Meeting in London Discusses Autonomy Plan, Development of kingdom’s Southern Provinces

The development process underway in the southern provinces of Morocco and the autonomy plan, presented by the kingdom, for the settlement of the artificial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara have been the focus of a roundtable, held Tuesday in London, in the presence of several British MPs. The meeting, organized in the British Parliament by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in London, in collaboration with the parliamentary friendship group ”APPG-Morocco” (All-Party Parliamentary Group for Morocco), highlighted the dynamics of growth in the Moroccan Sahara and the prospects for development in this region. The event was attended by Ghalla Bahiya, member of the Regional Council of Dakhla Oued-Eddahab, and over twenty British MPs. Speaking on this occasion, Bahiya stressed that Morocco has launched an exceptional investment program in the southern provinces relating to structuring projects such as industrial units, technology poles and ports, in addition to solar and wind power plants, with the aim of establishing the region as a real hub of investment and growth for the benefit of local populations. For his part, the Moroccan Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Hakim Hajoui, recalled the major impact of the Moroccan government’s investments in the southern provinces, under the impetus of HM King Mohammed VI. The diplomat also noted that “the Moroccan autonomy initiative is the only realistic proposal to resolve this regional dispute,” stressing “the importance of the Sahara issue for regional and international stability, but also for the growth and development of the southern provinces”. He also said that the UK’s support for the autonomy plan is essential to accelerate the resolution of the conflict and allow the region to reach its full potential. The British MPs welcomed the Moroccan autonomy plan for the southern provinces. They stressed that “thanks to the vision of HM the King, the Sahara region is experiencing an unprecedented development”. A development “that should be supported,” they added.