Rabat – Moroccan national Rachid Maaninou has become deputy secretary general in charge of business development and employment at the Union for the Mediterranean.The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is an intergovernmental organization of 43 member states from Europe and the Mediterranean. The organization aims to ensure integration and stability in the Mediterranean region and to support socio-economic development by focusing on strengthening human development and sustainable development. Maaninou started at UfM as the deputy secretary general for the business development and employment division at the UfM Secretariat in Barcelona, Spain, in July. Since the Mediterranean region has high rates of unemployment, the UfM’s business development and employment division engages in implementing specific projects and initiatives focused on business development, employment opportunities, and skills.Before obtaining the position, Maaninou was head of the economic studies division at Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation since November 2017.Between December 2012 and August 2015, Maaninou held the position of chief operating officer at Al Qudra Holding, a state-owned investment fund based in the United Arab Emirates.In January 2011, King Mohammed VI appointed Maaninou as general inspector at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.Maaninou spent seven years at the Moroccan National Tourism Office (ONMT) as director of operations in Rabat and New York.Maaninou also worked as consultant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and other Moroccan companies.The deputy secretary general holds an MBA degree in hotel engineering from the University of Toulouse in France. He also obtained a degree in management from the renowned Moroccan business school ISCAE in 2005. Maaninou is not the only Moroccan to have worked in the MfU. Fathallah Sijilmassi was the UfM’s secretary general from March 2012 until March 2018.