Ouarzazate: Launch of the ISTAHT extension project

The extension and reconversion project of the Specialized Institute of Applied Hotel and Tourist Technology (ISTAHT) in Ouarzazate was launched on Sunday, as part of a program aimed at promoting the professional integration of young people, improving the competitiveness of companies and the adoption of modes of governance concerted with professionals. The launching ceremony of this project was chaired by the Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Saaid Amzazi, the Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts, Transport Aviation and Social Economy, Nadia Fettah Alaoui, and the Minister Delegate in charge of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Driss Ouaouicha, who were accompanied by the Governor of Ouarzazate province, Abderrazak Mansouri. In a statement to MAP, Mr. Amzazi stressed that this project dedicated to the tourism sector is part of a partnership between Morocco and the United States, through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). He specified that this partnership also covers several projects carried out by the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, including the project called the “Lycée Attahadi” model, implemented in three regions of the Kingdom, as well as the national program aimed at promoting the vocational training system through 15 projects to extend and qualify existing establishments and build new institutes. Amzazi noted that this project, launched in Ouarzazate, is one of the models capable of contributing to the development of tourism professions, in particular with the construction of an educational hotel and restaurant and the opening of 5 promising sectors which will make it possible to train young people in the region to access the job market. He noted that this establishment will be managed by a Establishment Council (EC), as a governance body within the framework of a public-private partnership, qualifying this mode of management as “effective”, given that it is provided by professionals in the sector. For her part, Ms. Fettah Alaoui indicated that this project is funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the ministry and the private sector, adding that it intervenes within the framework of the consolidation of the system of vocational training in the tourism sector, especially since the region of Drâa-Tafilalet has significant tourist assets and young people ready to contribute to its development. This extension, reconversion and restructuring project of ISTAHT Ouarzazate is part of initiatives aimed at promoting the vocational training system, she continued, indicating that this institute will offer new training courses in digital tourism, marketing, as well as hotel financing and management. She indicated that the overall cost of this project amounts to 32 million Dh, financed by the MCC, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Handicrafts, Air Transport and Social Economy. The extension / reconversion project of this institute is part of the implementation of the Roadmap for the development of vocational training, presented in April 2019 to HM King Mohammed VI. The ISTAHT of Ouarzazate should provide 450 educational seats annually, including 190 seats under the additional sectors that will be introduced and which relate in particular to the promotion and marketing of local products, management and control of operations in tourism, hotels. and catering, traditional cuisine and catering and digital tourism. This ceremony was marked by the participation of the Secretaries General of the Departments under the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Director General of the Millennium Challenge Account– Agency. Morocco (MCA-Morocco), Malika Laasri, the Deputy Resident Director of the MCC in Morocco, Carrie Monahan, and the President of the FNIH, Lahcen Zelmat