It is to the City of Air (Casa-Anfa) that the United States relocate their consulate. And for its construction, the market has excluded Moroccan construction companies.
According to sources, it is reserved for companies with contracts of at least $ 123 million for US diplomacy. The budget for this project is between 165 and 190 million dollars, for an area of 28,000 m².
Why did they exclude Moroccan construction companies? The answer could be related to the security of diplomatic representations. It was questioned a few months ago, in the case of espionage of the Chinese who had built the headquarters of the African Union in Ethiopia. Located more exactly in Addis Ababa, the headquarters was spied by the Chinese for 5 years, from 2012 to 2017. The building IT specialists, built by the Chinese, discovered that the entire contents of its servers were transferred to Shanghai.
China has also offered the services of its engineers to other African countries to build presidential palaces, primaries and other parliaments, in Burundi, Cameroon, Mauritania, Togo, Djibouti, Sudan, Mozambique or in Gabon. This could be one of the reasons for this decision to avoid any risk of spying.
Moreover, the choice of the builder of the American Embassy in Rabat, a few years ago, was also not focused on a Moroccan construction company. The company B.L. Harbert International (Birmingham, Alabama) won the contract for the construction of the embassy.
Thus, this same company is favorite to win the contract for the construction of the new consulate of the United States in Casablanca. The construction site was launched on December 27th. The territory of the new consulate was provided by the Anfa Urbanization and Development Agency. This building will be easier to access and provide more security.