Morocco's goods exports increased by more than 10% for a second year in a row in 2018, thanks to the good dynamics of phosphates exports and, above all, thanks to the rapid growth in the automotive industry.
Since the launch of Renault's factory in Tangier in 2012, exports of cars have doubled. They are now the largest source of exports and outlook is promising since several projects are in the pipe. The move to higher-value added export products improves the resiliency of the Moroccan economy to external shocks. However, spill-over effects remain limited notably due to a shortage of highly skilled labour force. Expected at 3% in 2019, the economic growth will be insufficient to reduce unemployment, especially for young people living in urban areas.
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