Le Matin – Two finalist winners of the “state start-up” program

The “state start-up” program, which saw the participation of 180 candidates who responded to a call for intraprenarial projects launched within 8 Moroccan administrations and public enterprises, made it possible to designate 2 laureates who will benefit in 2021 from personalized support to promote an innovative public service.

As part of the implementation of the “state start-up” program, jointly supported by the Digital Development Agency (ADD) and the French Development Agency (AFD), 180 candidates participated in the call for intraprennial projects launched within 8 Moroccan administrations and public enterprises. This Thursday, December 17, a hackathon, involving ten finalists, made it possible to designate two winning candidates: Yassine Moumad, at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and Salima Hda at Bank Al-Maghrib. The first winner proposes a project which consists in developing the production of audio-visual content intended for social networks through the transformation of the Youth Centers and the second winner was distinguished with a project to accelerate financial education in Morocco.

It is therefore this Thursday, December 17, 2020, that the final of the “State Startup” program was held. An innovative program “for the agile design of digital public services, inspired by the method used within the French public incubator” Beta.gouv.fr “, which aims to conduct a complete experimentation of the implementation of a start-up system State within the Moroccan administration and to allow ADD and partner administrations to understand this method in practice, ”said a statement.

But what is a State Startup? It is a digital public service developed by an independent team to respond to a concrete problem linked to a public policy. Its objective is to improve a public service and usually does not have its own legal personality when it is launched.

Eight administrations and public enterprises participated in this program. Among the 180 start-up ideas submitted by intrapreneurs from these administrations, 9 finalists were selected to defend their project before a jury made up of Moroccan and French experts.

On this occasion, a memorandum of understanding for the financing and implementation of this pilot program was signed in the presence of Hélène Le Gal, Ambassador of France in Morocco, Henri Verdier, Ambassador of France for digital, Youssef El Bari, SG of the Ministry of Industry, Trade, Green and Digital Economy, Sidi Mohammed Drissi Melyani, DG of ADD and Mihoub Mezouaghi, Dir. AFD in Morocco, indicates the same source.

Note that the two winners of this program will benefit from support throughout 2021 by a team of experts in innovation in public services to create or improve a public service within a short period of time.

Speaking on this occasion, Ms. Le Gal indicated that “we are experiencing an acceleration of the digitization of our economies, which constitutes an additional opportunity to deepen and stimulate our bilateral cooperation. In this sense, digital will be one of the 4 priority axes of our new Franco-Moroccan economic pact. “For his part, Mr. Mezouaghi noted that” this program mainly responds to two major challenges in a post-covid context: first that of further promoting the digital lever in the service of improving public service and that of revealing the potential for initiatives and innovation of administrations and public operators. ” Mr. Melyani, for his part, affirmed that “by implementing this project, we wish to experiment with this State Start-up approach within the Moroccan administration and allow intrapreneurs to explore already concrete solutions to one or two problems linked to the improvement of public services. Depending on the results, this approach could be generalized later. ”

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