Morocco is a tier one jurisdiction for metals exploration, development and mining. In the well respected Fraser Institute’s latest mining survey, Morocco ranks 16th in the Investment Attractiveness Index globally and 2nd in Africa. It also ranks highly for Political Stability due to its stable parliamentary monarchy.

For exploration and development companies such as CMR, Morocco has excellent infrastructure and support services. There is established geological and mining services industries, a globally accredited assay laboratory, and good road and power networks.

European Link

Strategic location for Europe

Morocco is on the doorstep of the European Union. At the closest point, Spain is only 14km from Morocco across the Strait of Gibraltar. Morocco’s location and its strong support for the mining sector and other exporting industries make it an ideal source of critical metals and minerals for Europe.

Morocco’s main trading partner is already the European Union but it also has strong U.S. diplomatic and trading relations. In 2021, Morocco’s exports were split between Spain 20%, France 19%, India 5%, Brazil 5% and Italy 5% (Source: CIA).

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A Successful Industrial Strategy

Pro business policies

Morocco has successfully attracted foreign direct investment for many years, evidenced by the number of foreign companies and quantum of investment – there are 250 automotive OEMs in Morocco.  The country is set-up to be an export hub with seven Special Economic Zones in Casablanca, Rabat, Oujda, Tangier, Kenitra and Agadir as well as over 100 Industrial Zones. This success is overseen by the king’s vision and fed by an attractive fiscal regime, government incentives and a young well-educated population.

Sustainable energy

Morocco benefits from abundant sun and in some regions sustained wind. As a result, the country’s vision to make Morocco one of the greenest and lowest carbon country’s in the world has genuine potential.

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Automotive and Aeronautics

Large Automotive sector

Morocco’s greatest success story is the automotive sector. Of all Arabic and African nations, Morocco is the leading producer of passenger vehicles, the largest of which is Renault. In 2022 Morocco produced approximately 700,000 vehicles worth US$8.3bn in exports.

Aeronautics and semi-conductors

Morocco also has a multi billion USD aeronautics industry (the largest in Africa) and a significant semi-conductor industry.

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Cobalt and Battery Materials

EU’s Battery Passport favours Morocco

Consumers and governments are now demanding high ESG standards and transparent supply chains for all consumer goods. In the electric vehicle world, battery passports are now being introduced, and the Council of the EU recently adopted its new regulation (10 July 2023). This regulation requires large companies to undertake due diligence of a raw materials’ origin and for clear labelling of batteries with battery passports and QR codes.

Cobalt, BMW & Renault Group

Morocco’s cobalt production comes from the Bou Azzer cobalt mines 250km south of Marrakech. And Morocco’s transparency, stability and sustainable energy credentials give this cobalt additional strategic value and make it a preferred source for auto makers and lithium-ion battery manufacturers. Both BMW Group and Renault Group have cobalt supply agreements with Managem Group, the owner of Bou Azzer.


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