Faced with the crisis in the building materials sector in Morocco, caught between rising prices, especially on the items of charges relating to energy, transport, and shipping, and declines in consumption, unfair competition from the informal, or the difficulty of access to raw materials, Fatima Ezzahra El Mansouri, Minister in charge of National Planning, Urban Planning, Housing, and Urban Policy, proposes a new housing program, which according to his words, “considers all the current issues as well as the difficulties faced by the ecosystem of building materials.”
Developing the resilience of the sector in these times of uncertainty is the ambition of the Minister. It is in this context that she announces that “reflections” are currently underway, aiming to “produce a new program of housing that considers all the current issues as well as the difficulties faced by this ecosystem.
In parallel, the tutelage said to have initiated during the last six months, several projects in urban planning to ease procedures and facilitate investment, to better meet the objectives set by the New Development Model, including “in terms of job creation and improving the attractiveness of the territories,” she noted.
This announcement was made on Friday, April 15th, at a working meeting chaired by the Minister and attended by the President of the Federation of Building Materials Industries (FMC), David Toledano, accompanied by representatives of associations under the Federation.
Everyone is aware of the importance of this sector which plays a major role in the national productive fabric, whether in terms of investment or direct and indirect job creation, as well as its link with other economic and sectoral activities, including the housing sector.
The challenge is to accompany the economic fabric through the improvement of the business climate and the encouragement of productive investment, with a view to a sustainable economic recovery, and this by the support of professionals.
“This working session is an opportunity to strengthen cooperation and strategic partnership between our ministry and the Federation of Building Materials Industries to give new impetus to joint actions to complete the various projects of the sector to ensure decent housing, quality and affordable, taking into account the purchasing power of citizens,” said the Minister.
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The building materials “Made in Morocco” cover more than 90% of national needs
For their part, the members of the FMC welcomed the efforts made by the Ministry to maintain permanent consultations with the Federation to promote the sector of building materials.
Similarly, they raised the difficulties and constraints related to the development of the sector and highlighted the efforts made to avoid shortages of certain materials and to control the impact on costs. They recalled that the building materials “Made in Morocco” cover more than 90% of national needs.
To this end, the Federation has sought the support of the Ministry, including the establishment of an ecosystem that brings together the institutional and professional actors concerned. The members of the board also emphasized the need to strengthen the application of technical standards and the use of certification as a means of monitoring compliance with standards.
As such, the Minister stressed the role that the Construction Code can play in establishing the imperative basis for the promotion of quality in construction and the fight against the informal. She also reiterated the availability of the Ministry to support the profession, as part of a participatory approach, like the mode of cooperation prevailing between the Ministry and the professional federations to carry out the various projects of the sector.
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