In 2013, Morocco broke of $3 billion of FDI inflows (UNCTAD) for the first time in its history, also registering a solid increase of 24% compared to 2012. Investment intentions also rose sharply to a level never reached since the creation of the ANIMA-MIPO observatory (more than €7.5 billion). The number of announced projects is however lower than in the past three years (91 compared with 120 in 2012).
The fall in the number of projects identified is explained by a lower level of activity from European investors: even if they are still the majority, their involvement is relatively low compared to previous years, and close to its lowest level, reached in 2009 (53 projects). Not surprisingly, investors in the MED region were also more discreet in this period of regional turmoil, while all other regions of the world maintained their level of commitment. The very strong increase in flows invested is linked to recorded announcements from the Gulf and particularly from the UAE, in the sectors traditionally targeted (tourism, construction), but also in sectors with higher added value for the country's economy, such as drugs (entry of Abraaj Capital to the capital of Laboratoire Steripharma) and energy (two clean coal power plants in Jorf Lasfar at the initiative of Taqa). The telecom sector also registers a major announcement with the buyback of Maroc Telecom by Etisalat from the French Vivendi. The extension of the activities of the airline Etihad Airways in Morocco is testimony to this strengthening of economic ties between the two countries.
Nationally, several sectors confirmed the strengthening of their attractiveness: automotive (12 more announcements in 2013, in the wake of the arrival of Renault in Tangier in 2010), and aeronautical (8 French announcements), two leading sectors of the national Emergence pact, but also energy (mainly for the exploration of new offshore deposits) and transport - logistics. Foreign investors in contrast further ignored the sectors of tourism, banking (although Morocco is continuing its rise in power on the African continent) and also services to companies, usually top of the list.