Marrakech - King Mohammed VI said Morocco commits to share with African countries the significant expertise it has gained over the years in the area of road maintenance and to exchange best practices with sister nations in this field.
Marrakech – King Mohammed VI said Morocco commits to share with African countries the significant expertise it has gained over the years in the area of road maintenance and to exchange best practices with sister nations in this field.
“the South-South cooperation we are yearning for is not an empty slogan designed for the media; rather, we are keen to give that cooperation concrete substance through tangible projects from which our peoples can benefit and which pave the way for promising partnerships open to all stakeholders – both public and private – in various environmental, social and development sectors,” the king underlined in a message to the participants in the 1st African Congress on maintenance, preservation of road assets and technical innovation, which kicked off in Marrakech on Wednesday.
In this message, which was read out by the King’s Advisor Abdellatif Menouni, the sovereign noted that international cooperation and the exchange of information and expertise are crucial in all areas.
The Moroccan monarch went to add that interaction and cooperation in the infrastructure sector between African countries, as well as between Africa and the countries of the North, will contribute to developing and modernizing this sector and will also help safeguard it and ensure its maintenance.
“African countries should therefore be involved in all initiatives aimed at boosting cooperation to improve national road networks, upgrade funding mechanisms and reflect, together, on road development policies and maintenance technology within the framework of national, regional and international professional organizations,” the King pointed out.
The King pointed out that in the last decade, there has been remarkable infrastructure development in Africa thanks to complementary human and natural resources, so much so that Africa has come to be known as the continent of opportunities, given Africa’s great potential for investment.
“Nevertheless, a development challenge that still needs to be addressed in Africa is the following: we have to continue building new roads without losing sight of the need to ensure the maintenance of the existing road network,” he noted.
“The pace of development witnessed in Africa in recent years makes it incumbent upon us to upgrade the quality of the road transport network in order to meet the mobility needs of more than a billion people in the African continent, a figure that is expected to double by the year 2050,” he added.