Following exchanges engaged with the European Straits Initiative from 2015, Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Region has officialised in October 2016 its entry in the ESI, thus joining on the shores of the Strait of Gibraltar the Regional government of Andalusia.
A delegation from Pas-de-Calais County Council went to Tanger in February 2015 to meet key stakeholders of the territory. This visit enabled to present ESI to Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Region but also to a wider audience, to attest that this cooperation was meaningful for the Moroccan territory.
Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Region is a territorial entity of 17 262 km2 at the extreme North-West of Morocco. It is bounded:
Its location only 14 km from the Spanish coastline through the Strait of Gibraltar is a major geopolitical asset.
On an administrative level, the Region counts two prefectures and six provinces (Tanger-Asila, Tétouan, Mdiq-Fnideq, Chefchaouen, Fahs-Anjra, Larache, Ouezzane et Al Hoceima) and includes 145 communes, 129 of which are rural and 16 urban (34% of the 3.5 million inhabitants of the region live in a rural area).
The economic attractiveness of the region is booming: port of Tanger Med knows constant growth, Renault-Nissan moved to Tanger in 2012, a high speed line will soon link Tanger to Casablanca in 2h10, business districts are emerging etc.
In terms of cross-border cooperation, the Region has developed partnerships with deputations of Cadiz, Grenada and Malada in Spain, on the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar. The region works together with the Regional government of Andalusia through the large intercontinental biosphere reserve project, which received the UNESCO label of biosphere reserve.
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