French President Emmanuel Macron will be on a state visit to Morocco on February 12 and 13, 2020. This is his third visit to the Kingdom since he was elected in 2017.
If the program of the visit has not been revealed, Macron will go to Rabat to convince Moroccan officials to choose the Alstom group to take care of the second tranche of the TGV which will connect Marrakech and Agadir. It is that the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC), the Chinese railway giant which is now scary in Europe, would have made an attractive proposal in Morocco, which did not fail to worry the French.
The CRRC was born in 2014 and achieved a turnover of nearly 26 billion euros three years later, while Baombardier Transport, Siemnes Mobility and Alstom were around 8 billion. The Chinese giant has already placed locomotives, tains and metros in Argentina, Cairo, Turkey, the United States, Angla, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Jamaica, India …
Recall that the Secretary of State to the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne had announced Macron’s visit to Morocco during the 14th France Morocco Meeting. This meeting made it possible to take stock of the situation in several fields, notably political, economic and cultural. The Meeting saw the participation of a large official French and Moroccan delegation.
El Othmani, who co-chaired the 14th high-level meeting with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, noted in a speech during the plenary session that relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the French Republic “rest on historical dimensions, cultural, and human” including “we must preserve its singular and exceptional character and continue to consolidate it”. For El Othmani, is “an opportunity to affirm, once again, the unique nature of the unwavering friendship and mutual respect that has always surrounded and marked bilateral relations between the two countries”, highlighting before the “convergence of views between the Kingdom of Morocco and the French Republic, with regard to several questions of common interest, which strengthens the base of this privileged partnership which is gaining in depth, intensity and density capable of make it a regional reference”.