Dr Abdelkader Amara, appointed by His Majesty King Mohammed VI Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water on 5 April 2017, was born in Bouarfa (Province of Figuig) on 28 January 1962.
Dr. Amara was Minister of Industry, Trade and New Technologies from January 2012 to October 2013, then Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment from October 2013 to October 2016.
During these two mandates, he oversaw structuring projects, including the implementation of Bombardier plant and the launch of the second production line of Renault Tangier. He developed and implemented structural reforms in the field of energy and mining, in particular the liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, the reform of the artisanal mining activity and the creation of the Moroccan Agency for Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security as well as the Electricity Regulatory Agency.
Dr Abdelkader Amara holds a Doctorate from the Hassan II Agronomic and Veterinary Institute in 1986, where he was a Professor until 2002. He also worked as a scientific advisor at the World Science Organization based in Sweden during 10 years.
Politically, Dr Amara is a founding member of the Justice and Development Party, JDP. He is also a member of the General Secretariat, the party's Treasurer, and founder of the party’s Central Executive and Experts Committee, which he presided for many years.
During his political career, Dr Amara was elected as a Member of Parliament for Sala Al Jadida, Salé Prefecture, during four terms in 2002, 2007, 2011 and 2016. He was Chairman of the Productive Sectors Committee, Vice-president of the JDP Parliamentary Group and First Vice-president of the House of Representatives.
On the associative level, Dr. Amara is a founding member of the Association of Moroccan Parliamentarians Against Corruption and former member of the Administrative Commission of the National Higher Education Syndicate.
Dr. Amara is married to Mrs. Najat Merabet and father of 3 children.