Business risks

Australian companies are advised to spend time investigating the market, obtain professional advice where appropriate and thoroughly investigate the issues in entering the market and before establishing business relationships.

Australian firms wishing to operate in this market should commit to the highest level of corporate behaviour and familiarise themselves with Australia's laws and penalties pertaining to bribery of foreign officials.

Bribery of foreign public officials is a crime. Australian individuals and companies can be prosecuted in Australia for bribing foreign officials when overseas. Further information on the regulations governing bribery of foreign public officials is available.

For further information on frauds, scams, personal and asset security, intellectual property protection and other business risks please read more about legal issues.

Intellectual property protection

Morocco is a member of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and a signatory to various intellectual property conventions, such as the Paris Convention and the Bern Royalties Convention. Enforcement is handled by the Moroccan office of Patent and Commercial Property (OMPIC). Rights must be registered in both Tangier and Casablanca. Patents are examined only with regard to form and are valid for 20 years. Foreign companies must apply to the OMPIC to protect their trademarks.

Dispute resolution

The legal system is accessible to foreign investors. A dual legal system exists; with both courts based on French legal tradition and on Islamic traditions. However, specialised ‘commercial’ courts and a system of arbitration were created in 1998. Attempts are being made to streamline the legal framework to simplify procedures, lower costs and encourage investment.