King Mohammed VI appoints Chakib Benmoussa head of new development model committee

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King Mohammed VI appointed Chakib Benmoussa head of the new ad-hoc committee for the development model, an advisory body that is tasked with making proposals and suggestions to improve the development reforms and increase their effectiveness.

Chakib Benmoussa served as interior minister from 2006 to 2010 and head of the social economic and environmental council from 2011 to 2012 before being appointed Morocco’s Ambassador to France in December 2012.

His appointment to the development model ad-hoc committee comes after the Throne Day Speech (29 August 2019) in which the monarch announced the creation of the committee and outlined its missions.

The committee “which will have to take into consideration the major reforms introduced – as well as those to come – in a number of sectors, such as education, health, agriculture, investment and taxation,” the Monarch said, adding this advisory body is expected to make suggestions on how to improve these reforms and increase their effectiveness.

The Monarch stressed that the committee should be totally impartial and objective, and to report on facts as they are on the ground, however harsh or painful they may be.

As regards the Committee’s membership, the King said he has seen to it that the committee includes representatives from various fields of knowledge and intellectual currents, including prominent Moroccans from the public and the private sectors who meet the requirements of competence and impartiality, who are able to feel the pulse of society, who understand its expectations and who have the nation’s best interests at heart.

King Mohammed VI also made it clear that the committee will not serve as a second government or be a parallel official institution. “This is an advisory body with a specific time-bound mission.”

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