Rabat, May 24, 2013 ( MAP)
Rabat, May 24, 2013 ( MAP)
The celebration of the Africa day, marking the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Organization of African unity (OAU), the economic situation and the merger project between three leftist political parties are the highlights of topics commented this Friday, May 24, 2013 by Moroccan editorials.
Aujourd’hui le Maroc stresses in an editorial titled +the future is African+ that at a time developed countries are striving to get out economic recession, the African continent is offering huge growth possibilities and incredible development opportunities.
It notes that the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the OAU is an opportunity to assess Morocco’s African policy, adding that Morocco enjoys friendly and cooperation ties with several countries in the continent.
Recalling the recent tour in three Africa countries by King Mohammed VI, the editorialist notes that trade between Morocco and Africa grew from 3.6 billion DH to 11.7 billion DH and the good news is that there are promising perspectives for trade in the coming years.
On its part, Le Soir Echos asks several questions: what remains of the message of the first representatives of the free African countries? What evaluation of a continent torn between confiscated liberations and covetousness of superpowers? It added that this year’s celebrations are held under the sign of potential because of the absence of answers to these questions.
The editorialist adds that the African continent needs an inclusive future where justice values will prevail, underlining that the risk of balkanisation threatening the continent is a trap to be taken seriously.
It is up to the African union to work for union and justice and the rest will follow. Otherwise the 50th anniversary will only be another missed opportunity, it concludes.
On another topic, Rissalat Al Oumma wonders whether Morocco is heading toward another structural adjustment plan after the IMF warning over the worrying economic and financial situation in Morocco.
Recalling that all indicators show that the Moroccan economy is in a critical stage (trade deficit worsening, shrinking currency reserves and deepening of the budget deficit), the editorialist that Morocco needs to speed up the reform of the subsidy fund in order to stop the public funds haemorrhage, promote the investment atmosphere, improve productivity and enterprise competitiveness and respect fiscal laws.
Morocco needs urgent measures to overcome difficulties, the daily says, adding that everybody agrees that the current government has missed its opportunity to carry out wide ranging economic reforms and adopt efficient financial and economic measures.
On another topic, Attajdid says it welcomes the principle of unification between some components of the Moroccan political landscape (Socialist Union of popular forces, Labor party and the Socialist party) and the reconstruction of this landscape on the basis of poles sharing similar ideologies and dubs as “positive” the USFP’s initiative to integrate a part of the leftist family before uniting the entire leftist political parties.
However, the editorialist goes on, there are several questions on the rapidity and the usefulness of the merger between three leftist parties before the USFP settles its internal divergences.
Annahar Al Maghribia deals in an editorial titled “the masquerade” with the monthly question-time of the head of government, considering that this session is a waste of time since the constitution stipulates that it should be an opportunity for the head of government to present the monthly action of his cabinet.
During one year and a half, this monthly session looked like a public market to sell an electoral discourse, deploring the head of government’s disrespectful discourse to justify the failure of managing the country’s affairs