The party of the National Rally of Independents (RNI) presented, this Friday at its headquarters in Rabat, the conclusions of its program “100 cities, 100 days”, intended to collect the proposals of the urban populations, in particular in the small and medium-sized cities, about the priorities and future of their cities.
Among the conclusions of this partisan initiative, which led RNI officials and activists to meet more than 35,000 citizens in the different regions of the Kingdom, is the dissatisfaction of these populations with the situation of medium and small towns, their aspiration for a better future and their thirst to express themselves and to be heard.
These conclusions also insist on the fact that the economy, while constituting the priority for these citizens, is not the solution to all the problems and that the feeling of satisfaction of the citizen remains conditioned by his capacity to integrate into the social life.
They also stress the importance for young people to have spaces for meeting, expression, learning and participation, through the upgrading of cultural and sports centers and the improvement of local infrastructure, and on the fact that the inhabitants of small and medium-sized towns do not expect a radical change in their situation but above all aspire to have their priorities heard through local participatory democracy.
After noting that cities have potentialities that must be explored, particularly in the fields of tourism, crafts and solidarity economy, the reporters of the conclusions of this program observe that the priorities of the population of small and medium-sized towns are not in tune with the priorities of territorial development plans.
Speaking on this occasion, the president of the party, Aziz Akhannouch, considered that this program constitutes a “qualitative leap in the history of partisan action in Morocco”, stressing that this initiative is a step forward for more ‘commitment and responsibility to citizens.
“Thanks to this broad consultation, we can consider that the conclusions of this program reflect the aspirations and expectations of the population of cities”, he noted, noting that the book emanating from this program “100 cities, 100 days », As well as that of« process of trust », constitute the cornerstone of the program of the RNI.
He added that the “100 cities, 100 days” program will make it possible to develop specific programs for each city and province which will constitute “charters of honor” and the basis of any contract binding citizens to elected officials of the party.
The methodical approach adopted by the party for the processing and analysis of the data collected on the cities made it possible, he added, to classify these cities into six groups: cities which suffer from economic difficulties, fragile cities , peripheral towns, agricultural towns, dynamic towns and large towns.
Akhannouch underlined that the conclusions of the program “100 cities, 100 days” also allowed the party to draw up a development plan for a new urban vision of medium-sized cities, based on five axes, namely the centrality of the citizen in the development of development programs, promotion of the economy and employment, concentration of investments on priority social services, consecration of the social cohesion of city dwellers as well as strengthening of identity and sense of belonging to the city.
Launched on November 2, 2019, the “100 cities, 100 days” program aims to bring together the recommendations of the various components of the party in several cities to define the priorities and needs of each of them.