King Mohammed VI chaired Monday the ceremony to launch the development programs of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab and Guelmim-Oued Noun regions, and sign their related program contracts.

These two development projects are part of the implementation of the new development model in the southern provinces, which was launched on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Green March to promote the integration of these provinces in the kingdom, and reinforce the position of the Sahara as an economic hub and a bridge between Morocco and its African depth.


This new development model revolves around four pillars, namely creating a new development and employment momentum based on competitive regional poles, achieving comprehensive development and promoting the cultural dimension, promoting responsible governance, and guaranteeing sustainable development and reinforcing the national and international connectivity of the southern provinces.


The MAD 77 billion development model puts the citizen at the top of its priorities and is based on contract agreements between the State and the regions, which will determine the obligations of each side.


At the beginning of this ceremony, president of the Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab region, Ynja Khattat, made a statement before the King in which he stressed that the new development model of the Dakhla-Oued Ed-dahab region requires investment of about MAD 17.75 billion, including 6.6 billion dirhams allocated by the State.


The president of the Guelmim-Oued Noun region, Abderrahim Ben Bouaida, said the new development model of the Guelmim-Oued Noun region requires investment of about 11.93 billion dirhams, including 5.5 billion dirhams allocated by the State.


King Mohammed VI subsequently chaired the signing ceremony of the two program contracts (2016-2021) between the State and the regions of Dhaka-Oued Ed-dahab and Guelmim-Oued Noun.


The ceremony was attended by the Head of Government, Speakers of both Houses of Parliament, the King’s advisers, cabinet members, elected officials, sheikhs, notable in both regions and several senior officials.