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					Did Morocco not experience an economic crisis?

Written by Afrik.com
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 12:11




According to figures from the Direction des études et perspectives financières, (DEPF),
Morocco’s economy grew by at least 5.3% in 2009 amid the dreaded global crisis. Economic
indicators from last year show unemployment fell from 9.6% in 2008 to 9.1% in 2009.

 Figures released recently by DEPF confirm the suspicions of observers of the Moroccan
economy.

 Could it be that the country did not succumb to the crisis because it steered clear of the
excessive financialization of its economy: A fundamental misstep that Western economies,
particularly the US, paid heavily for?

 It could also be because the 2009 harvest was particularly good. In fact, Morocco experienced
a significant economic growth, driven by domestic demand, in the past syear.

  The country’s construction industry showed a remarkable resistance to the crisis that hit the
international real estate and construction sectors. Construction work continued unperturbed,
and in comparison with 2008 cement prices rose by 3.4% at the end of 2009.

  The reconstruction of one of the major roads in Casablanca, La Corniche, now completed, saw
land reclamation from the sea as well as several other major construction works which are
expected to significantly reshape the landscape and expand its hosting capacity.


 Several causes identified


 According to a Moroccan analyst, several factors explain the country’s economic success.

 The primary cause is especially credited to a strong domestic demand, stemming from the rise
of rural household income (evidence of a good 2009 agricultural season), an increase in
consumer credits (the opposite of the trend observed in Europe, at the time, despite its more



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Did Morocco not experience an economic crisis?

Written by Afrik.com
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 12:11

experienced banking sector) as well as the strengthening of the overall purchasing power by
virtue of a general income tax reduction and salary increments.

 The Moroccan government also got involved in the development of the business sector with a
double digit spending increase in the state investment budget, without attracting any significant
deficit in 2009.


 A more resistant economy


  Thus, the growth of the Moroccan economy appears to be healthy and solid despite a sluggish
international global economy.

 Morocco is well poised to take full advantage of the global recovery, if it occurs in 2010. More
so because exports will enjoy an upward trend as it is confronted with a dynamic domestic
demand.

 Pic: Flag of Morocco

 Source: www.afrik.com




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