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AfDB and EBRD to Launch Assessment of Tunisia’s Public Procurement System


AllAfrica

April 23, 2013

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are jointly organizing the North Africa and Southern Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) Regional Public procurement Conference on Morocco on April 22-23 in Marrakesh, Morocco to launch a report on the assessment of the public procurement system of Tunisia.

The conference, which will provide Tunisia an action plan to improve its public procurement system will include discussions on public procurement initiatives, reforms and assessments in Egypt, Jordan, Mauritania and Morocco.

Key Speakers at the conference will include experts and representatives from the AfDB, EBRD, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the European Union Delegation to Ukraine.

The AfDB collaborated with the World Bank, the European Union and the Tunisian Government to complete the assessment of Tunisia’s public procurement system in 2012, as part of the Bank’s efforts to promote sound and efficient business practices in Africa.

Morocco’s High-Speed Train Not Yet on Track


The New York Times

By Aida Alami

April 18, 2012

CASABLANCA — The Moroccan government’s cherished ambition to build a fast train linking its major cities is running into trouble.

The plan has provoked a debate not only about the wisdom of the project but also about what form development should take in a country as poor as Morocco: Should it be embracing potentially transforming technology or should it stick to basics like building schools and hospitals?

The high-speed rail link would be built with French help. It would link the country’s economic center, Casablanca, with the capital, Rabat, and Tangier, in the north. The project, expected to cost $4 billion, is to be financed by French loans and donations from Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia…Last October, Cap Democracy Morocco released a 30-page report analyzing the project’s economics and enabling Moroccan citizens to judge its merits for themselves. The report was written by Ahmed Damghi, a 25-year-old engineering student in Paris, who interned at Alstom and Veolia, both major French companies. He believes that the country could get a much better value by adjusting the existing system rather than undergoing a high-technology makeover that is unnecessary.

“Nobody can predict if it is going to be profitable or not,” Mr. Damghi said. “The decision should be made after a public debate and in a democratic manner.”

He noted that the bid had been awarded to Alstom without a competitive tender, even though there are other high-speed rail makers in Germany and Japan. The motivation, he argued, was to cozy up to France. “We all know that there are diplomatic motivations for this project,” said Mr. Damghi, “but they are not enough to justify undertaking a project that profits a small minority.” Read more.

Mitsui, Daewoo win EPC for 700MW coal-fired power plant in Morocco


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PennEnergy.com

May 10, 2011

Source: Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. announced that a consortium consisting of Mitsui and Daewoo E&C have entered into an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Jorf Lasfar Energy Company 5&6 (JLEC 5&6) for the development of a 700-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Morocco.

Mitsui and Daewoo will construct two new units, each with a gross capacity of 350MW, at the existing Jorf Lasfar power plant site (currently four units each generating 350MW) near El Jadida, as well as installing the first flue-gas desulfurization (*1) system in a Moroccan power plant. The site office was completed in April 2011 and accordingly the site works has been started. Commercial operation of Unit 5 is expected to commence in December 2013 and that of Unit 6 is expected to commence in April 2014. The contract is valued at approximately US$1.1 billion , making it one of the largest power plant EPC projects ever awarded to a Japanese company in North Africa. 

Mitsui and Daewoo were able to successfully leverage the competitive advantages of a Japanese-Korean consortium in order to secure the award of the EPC contract, combining the supply of reliable, high quality core equipment from Japan, including steam turbines from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and boilers from IHI Corporation, with the efficiency of Korean engineering and construction works.

The award to Mitsui and Daewoo of the EPC contract to expand the Jorf Lasfar Power Plant 5&6 is the first important step in Mitsui’s broader strategy to proactively develop power and other infrastructure projects in the economically-emergent countries of North Africa.

(*1) flue-gas desulfurization is a process for removing sulfur dioxide (SO2) from the exhaust flue gases of fossil fuel power plants.

EU-Morroco fish deal a ‘failure’ for all concerned


Andrew Willis

01.04.2011 @ 09:27 CET

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – A controversial fisheries partnership agreement between the EU and Morocco has provided very poor returns to the European tax payer, and failed to bring about tangible benefits in the north African country, according to a report sponsored by the European Commission.

The study by consultants Oceanic Développement also underlines the over-exploited status of Morocco’s fish stocks at a time when the merits of renewing the partnership agreement have caused a bitter division between EU member states, and the bloc reassesses its wider relationship with the southern Mediterranean region.

Human rights campaigners have weighed in against the controversial four-year agreement which expired in February 2011 but was prolonged for one year, arguing that it legitimizes Rabat’s annexation of the disputed Western Sahara region to the south of the country.

EU fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki has made it clear that a longer-term renewal of the agreement which sees the EU hand Morocco an annual €36 million must display benefits to the inhabitants of the contested region, a Spanish colony until 1975.

But the restricted-access commission report, which NGOs have fought to be made public, says neither side has gained much from the deal. Read more

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