Rocking the Casbah- A guide to Morocco


Happy Friday to you all. I hope everyone has settled into the new year and has gotten into the swing of things. This is my first blog for 2018 and the topic is Morocco. We have finalised a fantastic partnership in Morocco and we are now able to provide payroll, work visa and HR services there.

A Casbah, is typically an old small town in North Africa. Morocco is known in the Arab world as Al-Maghrib Al Aqsa, which translates to “the extreme west”, the western most country of the Arab world or “the place where the sun sets”.

Morocco and many north African countries do not identify themselves as African and prefer to consort with the Arab world. They, (Morocco), have just recently re-joined the African Union after an absence since 1984.

The country has been developing at a rapid rate in terms of technology and communications. Given the fiscal condition and the cost of local labour, many foreign companies have set up shop there. The economy is stable and growing at steady rate and this makes it a great place for expats in many fields. Expats with technology, communications and business backgrounds are highly sought after for their expertise. Casablanca is the economic centre of Morocco and the country’s largest industrial market, although some expats work in Agadir. Rabat and Tangiers. The Moroccan government is currently encouraging foreigners to invest in the country, which is contributing to an increase in the already high number of international and multinational companies with a subsidiary in Morocco.

Although they are moving to a more modern era, agriculture still plays a huge part in their everyday lives and is the world’s biggest exporter of Sardines and Cannabis (Even though it is illegal). In 2008, 56% of Morocco’s electricity supply was provided by coal. A new law was passed encouraging citizens to be innovative and develop or suggest new ways to diversify the energy supply. This includes more renewable resources- they have launched a project to build a solar thermal energy power plant which they are hoping to export to Europe. They are also looking into the use of natural gas as a potential revenue source.

With the advent of these projects, they usually rely on an expat workforce to get the projects off the ground, along with locals. If you have been offered a position in Morocco, or you are an agency looking to place locals or experts there, please contact us on u2us@uniglo-financial.com. We can provide payroll and work visa support for Morocco.