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Gharb - Chrarda - Beni Hssen
   
 
   
Situated between two of Morocco’s main regions, Sale-zemmour-Zaer and Tangier-Tetouan, Gharb-Chrarda-beni Hssen region covers 8,805 km² and is divided into two provinces, Kenitra and Sidi Kacem. It has a population of 1,859,540, about 6% of the total Moroccan population. The urbanization movement is concentrated in the Kenitra province, where its rate is expected to reach 54%, exceeding by far the national rate. The climate is mild and humid during winter and hot and dry in the summer.

  1. Agriculture
  2. Fisheries
  3. Industry
  4. Tourism
  5. Infrastructure
   N.B. : USD 1 = MAD 7,258
       (evolution over 12 months - Bank Al-Maghrib)
 
 
  Kenitra Regional Investment Centre
  Doing business
     
 1- Agriculture
Employing half of the population, agriculture is one of the most active sectors in the region. The useful agricultural lands cover an area of 893,860 ha, 68% of which is arable, representing 7% of the national useful land. With 130,000 ha irrigated, the region is considered one of the most irrigated in the kingdom. The Gharb-Chrada-Beni Hssen region supplies the country’s big consumption centres like Casablanca, Rabat, Fes and Tangier.
The region’s livestock is composed of 343,610 head of cattle and 1 million head of sheep, 7% of the national livestock. However, the number of goat does not exceed 33,900, that is 0.70% of the national level.
   
 2- Fisheries
Although the fishing sector represents a very important potential, it still remains underdeveloped. With a fleet of 32 trawlers, 24 long-liners, 19 sardine boats and some 340 traditional fishing boats, besides 9 shrimp trawlers for fishing in high seas, the quantities of fish caught is still considered modest (2,680 tonnes in 2005), compared to the region’s potentials. This sector employs about 2,377 people and contributes considerably to the development of the food industry.
   
 3- Industry
This sector is dominated by the food industry, which plays a prominent role in the region’s economy. Currently, 15 of the region’s industrial units are working mainly on transformation and conditioning.

 Province Number of units Staff Export Product Investment Added value
Nbr. % Nbr. % Val. % Val. % Val. % Val. %
 Kenitra 183 84 13 176 56 1 005 98 5 954 91 363 96 4 298 97
 Sidi Kacem 36 16 10 360 44 21 372 2 611 9 14 4 139 3
 Total 219 100 23 536 100 22 377 100 6 564 100 377 100 4 437 100
Industrial indicators : values in MAD million (2006)
 
 Sectors Nbr. companies Turnover  Staff 
 Food industry 81 4 653 919 3 330
 Chemical and para-chemical industry 70 2 469 035 4 113
 Electric and electronic industry 2 2 304 13
 Metallic and mechanical industry 38 580 898 1 109
 Textile and leather industry 13 175 534 322
Source: Ministry of Industry, Commerce and New Technologies
   
 4- Tourism
As well as a 140 km long coast and such beautiful beaches as Mehdia and Bikmeur, the region contains a number of tourist assets: a forest of 125,800 ha, wetlands (Merja Zerqa and Sidi Boughaba), Roman monuments, etc. The tourism industry in the region is still developing, and represents a good potential for both national and international investment.
   
 5- Infrustructure
The Gharb-Chrada-Beni Hssen region’s road network extends over 3,165 km, 65% of which is paved. Road density in the region is 0.4 km per km², five times bigger than the figure registered at the national level. This network is boosted by the motorway linking Kenitra to Tangier, Casablanca and Fes.

With Sidi Kacem as the main train station, the region is crossed by two railroad axes parallel to two principle road axes linking Sidi Kacem to Tangier and Kenitra to Sidi Kacem.

Kenitra has the only river port in the kingdom, situated on the left bank of River Sebou, 17 km from its mouth. The sea port is located at the mouth of the River Sebou. Dams also constitute important infrastructures, given the region’s dependence on agriculture and the amounts of precipitation chalked up every year.

industrial zones :

 Industrial zones surface   Number
of lots 
Price
(MAD/m²)
 The old IZ 84 ha 63a - -
 Municipal-saknia 46 ha 38 a 82 ca 121 145
 Bir Rami 16 ha 94 a 98 ca 46 60
 Bir Rami 2 39 ha 25 a 29 ca 52 150
 The new IZ 46 ha 94 a 132 195 to 210
 Sidi Kacem IZ 13 ha 23 a 80 ca 311 120 to 150
Source: Gharb-Chrarda-Beni Hssen’s CRI
   
     
 
 
     
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