HM King Mohammed VI launched, Friday in the municipality of Foum El Oued, the construction works of the Foum El Oued-Laayoune Technopolis, a knowledge and innovation city for the development of the southern provinces.
The 2-billion-diram project, which supports the integrated industrial complex of fertilizer production in Phosboucraa, aims to support the economic development of the southern provinces through meeting its territorial specificities.
It also reflects HM the King's will to promote sustainable and integrated development of the southern provinces through encouraging investment and private initiative, strengthening youth skills and protecting and valorizing local heritage.
Located 18 km from Laayoune, the Foum El Oued-Laayoune Technopolis will include an educational and research pole on themes related to Sahara environment, pole on the economic development of Southern regions, cultural pole in addition to social infrastructure facilities.
It will create nearly 1.8 million working days during its construction stage and will create 1,200 permanent jobs by 2022.
In its first phase (655 million dirhams), the technopolis will include the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Laayoune, a high school and an industrial competence center.
The high school will host 360 students as well as other 200 students who will take preparatory courses for prestigious schools. It will contribute to reinforce the training offer in the southern provinces and promote social diversity and merit.
As for the industrial competence center of Laayoune, it is dedicated to training in welding and mechanical engineering, electric and electronic engineering, industrial processes, mining and energetic operations.
Built on an area of 7 ha, the center will accompany the development of the new plants of OCP and support industrial and technological development projects of Phosboucraa.
On this occasion, HM the King laid the foundation stone of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Laayoune.
This university, which will require a budget of 550 million dirhams, will have a hosting capacity of 2,500 students/researchers. It is expected to meet the needs of higher education and academic research in the region and become a reference institution in Morocco and the sub-Saharan region.