Morocco Is a Major Force in The MENA Region

By Mohamed LakdaliFez – Morocco has become “a major force” in the MENA region, thanks to a series of fundamental reforms made under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, according to an article published on the Report. In an article entitled “The New African Ambition of Morocco,” published in collaboration with the International New York Times, the newspaper reported that the progress made at both the institutional and community levels has helped to consolidate the pillars of stability that characterize Morocco, and that effective economic reforms have contributed to improving the daily lives of citizens and strengthening the position of the Kingdom internationally. The report highlighted Morocco’s textiles, aviation, agriculture and infrastructure sectors, and the Kingdom’s recently launched structural projects, such as the Tangier-Med port which will create more than 30,000 jobs, and improvements to the country’s highways.Morocco’s hi-speed train project (the TJV) that links Tangier and Casablanca, is the first one in Africa, and is expected to be ready by 2018. Ouarzazate is the home of a huge solar power project, phase II of which began operating in November, and will be completed by 2020.As a result of Morocco’s “ongoing economic transformation,” according to the report, Morocco is “about to start a new phase of development that will lead to a great African economic expansion achievement.”King Mohammed VI’s recent visits to many sub-Saharan Africa countries reflect the “success strategy” used at the Moroccan diplomatic and economic levels, and reflect the growing influence of Morocco on the African continent.“[T]he development of this South-South cooperation strengthens the role of the Kingdom of Morocco more than ever, as a major actor geo-politically within the continent and on the international economic front,” reported the paper.

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