Now in the midst of a three-stage strategic plan to develop the transport sector and position the country as a regional hub for air and maritime traffic, Morocco has experienced remarkable growth in transport networks in recent years. The government invested some €10.67bn between 2008 and 2012 for infrastructure building and introduced liberalisation and competitiveness reforms. To maximise the benefits of the country’s expanded infrastructure, the government has also proposed a Dh60bn (€5.33bn) investment programme over the 2010-30 period for the construction of a nationwide logistics network. This is expected to increase efficiency and boost revenues in maritime, air, road and rail transport. While much of Morocco’s transport sector continues to be managed by public entities, particularly airports and railways, private sector firms are coming to play larger roles, especially in maritime segment.
This chapter includes interviews with Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Equipment and Transport; and Hartmut Goeritz, Director-General, APM Terminals Tangier.