Al Haouz Earthquake: Government to Deploy All Resources in Swift Reconstruction Phase – Govt Head –

The government will deploy all its resources in the swift reconstruction phase, which will include schools, hospitals and vital structures affected by the earthquake, said Head of Government Aziz Akhannouch in Rabat on Monday. Akhannouch, who chaired the 4th meeting of the Interministerial Commission in charge of deploying an emergency program to rehabilitate and help rebuild homes destroyed in the Al Haouz earthquake, stressed that the implementation of these projects will be financed through the special solidarity bank account for managing the effects of the earthquake, created on Royal High Instructions, according to a press release by the Head of Government’s Department. A series of meetings will be held over the next few days to coordinate efforts and finalize the vision for the implementation of development projects in the affected areas, he said, assuring that the government’s momentum continues for the reconstruction of housing and the rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure and for the strengthening of social and economic development in these areas, said the statement. The meeting, which provided an opportunity to take stock of progress in the implementation of projects under the integrated, multi-sector emergency program that has been the subject of High Royal Directives, also addressed the project to set up a dedicated agency to ensure optimal implementation of this program, whose main mission will be to monitor the effective deployment of reconstruction and rehabilitation projects, as well as planned investments in disaster-stricken areas, according to the same source. The 4th meeting was attended by the Minister of the Interior, Abdelouafi Laftit, the Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufik, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Nadia Fettah, the Minister of Equipment and Water, Nizar Baraka, the Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports, Chakib Benmoussa, the Minister of Health and Social Protection, Khalid Ait Taleb, the Minister of Town and Country Planning, Urban Development, Housing and Urban Policy, Fatima Ezzahra El Mansouri, the Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fishing, Rural Development and Water and Forests, Mohamed Sadiki and the Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Fatima Zahra Ammor. The meeting was also attended by Leila Benali, Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Mohammed Mehdi Bensaid, Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication, Aawatif Hayar, Minister of Solidarity, Social Integration and the Family, Fouzi Lekjaa, Minister Delegate in charge of the Budget, the Minister Delegate for Relations with Parliament, Government Spokesman, Radouane Arrach, Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, and Said Layt, Director of Rural Development and Mountain Areas at the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests.