Tuesday, March 03, 2020

The King launches a new program of 670 MDH for Fez

Yesterday King Mohammed VI visited Place R'cif in Fez, to launch the program to enhance economic activities and improve the living environment in the Medina of Fez - a new program that aims to safeguard and perpetuate traditional trades and promote the living conditions of citizens

This program, mobilises investments of 670 million dirhams (MDH), testifies to the King's constant desire to preserve the architectural and historical character of the medina of Fez and to promote the influence of this millennial city, inscribed in 1981 World Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

This new program, which concerns 1,197 sites, relates to the restoration and rehabilitation of the historic heritage of the medina of Fez and upgrading of urban spaces (9 sites - 105, 55 MDH), strengthening the tourist and economic attractiveness of this Cité-Musée (33 sites - 87.5 MDH), the development of local social facilities (171 sites - 263.45 MDH) and the treatment of threatening buildings ruin (980 sites - 200 MDH).

Subsequently, the King presided over the signing ceremony of the partnership and financing agreement relating to the program for promoting economic activities and improving the living environment in the Medina of Fez (2020-2024). It was signed by the Minister of the Interior, Abdelouafi Laftit, the Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq, the Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research , Saaïd Amzazi, and the Minister of National Spatial Planning, Town Planning, Housing and Town Policy, Nouzha Bouchareb.

Cette convention a également été signée par la ministre du Tourisme, de l’Artisanat, du Transport aérien et de l’Économie sociale, Nadia Fettah Alaoui, le ministre de la Culture, de la Jeunesse et des Sports, porte-parole du gouvernement, El Hassan Abyaba, le Wali de la Région Fès-Meknès, gouverneur de la préfecture de Fès, Said Zniber, le président du Conseil Régional de Fès – Meknès, Mohand Laenser, et le directeur général de l’Agence pour le Développement et la Réhabilitation de la médina de Fès (ADER), Fouad Serrhini.

The Sovereign then visited the restoration site of Foundouq Khrachfiyine, a project that is part of the complementary development program of the Medina of Fez (2018-2023).

At a total cost of 6 MDH, the restoration project of Foundouq Khrachfiyine should, at the end of the works, should result in the safeguarding and the preservation of the historical heritage, in the promotion of the craft trades in the foundouqs and in the improvement of working conditions of artisans.

With a budget of 583 million dirhams, the complementary development program of the Medina of Fez covers the restoration of 11 historic monuments and emblematic sites, 10 places of worship (mosques and Koranic schools) and 40 places of well being (Hammam, fountains and sanitary places), the rehabilitation of 39 traditional craft and trade places, the improvement of the urban landscape and the built environment (17 sites) and the rehabilitation of Dar Al Makina.

With regard to the progress of this program, 18 projects have already been completed, 17 are under construction, 38 are in the process of being launched and 45 will be launched before the end of the current year.

Still within the framework of strengthening the tourist attractiveness of the medina of Fez and improving the living conditions of its inhabitants, a program of parking facilities, rehabilitation of public spaces and installation of a system information (2017-2022) is being implemented.

This program, which requires an investment of around 400 MDH, aims to improve accessibility to the old medina through the development of eight car parks (Bin lamdoun, Bab Guissa, Bab Jdid, Bab Hamra, Ain Azliten, Oued Zhoun, Bab Boujloud, Sidi Bounafae), the paving of streets, lanes, squares and squares, the rehabilitation of the windows, the addressing of the streets, lanes, squares and squares of the Medina and the installation of terminals information for residents, visitors and tourists.

The development works on the parking lots of Bin lamdoun, Bab Guissa, Bab Jdid, Bab Hamra, Ain Azliten and Oued Zhoun are in progress. The launch of the Bab Boujloud and Sidi Bounafae car parks is planned for the current year.

This program has an advanced completion rate insofar as the projects for rehabilitating openings (doors, mamouni, awnings) have already been completed, while the progress rate for paving projects for streets, alleys, squares and squares is 44 pc, addressing the streets, alleys, squares and squares of the Medina by 74 pc, and installing information terminals by 75 pc.


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