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Growing Sectors

Growing Sectorss

Different Sectors

Blue Economy

Excerpt  from the Royal Speech on the occasion of the 45th anniversary (07/11/2020) of the glorious Green March,

« Moreover, we will continue to work towards the development of a genuine maritime economy in these territories that we cherish so much. »
Marine Biotechnology
High-potent industrial applicationsl


Significant investment potential in the repair, dismantling, renewal, and construction of the fishing fleet.

Key figures and investment potential
  • The national demand for maintenance, repair, and construction of ships is very high. This demand is often forced to turn to foreign countries.
  • The Kingdom has established a Master Plan for the development of port infrastructure dedicated to the shipbuilding industry. Its implementation will generate 6,000 direct jobs by 2030. It will mobilize 4.5 billion dirhams as part of a public-private partnership with the state. This strategy aims to make Morocco a hub for shipbuilding for vessels up to 120 meters.
Main sector indicators:
Sardine boats
Longline boats
Small boats


Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy: The potential for green energy (solar and wind) is significant due to high sunshine and the presence of important wind corridors throughout the year.

Investment OpportunitiesPotentiel d’investissement (MDH)
Renewable Energy ProductionWind energy: minimum potential of 10 GW to be installed by 2030100 000
Solar energy: minimum potential of 1 GW to be installed by 2030.10 000
Green hydrogen: minimum potential of 5 GW by 2030 (2% of the estimated 250 GW global market: Source: RechargeNews)40 000
Integrated Energy ProjectsFor agriculture (Irrigation): 2 seawater desalination stations.1500
For the chemical industry (Green Ammonia): 500 KT (25% of the estimated National Market of 2 million tons).15 000

Desalination of seawater for agriculture

Thanks to its competitive cost  and the significant potential of renewable energies in the region, desalination of seawater has all the key advantages for success in the region.

Significant potential for mobilizing water resources thanks to renewable energies and desalination of sea water
example of a project conducive to a articulation with desalination: Jraifia perimeter
Examples of identified crop sectors include

vegetable farming

feed crops


date palms

argan trees


Fishery Ecosystem Industry
  • Important and rapidly growing local B to B market: This industry has significant potential, encompassing all inputs in the value chain of the existing fish product transformation industry (48 valorization units with only 40% valorization, which is expected to increase with new units). Examples of key inputs: metal packaging, cardboard, plastic, etc.
  • Products supported by the national import substitution strategy.
Renewable Energy Industry
  • This market is driven by investments in wind and solar energy production (1 GW installed capacity to date, 1 GW planned by 2024, and over 10 GW by 2030 thanks to the potential for private investment in green hydrogen). Additionally, there is a market in neighboring regions (Dakhla Oued Dahab and Guelmim-Oued Noun);
  • There is significant potential for local production relocation and value-added creation within the framework of value chain integration;
  • Potential for export to Africa;
  • Products supported by the national import substitution strategy;

Tourism Sector

The region is rich in natural (beach and desert) and cultural assets, with a strategic geographical location close to three major tourist markets (Agadir, Dakhla, and the Canary Islands) and several archaeological sites.


Key FiguresCharacteristicProducts and activities adapted
3000 hectares of water surfaceProtected Area
Diverse Wildlife and Flora
Exceptional Landscape
Light tourist facilities
Cane fishing, water sports, hiking...

Beach Tourism

Key FiguresCharacteristicAdapted Products and Activities
161 hectares of beach- Exceptional Connectivity
- Long Untouched Coastline
- At the Heart of the Economic Hub of the Region
Hotel chains, restaurants...


Key figures and investment potential

The Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region (LSH) plays an important role in the development of the fishing sector in Morocco. It has a coastline of 575 km with landing and commercialization port infrastructure consisting of three fishing ports and six fishing villages.

Key figures 2019

Landing volume


Landing value

2.3 billion MAD

Onshore processing units


Export value *

4,5 billion MAD

Direct employment (onshore and offshore)

~ 35.000

Valorization ratio

~ 5000 MAD/T


La stratégie sectorielle nationale ambitionne de produire 200 000 tonnes de produits aquacoles pour un chiffre d’affaires de 5 milliards de dirhams et 3 milliards de dirhams d’exportations halieutiques à l’horizon 2030
  • Un plan aquacole régional prévoit un potentiel de 2000 ha (offshore et Sebkhas);
  • Fort potentiel en conchyliculture, algoculture et pisciculture;
  • La Recherche scientifique est engagée au niveau du Centre de recherche de l’Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique à Lâayoune / Fondation Phosbocraa (ASARI);
  • Une agence nationale pour accompagner le développement de l’aquaculture au Maroc. https://anda.gov.ma/;

The national sectoral strategy aims to produce 200,000 tonnes of aquaculture products for a turnover of 5 billion dirhams and 3 billion dirhams in fishery exports by 2030.

  • A regional aquaculture plan predicts a potential of 2000 ha (offshore and Sebkhas);
  • Strong potential in shellfish farming, seaweed farming, and fish farming;
  • Scientific research is being carried out at the research center of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Laayoune/Fondation Phosbocraa (ASARI);
  • A national agency to support the development of aquaculture in Morocco https://anda.gov.ma/;