Referring to the region’s lack of visibility, a deputy pleaded for the change of name of the Souss-Massa region, an opinion not shared by the government, which through the Ministry of the Interior ” does not see the point of changing the name of the Souss-Massa region “.
PJD MP Naima Fathaoui had asked Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit to change the region’s name to Agadir-Souss because the current name would be too confusing. Moreover, the name would not adequately reflect the importance of the city of Agadir.
The region has significant economic potential based on its natural resources and its possibilities in the field of agriculture, fishing, tourism and mining.
The PJD’s request is prompted by the renaming of the country’s regions put in place in 2015. The criteria at the time was that the new name should at least include the region’s capital. However, this is still not the case in three regions of Morocco.
According to Fathaoui, the Souss name is increasingly causing international confusion because other regions of the world have a similar name. It would not be good for the region’s image and tourism industry. “This confusion is particularly prevalent in search engine queries, as this list refers to regions in other countries,” Fathaoui said.
Fathaoui’s arguments do not seem to convince the minister. In his response, Laftit pointed out that the new names for the regions were assigned at the time based on ” recommendations of the Regionalization Advisory Committee”. The commission’s findings were reportedly drawn up after consultations with “representatives of political parties, elected officials, civil society, as well as researchers and experts in the field.” “said Laftit.