MAP - Thursday, November 7th 2019

HM the king Calls for Serious Thought to the Development of Rail Link between Marrakech and Agadir

Rabat – HM King Mohammed VI called for giving serious thought to the development of a rail link between Marrakech and Agadir, before extending it to the rest of the southern regions, a project that will "create many job opportunities, not just in Souss-Massa, but in all surrounding regions, too".

“We should also expand the road network, which I am seeking to further develop through the construction of the Agadir-Dakhla highway,” affirmed the sovereign in a speech addressed to the nation on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of the Green March.

The railway line, added HM the king, “will contribute to opening up the regions concerned, in addition to stimulating development and economic prosperity, especially with regard to the transport of people and goods and the promotion of exports, tourism and other economic activities”.

“It will also create many job opportunities, not just in Souss-Massa, but in all surrounding regions, too,” the Sovereign went on to say.

HM the king underlined that the Souss-Massa region “must become an economic hub linking Morocco's north to its south – from Tangier, in the north, to Oujda, in the east, to our southern provinces, in the south,” noting that “this should be achieved within the framework of advanced regionalization and the equitable distribution of wealth between all regions”.

“The country I would like to see should comprise harmonious, integrated regions that benefit, on an equal footing, from infrastructure and major projects that should be profitable to all,” stressed the Sovereign.

HM the king affirmed that regional development “should be based on cooperation and complementarity between regions,” pointing out that “each region should have a major economic hub developed around its potential and specificities”.

“Moreover, sectoral policies should be implemented at the regional level,” said the Sovereign,” noting, in this regard, that “the new momentum which has been created with respect to state institutions, the government and the civil service, should be extended to regions as well”.