RABAT (Reuters) – King Mohammed VI of Morocco on Monday introduced the launch later this yr of a committee charged with elaborating a brand new growth mannequin to deal with social inequalities, whereas additionally urging a authorities reshuffle.
The committee will function an advisory physique to make solutions to enhance reforms in fields akin to training, well being, agriculture, funding and taxation, mentioned the monarch in a speech marking twenty years of his rule.
The 55-year-old king enumerated some key achievements of his rule, with emphasis on infrastructure developments akin to highways, high-speed railway, ports, renewable vitality and concrete growth.
“What undermines this constructive result’s that the consequences of the progress and the achievements made has not, sadly, been felt by all segments of the Moroccan society”, he mentioned.
Particular emphasis was additionally laid on the necessity to open up the financial system to international buyers and revamp the general public sector. Such tasks and reforms require new leaders in decision-making positions, he mentioned.
“I ask the top of presidency to undergo me, after the summer season break, proposals to fill govt posts within the authorities and the civil service with high-level nationwide elites chosen on advantage and competence”, he mentioned.
The king additionally reiterated his “coverage of the outstretched hand towards Algeria”, invoking the “brotherhood” and “pleasure” expressed in Morocco after the Algerian crew received the African Cup of Nations.
Shared borders have been closed between the 2 North African neighbours since 1994. The 2 nations are at loggerheads over a set of points together with the Western Sahara, a disputed territory thought-about by Morocco as an integral a part of its sovereign lands, but additionally claimed by the Algerian-backed Polisario Entrance.
Morocco has largely been insulated from the turmoil that hit North Africa and the Center East because the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011 though it commonly sees protests over financial and social issues.
The monarchy, beneath strain from protesters, in a 2011 constitutional referendum delegated a few of its powers to an elected authorities.
Reporting by Ahmed Eljechtimi, modifying by G Crosse