The Spanish Centre for Technological Development and Innovation (CDTI) was willing to introduce new information technologies in the infrastructure, automotive and agriculture sectors in Morocco, where it invested 5 million euros in the last three years.
This was announced on Tuesday by the director general of the CDTI, Javier Ponce, at a seminar organised in Rabat under the title "Entrepreneurial innovation at the service of investment", with the participation of representatives of some thirty Moroccan and Spanish public and private entities.
According to Ponce, technological cooperation will focus on areas of great economic importance for both countries: logistics, which "is fundamental to the economies of both countries, which have an important port and airport network that connects several continents"; and the automotive sector, where Spain is the second largest producer in the European Union (EU) and Morocco the largest in Africa.
The CDTI director also highlighted the agricultural sector, pointing out that the technological management of agriculture is key in the face of the challenges linked to climate change, and recalled that Spain is the third country in the world with the most technology-based companies working in the agrotech sector.
"In 2030, the EU will ban the use of chemical fertilisers, we have to adopt all our agricultural production to the use of biostimulants in order to guarantee sustainable agriculture (...). This is only possible with the introduction of information technologies," he said.
According to the CDTI's delegate in North Africa and the Middle East, José Manuel Durán, the Spanish public body has contributed to the financing of 20 projects in Morocco over the last three years, with a total budget of 5.3 million euros.