Rabat - April 29, 2013 (MAP)
Rabat – April 29, 2013 (MAP)
The Moroccan dailies issued on Monday devoted their editorial to the issue of the territorial integrity of the Kingdom and the 2nd conference on taxation taking place in Skhirate (April 29-30).
Al Ahdath Al Maghribia writes that Morocco has certainly won a diplomatic battle, after reacting with the necessary firmness to the US proposal, but the war remains open, especially that the enemies of the Kingdom will spare no effort and will use all means available to disrupt the country’s stability.
It insists that the strong national mobilization which all the forces of the country have shown must be maintained.
The firmness shown by Morocco on the diplomatic front in recent weeks should be doubled, domestically, by the application of the law in strict respect for human rights in accordance with international conventions without giving up to blackmail or bargaining or falling into the trap of provocation on the part of the enemy.
Bayane Al Yaoum indicates that following the adoption by the Security Council of its new resolution that keeps the mandate of MINURSO unchanged, pro-separatist elements have returned to their maneuvers that involve the organization of demonstrations in the streets of the southern provinces, particularly in Laayoune, with the sole aim of pushing local authorities to use force against them, the pro-separatists’ goal being to make the international community believe the so-called truth of their arguments concerning the non-respect of human rights in the Sahara.
The Moroccan authorities, which are required to thwart all these maneuvers and to avoid being trapped by these provocative acts, should continue to promote and respect the freedoms and the principles of democracy and human rights in the southern provinces, just like all the other Moroccan cities, and persevere towards the consolidation of the choice of reforms.
On the 2nd conference on taxation, Aujourd’hui le Maroc writes under the title “fiscal democracy” that “the time has come, after 13 years of waiting -the last conference dating back to 1999- that policy-makers and all stakeholders meet to take stock of the progress made on this project, one of the most important and strategic projects for a country.”
“Contrary to conventional wisdom, taxes not only serve to replenish the coffers of a state, but are one of the most powerful levers of public policy. What’s more, taxes can be highly political because when we talk about democracy, we talk about equity, including in the area of taxes,” it says.
L’Economiste writes, in the same vein, that “Morocco will have ts fiscal agenda somewhere.” It stresses that “we must make this a priority, both for the sake equity, the competitiveness of the Moroccan economy and our financial sovereignty. “
The editorial, which states that the tax is the primary resource for the budget (with more than 70 pc of resources), says that “it is not only a one-shot operation to redress the damage of the crisis: these reform requirements are already there well before, but they are more urgent today.”
Under the title “tax fairness,” Le Soir Echos says that “although the news spotlight is on the agricultural s sector, other sectors deserve the same attention, and an overall reflection is needed, with realistic proposals and a timely schedule.”
“The policy of tax incentives, whether with regard to agriculture or private education or any other business, should not be deemed as an irrevocable achievement,” it insists.”
In this respect, it argues that “given the status of funds in this time of crisis, it makes sense to appeal to the civic sense of all economic operators.”