The Wali of the region of Casablanca-Settat, Khalid Safir, presented the progress of the development plan of the Grand Casablanca 2015-2020 in the presence the students of the Faculty of Legal, Economic and Social Sciences of Aïn Chock.
The development plan for the economic capital mobilizing MAD33.6 million was launched and approved by the Morocco King KM King Mohamed VI on September 26, 2014. According to the Wali, from the total budget of MAD33.6 million, ten agreements were signed, and nine million Moroccan dirhams are now committed, to which MAD16 million of public investments committed between 2015 and 2016 are added, and from other conventions and programs, such as the Grand Theater, new urban centers or works in the port of Casablanca.
At the beginning of his speech, the Wali recalled that the dynamics initiated at Casablanca level originated from the speech which was the Sovereign had made in Parliament on October 11, 2013, and which had identified the real challenges to raise the city of Casablanca to the rank of the modern metropolis and international financial hub.
According to Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group, Casablanca City has the potential to become one to most important financial and economic hubs internationally as it offers a wide range of investment opportunities to foreign lands. Although Casablanca is considered the most industrialized city in Morocco, it is still open for further developments. Casablanca is where the business scene is very dynamic. The development plan could be the key to putting the city of Casablanca in the international platform with regards to trading, service industry, construction, renewable energy and so on.
According to the progress report, three hopper projects will start in April. These are the Almohad hopper linking Zellaqua square to the Hassan II mosque near the port of Casablanca; the Sidi Abderrahmane hopper which will decongest the traffic on the road Of Azemmour and the hopper of the Ain Sebaâ zoo along the Boulevard Moulay Ismail. An automatic traffic controller will be introduced in the summer. The technology is a central, highly automated and state-of-the-art traffic control center with a central intelligent platform, it will primarily operate 200 video surveillance cameras and will automatically pilot approximately 30 intersections installed with smart controllers. The latter will be programmed to measure the lengths of the traffic lanes per direction and to adjust the waiting times to the crossings consequently.
The progress for the new means of mobilization is in progress. The second line of the Casablanca tram, serving the districts of Ain Sebaa and Sidi Bernoussi, and the extension of the first line to the Lissasfa district will be open to the public at the end of October 2018 according to the Wali of Casablanca-Settat. The third and fourth lines will connect Mohammed VI Avenue and Oulad Ziane Boulevard, respectively, to Casa Port Station (dark red line) and Hassan II Mosque (green line). The bus transport sector will take its turn, and by the end of the contract of the current dealer Mdina Bus in 2019, it will have a total renewal of its fleet as well as the accommodation of a new set of management.