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ONEE Director General Holds Talks with AfDB Delegation in Rabat

The Director General of the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), Abderrahim El Hafidi, held talks on Wednesday in Rabat with a delegation of African Development Bank (AfDB) directors, currently visiting Morocco.

This meeting, which took place at the Oum Azza water treatment plant, is part of the assessment of the quality of AfDB’s support program to the Kingdom of Morocco and provides a picture of the major priorities of the Moroccan government.

In a statement to the press, El Hafidi emphasized the importance of the privileged and lasting partnership between ONEE and the AfDB which covers the three strategic portfolios of the Office, namely electricity, drinking water and liquid sanitation.

He also commended the importance given by the AfDB to the development of the fields of drinking water and liquid sanitation, especially in the current water context experienced by Morocco.

The official highlighted the excellence of this strategic partnership which dates back to 1978 and which has resulted in the realization of several flagship projects in drinking water supply and liquid sanitation, mobilizing a total budget of 9 billion dirhams by the AfDB.

To meet the increasing demand for drinking water and to develop the sanitation service, an ambitious action plan has been put in place by ONEE, he said, adding that it will also provide great opportunities for cooperation between ONEE and the AfDB.

For his part, AfDB Executive Director and spokesman for the delegation, Désiré Guedon said that this visit aims to assess the programs implemented by the institution alongside Morocco, through field visits to assess the implementation of these programs and especially the impact on the population.

The level of these infrastructures managed by ONEE is a source of satisfaction for the AfDB delegation, he noted in a similar statement, adding that this satisfaction “pushes us to continue to provide our support to Morocco, especially in key sectors, namely energy and water.”

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