08h00 – 09h00           Participant's registrarion

09h00 – 09h45           Official opening

  • Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development ;
  • Nezha El Ouafi, Secretary of State to the Minister of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development, Responsible for sustainable development ;
  • Salaheddine Mezouar, President of COP22 ;
  • Nazhat Khan, Ambassador & Chief Negotiator for COP23;
  • Miriem Bensalah Chaqroun, President of CGEM.


 09h45 – 10h00          Signing Ceremony of Memorandums of Understanding between :

  • The Secretary of State to the Minister of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development, responsible for sustainable development and the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises;
  •  The Secretary of State to the Minister of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development, responsible for sustainable development; the United Nations Development Programme and the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises;
  •  Crédit Agricole du Maroc and the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises.

10h00 – 11h30          Panel 1 – Business facing Climate Change : Challenges/Opportunities

 This panel will address the technical, technological and economic aspects of Climate Change and its impact on businesses. It will also address the key issues of Climate negotiations with the latest outcomes of the Subsidiary Bodies’ meeting in Bonn (May 2017) and their implications for the private sector. 

Experts, business leaders, and key actors in climate negotiations will be invited to answer the following questions


  • Where do climate negotiations stand today and what are the possible spinoffs for the private sector? 
  • What is the potential role for the private sector in the success of the Paris Agreement’s implementation?
  • How does the industrial sector brace itself to support this implementation? 
  • Which new jobs and business climate are looming ahead: Context and current prospects?
  • What have the dynamics of Climate Finance been since the entry into force of the Paris Agreement?
  • How does the insurance sector get involved to support these dynamics?

               Moderator : Faïcal Mekouar, CGEM’S General Vice-President

Speakers :

  • Hakima El Haïté, High Level Champion for Climate –  Morocco ;
  • Nazhat Khan, Ambassador & Chief Negotiator for COP23;
  • Inia Seruiratu, High Level Champion for Climate – Fiji ;
  • Aziz Mekouar, Ambassador for Multilateral Negotiations – Morocco ;
  • Norine Kennedy, Representative of the Major Economies Business Forum on Energy, Security and Climate Change (BizMEF) ; 
  • Yamil Bonduki, Expert in Climate Jobs – UNDP ;
  • Andrea Liverani, Program leader " Sustainable Development, Middle-East and North Africa region" World Bank Group ;
  • Marie-Alexendra Veilleux-Laborie, Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and development in Morocco ;
  • Otman Belmahi, Expert in Climate Insurance.


11h30 – 12h30          Testimonies


  • Testimony 1 – GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions Balance Tool of the Mohamed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection – Concrete applications by companies.

Abdelaziz Belhouji, Counselor at Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection.

  • Testimony 2 – Mitigation’s approach of GHG emissions

Hakim Marrakchi, CEO of Maghreb Industries.

  • Testimony 3 – Adaptation’s approach to the Climate Change effects.

Noureddine Khay, Chief Operating Officer of AVEIRO Morocco. 


12h30 – 14h15         Lunch

14h15 – 15h30         Panel 2 – African Employers Associations’ Climate visions & initiatives

This panel will discuss the strategies and concrete actions taken by different African employers’ associations to access the new economy and take advantage of the opportunities.

This panel will cover a detailed presentation of the Moroccan Business Climate Initiative (IECM/MBCI) and its results and perspectives. A particular attention will be given to the possibilities of sharing and extending this Initiative in Africa.

Moderator : Fadel Agoumi, CGEM’s Chief Executive Officer

Intervenants :

  • Egypt ;
  • Madagascar ;
  • Morocco ;
  • Rwanda ;
  • Senegal;
  • Tanzania.


15h30 – 16h00         Présentation of the « Moroccan Business for Climate » guide

  • Laïla Stour, Professor and Expert in Climate Change


16h00- 17h15     Panel 3 – Moroccan Businesses facing Climate Change

This panel will discuss successful experiences in Morocco in terms of Climate Governance within different economic sectors, seeking to know :

  • What are the main axes of Morocco’s strategy on Climate Change?
  • What commitments were made by Morocco in the Paris Climate Agreement? What will be expected from the private sector to meet these commitments? 
  • How did some Moroccan companies integrate the Climate risks / opportunities to their development plans?
  • How should these companies share these successful experiences with other companies? 
  • What are the financing possibilities offered to the private sector for Climate-related projects? 

Moderator : Saïd Mouline, President of CGEM ’s Energy, Climate and green Economy Committee

Speakers :

  • Mohamed Nbou, Director of 4C Maroc and Director of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Green Economy;
  • Abdelfattah Sahibi  Project Coordinator "Morocco’s strategy on reducing GHG emissions" (Low Emission Development Strategy) ;
  • Mohamed Rahoui, Senior Technical Advisor – Project GIZ « Adaptation du Secteur Privé au Changement Climatique – ASPCC » ;
  • Mohammed Fikrat, President of COSUMAR ;
  • Mohamed Chaïbi, President of the Moroccan Professional Association of Cement Industries (APC) ;
  • Jean Pascal Darriet, General Director of Lydec ;
  • Hamid Felloun, Project Management Director of the Agency for Agricultural Development of Morocco – National Entity Accredited by the Green Climate Fund in Morocco ;
  • Soumia Alami Ouali, President of CGEM’s SME-VSE Committee.

17h15 – 17h30    Closing

  • Mohammed Slassi Sennou, Member of CGEM’s Climate Change technacal Committee.


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