Rabat, March 6, 2012 (MAP)
Rabat, March 6, 2012 (MAP)
The fight against corruption should be based on a long-term vision involving all social stakeholders, Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane said.
In an interview with Moroccan daily “Al Massae”, Benkirane outlined the government policy to fight corruption, saying that focusing on “past issues will derail us from building the future and will create divisions in society.”
He said the recent revealing the list of the beneficiaries from the transport licenses was dictated by an endeavour to foster equity, adding that such an action aims at “putting an end to financial corruption”, and to “direct public funds to benefit the needy.”
Benkirane stressed the need for more transparency in managing public affairs. In this respect he called for linking responsibility to accountability and the rendering of accounts.
He also said that efforts have been launched to counter “rentier economy” in order to promote fair competition.
The Head of Government also vowed to “find alternatives for those who deserve to benefit form the licenses (agréments),” making it clear that “competition and profitability are the only rules that should prevail in productive sectors.
Benkirane also said that the positive political and social dynamism taking place in Morocco will have a positive impact on society. “Any fair observer can realize the scope of the of this new social and political dynamism which is evidenced by the settlement of several issues following the formation of the new government.”
On unemployment, Benkirane highlighted that his cabinet will ponder on parallel programmes to promote a training that is geared towards self-employment, adding that efforts will also include facilitating access to credits and promoting employement in the private sector.
The issue of unemployed graduates will be solved through rational measures such as competency and administration vacancies as well as the available financial means, he went on to say. “Admission exams will be the means of recruitment”.
As for the role of the opposition, Benkirane indicated that the new supreme law enables the opposition to have a key positive role, adding that he will spare no effort to “help it fulfill its task.”
He promised that the 2012 appropriation bill will meet expectations regardless of the delicate economic situation.
In the same vein, he said attracting more investments depends on enhancing Morocco’s attractiveness, its political stability and promoting investors’ confidence as well as establishing equal taxation and simplifying procedures.
Concerning the February 20 movement, Benkirane said that its calls for more democracy are welcome, expressing willingness to discuss the movement’s demands.