Rabat, Morocco, 5-9 December 2011   

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About Rabat

Rabat The capital city of Morocco is the second largest city in the country after Casablanca with a population of about 1.5 million people out of the 32 million Moroccans. The city was erected in 1150 and has the size of 1275 km2. Rabat being the political and administrative center of Morocco, houses the Royal Palace, government buildings and The Embassies and a number of other important monuments. It is within this city that one can also find most of the institutions and cultural venues such as the Mohammed V National Theater, the official galleries of Bâb Er-Rouah, Bab El-Kébir at the Oudayas and Mohamed El-Fassi. Rabat was gratified in recent years with grand cultural projects, namely the National Library, the Contemporary Arts Museum, the High Institute of Music and Dance and important research and higher learning institutions such as the Mohammed V-Souissi University and the Mohammadia Engineering School. In 2011, Rabat introduced its tramway system which consisted of 2 lines, each 22 km long. The city’s landscape has greatly changed through the years thanks to the sustained development. This city will be hosting CODESRIA’s next 13th General Assembly which cities such as Dakar (Senegal), Kampala (Uganda), Maputo (Mozambic) and Yaoundé (Cameroon) have hosted over the previous years. This meeting is expected to bring together at least about 500 African social science researchers and Africanists from the Diaspora during 5 days, commencing 5 to 9 December 2011.