Spain-Morocco Forum in Dakhla: a great opportunity to strengthen economic relations to stimulate investment in the southern provinces of Morocco | Atalayar

Forum Spain-Morocco in Dakhla was a wonderful meeting that allowed various public figures and representatives of various organizations and private companies to share the wonderful opportunities offered by the southern provinces of the Kingdom of Alawites and deepen economic relations between the two neighboring and allied countries such as Spain and Morocco.

Atalayar was able to communicate with some of the most famous participants in the west in Dakhla.

Mohamed Sheriff: “Spain-Morocco Forum in Dakhla is very important for strengthening ties with Spanish investors”

Mohamed Sherif, a founding member of the Sahrawi Peace Movement, gave an interview to Atalayara during the Spanish-Moroccan Forum, in which he stressed the importance of the Spanish-Moroccan Forum in Dakhla as an option to strengthen economic relations with Spanish investors. .

Mohammed Sheriff
PHOTO / ATALAYAR / GILLERMO LOPES – Mohammed Sheriff

What conclusions do you, as the President of the Sahrawi Peace Movement, draw from the Spain-Morocco Forum in Dakhla?

This is a very important forum for strengthening ties with Spanish investors, as well as with our neighbors in the Canary Islands, with whom we have always worked closely. I am glad to see so many Spanish entrepreneurs in the southern provinces of Morocco.

What do you hope to gain from this meeting?

The purpose of the forum is to show Spanish investors the opportunities that the region offers in terms of development.

What can a region like Dakhla offer a Spanish businessman?

The Dakhlin region offers a variety of opportunities in the field of fisheries, where many projects are being developed in this direction, as well as in the agricultural sector and services. Renewable energy and logistics development projects are also being launched in the region through the construction of a new Dakhla Atlantic port, a very important element that puts the region in the view of many investors. In addition, investors who choose to export their business to the region receive numerous tax benefits under their investment policy.

Do such forums, the arrival of Spanish businessmen and all the dynamics that are recovering in the region contribute to the resolution of the conflict and the fact that you will be able to find your Saharan relatives in Tindouf? Moreover, the Sahrawi Movement for Peace also represents the Saharans, not just the Polisario Front.

Our movement is a new political trend in the context of the Sahara. In the past, people thought that the Polisario Front was the only representative of the people of the Sahara, but it is clear that our organization, the Sakharov Movement for Peace, is fully expanding. We have more than 4,000 activists in this region alone, so we have the right to negotiate with the United Nations and find a viable solution to end the suffering of so many families.

Mohammed Sheriff
PHOTO / ATALAYAR / GILLERMO LOPES – Mohammed Sheriff

Is Morocco’s proposal for broad autonomy in the Sahara a solution?

Of course, Morocco’s proposal is a reliable, pragmatic and achievable proposal. The Sakharov Peace Movement agrees with this decision because it is practical and realistic for those involved in the Sahara conflict.

Dakhla offers security, stability and great opportunities …

Of course, yes, Dakhla is an almost autonomous region, regionalization is taking place in these provinces, which allows us to have all these conditions of security, stability and new opportunities. Of course, if there is more autonomy, it would be more appropriate for the Saharans, because we would like all our relatives who are in inhumane conditions in the Tindouf camps to be able to take part in this race for the development of the region. .

Joaquim Monclus, Ok Mobility Group Investment Manager: “We are facing a Moroccan government that wants to do something”

Joaquim Monclu, investment manager of Ok Mobility Group, a mobility company, told Atalayaru about the Spanish-Moroccan forum in Dakhla and warned about the great investment opportunities offered by the Moroccan government.

Joaquim Monclu
PHOTO / ATALAYAR / GILLERMO LOPES – Joaquim Monclu

What did you find in Dakhla, and does your company have opportunities to develop its business?

Yes, we met with the Moroccan government, which is very keen on something, they told us that there is a great interest in investing from the public. Private investment is now needed to support this area, which, both in terms of tourism and in terms of building a new Atlantic port, opens up, in my view, investment opportunities in many areas, including, of course, mobility.

The issue of mobility is important if we want to plan any kind of activity and development, and mobility is fundamental.

Mobility starts with public infrastructure, and here we have already implemented the expansion of the road network that connects Rabat with Casablanca and goes all the way to Dakhla. Hence the mobility in terms of audience. Then, if we talk about development in terms of tourism, there should be elements that make tourists feel comfortable. The ability to move around the region, and here we are talking about any kind of mobility, mainly vehicle rental, is very important for the development of quality tourism.

It is also important for entrepreneurs who need transport elements for their goods.

Indeed, I have focused more on our sector and individual mobility, but it is true that the whole logistical transport part of industrial development is important.

Joaquim Monclu
PHOTO / ATALAYAR / GILLERMO LOPES – Joaquim Monclu

Has the government’s decision on the Sahara put an end to this bottleneck, and can businessmen now view the region from a different perspective?

I think it was a necessary decision; two as close as Spain and Morocco needed to normalize their relationship. Obviously, for businessmen to invest, the most important thing is that relations between countries are as smooth as possible.

Sergio Montesinos, Commercial Director of Agritech Murcia: “What we found at Dakhla is an investment and technology opportunity for a company like Agritec”

Sergio Montesinos, Commercial Director of Agritech Murcia, participated in the Spain-Morocco Forum in Dakhla and stressed the good investment ecosystem found in the region and the good inclination towards Moroccans.

Sergio Montesinos
PHOTO / ATALAYAR / GILLERMO LOPES – Sergio Montesinos

What did you find in Dakhla?

First of all, what we have found is an opportunity for investment and technology for a company like Agritech, which will develop over the next 25 years. There are huge opportunities, a very high level of accessibility, and we believe that a geographical point so close to Spain allows us to offer services and attention to the market with sufficient presence and quality.

With the experience and potential of Agritech Murcia, what projects could you develop in Dakhla?

After more than 40 years of experience in developing, manufacturing and implementing projects internationally, we believe that we will be able to transfer our successful business model, which we have already achieved in Murcia and other regions, such as Mexico and Egypt, where we have arranged more than 10 000 hectares of new greenhouses, we could implement a sustainable business model that ensures food security in the coming years.

If the whole region is developing and developing in terms of tourism, logistics, renewable energy, population, etc., is there enough water to be able to do so?

Of course, we need to study the capacity of aquifers in the area; In addition, we know that there is a proposal to build a desalination plant, remember that this area is open to the Atlantic, so we will have desalination capacity and water capacity. Even with all these elements, it is true that resource analysis is necessary to ensure this production scheme.

Does the Spanish government’s decision to help Agritech Murcia explore new business opportunities in Morocco?

Indeed, political decisions often affect the business world. In this case, it has undoubtedly affected and provides a certain level of accessibility for entry, removing barriers to entry into trade that might otherwise exist but do not exist here. Therefore, this is a favorable situation, even if, of course, any political decision does not depend on us.

Sergio Montesinos
PHOTO / ATALAYAR / GILLERMO LOPES – Sergio Montesinos

After that first impression, what steps do you think you can take to make Agritech Murcia decide to invest in Dakhla?

The next step will be the opportunity to convey to Morocco the reality of what we can develop in the country, to sign a memorandum or cooperation agreement that will allow us to create a roadmap for our participation in this process. Identify strategies, needs, and actions to take during this process.