Gitex Africa: ANP, PortNet, UM6P Join Forces to Promote RandD

Marrakech - National Ports Agency (ANP), PortNet and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) signed, here Wednesday, a collaboration agreement to promote scientific research and technological development. "ANP, PortNet and UM6P are joining forces to stimulate innovation, research and technological development at the service of port sector communities and foreign trade players," the three institutions said in a joint press release, adding that this collaboration is part of the 'Smart Port Innovation' initiative, launched since October 2023 by ANP and PortNet in partnership with UM6P. This agreement, signed on the sidelines of the 2nd edition of Gitex Africa, is meant to create a smart and sustainable port environment by integrating the latest technologies and innovative practices to accelerate the modernization of Moroccan ports, the press release noted, adding that this initiative aims to improve their efficiency by using cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Thin gs (IoT) and blockchain, with the goal of increasing business competitiveness. The three institutions have agreed to set up a global agreement covering the reinforcement of collaborative innovation (encouraging cooperation between port, academic and technological players to create an innovative and dynamic ecosystem), the development of advanced technological solutions (setting up pilot projects integrating cutting-edge technologies to improve the efficiency, safety and sustainability of port operations), and training and research (promoting applied research and specialized training to develop cutting-edge skills adapted to the needs of tomorrow's port sector). ANP, PortNet and UM6P are also committed to supporting startups, promoting innovation and facilitating access to financing and organizing strategic events to boost the port sector. They also plan to develop continuous training and professional development programs for players in the sector. This new collaboration demonstrates the parties' shared com mitment to excellence and innovation for Morocco's port development. By pooling their efforts and resources, they aim to create a more dynamic and competitive port ecosystem to meet the challenges and opportunities of the new global environment. Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse