Institut Royal des Etudes Stratégiques
Strategic levers for successful advanced regionalization

The IRES organized on May 11, 2011 a seminar on "Strategic levers for successful advanced regionalization ".

This meeting was an opportunity to present the main findings of the report of the Advisory Board of regionalization and to discuss some important dimensions of regionalization: (i) the Sahara issue, (ii) the identity project of Morocco regions and (iii ) the role of actors in regional development strategies.

The seminar explored some ways to maximize the chances of success of this strategic reform for the country in terms of capacity building of local elites, the alignment of regional development strategies and clarification of mission actors, the accelerated construction of devolution and the consideration of cultural dimensions to the consolidation of social bond at regional and national levels.

Introduction by Mr. Mohammed Tawfik MOULINE,
Director General of the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies

09:15
Presentation by Mr. Mohamed Othman BENJELLOUN,
Senior researcher at the IRES, moderator of seminar

09:20
Presenting the findings of the report of the Advisory board of the regionalization
Mr. Mohammed SOUAFI and Mrs. Amina LEMRINI EL OUAHABI,
Members of the advisory board of regionalization.

10:15

Session 1: Role of stakeholders in regional development strategies

Mr. Tawfiq BOUDCHICHE,
Director of International Cooperation and Economic Development – Oriental Agency
Mr. Abdelali DOUMOU,
Economist, former President of the Region of Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz
Mr. Ali SEDJARI,
University Professor, Chair of the Research Group on “Space and Territory ”
Mr. Nacer EL KADIRI,
Economist, professor at the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics
Mr. Mimoun CHARQUI,
Political and legal analyst

12:15

Session 2: Territorial integrity and advanced regionalization

Mr. Hicham BERRA,
Agency for the promotion and economic and social development of the southern provinces of the Kingdom
Ms. Khadjia MOHSEN FINAN,
Researcher and professor at the Institute of Political Studies- Paris
Mr Abderrahim EL MASLOUHI,
Professor at the University Mohammed V-Agdal

Session 3: Identity Project of Morocco of Regions

Mr. Ahmed BOUKKOUS,
Rector of the Royal Institute for Amazigh Culture
Mr. Mohamed Othman BENJELLOUN,
Senior researcher at the IRES

13:30
General Debate