The Minister of Industry, Trade and Green and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, reassured about the availability of masks on the Moroccan market and displayed its optimism about a possible export with regard to production and the smooth running of the market supply operation. “In 3 days, there will be masks for everyone and much more” he said and “we will soon be exporting Moroccan masks to Europe”.
According to Moulay Hafid Elalamy, more than 5.3 million masks have been distributed in the past two days, in commerce, especially supermarkets and grocery stores. “On instructions from His Majesty King Mohammed VI, we have been producing masks for three weeks,” said the Minister of Industry, Trade and the Green and Digital Economy. “Before the weekend, 66000 outlets will be supplied and there will be masks for the entire population,” he said.
According to the minister, Morocco currently produces 3 million masks per day and has sufficient stock for at least a week pending intensive production. “Next Tuesday, we will reach a daily production of 5 million masks per day,” he added. “We have contacts with major European countries which ask us to export masks to them and we will, because we will soon meet the needs of the Moroccan market, we will soon export Moroccan masks to Europe”.
Moulay Hafid Elalamy said the price of the mask has been regulated by royal decision and it will be at 0.8 dirham. “Since the beginning of the crisis, His Majesty’s instructions have been to appreciate the ability of our manufacturers to produce these masks to support the health sector.”
And precisely in this context of support for the Department of Health, the Minister of Industry, Trade and the green and digital economy, also visited an aeronautical factory, the Company for study and precision mechanical works which converted its activity during a coronavirus crisis into the production of 100% Moroccan artificial respirators, intended for patients suffering from the new coronavirus (Covid-19). Its engineers mobilized and the whole ecosystem was set up “very quickly” for the manufacture of this Moroccan respirator, said the Minister of Industry, Trade and the green and digital economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy. As a first step, this contribution from all stakeholders, each in its field, will allow the production of 500 respirators per week.