Selecciona Edición
Conéctate
Selecciona Edición
Tamaño letra

Cable que relata que para hacer inversiones inmobiliarias en Marruecos hay que contar con la anuencia del rey

En diciembre de 2009 la Embajada informa de las negociaciones de un empresario para establecerse en Marruecos

ID: 239525
Date: 2009-12-11 17:42:00
Origin: 09CASABLANCA226
Source: Consulate Casablanca
Classification: SECRET
Dunno:
Destination: VZCZCXRO3969
RR RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHDH RUEHKUK RUEHROV RUEHTRO
DE RUEHCL #0226 3451742
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
R 111742Z DEC 09
FM AMCONSUL CASABLANCA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8575
INFO RUEHEE/ARAB LEAGUE COLLECTIVE
RUCNMGH/MAGHREB COLLECTIVE
RUEHRB/AMEMBASSY RABAT 0013
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC

S E C R E T CASABLANCA 000226

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA AND NEA/MAG

E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/10/2019
TAGS: ECON, EINV, EFIN, MO, PGOV
SUBJECT: PALACE COERCION PLAGUES MOROCCO'S REAL ESTATE
SECTOR

Classified By: Consul General Millard for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

1. (C) SUMMARY: At a December 9 meeting, one of Morocco's leading
business entrepreneurs XXXXXXXXXXXX, told EconOff that
major institutions and processes of the Moroccan state are being used
by the Palace to coerce and solicit bribes in the country's real
estate sector. XXXXXXXXXXXX made clear to his XXXXXXXXXXXX interlocutors that Morocco's
major investment decisions were in reality made by three individuals
in the Kingdom: Fouad El Himma the former Deputy Minister of
Interior who now heads the Party of
Authenticity and Modernity, Mohamed Mounir Al Majidi who is the head
of the King's private secretariat, and the King himself. "To have
discussions with anyone else would be a waste of time", XXXXXXXXXXXX that,
contrary to popular belief, corruption in the real estate sector
during the reign of King Mohammed VI is becoming more, not less,
pervasive. END SUMMARY.

---------------------------
A TALE OF ROYAL PROPORTIONS
---------------------------

2. (C) XXXXXXXXXXXX major
institutions and processes of the Moroccan state are used by the
Palace to coerce and solicit bribes in the real estate sector. While
corrupt practices existed during the reign of King Hassan II,
XXXXXXXXXXXX, they have become much more institutionalized
with
King Mohammed VI. Institutions such as the royal family's holding
company, Omnium Nord Africaine (ONA), which now clears most large
development projects, regularly coerce developers into granting
beneficial rights to ONA, XXXXXXXXXXXX

3. XXXXXXXXXXXX
4. (C) XXXXXXXXXXXX ONA's XXXXXXXXXXXX
reportedly told his interlocutors that Morocco's major investment
decisions were effectively made by three individuals: the King,
Fouad El Himma the former Deputy Minister of Interior who now leads
the Palace-backed Party
of Authenticity and Modernity, and Mohamed Mounir Al
Majidi, who is the head of the King's private secretariat and his
principal financial advisor.
XXXXXXXXXXXX
-------
Comment
-------

5. (C) XXXXXXXXXXXX reality, of which most
Moroccans dare only whisper -- the influence and commercial interest
of the King and some of his advisors in virtually every major real
estate project here. A former U.S. Ambassador to the Morocco, who
remains closely connected to the Palace, separately lamented to us
what he termed the appalling greed of those close to King Mohammed
VI. This phenomenon seriously undermines the good governance that
the Moroccan government is working hard to promote.

MILLARD