Morocco is worried
As soon as the coup d’etat occurred in Ouagadougou, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad mobilized itself by setting up, via the Kingdom’s Embassy in Ouagadougou, a monitoring unit of the situation in Burkina Faso, and made a point of reassuring the national public opinion on the situation of the members of the Moroccan community residing in this country.
The national airline Royal Air Maroc (RAM) suspended its flights to Ouagadougou on Sunday, October 2, following the decision to close the country’s air borders. The company announced on Monday, October 3, the resumption of its Casablanca-Ouagadougou flights following the reopening of air borders in Burkina Faso.
The rapid resumption of flights reflects the restoration of the security situation in the country. However, the start of the school year having taken place, a glimmer of hope appeared on Monday, October 3, the day when the crisis was at its peak. The Secretary General of the Ministry of National Education, Literacy and the Promotion of National Languages, Ibrahima Sanon, officially launched the 2022-2023 school year.
Moroccan companies in Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso, whose political instability is worrying, has several Moroccan companies, some of which are well-known. In the construction sector, for example, we can cite the presence of the CIMAF Burkina project launched by the Ciment d’Afrique group.
Created in 2011, the group is now present in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Conakry, Cameroon, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Ghana, Chad and Guinea Bissau. In November 2021, it secured funding of €161.25 million from several international donors, including IFC. This financing is intended to help the company increase its cement production in West Africa to meet the growing demand for new housing and infrastructure in the region.
Morocco-Burkina Faso: investment protection agreement
Morocco and Burkina Faso are bound by several agreements and memoranda, including an agreement to encourage and protect investments, signed in 2007. The agreement consists of protecting the investments of the two countries on their respective soils. The two parties undertake, under the terms of this agreement, to take the necessary measures to maintain public order, protection and the full and complete security of businesses in the two countries.
Moroccan truck drivers in Burkina Faso
Moroccan truckers have, following this political and security crisis, found themselves stranded in Burkina Faso. They were able to leave the country following the interventions carried out by the Moroccan authorities. Union sources revealed to the online media Hespress that around 30 Moroccan trucks have returned to the country, while around 60 other trucks are still present in countries bordering Burkina Faso. All Moroccan drivers are in good health, and are in constant and continuous communication with the trade union bodies to which they belong.
According to information obtained by Hespress, Moroccan trucks transport goods to a number of countries on the African continent, including meat and dairy products, medical equipment, gypsum and vegetables. These trucks also transport equipment for Moroccan offices, administrations and banks in sub-Saharan countries. About 80 trucks leave the Guerguerat border post daily for this African region.