• February 2, 2003
  • Report

In this report we identify Morocco’s trade-related needs and prioritize them as part of a technical assistance strategy to be considered by the Government of Morocco, USAID and other U.S. government agencies, and other development donor organizations in Morocco. We identifiy constraints in trade capacity building (TCB) that Morocco may face in negotiating, implementing, and benefiting from a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States; identify and prioritize potential TCB assistance activities to address such constraints; and estimate resource requirements and timing for recommended assistance.

In Chapters 2, 3, and 4 we identify the trade capacity needs of Morocco’s public and private sectors as they prepare to negotiate the FTA, implement FTA commitments, and respond to new commercial opportunities. In Chapter 5 we describe formidable macroeconomic and commercial environment challenges to realizing the FTA’s potential benefits.

In Chapter 6 we discuss how Morocco will need to prepare for the economic adjustments caused by the FTA. Conclusions about resource requirements are presented in Chapter 7. Throughout the report we offer specific recommendations for immediate implementation in early 2003 as negotiations begin, for implementation through the negotiating process, and for the long term.

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