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Casablanca Regional Council: 1.4 Billion Dirhams to Implement Development Program

The Casablanca Regional Council approved its budget for the 2024 financial year. Investments account for a large part of the budget, set at 1.4 billion dirhams. The President of the Regional Council pointed out that almost 200 agreements have been signed as part of the implementation of the RDP. On the economic front, these included a project to set up a regional tourism development company.



A total of 55 items were on the agenda for the October ordinary session of the Casablanca-Settat Regional Council on Monday. Abdellatif Maâzouz, Chairman of the Council, chaired the meeting alongside Saïd Ahmidouch, Wali of the Casablanca-Settat region, and Ibrahim Abou Zaid, Governor of Settat province. The main focus was on projects to implement the region’s Development Program (PDR) for the period 2022-2027.

The aim is to boost the region’s economic dynamism. To achieve this objective, a budget of 1.4 billion dirhams was approved by local elected representatives. According to Abdellatif Maâzouz, economic dynamism means investment, which will take up a large part of the budget. He also pointed out that particular emphasis has been placed on reducing spatial disparities and bringing basic services closer to the population.

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A budget of 1.4 billion dirhams was approved by the Regional Council. Source

The Regional Council signed 200 agreements in one year

The President of the Regional Council pointed out that, to date, almost 200 agreements have been signed as part of the implementation of the RDP, adopted a year ago. Several of these were approved at Monday’s meeting. On the economic front, these included a project to set up a regional tourism development company, and a multilateral agreement on a program to support investment and small, medium, and very small tourism businesses in the region.

The elected representatives of the Kingdom’s main economic hub also approved an agreement for the creation and development of industrial zones in the region, in addition to a draft agreement for the creation of a regional investment fund.

On the social and health front, the agreements approved include one for the fitting out and equipping of a hearing diagnosis and rehabilitation center in Casablanca (CDRA) and for the acquisition of medical devices for deaf children, and a draft partnership agreement for the development and implementation of a rehabilitation and economic empowerment program for women and disabled people with projects.

Also. a draft partnership agreement for the construction and equipping of a social center for women in difficult circumstances in Médiouna province.

During the session, the Regional Council also adopted a multitude of projects relating to basic services, including a draft partnership agreement for the implementation of a project to extend the electricity network in the commune of Boumehdi (Settat province), as well as a draft agreement for the connection and extension of the water network in certain communes in the province of Settat.

With regard to the environment, the Regional Council approved a draft framework agreement for the creation and management of the Casablanca household waste treatment and recovery center, and a draft partnership agreement for the reuse of treated wastewater to water green spaces in the town of Benslimane.

Investment as a lever for development

Abdellatif Maâzouz emphasized that a large part of the region’s budget for 2024 will be devoted to investments, specifying that these investments concern projects and programs in various fields and in the region’s various prefectures and provinces.

The work of this ordinary session was also marked by the presentation of a report on the activities of the region’s presidency over the past month, and by presentations of the action reports of the various directorates and departments of the region’s council over the past two years.


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