The Minister of National Land Use Planning, Town Planning, Housing and Urban Policy, Nouzha Bouchareb, focused on Saturday in Tangier on the four new challenges to be taken up in order to strengthen the resilience of the housing and urban planning sector.
The Minister thus specified, during a communication meeting with the actors and professionals of the sector in Tangier-Tétouan-Al Hoceima, that the ministry is working to meet four main challenges, which consist in reducing territorial disparities through the adoption of new orientations for regional planning, putting town planning at the service of economic development through the facilitation of procedures, developing a new model of affordable housing and fighting against all kinds of unsanitary housing, and contributing to the development of centers rural populations through an integrated program.
This meeting, which took place in the presence of the Wali of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, Mohamed Mhidia, was the occasion for the Minister to underline the need now to facilitate the relationship between the administration and the users, especially since the ministry has succeeded, during the difficult context of the coronavirus pandemic, in creating new solutions, through the acceleration of digitization, dematerialization and the facilitation of procedures.
In this sense, she highlighted the efforts made by the ministry to launch new action plans adapted to the evolution of the health situation, affirming that all the components of her department, whether at the level central, regional, provincial or local, have mobilized to succeed in the dematerialization project and the facilitation of procedures, as well as the development of remote services, in order to guarantee the continuity of the services provided to users.
“The ministry made sure to generalize the coverage in town planning documents, this rate having reached at the level of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region more than 87%”, noted Ms. Bouchareb, indicating that it is expected that this rate reached 94% at the end of 2021.
In addition, the Minister affirmed that we are living in a particular context, which could be qualified as historic, following the general report of the New Development Model presented during a ceremony chaired by King Mohammed VI.
“We are entering a new phase with new challenges and issues, the main lines of which were defined by the press release from the Royal Cabinet”, she insisted, noting that it is mainly a question of consolidating the societal project led by the Sovereign, strengthen the attachment to the values of positive and efficient citizenship, and the feeling of belonging to the Nation, and to highlight the historical and cultural identity of Morocco, rich in its diversity and openness.
All of these elements encourage us to continue on the development path, the priority of which is the human element, continued the Minister, believing that the New Development Model will undoubtedly make it possible to achieve all the expected development objectives, this major project being a new national pact motivating all human resources in various fields.
Nouzha Bouchareb thus called on the components, actors and professionals of the sector to encourage effective membership to implement the content of the new development model in the field of housing.
This meeting was also an opportunity to present the results of the actions carried out by the ministry during the past year and its action plan to further strengthen the sector, while focusing on a number of programs and projects carried out, in progress. implementation, or about to be started, in particular the “Cities without slums” program, the program for the rehabilitation of buildings threatened with ruin, the program for the rehabilitation of the old medina of Tangier, as well as the eco-district project Sabila-D’jemaa from Marshan to Tangier.
It should be noted that at the end of the meeting, several conventions were ratified in the field of housing and town planning.
This is the framework agreement relating to the priority program for the treatment of housing threatened with ruin in the old medina of Tangier (2nd phase), the amendment to the partnership and financing agreement for the complementary program for the implementation of structuring pathways to the Tangier-Assilah prefecture and the framework agreement for the implementation of the digital transformation master plan for the city of Tangier.
A partnership agreement for the implementation of the integrated rehabilitation and development program of the commune of Gueznaya (2021-2022), the amendment to the partnership agreement relating to the rehabilitation and enhancement program of the old medina of Tangier (2020-2024) and a framework agreement for the implementation of the results of the study relating to the Marshan eco-district in Tangier have also been signed.
In addition, three other agreements relating to partnership and cooperation for the implementation of the architectural support program in rural areas were signed on this occasion.