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Preparing forthefuture F


Q&A: JAAFARMRHARDY SPECIAL REPORT


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THE GENERAL DIRECTOR OF TANGER MED ZONES, DISCUSSES COVID-19 SUPPORT, ESG AND THE FUTURE WITH ALEX IRWIN-HUNT


ollowing years of successful inward investment, Tanger Med Zones (TMZ) has worked


hard to support its clients across the industrial platform it operates and oversees. Jaafar Mrhardy, the general direc-


tor of TMZ and a member of the Tanger Med Special Agency executive board, discusses its pandemic response, environmental initiatives andwhat the future holds.


of anetwork of industrial andlogistics parks planned according to the best international standards and bench- marks. This regional competitiveness hub currently counts more than 1000 companies trading in export-oriented activities, and supports more than 80,000 jobs mainly focused on indus- trialandlogistics activities carriedout by international leading players in sectors such as aeronautics, automo- tive, textile, logistics and electronics.


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that affected the entire world. To ensure the health security of all the zones users and ensure continuity of activities, the disinfection operations of all the facilities are carried out daily by dedicated, highly qualified teams supervised by the Border Health Control Service.


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TANGERMEDHAS WORKED TO REDUCE THECONSUMPTION OF OPERATORS WITH VARIOUS INNOVATIVE PROJECTS


100


HowhasTMZ supported compa- nies throughtheCovid-19 crisis?


The pandemic has created unprecedented circumstances


What is TMZ in a nutshell?


TMZ is part of a long-term devel- opment vision with the creation


The business continuity plan set


up by Tanger Med Zones in co-ordina- tion with the investors consists of a series of health security measures to protect the safety of employees, in addition to dedicated support for companies located in the various activity zones. Furthermore, as a direct response


to the global pandemic, the Tanger Med platform [launched] the new Covid-19 Products Schemewhich will allow for up to €30m in targeted sup- port for companies directly affected, but especially small and medium- sized enterprises and start-ups.


arid environment, making climate matters of particular importance. Since its creation and throughout its development, the Tanger Med plat- form has deployed a gradual and evolving corporate social responsibil- ity approach, in co-ordination with all stakeholders of its ecosystemandwith a permanent concern for environ- mental protection. Tanger Med has worked to reduce


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the consumption of operators with various innovative projects.Currently, the administrations of Tanger Med and the public lighting throughout the zones are supplied with LEDs, pro- viding a sustainable and ecological solution. Tanger Med has also imple- mented solutions to treat and recycle up to 100% of the wastewater from industrial operators to be reused for watering public spaces. We are also developing a green


energy offering for present and future industrial players, in order to allow a supply in accordance with the new global regulations in this area.


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What does the future hold for free zones and how is Tanger


Med at the forefront of this?


Economic zones are vital to the evolution of international trade


HowdoesTMZ apply good envi- ronmental, social and govern- ance principles to its operations?


The Tanger Med platform is located in a water-scarce hyper-


CURRICULUMVITAE JAAFAR MRHARDY


2016 TangerMedZones General director


TangerMedSpecialAgency Board member


Previously ACEP Strategy Consulting, managing partner


due to their capabilities to boost export volumes and create indirect and direct job opportunities. In this regard, Tanger Med Zones work on developing the potential opportuni- ties for national and international investors. Newfree zonesandexpansions are


under construction with already ready-to-use additional lands of 200 hectares [added] to the 1800 hectares developed over the past 20 years. Moreover, Tanger Med Zones will con- tinue to support industries such as automotive, aeronautics, textile, elec- tronics and services, witha huge focus on innovation and research-driven investment. It is also crucial for Tanger Med,


and economic zones as a whole, to diversify their offering in order to integrate the services offered to the investors; thus further integrating the value chain and strengthening our value proposition.■


December 2020/January 2021


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