Wednesday 1 February 2023

Regional Development: Six Program-Contracts Worth MAD 29.13 Billion Signed

Développement régional: Signature de six contrats programmes d’un coût global de 29,13 MMDH

During the current mandate of the Executive, six regional development program-contracts have been signed, for an overall budget of 29.13 billion dirhams, in order to realize 237 projects, Minister of Interior Abdelouafi Laftit said Tuesday in Rabat.

Answering a central question during the oral question session in the House of Councillors on "the implementation of advanced regionalization", Laftit said that these contracts concern the regions of Fez-Meknes, Dakhla-Oued Eddahab, Beni Mellal-Khenifra, Guelmim-Oued Noun, Souss-Massa and Tangier-Tetouan Al-Hoceima, adding that the contract program to bind the state to the region of the Oriental, worth 5.861 billion dirhams to implement 49 projects, is in the final stages of signing.

The contract between the State and the regions is the ideal mechanism to realize economic and social development programs and an essential gateway to implement advanced regionalization, he stressed, adding that the Ministry of Interior has taken the initiative to develop a model contract between the State and the regions according to a participatory approach with the goal of determining the financial commitments of the parties, the value of the necessary funds and the timetable for the realization of the programs subject of the contracts, with the establishment of mechanisms for monitoring and assessment of contractual commitments.

In accordance with the advanced regionalization project and the provisions of the New Development Model, added Laftit, the draft law No. 83.21 on the creation of regional multi-service companies was developed, noting that in parallel, the Ministry has taken all the backing measures in the technical, financial, social, economic and organizational for the implementation of this model.

MAP: 31 January 2023