The French Development Agency (AFD) supports Morocco in the development of sustainable cities with efficient and low-carbon means of transport. November 2sd, 2020 this approach resulted in the signing of a loan agreement of 100 million euros (1.1 billion dirhams) accompanied by a technical assistance grant of 500,000 euros (5.5 million dirhams) between the agency and Casa Transports, a local development company (SDL) created in 2009 and responsible for the sustainable and inclusive development of public transport in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco.
The 100.5 million euros allocated by AFD will be used to build two new lines (T3 and T4) of the Casablanca tramway in order to improve the mobility of city dwellers in a sustainable manner.. “The establishment of the T3 and T4 lines is an important step in the implementation of Casablanca’s urban transport plan, the long-term objective being to offer a quality public transport network, as wide as possible and offering efficient intramodality with other modes of transport ”, explains Nabil Belabed, general manager of Casa Transport.
AFD and the sustainable city in Morocco
The issue of the funding allocated to Casa Transport by AFD is above all the sustainability of the city. “Through this new agreement, AFD is supporting Casa Transports in setting up an efficient and carbon-free transport system that will help make public transport accessible to as many people as possible and thus facilitate urban mobility and access to employment “, said Hélène Le Gal, French Ambassador to Morocco.
The financial and technical partnership between AFD and Casa Transport was launched in 2012. The first financing of 23 million euros was allocated to the construction of the first tram line in the city. It was followed by a second financing of 30 million euros in 2017 for the construction of the second line. These loans were accompanied by grants of € 1.3 million and € 500,000 to finance strategic studies and technical assistance on environmental and social aspects.
In addition to sustainable transport, AFD also supports Morocco in building ecological cities. AFD granted in 2019 a loan of 150 million euros for the construction of the Zenata eco-city under development in the north-east of Casablanca.