Morocco’s autonomy plan for the Sahara region is emerging as a compelling solution on the international stage, garnering increasing support from countries around the world. Spearheaded by King Mohammed VI, this “serious and realistic” plan aims to foster inclusive development, regional peace, and shared prosperity in the region. With proactive foreign policy initiatives and diplomatic efforts, Morocco is gaining backing from diverse nations across Africa, Europe, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East, effectively countering opposition from the Algerian regime and its Polisario separatist puppet.
The widespread support for Morocco’s autonomy plan comes from a myriad of countries, including key players like Washington, Madrid, Berlin, Lisbon, Brussels, Bern, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Rome, Bucharest, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Muscat, Manama, Dakar, Libreville, Ouagadougou, Niamey, and Conakry. These nations view Morocco’s proposal as the only viable and realistic solution to the Sahara issue, acknowledging the efforts of UN Chief Antonio Guterres and his personal envoy for the Sahara, Staffan De Mistura, in seeking a practical and compromise-based resolution in line with UN Security Council resolutions.
Notably, nearly 30 African, Arab, and Latin American countries have established consulates in the Saharan cities of Laayoune and Dakhla, reaffirming their recognition of the Saharan territory as an integral part of Morocco. This diplomatic move effectively thwarts hostile plots orchestrated by Morocco’s adversaries in North Africa.
The champions of Morocco’s territorial integrity are impressed by the region’s remarkable socioeconomic development, largely driven by the $8 billion New Development Model (NDM) launched in 2015. King Mohammed VI’s ambitious initiative has breathed new life into the local economy, facilitating the construction of modern infrastructures such as roads, schools, hospitals, and airports. The NDM has also spurred renewable energy projects, tourism, and improved living conditions for local inhabitants who actively participate in electing their local and national representatives. In stark contrast, those living in the Polisario-controlled Tindouf camps in southern Algeria continue to endure deplorable conditions.
Morocco firmly believes that investments and economic development are paramount for growth, progress, and prosperity. Consequently, the kingdom has embarked on several projects in renewable energy, fisheries, industry, ports, and highways. These ventures have attracted interest from private investors worldwide, with the Sahara becoming a gateway to Africa, offering strategic partners proximity and privileged access to the African market.
A recent significant investment announcement by the UK Oblin group exemplifies the growing interest in the Saharan region. The group is set to invest $100 billion in green energy projects in the cities of Laayoune and Dakhla, with plans for a market-leading solar panel manufacturing plant, a solar farm, and a wind farm. Moreover, Oblin intends to engage in large-scale renewable energy generation for Green Hydrogen and Green Liquid Ammonia production. These ventures have the potential to create numerous job opportunities in the Saharan region, further bolstered by its reputation for peace and stability, both essential factors in attracting investors.
Morocco‘s autonomy plan for the Sahara has undeniably garnered significant international support. Under the visionary leadership of King Mohammed VI, the Moroccan government continues to pursue inclusive development, regional peace, and shared prosperity. The impressive socioeconomic progress in the region, combined with Morocco’s commitment to sustainable initiatives, has positioned the Sahara as a premier destination for global investment across various sectors, reaffirming the country’s status as a leading player on the African continent.