Sahrawi notables exposed, Thursday before the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly in New York, polisario's lies over the exploitation of Sahara's natural resources, stressing that the Kingdom has invested much more in this territory than it has received.
Speaking in this context, Sidi Ahmed Hormatollah, president of the association for the development of Oued Eddahab, said the polisario and its protectors spend their time trying to convince others that "Morocco plunders Sahara’s wealth."
"As a Saharawi citizen living in the heart of the city of Dakhla, I would like to testify before your honorable Assembly and draw your attention to the extent of the lies spread on this subject," he said.
Hormatollah pointed out that Sahara phosphate accounts for barely 2 pc of Moroccan production, adding that the disseminators of polisario’s lies forget that Morocco has 80 pc of the world's reserves of this mineral, excluding the Sahara.
Even before the recovery of the Sahara, Morocco has always been the third largest producer and exporter of this material, he said.
Hormatollah also highlighted Morocco's efforts to develop the region, notably the major project of the New Model of Development of the Saharan Provinces, launched in November 2015 by HM King Mohammed VI, worth some 7 billion dollar.
This project, he went on, includes all sectors of economic, social, cultural and environmental development. It is meant to double the gross domestic product and create more than 120,000 jobs in this region by 2020.
For his part, Chibata Mrabbih Rabbou, deputy managing director of Laayoune-based firm "Crystal Mountain del Sahara," underlined that the Sahara region has benefited over the last four decades from several socio-economic development projects that meet the aspirations of its inhabitants and their local representatives.
For example, he noted, in less than 30 years, the poverty rate in the region decreased twice as fast as the national average, to stabilize at 6.5 pc.
Mrabbih Rabbou stressed that financially, Morocco has invested in the region much more than it has received from the exploitation of its natural resources.
"As a Sahrawi residing in the Saharan provinces and taking advantage of these resources, I would like to inform you that all the natural resources of the region are made available to the local population," he told the Committee.
"Every day we witness the full involvement of local people in the production, management, and distribution of income from these resources," he said.