Housing and Urban Planning: Morocco Inks two Cooperation Agreements in Abu Dhabi with Senegal and Mali

Abu Dhabi – Morocco has signed two cooperation agreements with Senegal and Mali with a view to strengthening cooperation in the areas of housing and urban planning, on the sidelines of the 10th edition of the World Urban Forum, held in Abu Dhabi.

The partnership agreement with Senegal was signed by Moroccan minister of National Planning, Urban Development, Housing and Urban Policy, Nouzha Bouchareb, and Senegalese minister of Town Planning, Housing and Public Hygiene, Abdou Karim Fofana, with the aim of developing cooperation in the sectors of spatial planning, town planning, housing and urban policy.

The two parties undertake to carry out projects relating to the promotion of social housing and urban planning. Under this agreement, Morocco will provide organizational support to the Senegalese ministry of Town Planning, Housing and Public Hygiene.

Bouchareb also signed a cooperation agreement with the Malian minister of Housing, Urban Planning and Social Housing, Hama Ould Sidi Mohamed Arbi.

Under this agreement, Morocco undertakes to support the Malian Ministry of Housing, Urban Planning and Social Housing through sharing its experience and expertise, in addition to strengthening the capacities of Malian executives and officials on the basis of a training plan which should meet the requests that will be made in this regard.

The signing of these two agreements, which took place in the presence of the Moroccan ambassador to Kenya and permanent representative of the Kingdom to UN-Habitat and UN Environment Programme, El Mokhtar Ghambou, and the Moroccan ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mohamed Ait Ouali, reflects the African dimension of the Kingdom and its commitment to developing South-South cooperation in accordance with the vision of HM King Mohammed VI.

The signing of these agreements is part of Morocco’s support to efforts made by African countries in the housing sector, Bouchareb told reporters.

She also called for developing innovative solutions with regard to the funding of housing programs, which take into account the local and regional characteristics of African countries.

For their part, the Senegalese and Malian ministers welcomed Morocco’s experience in the area of housing, “a model to be followed for African countries which aim to develop this sector and meet the growing demand for housing”.

The Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 10) kicked off Sunday in Abu Dhabi with the participation of 168 countries, including Morocco.

The kingdom is represented at the event by a delegation led by minister of National Planning, Urban Development, Housing and Urban Policy, Nouzha Bouchareb.

Held on the theme “Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation”, the forum is convened by UN-Habitat.

The World Urban Forum (WUF) was established in 2001 by the United Nations to address one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. Convened by UN-Habitat, the Forum is a high level, open and inclusive platform for addressing the challenges of sustainable urbanization.

The WUF is aimed at raising awareness of sustainable urbanization among stakeholders and constituencies, including the general public, improving collective knowledge on sustainable urban development through open and inclusive debate, exchanging best practices and policies and promoting collaboration and cooperation between different stakeholders and constituencies engaged in the advancement and implementation of sustainable urbanization.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse