Agadir - King Mohammed VI earlier this week appointed Khalid Safir a new Wali (senior governor) of the region of Grand Casablanca in replacement of Mohammed Bousaid who had been appointed Finance minister in the new Islamist-led governmental coalition.
Agadir – King Mohammed VI earlier this week appointed Khalid Safir a new Wali (senior governor) of the region of Grand Casablanca in replacement of Mohammed Bousaid who had been appointed Finance minister in the new Islamist-led governmental coalition.
The appointment of the new Wali came shortly after the King’s speech at the opening of the parliament autumn session last Friday. During his speech, King Mohammed VI criticized, in an unprecedented manner, the management of elected officials and the lack of good governance in Casablanca.
“Casablanca is the city of the most overwhelming social inequalities, where the rich and the poor live side by side. It is the city of skyscrapers and shanty towns. It is a finance and business hub, but also a place of squalor, unemployment and other social ills. Its image of a white city is tarnished by garbage and waste and its reputation consequently ruined”, said the monarch.
Residents of Morocco’s economic capital expect from the new Wali to surmount the daily problems facing them, mainly, the poor quality of public transportation, basic services and insecurity.
During his address to the parliament, the monarch criticized the shortcomings of Casablanca in sanitation services in comparison with other Moroccan cities.
“The best example in this regard is the major deficit in sanitation services, where achievements remain limited and far short of meeting the needs of the population, unlike what has been achieved in Rabat, Fez, Marrakech and many others cities,” added the king.
Before being appointed Walif, He was governor of the prefecture of Fidaa-Mers Saltaan and the prefecture of Anfa in Casablanca, then secretary general of ministry of Economy and Finances.
Safir was born in 1967 in Settat. He obtained an engineering degree from Paris’ Ecole polytechniques in 1991 and a degree from L’Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et l’Administration Economique in 1993.
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