...
Zakaria Jouhari
Manager – Partnerships & Development
Zakaria Jouhari is currently the Partnerships Manager at the Policy Center for the New South, where he is responsible for managing relations with the PCNS’ different partners, ranging from think tanks to universities as well as NGOs and international organizations. Before joining the Policy Center for the New South in September 2018, Zakaria was a Market Intelligence & Insights Project Manager at Masen (Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy), focusing on delivering key reports and strategic studies to the Top Management on the evolution of the renewable energy market. Zakaria also occupied the Internal Affairs Officer position at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Morocco, where he was responsible for the financial and operating activities of the Embassy. Z ...
Badr Mandri
Badr Mandri is an Economist who joined Policy Center for the New South after two years’ experience at the Moroccan national statistics office (HCP, High Commission for Planning). His research activities focus on development macroeconomics especially on fiscal policy and development financing. Badr Mandri holds a master’s degree in applied economics, and is currently a PhD student at Mohamed V University in Rabat; ...
Sara Hasnaa Mokaddem
Manager - Strategic Monitoring & Analysis Unit
Sara Mokaddem is the Manager of the Strategic Monitoring & Analysis Unit at the Policy Center for the New South. Prior to that, she has worked as a research analyst in charge of specific due-diligence reporting and risk analysis on private placements for a London-based investment fund focused on the mining and energy sectors. She has also worked with firms and individuals on attaining FCA authorization and regulation in the United Kingdom. Her previous professional experience includes a position as a visiting researcher at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in 2011 and 2012 where she has produced research on the post-revolutionary situation in Tunisia and Libya and on the security of the Sahel. Having written modules on corporate forensics and on employee protectio ...
Ahmed Ouhnini
Economist, Policy Center for the New South
Ahmed Ouhnini is an Economist at the Policy Center for the New South. His research area covers agricultural economics, human and social development. Previously, he has worked as a researcher at the Paris School of Economics (PSE) and has also a record of working in consulting services in Morocco. Ahmed holds an engineering Diploma in Agriculture and Rural Development from the National School of Agriculture of Meknes and a Master’s Degree in Law, Economics and Management from the Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne Institute of Development. ...
Youssef Tobi
International Relations Specialist
Tobi Youssef has joined the Policy Center for the New South in 2017. He is currently working on Politics and Governance in the Maghreb Region; his areas of expertise are geopolitics, political risk and nation building. Youssef Tobi obtained a Master Degree at Sciences Po Lyon  where he wrote two thesis on “ the role of Moroccan Bank in Africa, a non-state actor in service of the Diplomacy”  and the“ Chasm between the mediatic and associative representation of refugees : a case study”.  Prior to working at the Think tank, Tobi Youssef participated in a Social Entrepreneurship Project in Beirut, Lebanon and conducted an internship in a NGO based in Marseille where he assisted refugees and helped raise funds. ...