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President of Republic: Building and Public Works Sector Is Pillar of Economic Growth

Nouakchott,  20/09/2021
The President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, affirmed that building and public works sector is a pillar of economic growth due to its great contribution to the gross domestic product, creating job opportunities and attracting investments. It also enhances production capacity and plays an immense role in the construction of infrastructure of basic services such as: health, education, transport, energy, and water.

On Monday in his speech at the opening of the forums on building and public works sector Monday, the President of the Republic added that these forums constitute an opportunity to diagnose the reality of this sector and to search for ways to develop it.
Here is the full text of the speech:

" Mr. Prime Minister;

Mrs. Ministers;

Mrs. Members of the diplomatic corps;

Distinguished guests;

Ladies and Gentlemen,


The building and public works sector is considered a pillar of economic growth due due to its great contribution to the gross domestic product, creating job opportunities and attracting investments. It also enhances production capacity and plays an immense role in the construction of infrastructure of basic services such as: health, education, transport, energy, and water.

In this regard, it plays a prominent role in embodying our central goal, which is to improve the living conditions of citizens and enhance their resilience in the face of various crises.

We do not compromise on our goal, therefore, we decided, in light of the recent price hike crisis, to create a national mechanism to import basic materials and commodities, and provide them to the citizen at reasonable prices, away from speculation. This mechanism will be a regulating tool and a stabilizing factor for these products market. We also directed the TAAZOUR agency to provide goods in the required quantities in all subsidized stores and instructed the government to preserve the purchasing power of the poorest citizens, regardless of the resulting cost.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Despite the importance of building and public works sector and the government’s efforts to develop it by launching major workshops, providing an appropriate legislative climate, and encouraging national actors, it still suffers from major imbalances in the preparation of studies, respect for terms and specifications , delivery deadlines, strict adherence to the procedures of award of deals, the length of the latter’s procedures, and other things that negatively impact the pace and quality of project implementation.

The forum that we are about to launch today represent an opportunity to diagnose the reality of this sector and search for ways to develop it, in terms of expertise and efficiency in preparing studies and following up on works, and creating job opportunities, attracting investments, combating poverty and fragility, strengthening basic infrastructure, improving services and bringing them closer to citizens, and to improve their living conditions.

I, with God's blessing, announce the opening of these forums, wishing success for works, I invite you all to provide them with your rich experiences and constructive suggestions. Consultation and benefiting from everyone’s experiences is a creative approach, which we regularly adopt in our approach to public affairs, as evidenced by the forthcoming national consultation, which will not exclude anyone and will not ban a topic in order to reach together the best possible solutions to address the various challenges.
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