Morocco :The results of the government action

Rabat – The difficult global situation and the effects of the economic crisis “did not weaken the government’s willingness to remain committed to its social choice,” Prime Minister, Abbas El Fassi, said on Monday.

El Fassi, who presented at the House of Representatives the results of the government action at the end of its mid-term mandate, said the government has adopted a new form of governance of public social policies, which is based on the principle of social and territorial approach ensuring the efficiency of interventions, part of the large-scale anti-poverty program, the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH).

The Prime Minister welcomed the positive results achieved by INDH, which has helped create more than 18,500 projects that contributed to the integration, upgrading and improvement of the income of over 4.6 million beneficiaries in the poorest regions, particularly in rural areas.

El Fassi said that the government has developed new solidarity mechanisms targeting the poorest and most vulnerable citizens, by improving their access to medical care and reducing the hospitalization costs.

Regarding the development of rural and mountain areas, the government has increase the investment budget earmarked to these areas from 8.3 billion dirhams in 2007 to 20 billion dirhams in 2010, the Prime Minister added.

Morocco, he said, has reduced the unemployment rate from 9.8% in 2007 to 9.1% in 2009, representing a very positive average amid the global economic crisis.

Regarding education, El Fassi stressed that Morocco is making significant efforts to encourage education among different age categories, citing satisfactory results in this field: 94.8% for primary education, 75.4% for secondary education.

The Premier also stressed that the rate of maternal mortality has decreased (132 deaths per 100,000 births in 2009 against 227 in 2007).

He said the government has developed a comprehensive purchasing power approach with a view of improving the citizens’ incomes.

The government has allotted more than 50 billion dirhams in 2008 and 2009 as part of the compensation fund to subsidize consumer goods and control the rate of inflation that has not exceeded 1% in 2009, he added.

As part of a participatory approach and in partnership with associations and organizations of civil society, the government has developed integrated strategies for improving children’s conditions and rights of the elders and the disabled, said the Prime Minister.

Regarding women’s rights and gender approach, El Fassi stressed that the government has developed an equality strategy in 2010-2012, aimed at achieving gender equity in programs and policies implemented as well as fighting violence against women.

He also expressed the government’s determination to create a social solidarity fund.

By the same occasion, The Prime Minister highlighted the particular importance attached to the Moroccan community abroad, in terms of providing social services and preserving the Moroccan identity, in addition to efforts made in the area of investment to cope with the effects of the global economic crisis.

In the field of sports, El Fassi recalled the program contracts signed with the sports federations as part of the new governance aiming at upgrading infrastructure, setting up new sports facilities that match the international standards and developing the legal framework.


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