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.