Morocco's port activity is expected to reach a volume of 92.8 million tonnes by 2022, an increase of 2.4% and a recovery of the upward trend lost this year.
This was announced by the Director of the Moroccan National Ports Agency, Nadia Laraki, during the Agency's Board of Directors held last Tuesday in Rabat, which was chaired by the Minister of Equipment and Water, Nizar Baraka.
Laraki assured during her speech that the Kingdom had gradually recovered port activity and that traffic had reached a volume of more than 83 million tonnes since November 2021, with a decrease of almost 2% compared to the same period in the previous year.
In addition, the director of the National Port Agency revealed that the government's investments amount to 2.2 billion dirhams for the three-year period 2022-2024, of which 957.5 million dirhams for the year 2022. Some 90 million euros.
The Alawi Kingdom plans to exceed 2.2 billion dirhams in turnover by 2022, i.e. more than 200 million euros. An ambitious goal that would translate into a 2.3% increase in profits compared to 2021.
For Morocco, the port facilities represent a key link in the logistics chains "and as a lever and pillar for the creation of wealth at national and regional level", said Baraka.
The holder of the Equipment and Water portfolio, leader of the right wing Istiqlal party, pointed out in this respect that the socio-economic impact of the ports depends on the contribution of several actors and stakeholders. Amongst these is the regulator of the sector, a body which, according to Minister Baraka, needs "strong and permanent support to be able to succeed in its missions".
The National Ports Agency's agenda for the coming year will be to maximise investments, accelerate the construction and development processes of the various projects underway, and strengthen regulatory laws.
The agency will also work with social and environmental responsibility in mind and will direct its operations towards the field of intelligent ports. A project for the future which will start from the digital transformation plan, according to the Ministry of Equipment and Water.