The Anti-Atlas has reserves of copper, manganese, gold and silver, cobalt, tin, titanium, and tungsten. The High Atlas has reserves of lead, zinc, copper, manganese, iron, and barite, while zinc, antimony, strategic metals, and smectic clays are sourced in the Rif. The eastern region is known for lead, zinc, and coal.
According to data from the World Bureau of Metal Statistics, as of 2020, Morocco produced about 34.2 thousand metric tons of copper through its mining efforts. The global production of copper for that year was about 20.7 million metric tons.
Morocco is in the top ten economies in Africa and its growth plans means it needs construction materials. As with many other countries on the continent it is at present unable to fully meet an insatiable demand for cement and aggregates. Major port and highway projects are being undertaken, and some of these are being supplied with high quality materials from a comparatively small quarry at Oued Cherrat. As competition intensifies in the cement sector in Morocco existing companies are getting set for a phase of capacity development.