A regional consultation meeting was held on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at the Laâyoune convention center, as part of the national dialogue on urban planning and housing launched last week by the supervisory ministry under the High Patronage of King Mohammed VI.
Chaired by the wali of the Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra region, governor of the province of Laâyoune, Abdeslam Bekrate, this meeting aims to discuss housing and urban planning issues at the national, regional and local levels, and to contribute to drawing up a new roadmap in this area.
This event was also an opportunity to discuss issues of urban planning and housing supply and to formulate recommendations to overcome the problems and constraints of the sector in the region.
At the opening of this meeting, the wali emphasized the importance of territorial governance and proactive and forward-looking planning in the optimal implementation of the habitat and housing policy, adding that the inhabitants of the city or the village today have requirements which “can only be met within a territorial framework and through an integrated approach”.
Abdeslam Bekrate called for the contribution of all stakeholders for the success of this national dialogue in order to formulate a future habitat and housing policy in line with the orientations of the new development model, while responding to the legitimate expectations and aspirations of the citizens.
In a speech read on his behalf, the president of the council of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region, Sidi Hamdi Ould Errachid, noted that the thematic workshops, scheduled as part of this meeting, are of great importance in the wake of efforts supported by the supervising ministry in terms of regional planning and territorial governance.
He explained, moreover, that the participation of the council in this meeting of reflection and exchange is part of its strong desire to solve the problems related to town planning and housing and to achieve the aspirations inhabitants of this region.
Sidi Hamdi Ould Errachid noted that the regional council will contribute, through a positive interaction with the orientations of the supervisory ministry in this regard, in order to initiate reforms, which relate to the reduction of the deficit and the improvement of living conditions. citizens.
In a statement to the press, the regional inspector of national land use planning and town planning of Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra, Tayeb Lachkar, indicated that this meeting allowed the various actors to present their ideas and suggestions according to a participatory approach.
The objective is to put in place the foundations and principles of the towns and villages of tomorrow and to offer decent housing to the citizen, he observed, emphasizing the need to take into account the civilizational heritage. and culture of cities.
This meeting took place in the presence of the governors of the provinces of Tarfaya and Boujdour, representatives of the urban planning and housing sector at central and local levels, elected officials, in addition to the heads of professional bodies and the actors of Civil society.
In accordance with the participatory approach and the policy of openness adopted by the ministry, the work of this consultation and reflection meeting was structured around four thematic workshops which brought together all the stakeholders, experts and actors of the civil society concerned with issues of town planning and housing.
The debates mainly focused on planning and governance with a view to improving and enhancing the urban product, the housing supply to guarantee access to decent housing as a constitutional right, support for the rural world and the reduction of territorial disparities to achieve equity and spatial justice, and the protection of built heritage.