Morocco: HM the King Launches Economic, Social Development Projects in Oujda

Oujda — The royal initiative for the development of Morocco's eastern region has seen a fresh impetus with HM King Mohammed VI's launch, on Tuesday in Oujda, of several development projects aimed at strengthening the city's basic infrastructure, promoting its economic attractiveness, improving the population's living conditions and preserving the environment.

The projects, which attest to HM the King's solicitude for the inhabitants of the eastern region, consist of building a fourth lane on the road linking Oujda to Ahfir, expanding the wastewater network of the northwestern and eastern areas of Oujda, and redeveloping roads in nine suburbs of the city.

The first project is part of the implementation of the agreement relating to the Oujda-Nador expressway, with a budget of 1.25 billion dirhams. The agreement also provides for doubling the national road linking Ahfir to Selouane, building six civil engineering structures and building a second lane for the bypass to Berkane on 14 kilometers.

The second project consists of expanding the wastewater network of the northwestern and eastern areas of the city. Worth 28 million dirhams, the project aims to improve sanitary conditions of the population and protect the environment.

The Sovereign also launched the road redevelopment project for nine suburbs of the city, as part of the programme to upgrade 22 under-equipped suburban neighborhoods of Oujda.

The 400 million dirham programme aims at ensuring urban and social integration of the target outlying neighbourhoods by strengthening the population's access to infrastructure and basic services and improving the urban and environmental landscape.

As part of the urban upgrading programme, an ambitious program is implemented, providing for the expansion and renewal of the city's urban roads. The 350 million dirham programme provides in particular for road works in under-equipped neighborhoods, developing and expanding roads and reinforcing the public lighting grid.

The urban upgrading programme also involves the implementation of a programme to develop public squares, parks and sports fields, worth 80 million dirhams.

The royal initiative for the development of Morocco's eastern region was launched on the occasion of the royal speech of March 18, 2003 in Oujda. The initiative aims at providing the cities of the region with significant competitive advantages and making them more attractive.

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