Taroudant - On Monday, the Wilaya of Casablanca released a statement in which it explains the reasons behind Moroccan authorities’ decision to block Swedish furniture giant Ikea from opening five stores in Morocco.
Taroudant – On Monday, the Wilaya of Casablanca released a statement in which it explains the reasons behind Moroccan authorities’ decision to block Swedish furniture giant Ikea from opening five stores in Morocco.
In an exclusive report published on Monday, the Moroccan website Le360 reported that this decision was made following an urgent meeting held this Monday at the head of government’s office in response to Stockholm’s project of the so-called Sahrawi Republic (SADR).
The Wilaya of Casablanca said that Ikea’s new plant in Zenata, about 30 kilometres away from Casablanca, does not have a certificate of compliance (conformity permit), which should be obtained from the municipality and the authorities concerned.
The same source added that for these reasons the opening of Ikea’s new plant, planned for September 29, was canceled.
The Swedish furniture giant’s project can be completed “only after obtaining a certificate,” the authorities said.
The Swedish company, which has reportedly invested 40 million euros in its new 26,000 square meter plant in the new city of Zenata, said earlier that it would create 1,400 jobs, including 400 direct jobs.
Neither the Swedish government nor Ikea has released official statements regarding the cancellation of the opening.
It remains unclear whether the block is temporary and the Swedish company will get the conformity permit to open its store in the future or if this is a permanent prevention barring Ikea from Morocco.