Sunday, March 13, 2011

Morocco's Remote Regions To Benefit

Morocco and the European Union (EU) signed a 55 million euro agreement to finance a programme intended to open up remote regions.

The agreement was signed by Moroccan Economy and Finance Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, the head of the EU's delegation in Rabat, ambassador Eneko Landaburu, and the wali, director general of local governments, Allal Sekrouhi.

The donation is part of the EU's support for Morocco's efforts to open up remote areas. It will be utilized in actions benefiting the populations of such areas in order to enable them to gain access to roads and thus to social services and economic activities.

Mezouar said the government attaches special importance to the second national rural roads programme aimed at building 15,000 km of rural roads and reducing disparities between provinces in terms of accessibility.

He added that this donation raises the budget of the indicative national programme for the period 2007-2010 to 718 million euros, touching mainly on structuring reform programmes.

Landaburu, for his part, said that this financing “is to reinforce the EU’s financial support in terms of road infrastructure.”

He said the programme takes on a new dimension and further importance following the speech given by HM King Mohammed VI highlighting advanced rationalisation reform.

The projects carried out as part of this programme will contribute to raising school enrolment ratio of girls in rural areas and narrowing regional disparities, he said.

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