On 5 July the foundation stone was laid for the training centre for the automotive industry (IFMIA) at Atlantic Free Zone in Kenitra.
The ceremony was presided by Mr. Jamal Rhmani, Minister of Employment and Mr. Ahmed Reda Chami, Minister of Industry, Trade and New Technologies and was attended by the Wali and President of the Gharb Chrarda Beni Hssan region, the governor of the Kenitra province as well as other representatives of Moroccan and foreign institutions, among them Mr Hadj Hamou, President of MEDZ, in representation of Atlantic Free Zone.
The IFMIA is the result of the convention signed between the Moroccan Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Employment and Ministry of Economy and the consortium composed of Atlantic Free Zone, the Mondragon Corporation and the Zaragoza Chamber of Commerce, which will manage the institute.
The IFMIA will be built at Atlantic Free Zone in Kenitra on a 18.000 m2 plot and will comprise a block for workshops similar to a production unit, a block for classrooms, a block for administration and a residential block with restaurant. Its opening is expected in May 2012 and the total cost of the project will amount to 75 million dirhams (6.6 million euros).
This training centre will provide technical training to the workforce of automotive industry companies which will be established at Atlantic Free Zone and will have capacity to train at least 800 operators, technicians and intermediate managers every year.