Over fifty Moroccans living abroad (MRE) took part in the 4th edition of the Imilchil Festival of Moroccans of the World, held on August 11-14 at the initiative of the associations Akhiam and Solidarité échange Nord-Sud (SENS) of Bordeaux.
This event, organized in partnership with the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) and the Réseau des diasporas solidaires (FORIM), was an opportunity for Moroccan expatriates to discover the projects carried out by the two partner associations in this area of Morocco.
This edition, attended by the president of the CCME Driss El Yazami, was also an opportunity for the organizers to raise awareness about the potential of Imilchil, a town nestled at 2,200 m altitude in the heart of the High Atlas mountain range in the province of Midelt.
On this occasion, El Yazami welcomed the organization of this event which he described as “a new proof of the ability of Moroccan associations to establish partnerships for the benefit of the local population.”
El Yazami stressed that dozens of economic projects have been funded in the valley of Imilchil through the partnership between the Akhiam and SENS associations. “This partnership also reflects the effective involvement of the Moroccan diaspora in development projects launched in Morocco,” he said.
For his part, Marghine Lhou, vice president of the Akhiam association and coordinator of the SENS association, said that this festival aims to create strong ties between the Moroccan community abroad and local actors, including local authorities and institutions and partners involved in socio-economic development.
On the sidelines of this event, a partnership agreement was signed between the Akhiam association and the Council of the territorial community of Imilchil to promote the proper management and maintenance of the drinking water network.