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His Majesty the King, Ivorian President Chair Ceremony to Present Cocody Bay Development and Preservation Project
Abidjan 03.06.2015

His Majesty King Mohammed VI and Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara chaired, on Wednesday , Jun 03, 2015, in Abidjan, the ceremony to present the  Cocody Bay development and preservation project worth 1.7 billion dirhams (100  billion CFA francs).

Upon their arrival at the project's site, His Majesty the King and the Ivorian head  of State were greeted by Ivorian prime minister, minister of environment, urban  heath and sustainable development, minister of economic infrastructure, tourism  minister, mayors of Cocody and Plateau, deputies from the two communes, and the  PM's special advisor, co-chairman of the project's steering committee.

His Majesty the King and the Ivorian president were also greeted by president of  Marchica Med's board of directors, co-chairman of the project's steering  committee, Moroccan and Ivorian members of the said steering committee, as well  as by partners of the project.

 On this occasion, Said Zarrou, CEO of Marchica Med, gave an address before His Majesty the King and the Ivorian president in which he highlighted the broad lines  of this project which was elaborated pursuant to the Royal instructions to  safeguard and develop the Cocody Bay, and ensure the ecological restoration of  this bay as well as of the Ebrié Lagoon.

The project provides for building a dam, hydraulic and marine structures,  road infrastructures, crossings, a cable-stayed viaduct, a marina, un urban  park and promenades.

Mr Zarrou stressed that the project also provides for developing an ambitious  program for sports, cultural, recreational and commercial facilities for  Abidjan people.

This ceremony was also marked by screening a corporate film casting light on  the project to safeguard and develop the Bay of Cocody.

In February 2014, HM King Mohammed VI had given His High instructions to  Marchica Med to put its expertise at the disposal of the Ivorian government to  conduct the environmental studies of the Ebrié Lagoon and Cocody Bay.

This project, developed in close collaboration with Ivorian authorities,  covers hydraulic and sedimentary aspects, liquid and solid sanitation,  landscaping, mobility and urban transport.

 It also develops an urban vision for the development of the Cocody Bay and  proposes solutions for the depollution of the Ebrié lagoon and the renewal of  its waters.

In an address, Pierre Dimba, coordinator of the emergency urban  infrastructure project, gave an overview of this integrated project that aims  to provide concrete and appropriate solutions to the many urban and  environmental problems plaguing the Cocody Bay.

Subsequently, four agreements relating to this project were signed before HM  the King and the Ivorian president:  - Framework-Agreement to provide assistance to the contracting authority in the  project to safeguard and develop the Cocody Bay.  - Mandate agreement for the structural and the financial arrangement of the  project to safeguard and develop the Cocody Bay.  - Memorandum of Understanding to mobilize the priority funding for the project  to safeguard and develop the Cocody Bay.  - Partnership agreement between Engineering and Development Council (CID) and  the National Bureau of Technical and Development Studies (BNETD).

Explanations were then provided to HM the King and the Ivorian President on  the progress of this project on a tabletop.

The ceremony took place in the presence of HM the King's Advisers, Fouad Ali  El Himma and Yasser Zenagui, members of the delegation accompanying the  Sovereign, as well as several cabinet members and high Ivorian figures.


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