MOROCCO – Morocco’s Minister of Equipment and Transport Abdelkader Amara has announced that the country will invest US$396.27 (MAD 3.8 billion) to link Morocco’s LGV-TGV high-speed train, known Al Boraq, with the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca.

The announcement came during field visits to the Casablanca-Settat region last week that was attended by a high-level state delegation comprising of ministers, government officials, and elected representatives.

Amara spoke about the budget put in place for highway and infrastructure projects, emphasizing that investments in the road sector reached US$521.41 (MAD 5 billion) for the completion of projects launched between 2015 and 2019.

According to the minister, the investment envelope also includes projects that are currently underway and set to be completed between 2020 and 2022.

The projects planned for kick off in 2020 will cost about US$417 billion (MAD 4 billion).

The budget will cover the construction of the Casablanca-Berrechid highway and to triple the axis of Tit Mellil-Berrechid road.

Railway projects that have been ongoing in the Casablanca-Settat region required an investment budget of US$1.04 billion (MAD 10 billion).

Amara announced that the country will invest US$396 million (MAD 3.8 billion) to  make the Mohammed V airport-LGV project happen.

The Al Boraq LGV_TGV train launched in November 2018 is one of Morocco’s milestone projects.

According to the National Office of Railways (ONCF) the high-speed train carried 3 million passengers in 2019.