MAROC TELECOM BACKS THE OPENING OF AN INTERNET GARDEN IN MARRAKECH

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Maroc Telecom has agreed has agreed to refurbish Arsat Moulay Abdelssalam Park in exchange for the commercial rights to exploit part of the garden as a multimedia and cyber space exhibition area and an amphitheatre. It has committed 20 million DH to the project. The park is 9 hectares and for many years has been left deserted by Marrakechis. According to Omar El Jazouli, President of the Médina commune:"We had formulated a vision for the park whereby it would become an attractive space and open to new technology developments. Maroc Telecom responded to this vision by committing 20 million DH."

The agreement signed means that Maroc Telecom will refurbish the park in exchange for commercial exploitation rights for the promotion and exhibition of all forms of new technologies. It will offer ICT companies good access to the internet. The ICT zone will be sited towards the Koutoubia minaret which will have an amphitheatre for cultural events. In due course a second area will be developed covering cyber space activity. Marrakechis will continue to have free access to the park.