A government agreement to rehabilitate 6 stadiums and build the Casablanca Grand Stadium

Heba Press _ Rabat

Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch chaired, on Friday, October 20 in Rabat, the signing ceremony of a partnership agreement between the government and the Fund for Deposit and Management, to finance the rehabilitation program of 6 football stadiums, which were selected in Tangier, Casablanca, Rabat, Agadir, Marrakesh and Fez, as well as the construction of a new stadium in Benslimane city.

The agreement was signed, on the one hand, by Chakib Benmoussa, Minister of National Education, Primary Education and Sports, and Fawzi Lekjaa, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Economy and Finance in charge of the budget, and, on the other hand, by Khaled Safir, Director General of the Deposit and Management Fund.

Under this agreement, the government will have completed providing various sources of financing for the rehabilitation and construction of the stadiums that will host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations finals and the 2030 World Cup, where a budget of approximately 9.5 billion dirhams will be mobilized to implement investment projects related to the rehabilitation. These stadiums will be in accordance with the standards of the Confederation of African Football for the period from 2023 to 2025. They will be followed by a second rehabilitation phase in line with the standards of the International Federation of Association Football, with a budget ranging between 4.5 and 6 billion dirhams, from the years 2025 to 2028.

The agreement signed between the government and the Fund for Deposit and Management also included the construction of a new stadium in Benslimane (Casablanca-Settat region), with an investment budget estimated at 5 billion dirhams, in the period from 2025 to 2028.

This agreement was signed in the presence of Youssef Belkacemi, Head of the Collective Administration of the National Company for the Construction and Management of Sports Facilities, Zainab Benmoussa, Director General of the National Agency for Public Equipment, and Younes Al-Sahimi, the General Secretary.

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