Dakhla: the economic potential of the region explored by a British delegation

As part of the strengthening of the economic partnership between the United Kingdom and Morocco, a large delegation made up of around twenty British investors from different sectors (green energies, Tech, real estate, tourism, etc.) traveled from July 18 to 19, 2023, to Dakhla to prospect for investment opportunities in the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region. This visit follows the meeting held at the Moroccan Embassy in London last week, in the presence of Mark SPENCER, Minister of State for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of the British Government, Hakim Hajoui, Ambassador of Morocco to the United Kingdom and Chakib ALJ, President of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM). Under the chairmanship of Brannan Tempest, CEO of the Oblin Group, and Kevin Fisher, CEO of Oblin CEA, supported by Steven Walker and David Smith for project management, the visit of the British delegation aims to gather information on the main strategic projects in the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, in particular those included in the new development model of the southern provinces. It also aims to showcase the region’s development momentum and progress at all levels, as the “Pearl of the South”. The British delegation began its visit with a meeting with the wali of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, governor of the province of Oued Eddahab, Lamine Benomar, during which the emphasis was placed on the development that the region is experiencing in various fields within the framework of the new model of development of the southern provinces which required an investment of 77 billion dirhams (7.7 billion US dollars). The British delegation then held a meeting with the president of the Regional Council of D akhla Oued eddahab, Yanja El Khatat, during which he presented the major progress made in the region thanks to the projects included in the framework of the new development model for the southern provinces as well as the adoption by the Regional Council of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab of an ambitious regional development program covering the period 2022-2027, for a total budget of 4.36 billion dirhams (436 million US dollars) In this wake, the members of the delegation followed a presentation by the Director General of the Regional Investment Center (CRI), Mounir Houari, in which he detailed, with supporting figures, the main productive sectors of the region (Maritime fishing, agriculture, tourism, renewable energies, renewable energy with green transportable molecules, such as green hydrogen and green ammonia).