ASADEDH calls on Canary Islands companies to invest in the Sahara

The president of the Saharawi Association for the Defence of Human Rights, Ramdam Mesaud Larbi, argues that the economies of Morocco and the Canary Islands should be complementary 
Puerta de Dajla - PHOTO/ATALAYAR
  1. Canary-Morocco connections

The president of the Saharawi Association for the Defence of Human Rights (ASADEDH), Ramdam Mesaud Larbi, invites companies from the Canary Islands to explore the opportunities offered by the Sahara region for investment. 

Mesaud Larbi highlights the close relationship between the Canary Islands, Morocco and the Saharan provinces, underlining the importance of strengthening economic and cultural connections between the two regions.

"Morocco is the Canary Islands' closest neighbour. We are separated by barely 100 kilometres and, above all, by the Saharan provinces, with which we have been linked by cultural and human ties for centuries", says the president of ASADEDH. In this context, he emphasises that the economies of Morocco and the Canary Islands should not be seen as competitors, but as complementary. 

The ASADEDH president highlights the Canary Islands' great tourist infrastructures, suggesting that these could also be put to good use in the Saharan provinces, from Agadir to La Gomera. "What the Canaries lack in some areas, the Sahara has, and vice versa", he explains.

Aviones permanecen en la pista del aeropuerto de Fuerteventura, debido a una tormenta de arena procedente del desierto del Sáhara – PHOTO/SAMUEL ARANDA/AFP
Planes remain on the runway of Fuerteventura airport due to a sandstorm from the Sahara desert - PHOTO/SAMUEL ARANDA/AFP

Canary-Morocco connections

One of the current problems, according to ASADEDH, is the lack of better maritime and air connections between the regions. "The issue of maritime connections between Tarfaya and Fuerteventura or between the Canaries and Agadir is being resolved, and could include more routes in the future. As for air links, although they exist, they are perhaps insufficient if we really want to complement each other in the tourism sector," he adds. 

The president of ASADEDH also points out that possible investments by Canary Islands companies would serve to promote economic development in the territory. "There is enough security, both legally and in terms of the investments that can be made from the Canary Islands, and in general terms it would be more productive for companies from the Archipelago to invest in the Sahara, and not to be overtaken by French, Italian or British companies". "Sectors such as tourism and wind energy, among others, have great potential for joint development", he concludes. 

This initiative not only seeks to strengthen economic ties, but also to contribute to a platform for cooperation in the region, benefiting both sides of the Atlantic.