New Moroccan government unveils ambitious social program

The new head of government Aziz Akhannouch began his mission by chairing the first ministerial council followed by a presentation of a government program to parliamentarians strongly committed to the social and economic plan.

Akhannouch was appointed head of government after his party won the September 8 elections. He built a parliamentary majority with PAM and Istiqlal and set up a compact government of 24 portfolios.

The program aims to respond to royal directives, recommendations for the implementation of the new development model and includes measures to support economic activity and reduce disparities.

The government is committed to creating 1 million jobs during its five-year term, increasing the participation of women in economic life from 20% to 30%, generalizing social protection and expanding the middle class including in rural areas by further improving the Moroccan education system to rank among the top 60 in the world and allocating $ 100 million to the implementation of the official character of the Amazigh language.

Akhannouch told MPs that the government’s social policy would strive to achieve better targeted social support for the needy by ensuring stable incomes for the poor, the elderly and those with special needs.

Hence the need to complete the unified social register which would make it possible to target the needy and ensure regular financial assistance.

Increasing social protection and generalizing health coverage would put the health system under high demand and this requires reform of public health services, Akhannouch said.

Therefore, the government allocated additional funds to the health sector to finance the reform by increasing the number of health workers, building more health centers and ensuring the availability of health care throughout the kingdom.

The reform of the education system was also highlighted as a priority for the current government, starting with the rehabilitation of teachers while guaranteeing them better starting salaries and better working conditions, Akhannouch said.

On the economic front, the government is committed to promoting the national productive fabric and promoting job creation, particularly in a context where the economy is recovering from the impact of Covid-19.

In this regard, the focus will be on promoting entrepreneurship, rescuing threatened businesses and unlocking investments.

A program to hire people without diplomas in local government will be abolished to employ 25,000 people on two-year contracts and the government will continue the Intelaka program to encourage entrepreneurship among young people through guaranteed loans.

Regarding agriculture, Akhannouch said the Green Generation plan will be implemented with the aim of mobilizing 1 million hectares of additional land.

In application of royal directives, the government has promised to strengthen Morocco’s strategic reserves in terms of food, energy and medicine.

The government would also guarantee a level playing field for all economic operators and ensure a simple administrative procedure to facilitate doing business in the country.

The Moroccan economy is expected to grow by more than 5.5% this year after contracting 6.8% last year under the impact of Covid-19.

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