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ADFD finances high-speed train in Morocco worth AED147 million

Abu Dhabi,20 Nov 2016

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) signed a concessionary loan agreement to the tune of AED147 million with the Office Nationale des Chemins de Fer du Maroc (ONCFM), Morocco’s national railway operator, to finance the construction of a high-speed train; bridging the gap between the cities of Tangier and Kenitra. <br /><br />
Complementing ADFD’s first instalment of AED368 million released in 2010 for the rehabilitation of the track’s infrastructure and foundation systems, this second instalment will be used to finance the launch of a 200-km long, 320-km/hr high-speed train that connects both hubs by 2018. 
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The agreement was signed in Morocco between His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), and Mohamed Rabie Khlie, CEO of ONCFM, in the presence of His Excellency Mohamed Boussaid, the Moroccan Minister of Economy and Finance.
Re-affirming ADFD’s commitment to sustainable long-term growth towards regional and thriving nations, His Excellency Al Suwaidi said: “Our devotion is steadfast, our support is unwavering and we will continue to meticulously fund and invest in socio-economic development projects to alleviate living standards across the board.”
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Speaking on the new concessionary loan agreement with Morocco, he added: “The Fund and the Kingdom of Morocco have enjoyed a unique and historic partnership dating back to 1976.  This latest collaboration will ensure ease of movement for travellers, cargo and produce.

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It will dramatically decrease the duration of the trip between these two important cities from five hours to two hours.”
For his part, His Excellency Boussaid commended the UAE’s dedication towards the sustained progress of emerging nations. He expressed his gratitude to ADFD for its strategic approach in development and for its efforts in tailoring funding mechanisms across all key economic sectors to ensure incremental and long-lasting growth in Morocco.
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Till date, ADFD has successfully funded 71 development projects in Morocco -12 of which targeted the transportation sector. The entirety of the Tangier-Kenitra high-speed train project amounts to AED515 million; bringing ADFD’s current sum expenditure in Morocco to AED 8.8 billion.