Moroccan King’s roadmap for genuine African investment industry – The North Africa Post

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King Mohammed VI has outlined his vision to create an African investment industry that can guarantee large, sustainable capital mobilization and integrate effectively into financial markets.

In a message addressed Monday to the conference of Africa Sovereign Investors Forum “ASIF” convened in Rabat, the Monarch said sovereign wealth and strategic investment funds are powerful indicators of opportunities and are a stimulus for a better allocation of capital to sectors that create economic value and have a high social impact.

“Africa today has unparalleled opportunities, particularly in the green economy, the blue economy and the digital sector”, said the King in his message read out by Minister Delegate in charge of the Budget, Faouzi Lekjaa.

“Our continent must, therefore, keep up its efforts to rise to the myriad challenges relating to its food and health sovereignty, its infrastructure needs and the development of its natural resources and wealth”, underlined the Monarch.

“I am convinced the challenges faced in many areas are, in fact, opportunities which can help us make quantum leaps in development. These opportunities have been made possible by many advances, particularly in agricultural productivity, access to information, digital banking, healthcare and distance learning”, stressed the King.

Despite the many reforms implemented by several countries, Africa’s access to capital is still limited. This was stated in the royal message. It urged Africa to assert itself and take control of its destiny, and to claim its rightful place on global stage.

Africa will become a market with more than 1.2 million people and a combined GDP exceeding 3,400 billion USD when the African Continental Free Trade Area opens. This is according to the Moroccan King. He called for the acceleration and optimization public investment in order to leverage private capital for strategic and productive sectors.

The royal message stressed that the sovereign and strategic funds should act in the role of patient and wise investors. This ensures the link between long-term national priorities, private investors, and a partnership-based, sustainable-development-oriented approach.

This is all the more crucial when it comes to ensuring Africa’s integration into the international private financial system, notably by enhancing and strengthening skills to bring them up to the best international standards, said the Monarch, noting that this would make Africa an attractive destination for investors and investments.

Morocco has been working tirelessly for a long time to promote the interests of the continent as well as its economic development, affirmed the King, saying: “we have always sought to consolidate the bonds of brotherhood and solidarity between our peoples and made economic cooperation one of Morocco’s priorities, as evidenced by the numerous visits I have paid to several African sister nations.”

He also said that “opting for Africa is a choice that flows from the heart and the mind. It is a clear and proactive choice, as demonstrated by my involvement in many initiatives that promote and boost inter-African cooperation. Our choice is to make investment a driving force for economic and social development, as well as for regional and continental integration in Africa”.

He cited in this regard, the inclusive, partnership-based approaches in which Morocco has engaged in order to rise to numerous current and future challenges as well as the projects for the establishment of vaccine production units and the construction of fertilizer production plants, which are aimed at ensuring the continent’s health and food sovereignty.

There is also the work undertaken to accelerate the continent’s financial inclusion, as well as the projects aimed at reinforcing Africa’s energy sovereignty, such as the mega gas pipeline project between Nigeria and Morocco, said the royal message.

Given the multiplicity of major issues and challenges “we are facing today, we are called upon to do everything we can to accelerate proactive and concerted approaches to investment, in order to meet the legitimate aspirations of our peoples in a sustainable way”, underlined the King, saying that Morocco looks forward to “an Africa shaped by Africans, for Africans”.

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