After draining FDI inflows of $ 2.7 billion in 2017, Morocco captured some FDI 33.5 billion in FY 2018, an increase of 28.6% in one year.
As the leading investor in Africa, Morocco is also one of the largest FDI investors on the continent. Business environment generally favorable, economic growth more or less sustained, strategic geographical positioning (hyphen between Europe and Africa), the leadership of Morocco, one of the few countries in the region to have been spared by the "Arab Spring" of 2011 – so politically stable – is indisputable.
Moreover, the monitor of border investments FDI Markets has made it clear in his report of May 2017, ranking the kingdom before South Africa, so far undisputed African master and first investor in the continent. A trend that is part of a dynamic started in 2010. An exception in a region marked by a decline in FDI flows in fact fell by 4% in 2017 to reach $ 13 billion. But Morocco, it seems to be spared by this downward trend. After draining foreign direct investment inflows of $ 2.7 billion in 2017, up 23% from the previous year, the country captured some 33.5 billion dirhams (billion dirhams). FDI in 2018, a sharp increase of 28.6% over the previous year, says the Office des Changes.
This result is explained by an increase in revenues (+11.6 billion dirhams) greater than that of expenditures (+4.1 billion dirhams), explains the same source in a note on its preliminary indicators of foreign trade under the year 2018. Concerning the income of Moroccans residing abroad, they amounted to 64.8 billion dirhams for the year 2018 (-1.7%), says the Office des Changes. Another detail, the travel balance shows a surplus of 54.3 billion dirhams against 54.8 billion dirhams a year ago, according to the same document, which specifies that this evolution is attributable to the increase of receipts of 1.1 billion dirhams, combined however to the increase in expenses of 1.6 billion dirhams. In addition to the volume of FDI, it is necessary to highlight the nature of the investments, the sectors for which they are intended and their origin. While France remains the largest foreign investor in Morocco, particularly in the industrial sector, the United Arab Emirates is increasingly active in the Moroccan real estate sector.