Launched in 2017 by King Mohammed VI, the PRDTS scheme involves a four-year action plan currently being implemented and another launched for 2021.
Rabat – Morocco mobilized MAD 27 billion ($3.034 billion) to reduce territorial and social disparities in rural areas under the 2017-2020 Program for the Reduction of Territorial and Social Disparities (PRDTS) action plans, Delegate Minister for the Interior Noureddine Boutayeb said on Tuesday.
Speaking during a hearing session at the House of Councilors, the upper house of the Moroccan parliament, Boutayeb said that the funds amount to 54% of the overall PRDTS budget.
Under the 2017-2020 plan, 6,500 km of rural roads have been built and 4,200 km maintained, in addition to the completion of 6,855 km of tracks, said the minister.
In the education sector, Boutayeb said the implementation of the plan entailed building 1,313 educational establishments and funding 2,786 projects for the reconstruction of other establishments.
A sizable part of the fund went into 1,021 operations for the acquisition of school transport vehicles and 165 operations for school equipment, the minister explained.
For the health sector, the minister reported projects for the construction of 440 centers, dispensaries, and staff housing, in addition to 674 projects for the rehabilitation of medical establishments.
For drinking water supply, Boutayeb noted 26,607 individual connection projects, 402 systems for supplying douars, the maintenance of 1,152 km of networks, and the acquisition of 104 tankers. He also specified that 1,445 douars have also been electrified as part of the project.
Launched in 2017 by King Mohammed VI, the PRDTS scheme involves a four-year action plan currently being implemented and another launched for 2021. It is an integrated governmental program covering the period 2017-2023. The primary aim is to equip 24,000 douars throughout the country with basic services, including roads, drinking water supply, electrification, etc.
Currently, the program essentially targets the most deprived territorial municipalities and aims at reducing territorial gaps.
Despite the Moroccan government’s encouraging efforts to reduce territorial and social disparities, there remains a significant income and social development gap between major cities and remote, rural areas.
A 2018 report by the Moroccan the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Administration Reform, “The question of social inequalities: Keys to understanding, issues and public policy responses,” argued that social inequalities continue to be a lingering issue for Morocco’s quest for a new, more effective development model.
One evidence of the country’s downward spiral despite varied efforts at development reforms is the near-stagnation of its Gini index, the report showed.
The Gini index, which is a measure of the distribution of income across a population, has remained virtually unchanged in Morocco for years – the value of the country’s Gini index in 2014, 0.395, was the same in 1998.