The Regional Council (RC) of Fez-Meknes held Thursday, November 4th, its first extraordinary session devoted to the review and approval of certain projects structuring the region.
During this meeting, the RC has examined nine new projects under the contract-program between the State and the region, validated five partnership projects already studied, in addition to the approval of the draft budget of the region for the year 2022. Among the projects of the contract program State-Region, there are, in particular, projects relating to the implementation of the program of opening up the rural world in the provinces of Ifrane, Taza, Moulay Yaacoub and Boulemane, the review and approval of agreements relating to the development of the master plan of regional transport and the program of recovery and development of local products.
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The members of the Council also approved a series of draft partnership agreements
The program also covers the review and approval of the convention relating to the development and extension of the craft area in Bengelik and the creation of an access road, as well as the construction and equipment of the social emergency device that provides assistance to homeless people “SAMU social”, the latter being a set of non-governmental associations helping the poor.
During this meeting, the members of the Council also approved a series of draft partnership agreements, mainly on the creation of two local health centers, in partnership with the Foundation Mohammed V for Solidarity, the construction and extension of university districts, and the marketing of the airline Fez-Agadir, in partnership with the company Air Arabia. The council also intends to renew its partnership and cooperation agreement with the Moroccan News Agency (MAP).
Under this agreement, the board decided to grant the agency a budget of nearly $140,000 (1.24 MDH). Under this agreement, MAP undertakes to appoint a dedicated team to cover and promote the activities of the Regional Council through several media tools. Note that this agreement has raised the ire of several regional media outlets. Discussions also focused on the review of the draft agreement on the implementation of a pilot project to improve the living environment of rural populations in mountain areas, impacted by climate change and the review of the updating of the tax decision on mining, especially since the region is one of the main mining regions of the Kingdom.
This vocation is favored by the presence of a varied geological structure and known for the concentration of many mineral substances that are the subject of research or exploitation as lead, zinc, silver, manganese, barite, and antimony. It should be recalled that the meeting today comes after the organization of two special sessions devoted to the adoption of the rules of procedure, the formation of committees of the Council and the election of their chairs and vice-chairs, in addition to the constitution of groups of the Council, and this, in accordance with Article 28 of the Organic Law of the Regions and Chapter Six of the Rules of Procedure of the Council of the Region.
Indeed, the board of the Council, chaired by Abdelouahed El Ansari, proceeded to the creation of seven standing committees. These are respectively the Commission of the budget, financial affairs and programming, economic development, social, cultural and environmental, training and employment promotion, land use planning, external relations and cooperation, agriculture and rural development, and finally the woman, youth and sports.
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