High on its status as one of the few African States that got an FTA with Washington, and aware of the country’s pivotal position between the US and the EU (with whom it also has a privileged trade relationship through an FTA), the government of Morocco is somewhat bullish about FTAs and its own role in promoting them in Africa and the Arab world.

Apart from the US and the EU, it has signed deals with the EFTA group, Mercosur, Turkey and the UAE. Regionally, it is an active party to the Agadir Agreement as well as GAFTA. The kingdom is negotiating a new deal with Singapore and Mauritania and may start talks with Vietnam. It also secured a significant trade and investment deal with the West African Monetary Union — where Morocco-based corporations plan to expand and invest in banking, telecommunications and other sectors — in late November 2008. A recently signed agricultural free trade agreement with the EU has been opposed by small farmers in Europe and human rights organizations who charge that the deal promotes the exploitation of the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

last update: May 2012


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  • 26-Apr-2016 Les Eco Officiel: Le Maroc et la Chine signeront prochainement un accord de libre-échange
    La Chine affirme l’ouverture de discussions sur «les modalités d’un accord de libre-échange».
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    L’ouverture tous azimuts de l’économie marocaine, avec la signature de plusieurs accords de libre-échange, n’a pas produit l’effet escompté.
  • 15-Mar-2016 Huffington Post Sur le front de l’agriculture, le Maroc mise sur la Russie
    Le Maroc se retrouve devant l’opportunité de booster ses exportations de fruits et légumes vers ce vaste pays de 146 millions d’habitants.
  • 20-Jan-2016 WSRW HRW: "Western Sahara products should not be labeled as Moroccan"
    Human Rights Watch states that "countries should not import goods produced in Western Sahara labeled as Made in Morocco or under preferential tariff agreements with Morocco".
  • 14-Jan-2016 L’Economiste Libre-échange: Alliance contre des clauses abusives
    Ll’Accord de libre échange complet et approfondi (ALECA) «comporte des clauses de protection abusive des médicaments par les brevets et qui entravent l’accès aux génériques».
  • 15-Dec-2015 WSRW UE fait appel de l’annulation de l’accord de libre-échange UE-Maroc
    L’Union Européenne a fait appel du jugement de la Cour de justice de l’UE d’annulation de l’accord de libre échange UE-Maroc pour son application sur le Sahara Occidental.
  • 15-Dec-2015 WSRW EU appeals ECJ annulment of EU-Morocco Free Trade deal
    The European Union has appealed the judgement from the EU Court of Justice.
  • 15-Dec-2015 WSRW El Tribunal Europeo anula el acuerdo comercial de la UE con Marruecos
    El Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea ordenó la anulación de un acuerdo comercial entre Marruecos y la UE, ya que incluye al territorio del Sáhara Occidental.
  • 14-Dec-2015 WSRW La Cour européenne annule l’accord commercial entre l’UE et le Maroc
    La Cour européenne de justice a ordonné ce matin l’annulation d’un accord commercial entre le Maroc et l’Union Européenne, puisqu’il inclut le territoire du Sahara occidental.
  • 11-Dec-2015 WSRW LATEST: European Court annuls EU trade agreement with Morocco
    The European Court of Justice has this morning ordered the annulment of a trade agreement between Morocco and the European Union since it includes the territory of Western Sahara.
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