From 2000-2002, the Government of Morocco, with the partnership of USAID and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, commenced a pilot exercise to re-engineer government processes and reform its legal and regulatory environment relating to land access and private industrial park development. Its work centered on the prefectures of Souss-Massa-Draa and Tangiers-Tetouan and helped support the development of the Tangier Med Free Zone, which today has over 500 businesses and an annual export turnover of of over €2.6 billion.
Locus founder and CEO, Jean-Paul Gauthier served as Project Manager for the $1.5 million effort while working with The Services Group (now AECOM). His work included:
- Designed project action and implementation plans
- Established fully-operational field office
- Gave quarterly high-level project presentations and workshops to government bodies
- Made technical contributions to the regulatory framework for one-stop shop and GIS implementation
- Designed regulatory framework for private industrial parks
- Reviewed land use and site development legislation and made recommendations for reform
- Conducted project supervision, quality control, and training activities.