King Mohammed VI Chairs in Rabat Council of Ministers

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King Mohammed VI chaired, on Wednesday in Rabat royal palace, a council of ministers to present the broad lines of the 2020 draft appropriation bill and adopt several international agreements, said a statement read by official spokesperson of the royal palace Abdelhak Lamrini.
At the beginning of the meeting, the minister of economy, finance and administration reform gave before the King a presentation on the general broad lines of the draft appropriation bill for the next year:

This draft bill, elaborated on the basis of the King’s directives laid down in the royal speeches, has four major priorities:

Firstly: the effective implementation of the framework law on the education and training system reform, as a basis for reducing disparities, upholding the principle of equal opportunities, strengthening social support for schooling and implementing the road map for the development of vocational training, particularly with regard to the creation of the regional cities of skills and trades and the modernization of curricula through work-based training and apprenticeship training, as well as the adequacy and development of the entrepreneurship spirit, especially among young people working in the informal sector.

Secondly: The establishment of social protection mechanisms, support for the middle class and increased targeting of the poor: through the improvement and generalization of medical services, the extension of medical coverage, and the operationalization of health insurance, as well as the implementation of the commitments of the Social Dialogue, the improvement of the targeting of categories in precarious situations, the progressive development of direct aid from which they benefit, the acceleration of the implementation of the program to combat territorial and social disparities in rural areas, and the support for the third phase of the National Initiative for Human Development.

Thirdly: Accelerating the implementation of regionalization, as an essential vector to remedy territorial disparities and achieve the expected balance between the general development effort and the specificities of each region, through increasing the regions’ resources and speeding up the implementation of the Charter on administrative devolution.

Fourthly: Creating a new dynamic for investment and business support: focusing on the implementation of the recommendations of the Third National Conference on Taxation, the further liquidation of the debt relating to value added tax, the reduction of payment delays, in addition to the setting up of a Fund for the promotion and financial support of small, very small and medium-sized enterprises.

As part of strengthening the friendly and cooperation relations between Morocco and several brotherly and friendly countries and in compliance with the Kingdom’s regional commitments, the Council of Ministers has adopted nine bilateral and multilateral international agreements, supported by legislation.

The bilateral agreements concern in particular economic cooperation in the field of non-double taxation and investment facilitation, judicial cooperation in criminal matters, as well as defense cooperation.

Regarding the multilateral agreements, they cover the protocol annexed to the Constitutive Act of the African Union on the African Parliament, as well as Arab customs cooperation.

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