With the Dakhla Atlantique megaproject, Morocco wants to “consolidate” its role as a continental and international economic crossroads (Jeune Afrique)

Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 16:51 Paris – With the “megaproject” of Dakhla Atlantique, Morocco is continuing its policy of building ports in order to “consolidate its role as a continental and international economic crossroads”, the pan-African magazine wrote on Saturday “ Young Africa”. For the Atlantic coast, after those of Mohammedia, Casablanca, Jorf Lasfar and the new port of Safi, among others, Morocco is now preparing the construction of a port complex in Dakhla, a “strategic project for the development of the provinces of South of the Kingdom as in its African policy, writes the magazine. On the Mediterranean, after the success of Tanger Med, now the first container port in the basin, “Moroccan supremacy” should soon be reinforced by the start of the activities of Nador West Med, underlines Jeune Afrique in an article entitled “Morocco: Dakhla Atlantique , a strategic stopover for West Africa ”. Considered as a gateway to West Africa, the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region is called upon, thanks to the future Dakhla Atlantic port, to become a major regional hub, notes the magazine. This megaproject imagined in 2016 plays a “strategic role”, both in the African policy of the Kingdom and in the economic, social and industrial development of the southern provinces, of which it marks the opening to Moroccan and foreign investors, in particular those keen to increase trade with sub-Saharan Africa, adds the pan-African magazine. Located 40 km from the city center, over an area of ​​1,600 hectares, the complex will be organized into three poles: a commercial port specializing in trade with the continent and with America, a fishing port and a shipyard for boat maintenance, it is specified. From the first years of activity, the forecast traffic is 2.2 million tonnes for goods and nearly 1 million tonnes for seafood, the region offering particularly abundant fishery resources (65% of the potential national exploitable), notes the publication, noting that the future port will also be backed by an industrial-logistics zone, which will also provide a number of direct and indirect jobs, particularly in the agro-industry and transport sectors. seafood. And to add that the Somagec-SGTM consortium was selected during the preselection phase at the end of April 2021 (against competitors such as the French Eiffage and the Egyptian Arab Contractors) and everything “leads to believe that it is indeed this 100% Moroccan team which will be responsible for producing Dakhla Atlantique, after examining the technical offer ”. The project should last eight years, at an estimated cost of 10 billion dirhams (around 930 million euros), notes Jeune Afrique.