Projects Under Development Model for Southern Provinces Making Headway, Interior Minister
Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit, said, on Thursday in Rabat, that the implementation of projects under the new development model for the Southern Provinces is making headway, given the overall cost of projects, completed or under way totalling 34.6 billion dirhams in October.
Presenting the 2018 budget of the Interior Ministry before the Committee of Interior, Territorial Authorities, Housing and Urban Policy at the House of Representatives, Laftit underlined that, as part of this important program, 12 agreements on integrated development programs in the Southern Provinces were concluded over 2016-2021, including 160 urban rehabilitation programs for the Guelmim-Oued Noun regions, as well as the regions of Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra and Dakhla-Oued Eddahab for a total amount of 3,350.54 million dirhams, with the contribution of 1,713 million dirhams from the Interior Ministry.
During this meeting, attended by Minister Delegate for the interior Noureddine Boutayeb, Laftit noted that as part of the implementation of the Southern provinces development program, which was launched by HM King Mohammed VI in November 2015, the Program’s steering Committee, chaired by the Interior Minister, held six meetings at the central and regional levels to monitor the completion of the said program.
He pointed out that, in order to back up this program, a series of measures were adopted as the promulgation of decrees and organic laws, the generalization of guides and circulars on legal, financial and technical aspects, the enhancement of training and the integration of the gender approach in territorial development.
According to Laftit, the 2018 sectoral budget of the Interior Ministry aims to reach the strategic goals of the sector, in accordance with the government program and the Royal Directives meant to revive extensive regionalisation and reduce disparities by focusing on the rural world and programs for youth, human development and administration reform.