The Moroccan government earmarked, between 1975 and 2007, some USD 400Mn to build and renovate the road network in its Southern Provinces, known as the Sahara, said recently Equipment and Transport minister, Karim Ghellab.

Concerning the current road infrastructure in the southern region, the minister pointed out that some 9509 km of classified roads were achieved (i.e. 17% of classified road network at the national level). Regarding the 2008-2012 program, Mr. Ghellab said his department has developed a project, worth some USD 200 millions, to construct, develop and maintain 2500km of road.

On ports and maritime transport, five new ports were constructed and equipped notably in Sidi Ifni, Tarfaya, Tan Tan, Laâyoune and Dakhla, according to the Moroccan official, who added that the volume of traffic at these ports has reached in 2006 some 4.5 million tons, against 2.3 million tons in 1997, that is a 94% increase.