Morocco’s Industry Minister: Turkey Approved to Amend Free Trade Agreement

Moroccan Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy
Moroccan Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy
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Morocco’s Industry Minister: Turkey Approved to Amend Free Trade Agreement

Moroccan Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy
Moroccan Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy

Morocco has succeeded in convincing Turkey to review a list of Moroccan complaints on a free trade agreement between the countries, said the trade minister late on Monday.

Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy told a parliament session that his country has informed Ankara on its losses over an imbalance in the agreement’s clauses.

He said the Kingdom would unilaterally withdraw from the deal unless Turkey provides a solution that does not harm Morocco’s interests.

Elalamy explained that a comprehensive study of all the free trade agreements concluded by Morocco showed a deficit in its trade with three main partners, namely Europe, the US and Turkey.

He pointed out, however, that the deficit caused by the Moroccan-Turkish free trade deal comes amid a lack in Turkish investments in Morocco.

The Kingdom considers the free trade deal it struck with Turkey in 2004 as responsible for part of its $1.2 billion trade deficit with the country.

Elalamy indicated that the volume of Turkish investments in Morocco do not exceed one percent.

The minister stressed that the dispute between Morocco and Turkey is “commercial” and mainly focused on textiles, noting that the number of jobs lost by Morocco in this sector amounted to 19,000 in 2014, 24,000 in 2015, 35,000 in 2016 and 44,000 in 2017.

The deficit with Europe is around 77 billion dirhams annually ($8.11 billion), Elalamy stressed, attributing it to the import of fuels (more than 20 billion dirhams; $2.1 billion) and cars (more than 18 billion dirhams; $1.9 billion).

Morocco, meanwhile, exports 60 billion dirhams ($6.32 billion) worth of cars to Europe.

European Union investment represents more than 71 percent of the volume of foreign investments in Morocco, he added, pointing out that the support provided by EU countries to Morocco has amounted to about $2 billion between 2014 and 2020.

Regarding the trade exchange agreement with the US, Elalamy revealed that the deficit amounted to 20 billion dirhams ($2.11 billion), of which 15 billion dirhams ($1.6 billion) are allocated for hydrocarbons and 3.5 billion dirhams ($368 million) to purchase Boeing aircraft.

US investments in Morocco reached six percent of the total foreign investments, while US support for the Kingdom stood at $1.2 billion.



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The words "Welcome to Berlin" can be read shortly before sunrise on a display in the fan zone (Platz der Republik) against the backdrop of the Reichstag and the TV tower in Berlin on Friday, June 14, 2024. (dpa/AP)
The words "Welcome to Berlin" can be read shortly before sunrise on a display in the fan zone (Platz der Republik) against the backdrop of the Reichstag and the TV tower in Berlin on Friday, June 14, 2024. (dpa/AP)
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The words "Welcome to Berlin" can be read shortly before sunrise on a display in the fan zone (Platz der Republik) against the backdrop of the Reichstag and the TV tower in Berlin on Friday, June 14, 2024. (dpa/AP)
The words "Welcome to Berlin" can be read shortly before sunrise on a display in the fan zone (Platz der Republik) against the backdrop of the Reichstag and the TV tower in Berlin on Friday, June 14, 2024. (dpa/AP)

Germany, the host of Euro 2024, can expect a 1 billion euro ($1.07 billion) boost to its economy thanks to foreign tourists traveling to the country for the soccer games, the ifo institute forecasts.

This corresponds to about 0.1% of economic output in the second quarter of the year, with Germany´s hospitality and food retail sectors set to benefit the most from the games, the country's top economic research institute said.

"However, the effect is only short-lived, so that exports of services due to returning tourists are likely to fall again after the end of the European Championship in the third quarter and remain the same on balance," ifo researcher Gerome Wolf said.

More than an additional 600,000 foreign tourists and 1.5 million additional overnight stays are expected during the Championship, according to the institute's calculations based on the numbers from the FIFA World Cup hosted by Germany in 2006.

The German Economy Ministry also expects a temporary upturn in consumer-facing sectors after very subdued retail sales this year, but not to the same extent as during the 2006 World Cup.

Experts agree that the overall effect of the Euro 2024 on Europe’s largest economy also depends on how the German national team performs in the tournament.

Their match against Scotland will kick off the tournament on Friday evening.