HM the King Reaffirms Commitment to Turn Southern Provinces into Engine of Development at Regional

HM King Mohammed VI underlined on Saturday the strong commitment to make the Sahara an engine of development at the regional and continental levels.

The time has come to exploit the enormous maritime potential of the Kingdom’s southern provinces so as to complement the major projects implemented in the region, HM King Mohammed VI stressed in a speech on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the Green March.

“My commitment to reaffirming the Moroccanness of the Sahara is as steadfast as my endeavors to make the Sahara an engine of development at the regional and continental levels,” the Sovereign pointed out.

To complement the major projects implemented in our southern provinces, "I think the time has come to exploit the region’s enormous maritime potential," the Monarch pointed out.

In this regard, Morocco has this year completed the demarcation of its maritime boundaries and incorporated them into its legislation, in keeping with international law, the Sovereign said.

Morocco will remain committed to dialogue with its neighbor, Spain, regarding any overlap between the territorial waters of the two friendly countries, consistent with the provisions of the Law of the Sea and in keeping with the spirit of their partnership, avoiding any unilateral decision or fait accompli, HM the King underlined, noting that the delineation of the maritime areas falling under the Kingdom’s sovereignty will support the plan designed to promote the current vibrant economic and social policy in the region.

Consistent with this vision, the Atlantic coast to the south of the Kingdom, bordering the Moroccan Sahara, will serve as an area for the achievement of economic complementarity as well as continental and international prominence, the Sovereign said, adding that in addition to Tanger-Med, which is the first port in Africa, Dakhla Atlantique will contribute to reaching this goal.

“I shall continue to work for the development of a real maritime economy in these provinces, which I particularly cherish,” HM the King underlined, noting that these provinces boast significant resources and capabilities that can make them act as a bridge between Morocco and its African roots.

It is important, in this respect, to invest in marine areas, whether with regard to seawater desalination or renewable energy, exploiting, to this end, wind turbine generators and tidal energy, the Sovereign stressed.

“In parallel, we must continue to develop the fishing sector, given its role in boosting the region’s economy. This would also give fresh impetus to the Plan Halieutis, making it a strategic pillar for revitalizing the tourism sector, turning the region into a prominent destination for beach tourism,” HM the King added.