The International Conference on Desert Economy to take place 18-19 May in Dakhla, Morocco

Dakhla will host the third edition of the International Conference on Desert Economy on May 18-19, 2021, under the title of “Energy Economics between the Desert and the Ocean”

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The National School of Business and Management – Dakhla (knowen as ENCG) organizes the International Conference on Desert Economy in partnership with the Dakhla  Ouad-eddahab region Council.

The conference is a multi-disciplinary scientific research platform on the economy of the desert and the development of arid and semi-arid regions, oases, and rural remote areas. It seeks to contribute effectively to good governance and deserts management as well as sustainable development.

This assembly aims to achieve several goals, including:

Encouraging meetings between all stakeholders (academics, professionals, political actors, members of the civil society, non-governmental organizations)

Enhancing cooperation and partnership between desert countries from Africa and the Gulf states, in addition to the United States of America, China, Australia, India.

Appraising desert knowledge and all its associated studies, recommendations, and conferences.

Creating an environment conducive to the exchange of experiences, trainings, innovative educational and pedagogical practices on themes that are related to the economy and development of the desert and arid lands management, such as:

Tourism, travel industry, agriculture, aquaculture, renewable energies management, mining, natural resources management, Transport and logistics, Fisheries, ocean and sea economy, Technology and innovation, Water sports and entertainment, sports economy and sports management, Tangible and intangible cultural heritage, Biodiversity, environment, wetlands, conservations and management of nature.

This event is organized every year and comes in the context of Morocco’s strong commitment and responsibility towards its African depth. A commitment justified by historical, geographical and cultural ties, mainly embodied in the southern regions of the Kingdom, which constitute the link between Morocco and Africa, the southern regions of Morocco have made great progress in record time thanks to the implementation of special and appropriate development strategies compatible with desert regions. On top of these achievements is the New Development Model Program for Southern provinces.

Thanks to African and international multilateral cooperation, deserts and arid regions all over the world, in Africa in particular, with its rich natural marine coasts and vast beaches, have become an open workshop for construction of major infrastructures and mega trans-desert projects such as:

– DESERTEC project (clean renewable energy exportation).

– Great Green Wall of the Sahara and Sahel initiative (led by The African union) for greening the desert and combating desertification.

– TransAfrica Pipeline (a project to make 8,000 km long freshwater pipeline which will provide clean, potable drinking water to 28-30 million people in 11 countries of the African Sahel).

– The “Powerafrica” initiative.

– The Desert to Power initiative (D2P, to provide electricity to about 250 million people).

The 3rd edition will be very special, in terms of the distinguished participation of prominent scientific and professional figures from several leading countries in scientific research on the desert issues, as well as the scientific committee members who belong to prestigious institutes and universities, the topic of the meeting is highly important and responds to urgent issues.

This edition of the International Conference on Desert Economy was supposed to be organized in Dakhla, on April 21-22, but it was postponed to May 18 and 19 due to the current circumstances related to the Covid-19 epidemic.

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