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For a National rebalancing

Located in the east of Morocco, the Oriental region covers 82 820 km, or 11.6% of the country, an area equivalent to that of Austria. It has boundaries with Algeria to the east, in contact with the Spanish enclave of Melilla and nearby the countries of southern Europe. With the prefecture of Oujda-Angad, the provinces of Nador, Berkane, Taourirt, Jerada and Figuig, 22 urban municipalities and 91 rural municipalities, the region has been developed on the basis of its location as a zone of passage on the main axis of the Maghreb and as a cross-road to the south and the north.

The region was too often perceived as a poor landlocked area with limited resources. The Royal Initiative, which prompted the mobilization of energies, the involvement of habitants combined with the efforts of the state, local authorities and communities, has changed the image and the reality of this region. Although much remains to be done, and territorial inequalities are still there due to climatic or geographical conditions, the area is now very different.

There is no more reason for the word enclave to be used, as the geographical distance is compensated by the development of highway, road and rail networks. The major infrastructure projects, such as the Fez-Oujda highway and the Taourirt-Nador railway, will determinedly improve the competitiveness factors in the region, enhancing its integration into the national tissue and facilitating the flow of people and goods. These projects, added to that of the Mediterranean bypass, will help the territorial re-balance through the axes of Tangier-Fez-Oujda and Tangier-Nador-Oujda, in addition to the traditional axis Casablanca-Fez-Oujda. The air service is growing.

As part of implementing the development strategy of the region, a program was initiated. A series of measures have been established to reposition the Oriental region in the national economy as a reservoir of jobs and important vector of development. Recognized as a preferred interface on the national and regional levels, the Agency of the Oriental region has raised several cooperation programs at the level of municipalities, which also are multilateral, bilateral and regional.

This view pushes the region into a larger and more promising space. Taking advantage of its geographical proximity to the Euro-Mediterranean space, the vision carried by the Royal Initiative makes a qualitative change for the whole region, and prepares it to be integrated, first, into the economic dynamics of the country prior to the international level. Its geo-strategic dimension, which gives it a Maghreb vocation and a North African link with the Saharan and sub-Saharan world, reinforces this view.