News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 64 on 23 March 2001

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MOROCCO USES THE WEB TO GET INTO THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

23 March 2001

No place is ever perfect but Morocco offers an interesting model for how the internet and telecoms can be developed if a strategic plan is in place. It is seeking to use the internet to compete more effectively in the global economy, grow employment opportunities and to slow down the drain of skilled workers to Europe. Najat Rochdi describes how the country has approached the task. In Morocco ICT was initially viewed in 1995 as an enabling mechanism to liberalise the economy and thereby enable Morocco to participate more effectively in the global economy. It was hoped to slow the…