The National Ports Agency (ANP), PortNet, and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) have signed a collaborative agreement in the fields of scientific research and technological development, announced on Wednesday in Marrakech, during the 2nd edition of Gitex Africa.

“ANP, PortNet, and UM6P are joining forces to stimulate innovation, research, and technological development for the benefit of the port sector communities and foreign trade stakeholders,” the three institutions stated in a joint communiqué. This collaboration is part of the “Smart Port Innovation” initiative, launched in October 2023 by ANP and PortNet in partnership with UM6P. The aim of this agreement is to create an intelligent and sustainable port environment by integrating the latest technologies and innovative practices to accelerate the modernization of Moroccan ports. The initiative aims to enhance port efficiency using cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and blockchain, to boost business competitiveness.

The three institutions have agreed to implement a comprehensive convention focused on enhancing collaborative innovation (encouraging cooperation between port, academic, and technological stakeholders to create a dynamic and innovative ecosystem), developing advanced technological solutions (establishing pilot projects that integrate cutting-edge technologies to improve port operations’ efficiency, safety, and sustainability), and fostering education and research (promoting applied research and specialized training to develop skills tailored to the future needs of the port sector).

Additionally, ANP, PortNet, and UM6P are committed to supporting startups, promoting innovation, facilitating access to funding, and organizing strategic events to invigorate the port sector. They also plan to implement continuous training and professional development programs for sector stakeholders.

This new collaboration demonstrates the parties’ shared commitment to excellence and innovation for Morocco’s port development. By combining their efforts and resources, they aim to create a more dynamic and competitive port ecosystem to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the new global environment.