Here is a statement by the royal Office:
“HM King Mohammed VI chaired, this Friday at the royal palace in Casablanca, a working session devoted to the examination of the progress of the implementation by MASEN of the plans of development of renewable energy of the Kingdom, as well as to the evaluation of their different phases of realization.
This working session is part of the regular monitoring by the Sovereign of the various phases of deployment of the national energy strategy and that of renewable energy in particular.
During this session, MASEN managing director, Mustapha Bakkoury, presented a review of achievements at the end of 2017 as well as the various projects planned for the 2018-2020 period in order to reach the expected target of increasing renewable production capacity to 42% by 2020; an intermediate step to achieve the level set by HM the King: 52% in 2030.
The presentation also focused on measures to speed up the implementation of synergistic approaches of the actors of the national energy institutional system after the completion of the reform of the legislative and regulatory framework.
HM the King inquired about the positive socio-economic benefits of the sector particularly in terms of investment, the setting up of qualifying training, job creation, technology transfer and the development of areas where renewable energy projects are being implemented.
An item was also devoted to reviewing the progress of implementation of MASEN’s international strategy and its development in Africa in particular.
At the end of this working session, the Sovereign gave his high instructions to the institutions of the Moroccan renewable energy ecosystem to accelerate the deployment of the national strategy in this area in order to consolidate the leadership position of the Kingdom on the continental and regional scales and to make renewable energy a real lever of South-South cooperation and a vector of development of the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa with a proven renewable potential.
This working session was attended by head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, HM the King’s advisors, Fouad Ali El Himma and Yassir Znagui, minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid, minister of Energy, Mining and Sustainable Development, Aziz Rebbah, director general of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines, Amina Benkhadra, managing director of the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), Mustapha Bakkoury, and acting director general of the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water, Abderrahim El Hafidi.”