Morocco’s Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts, and Social Economy, Fatim-Zahra Ammor, announced a bold initiative on Monday aiming to train 30,000 apprentices in the handicrafts sector by 2030.

During a session at the House of Representatives, in response to a query from the Istiqlalien group on the preservation and promotion of handicrafts, Ammor detailed that 19,000 apprentices are slated for training this year. This marks a significant increase in enrollments at handicraft centers from 12,000 in 2022 to 16,000 in 2023.

Ammor emphasized that the handicrafts sector is experiencing a revival, boosted by tourism and a strategic plan designed to modernize and enhance competitiveness. This plan focuses on improving the sector’s structure and increasing both the supply and commercialization of artisanal products.

On the subject of organization and sector structuring, the minister highlighted the launch of the National Registry of Handicrafts (RNA), which now includes 400,000 registered artisans. She also noted the implementation of regulatory texts under Law 50.17, organizing 172 different trades.

Further, Ammor outlined a comprehensive development plan centered on five key areas, with special emphasis on product protection and professional training. One notable initiative is the “Treasures of Traditional Moroccan Arts” program, launched in collaboration with UNESCO.

In 2023, particular focus was placed on six trades, with 57 young artisans trained by master craftsmen. Following the success of this initial program, the number of trades included has now been expanded to ten.