By Asmaa Bahadi
By Asmaa Bahadi
Rabat – The Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) organized a press conference on Monday to discuss “the broad guidelines” of its election project program for the upcoming legislative elections to be held on October 7.
During his speech, Ilyas Elomari, the General Secretary of the PAM, said that the current state of the country is “catastrophic,” which calls for a “bail-out.”
The PAM’s project promises an annual economic growth rate of at least five percent. As far as employment goes, the opposition party commits to creating 150,000 jobs per year.
The PAM also aims to increase the industry’s contribution to overall GDP from the current 14 percent to 20 percent. At this rate, the PAM explained that it would increase public investment from the current 60 billion dirhams to 70 billion dirhams.
The PAM also promised to review Morocco’s personal status code, known as the Moudawana. “Twelve years after it was enacted, this text needs to be reviewed,” said Fatima Zahra Mansouri, the PAM’s National Council President. This revision aims to establish “a greater equity and justice between men and women.” The project also suggests that women can transfer their Moroccan citizenship to their foreign husbands.
Additionally, the PAM aims to offer scholarships to 50% of the students in Morocco, as well as collaborate with banks to finance the “costs of education in public and private higher education.”
As for pensions, the project foresees a “review of reform of the Moroccan pension fund.” The PAM also expects “further improvement of the pension system,” by creating two funds: the first is related to the public sector, and the second to the private sector.
The party explains that it will include sugar and butane gas in the reform of the compensation fund, in addition to establishing a digital system to identify the populations in need at the national level.
In the cultural field, the party aims to double the Ministry of Culture’s budget. The PAM also aims to establish public-private partnerships, as well as reduce the illiteracy rate by five points per year.Edited by Natalie Yzhary