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Focus : Africa
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INDIA : India’s Trade with the African Region notched US$ 38.96 Billion in the year 2009-10 (DGCI&S provisional figures) constituting 8.37% share in India’s total trade. Trade with the region has grown at a CAGR of 18.10% from US$ 4.48 Billion in 1996-97.
AFRICA : 54 Countries, 1 billion people, US$ 1.01 Billion of trade. Imports worth US$ 468 billion include Mineral Fuels, Oils, Machinery, Vehicles including Boats, Ships, Aircrafts, Electronics & Electricals, Iron & Steel & Articles thereof, Cereals, Plastics, Pharmaceuticals, etc.

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Country at a Glance

Northern Africa               


Country Head
King: Mohammed VI


31,285,174 (July 2009)

$ 146.7Bn

GDP Per Capita
$ 4600 (2009)      

Main Language




Morocco is located in the northern part of Africa with a total area of 446,550 sq km. The country has a coastline of 1835 km and is bordered by Algeria, Western Sahara, Spain (Ceuta) and Spain (Meilla). Morocco is further divided into 16 regions which are further subdivided into 62 prefectures and provinces. The following table shows the 16 regions of Morocco:

16 regions of Morocco

 The agriculture potential available in the region can be matched only by a few of the other African countries. Morocco has an approximate of 33,000 sq miles of arable land and a temperate Mediterranean climate which is suitable for growth of many crops like wheat, barley corn and maize.  The agriculture sector contributes to approximately 18.8% of the GDP and employs 44.6% of the total labor force. The main agriculture products which are exported are citrus fruits, vegetables and fish.

The industry sector of Morocco is mainly made up of mining, construction and manufacturing. This sector accounts for 32% of the GDP while it employs only 19.8% of the total labor force. Morocco is the world's third-largest producer of phosphorus. Processing of the phosphate ore into fertilizers and phosphoric acid is a major economic activity and is done mainly for export purpose. The price fluctuations of phosphates on the international market greatly influence Morocco's economy.

The services sector accounts for 48.6% of GDP. Employing 35% of the labor force the service sector mainly consists of the tourism, telecom and the IT industry. The tourism industry is the country’s largest source of foreign currency. The highest no. of tourist in the region is from Canada. A tourism strategy developed by the government of Morocco is “Vision 2010” wherein the government has targeted to have 10Million visitors by 2010. The government also has sponsored various marketing campaigns to attract tourist and has advertised Morocco as a cheap, exotic and safe place for the European tourists.

The information technology and communications sectors have been witnessing significant expansion as well. Morocco stands as the first North African nation to have installed a 3G network. The number of Internet subscribers also jumped 73% in 2006 over the year- on -year period.

Apex Bodies

Association des organisations africaines de promotion commerciale

Association marocaine des exportateurs

Centre for Marketing Information and Advisory Services for Fishery Products in the Arab Region


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Useful Information

Government Website

Government of Morocco:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Industry Association

Association of Moroccan Exporters:

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