Three months after the launch of huge multi-sectoral development project in the Saharan provinces under the chairmanship of the Sovereign, His Majesty the King has recently carried out a new visit to the region during which he initiated and launched major projects in many areas says Spanish radio in an article published on its web page.
With a total budget of seven billion euros and creation of 120,000 jobs, the new provincial development model in the south of the Kingdom is "a clear message to the international community about the fate of the Sahara," said the radio.
Cadena Ser said that the Sovereign inaugurated several projects in the fields of energy, infrastructure and transport, adding that a special intention was also given to fishing, tourism, phosphates, agriculture and education.
Spanish radio highlights further the importance of the Council of Ministers chaired by HM in Laayoune by King Mohammed VI during his visit to the Sahara, during which important decisions were taken.
In the same context, the Minister of Interior, Mohamed Assad, quoted by "Cadena Ser" stressed that the advanced regionalization is based in part on the economic development of natural resources and investment income for the local populations.
"The new development model of the southern provinces is an implementation mechanism and acceleration of the process of advanced regionalization," he added.
"Cadena Ser" noted, moreover, that Spanish companies, including the Canary Islands, wish to benefit from the development and progress of the Saharan provinces.
"It is of strategic importance to resurrect this sharing of knowledge and cultural exchange that has always existed" between the bank of the Sahara and the Canary Islands, told 'Cadena Ser' radio, José Torres Fuentes, president of Chamber of commerce of Lanzarote (Canary Islands).
The two parties may engage in projects of common interest where Canarian companies can bring their expertise in, among others, fisheries, tourism, innovation, desalination of seawater and renewable energy, he said.
"Cadena Ser" notes the importance of establishing maritime and air connections between the Canary Islands and the southern provinces to promote economic cooperation and trade between the two parties.
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