King Mohammed VI, Hollande inaugurate Mediouna sewage treatment plant in Casablanca
CASABLANCA, Morocco - Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Prince Moulay Rachid, and the French President François Hollande, inaugurated Wednesday in Mejjatia Ouled Taleb Commune, the Mediouna sewage treatment plant, a pilot project promoting the transfer of technology and know-how between the two countries.
Carried out by the French company Lyonnaise des Eaux de Casablanca (Lydec), a public service provider that manages the distribution of water and electricity, waste water and rain water collection and lighting in the Grand Casablanca, the new plant is part of the National Charter for the Environment and Sustainable Development and the master plan for waste water in the Grand Casablanca which recommends opting for relocated purification plants for peripheral centres.
The 141 million dirham plant will treat 3,800 cubic metres of wastewater per day. It will also contribute to the protection of groundwater and the preservation of water resources in the region, particularly through reuse of treated waste water in agriculture.
The plans will strengthen the various liquid waste projects carried out under the master plan for waste water in Casablanca, providing in particular for sewage treatment in Dar Bouazza commune of (335 million dirhams) and the clean-up of the eastern side of Grand Casablanca (1.39 billion dirhams).
The Moroccan monarch then offered in the royal palace of Casablanca an official dinner in honor of Hollande who is on a two-day visit to Morocco.
King Mohammed VI welcomed Hollande and his delegation in a speech during the official dinner, hailing the exceptional relationship between Morocco and France.
“We are delighted to welcome the President of a great nation, France, a country for which Moroccans have a deep affection and great esteem,” said King Mohammed VI.
“The relationship between Morocco and France is undoubtedly exceptional. Not only do we share a long history and a particularly rich human and cultural heritage, but our relations are also getting stronger by the day, thanks to promising economic ties,” he noted.
He reiterated his commitment to further develop and expand this relationship, so that it may serve a much more ambitious Moroccan-French agenda.
“I would like education and training to form the bedrock of our partnership, given their important role in spurring competitiveness and innovation, creating stable jobs and promoting renewable energies as well as the new economy,” he added.
The Moroccan King stressed that a construction of a stable, solidarity-based Maghreb remained a key, geostrategic priority for the Kingdom of Morocco.
“I am convinced that the advent of a new Maghreb order - a longstanding and long cherished goal - would make it possible for the five Maghreb countries to work in good faith and unlock the region’s full potential in terms of solidarity, complementarity and integration prospects,” he said.