MSME Resilience in Morocco in the face of COVID-19

MSMEs, significant driver of employment and GDP in Morocco. Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are vital to the Moroccan economy, accounting for more than 30% of gross domestic product (GDP) and representing more than 70% of jobs (African Development Bank Group, 2021).

However, challenges precede the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the significant contribution of MSMEs to economic growth and livelihoods in Morocco, their development has been constrained by challenges that precede the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges include inadequate access to credit and a lack of business, financial and innovation knowledge, skills, and capacity to manage and grow their enterprises. Stringent administrative, regulatory and tax requirements and related barriers, such as competition, may also disincentivise MSMEs from joining the formal sector.