Miami - On July 30, 2015 King Mohammed VI touched on a variety of issues during his “Throne Day” Royal Speech in order to consolidate current initiatives. In last year’s speech, he had diagnosed the problems that slow development.
Miami – On July 30, 2015 King Mohammed VI touched on a variety of issues during his “Throne Day” Royal Speech in order to consolidate current initiatives. In last year’s speech, he had diagnosed the problems that slow development.
This year, the King announced the launch of a major project with an estimated budget of MAD 50 billion to upgrade remote areas located in the Atlas, the Rif, Saharan areas, and some coastal plains and villages.
He had previously instructed the Minister of the Interior, who is in charge of territorial communities, to conduct a field study of those who live in precarious conditions. The King shared, “The study was nationwide and covered more than 29,000 villages (douars), under 1,272 local communities…”
The field study looked to identify the needs of every douar and region in “terms of infrastructure and basic social services, such as education, health, water, electric power, and rural roads” said the King.
The monarch supplied facts sharing that ‘around 20,800 projects have also been screened. They target a population of more than 12 million people, living in over 24,000 douars, with an overall budget nearing 50 billion dirhams”.
This is the second phase of the National Initiative for Human Development. The King was keen to personally announce this project to avoid politician recovery from other parties in this pre-election period. In order to bridge the social gap he said: “This effort to improve the living conditions of citizens is not limited to rural and remote areas. It also targets suburbs and slums in urban areas”.
This program will take several years to complete and the monarch is aware of its ambitious social goals. “I urge the Government to develop an integrated plan of action, built on partnerships between all government agencies and the institutions concerned, with a view to providing funding for the projects and drawing up a precise timetable for their implementation”.
Furthermore, King Mohammed VI addressed the people on a personal level by saying, “All you experience in life is of interest to me: what hurts you affects me, and what makes you happy, rejoices me. Your worries are my top priorities.”
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