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Billions of euros for Morocco's infrastructure

Morocco is investing in the expansion of its infrastructure: Comprehensive transport projects and an expansion of ports and airports are to be completed by 2035, and the first high-speed rail line is to begin operation as early as 2018.

Morocco is aiming to expand its infrastructure, and Swiss SMEs stand to benefit.
Morocco is aiming to expand its infrastructure, and Swiss SMEs stand to benefit.

The Kingdom of Morocco is planning investments of around 23 billion euros in road construction up to 2035. Altogether 5,500 kilometers of new highways and expressways are to be constructed with investment totaling 8.8 billion euros. Of this, 2.8 billion euros will flow into the construction of new rural roads, whilst 11.4 billion euros are earmarked for the development and maintenance of the existing road infrastructure.

Five road links in the north of the country amounting to a total of 434 km are to be realized through public-private partnerships (PPPs). These include the link between the Mediterranean port of Nador and the Fès-Oujada highway in order to create a link to Nador's West Med port and connections between the cities of Tangier and Tetouan as well as between Fès and Taounate.

Best rail network in Africa

Morocco's rail infrastructure is already leading the way on the African continent with a network covering a total of 3,657 km, of which 2,238 km are electrified. Africa's first high-speed rail link is to begin operation in the first quarter of 2018. This will run between the cities of Tangier and Casablanca and thus covers an initial section of the so-called "Atlantic line", which links Tangier, Rabat and Casablanca as well as Essaouira and Agadir, and also includes a link to Marrakesh. In addition, plans are underway for a "Trans-Maghreb line" to Algiers and Tunis. The Moroccan railway company ONCF and the French SNCF have set up a company to maintain the Moroccan high-speed railway.

The government is also aiming to invest 2.25 billion euros in the development of air travel, around half of which will go towards the modernization and expansion of Casablanca's Mohammed V airport. Eventually the port of Tangier Med on the Gibraltar Strait will also be expanded, with two new container terminals set to ensure the targeted expansion of capacities.

Export dialogue Morocco and Maghreb

At the "Export dialogue: Morocco and Maghreb" (in German) you can find out more about opportunities for Swiss companies in the Maghreb. You can also request information from our Africa and Iran consultant Suhail el Obeid about the most important steps for entering the Moroccan market.

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