Urbanization must be at heart of public policies

Abdelahad Fassi Fihri
National Territory and Urban Planning and Housing and Urbanism minister

“In order to correct a certain number of negative effects of this uncontrolled urbanization, we must now adopt in a more proactive approach and not just react, correct and repair. And this presupposes that the urban question truly becomes a national priority once again, placed at the heart of public policies.”

Speaking on the panel, “Urban Planning and Territorial Development: Challenges and Opportunities for African Cities,” at the 2018 Africities Summit, the Moroccan minister Abdelahad Fassi Fihri, called on African cities to ensure that their territories and urban settlements are open to all, and that they are safe, resilient and sustainable.

“Cities must be open to all and we must work to reduce the urban divide, particularly through the economic and social inclusion of all people, especially the most vulnerable; women, young people, people with disabilities,” Fihri urged.

On social justice and equity, he emphasized, “We must avoid that African cities become breeding grounds on which extremism and radicalization can proliferate.”

He took the opportunity to reiterate Morocco’s commitment to support African countries in their urbanization efforts by making available the experience of the Cherifian kingdom in that regard.