Frontier Horizons has been able to ensure the safety of client’s employees and operations in Morocco. We assist our clients entering new markets through provision of comprehensive risk assessments, due diligence, tracing support, and security advice to facilitate setting up and operating facilities in the country. Our services includes thorough Risk Management, Executive Protection, Physical guarding of facilities and property, Crisis Management and Response, and Security Emergency Response Services.
Population 35,196,103 (2017)
Language(s) Arabic, Berber
Recent Territory Updates
The new Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, will appoint a new Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara. Morocco’s King Mohammed Vl finished his widely followed African tour on 14 March. Morocco’s new Head of Government, Saad Eddine Othmani announced the formation of a new coalition government. A Conference of African Ministers of Finance scheduled for 27 March was cancelled due to disagreements between countries over the Western Sahara issue. Morocco and Spain agreed a new partnership to increase security surrounding the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla on 5 March. The Polisario Front announced on 5 March that it would ignore UN calls for a withdrawal from the Guerguerat region. An IMF report suggested that economic growth in Morocco is being slowed by gender inequality. A 115bn Dirham project to develop the Casablanca-Settat region was approved on 6 March. The African Development Bank (ADB) approved its 2017-21 Morocco strategy on 8 March, which seeks to boost economic growth in the country. The Moroccan Central Bank voted to keep interest rates unchanged on 21 March at its first quarterly meeting. King Mohammed Vl presided over the opening of a new $1.1bn technology park in the city of Tangiers on 22 March.
Around 1100 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa attempted to illegally enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Morocco rejoined the African Union (AU) on 31 January, after over 30 years of absence. The appointed Head of Morocco’s Government, Abdelilah Benikrane, announced that the new Moroccan government would be formed only of parties who had been part of the previous majority government. King Mohammed Vl ordered the Council of Ministers to extend the duration of residence permits. The Moroccan government banned the import, sale and manufacture of burqas on 12 January. Two Moroccan peacekeepers were killed during an attack on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Royal Moroccan Air Force purchased advanced electronic warfare threat protection systems from US company Harris Corporation Electronic Systems. Moroccan security forces arrested 7 people for alleged ties to the Islamic State (IS). The Moroccan Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation dismantled an IS cell on 27 January. The World Bank predicted that the Moroccan economy will grow by 4 per cent in 2017. Remittances from Moroccan expatriates increased by 3.6 per cent in 2016. Morocco’s inflation rate for 2016 was 1.6 per cent. Car sales in Morocco rose in 2016.
The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) was awarded the United Nations Environment Program’s Champions of the Earth award for 2016 on 3 December. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) rejected an appeal by the Polisario Front to invalidate European Union (EU)-Morocco agricultural deals. King Mohammed Vl was awarded the Mandela Peace Prize 2016. Five members of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) were arrested on 30 December for expressing sympathy for acts of terrorism. Abdelilah Benkirane, Morocco’s appointed Head of Government and Secretary-General of the PJD party, announced he would form a coalition without the leader of the Independence Party, Hamid Chabat. Moroccan security forces dismantled an Islamic State (IS) cell on 2 December. Morocco will receive 1,200 TOW 2a anti-tank missiles from the United States (US) as part of a US programme to supply arms to Arab allies. Moroccan intelligence services dismantled 19 terror cells in 2016 according to the Head of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ). GDP growth in Morocco is predicted to be 4.3 per cent in 2017. Foreign Direct Investment in Morocco fell in 2016 by 28 per cent. The Moroccan Central Bank revised down its growth predictions for 2016 to 1.2 per cent. The Moroccan Central Bank announced that it was delaying the process of transitioning the Dirham to a floating exchange rate.
Morocco’s current party of government, the Justice and Development Party (PJD), won the most seats in the country’s parliamentary elections on 8 October. The European Union (EU) signed several Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Moroccan non-government organisations on 20 October. Morocco was criticised by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee in its 118th session for its poor record on women’s rights. The Moroccan Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Mohamed Aujjar, stressed on 26 October that only a mutually acceptable political solution would end the Western Sahara issue. Morocco was elected as a member of the UN’s Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture. Rwandan president Paul Kagame announced on 29 October that Morocco would return to the African Union (AU). The Moroccan Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation dismantled an all-female Islamic State (IS) cell. The Moroccan Royal Armed Forces arrested six Algerian soldiers along with several Polisario Front fighters on 17 October. There were widespread protests across Morocco against police brutality on 30 October following the death of a fishermea, Mouhcine Fikri, during a dispute with police. The British bank Barclays completed the sale of its Egyptian business to Morocco’s Attijariwafa Bank. France was the largest foreign investor in Morocco from 2000-15. Research from Stanford University shows that Morocco could run on 100 per cent green energy by 2050. The World Bank ranked Morocco 68th in the world in its Doing Business 2017 report. Fitch, the ratings agency, confirmed Morocco’s latest credit rating as BBB- on 25 October.
The President of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) hailed the ratification by China and the United States of the Paris Agreement, on 4 September. The Moroccan Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, signed the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) on behalf of Morocco on 6 September. Morocco will create a regional think tank based on the role of women in peacekeeping operations, as well as their contribution to sustainable development. National elections, which will be held on 7 October in Morocco, will be supervised by 4,000 observers; it was announced on 9 September. A new tripartite partnership to protect the Mediterranean Sea was agreed between Morocco, France and Monaco on 16 September at the Our Ocean conference in Washington DC. The African Union (AU) expressed its concern over tensions in the Guerguerat region of Morocco in a statement on 7 September. Morocco’s General Directorate for National Territory Surveillance dismantled an Islamic State (IS) cell on 7 September. The Head of MINURSO met with the separatist group the Polisario Front on 8 September to discuss tensions over the Guerguerat region of southern Morocco. Six million tourists visited Morocco in the first half of 2016, data released on 8 September shows. Morocco’s trade deficit widened by 13 per cent in the first eight months of 2016 according to new data. Morocco’s Central Bank increased its growth expectations for the country, from 1.2 per cent up to 1.4 per cent on 27 September. Morocco postponed the decision to implement a fully flexible exchange rate system until the second half of 2017.