The World Bank gave green light to the $200 million program to support urban transport sector in Morocco.
In partnership with in this project are the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the municipalities, the World Bank approved the project which is a result oriented Loan Program (PPR) focusing on the cities of 9 regions of the Kingdom with of over 100,000 inhabitants. The areas include Khénifra Beni Mellal-Casablanca-Settat, Draa-Tafilalet, Fez-Meknes , Marrakech-Safi, Oriental, Rabat-Salé-Kenitra, Souss-Massa and Tangier-Tetouan, Al Hoceima.
The said program intends to enforce more strict rules in the quality criteria and within a participatory framework in the definition of urban travel plans.
According to World Bank, the program includes two key components. A governance component, through an auxiliary of urban transport institutions in planning, implementation and monitoring of infrastructure and services will be added to a component of improving the quality of urban transport services through technical support and financial support to various stakeholders throughout the upgrade process.
In particular, intensification the urban transport governance matters will be done to have better centralization of data on the sector within the relevant ministries but it also includes the strengthening the role of the supplementary special funds for transport reforms (FART) which was created in 2007 to finance the needs of cities in terms of urban transport.
A number of procedures are also planned at the local level which involves the improvement of the intercity coordination on issues of public transport through the use of inter municipal cooperation of entities (ECI). These structures will supervise and approve urban travel plans.
The role of heritage societies will also be supported as these public-private structures are responsible for the implementation of infrastructure at the city level.
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