The loan agreement, refundable over 29 years, was signed Friday, March 15th, 2013 in Rabat, by Mr. Nizar Baraka, Minister of Economy and Finance and Mr. Simon Gray, Director of the Maghreb Department, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional office.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Baraka stated that the new PPD aims to strengthen governance, improve the institutional and financial sustainability of the sector, upgrade the control of the country`s environment as well as develop recovery procedures of household wastes that are financially sustainable and socially inclusive.
He recalled that the National Solid Waste Management Program (PNDM) which represents a starting point and a reference of Morocco?s new policy in this sector was supported by the World Bank, through improving the financial, environmental and social performance and the good governance of household waste sector.
For his part, Mr. Gray welcomed Morocco?s progress in the development of household wastes, stressing that the PNDM provides a unique partnership framework in the region between the local authorities and the State to improve the performance of this sector. He noted that more than 75% of the urban population has access to improve wastes collection services and more than 30% of these wastes are now in controlled landfills against less than 5% in 2006.
"The PPD3 is intended to both consolidating and expanding sector reforms achieved to date," he specified, adding that in terms of governance, the third phase will improve the accountability of service providers in the solid waste sector, in particular through the progressive introduction of rigorous social accountability tools, such as citizen evaluation reports.
Thus, Mr. Baraka stated that the PPD3-DM 100 million will improve access and quality of services, to ensure the long-term environmental sustainability in a changing climate and to improve governance.
As regards its contribution to the improvement of the social economy, Mr. Gray highlighted the contribution of this operation in terms of the development of recycling industry which is expected to create between 50 and 70,000 jobs by 2022 (PNDM horizon )
Adopted in 2008, the PNDM received two PPD-DM, the (PPD1-DM), amounting to euro 100 million, to support the main pillars of the reform program, which established an appropriate framework for the household wastes integrated management, while the PPD2-DM, amounting to euro 100 million was used to the capitalization of the achievements of the first operation (PPD1) by strengthening reforms at central and municipal levels. The overall cost of PNDM is close to 40 billion DH, more than 93% of which are dedicated to improving the collection of household wastes and to disposal while the rest is devoted to supporting measures (studies, monitoring and control, communication, education, training).