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King of Morocco launching projects in the Southern Provinces: Regionalization at its best

February 9th, 2016


King Mohammed VI is visiting the Southern Provinces of the country and launching development porjects to make of the region a model for regionalization.

After Laayoune, the King went to Dakhla and Chaired a Ceremony to Launch Development Programs of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab, Guelmim-Oued Noun Regions
Dakhla (South) –

These two development projects represent part of the implementation of the new development model in the southern provinces, which was launched on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Green March to promote the integration of these provinces in the kingdom, and reinforce the position of the Sahara as an economic hub and a bridge between Morocco and its African depth.

This new development model revolves around four pillars:

1- creating a new development and employment momentum based on competitive regional poles,
2- achieving comprehensive development and promoting the cultural dimension,
3- promoting responsible governance, and
4- guaranteeing sustainable development and reinforcing the national and international connectivity of the southern provinces.

The 77-billion-dirham development model puts the citizen at the top of its priorities and is based on contract agreements between the State and the regions, which will determine the obligations of each side.

Then King Mohammed VI chaired the signing ceremony of the two program contracts (2016-2021) between the State and the regions of Dhaka-Oued Ed-dahab and Guelmim-Oued Noun.

Then the King Inaugurated a new fish market in Dakhla to make it a development pole.

The 26-million-dirham market, part of the implementation of the national Halieutis strategy which provides for organizing the traditional and coastal fishing industry in Morocco, is in line with the development momentum in the southern city of Dakhla.

This new marketing infrastructure aims to improve the quality, fluidity and transparency of business transactions and develop fishing related activities in the region.

This project also provides for developing the national consumption of fish products by allowing citizens to make better use of the country’s maritime resources in the best conditions in terms of price, quality, availability and safety.

Built in accordance with the international standards of the highest quality, this new facility is equipped with technologies that guarantee the computerization of the whole sales process. This computerization maximizes the speed and transparency of the transactions and guarantees the strict monitoring of the traceability of products.

From the fish market to the imauguration of Oued Massa Seawater Desalination Vessel in Dakhla

Newly acquired by the Royal Navy from the Dutch shipyard “DAMEN SCHELDE NAVAL SHIPBUILDING”, this vessel will produce drinking water for the benefit of areas facing water shortage and lack port infrastructure.

The acquisition of this vessel was decided by the King, Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of the FAR, as a result of the floods that ravaged the southern provinces of the Kingdom in 2014.

With a production capacity of 1,500 m3 per day, the new vessel will supply drinking water to 75,000 people at a rate of 20 liters per day per capita.