The Kingdom of Morocco receives an important injection of funds to equip the Ministry of the Interior for police duties and vehicles delivered by Spain, which are not always returned to Spanish companies. In the last two years alone, three major contracts worth 35 million euros have been completed for the delivery of all-terrain vehicles, trucks and quads that Morocco should use to strengthen its control over irregular immigration.
The latest contract, which was again put out to tender by the General Secretariat of the International Foundation and for Ibero-America for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), provides for the delivery of 90 quads worth 1.4 million euros including taxes. This last program provides for the delivery of 30 automatic 4×4 motorcycle quads / ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) and another 60 as part of the Support for Integrated Management of Borders and Migration in Morocco (EUTF-NOA-MA-05) project, and another 60 that will be a Manual transmission delivered in Tangier, as well as training in maintenance and the opportunity to improve it.
This tender is in addition to the tender awarded last December for EUR 8.6 million for the delivery of 130 all-terrain vehicles for the same program being carried out in Rabat, including training on maintenance and the possibility of improvement this. It happens that this tender was also awarded to a Moroccan company such as Toyota Du Maroc, which will supply 130 Toyota Land Cruisers, having obtained a better score than four other finalist companies, all Spanish, with which in addition to financing In a purchase for the North African country, no Spanish company will benefit from this gift.
The most controversial acquisition took place in 2019 with the planned delivery of almost 400 off-road vehicles for various tasks worth EUR 26 million to Morocco. The award awaits another 6.5 million tender for Morocco consisting of 98 long-range portable cold cameras for the Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Morocco under the same program.
Institutional support for Morocco
The FIIAPP FSP is a public foundation that manages international cooperation projects and whose board of trustees is headed by the Vice-President of the Government Carmen Calvo, which also brings together important state authorities, including ministers and state secretaries.
According to its website, one of the objectives of the EU Trust Fund’s operational framework for North Africa is to reduce the vulnerabilities associated with combating irregular migration. The action aims to strengthen the operational capacities of Moroccan institutions in the field of integrated border management in accordance with the humanitarian approach of the SNIA (Stratgie Nationale dImmigration et dAsile) in Morocco.
Some of the specific outputs of the project are improving operational capabilities in border surveillance (land and sea), combating migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings, and improving inter-institutional and cross-border cooperation on immigration. Irregular migration. (Jos M Navarro Garca)
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