Describes how major projects are secured and financed. Explains activities of the multilateral development banks in and other aid-funded projects.
Many governments finance public works projects through borrowing from the Multilateral Development Banks. Please refer to “Project Financing” Section in “Trade and Project Financing” for more information.
Morocco’s public procurement laws largely align with international standards, but transparency remains a significant concern. Ministries and public establishment have contracting authority and can fund projects within its authorized budget limit. Most government contracts must be tendered through the national public tendering portal managed by the Moroccan treasury (https://www.marchespublics.gov.ma/pmmp/).
The announcement of tenders is published in newspapers and on the websites of the issuing organizations and distributed to embassies. Deadlines range from 30-90 days. Bidding documents are usually published in French and replies must be in French, using French or European standards (i.e., metric, 50/60 hertz).
“U.S. companies bidding on Government tenders may also qualify for U.S. Government advocacy. A unit of the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration, the Advocacy Center coordinates U.S. Government interagency advocacy efforts on behalf of U.S. exporters bidding on public sector contracts with international governments and government agencies. The Advocacy Center works closely with our network of the U.S. Commercial Service worldwide and inter-agency partners to ensure that exporters of U.S. products and services have the best possible chance of winning government contracts. Advocacy assistance can take many forms but often involves the U.S. Embassy or other U.S. Government agencies expressing support for the U.S. bidders directly to the foreign government. Consult Advocacy for Foreign Government Contracts for additional information.”
Financing of Projects
The principal multilateral financial institutions such as the World Bank (including the International Finance Corporation, IFC), the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) all lend to Morocco for infrastructure development.
Multilateral Development Banks and Financing Government Sales. Price, payment terms, and financing can be a significant factor in winning a government contract. Many governments finance public works projects through borrowing from the Multilateral Development Banks (MDB). A helpful guide for working with the MDBs is the Trade Finance Guide. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s (USDOC) International Trade Administration (ITA) has a Foreign Commercial Service Officer stationed at each of the five different Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs): the African Development Bank; the Asian Development Bank; the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; the Inter-American Development Bank; and the World Bank.
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