Morocco Invested Billions of Dollars to Develop its Southern Provinces Official

United Nations- Morocco has invested billions of dollars in the development of its southern provinces (in the co-called Western Sahara), as highlighted in the latest report of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Morocco’s Ambassador to the UN Omar Hilale said Tuesday.“Tiny villages, Dakhla and Laayoune are today large cities with modern infrastructure,” a fact also noted by the same report, Hilale said at a press briefing following the unanimous adoption of Resolution 2218 extending for one year the MINURSO mandate.In the report, Ban Ki-moon noted in particular that the Moroccan Sahara continues to benefit from “substantial public investment,” especially in terms of road and port infrastructure. “When Morocco recovered its southern provinces, there were only two small villages, Laayoune and Dakhla. There was no electricity, no water, no schools, let alone hospitals, and a little population because they are nomads”, the diplomat said in response to a question on the exploitation of natural resources.“Today, the Sahara is made up of large cities, many ports and industries, and Dakhla is a must-see international tourist destination,” he told the international press.Morocco has invested “several billion dollars in the southern provinces over the last 40 years”, he added.

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