Casablanca- Last Thursday, October 10, Morocco witnessed the appointment of the 39 ministers constituting Abdillah Benkirane’s second government. Since then, many national and foreign news outlets as well as active users of social networks have been probing and criticizing the professional and academic profiles of the recently appointed ministers.
In this regard, some Algerian news outlets, such Algerie-Focus, made comparisons between the academic backgrounds of Moroccan ministers and those of their Algerian counterparts.
The comparisons concluded that Moroccan ministers have better academic background and hold higher academic degrees, mostly from foreign countries like France, than their Algerian counterparts.
Among the 13 ministers in the new government, nine ministers studied in foreign countries, mainly in France, and hold degrees obtained from the Hexagone’s most renowned universities.
30-year old Mamoun Bouhadhoud, the new Minister Delegate to the Minister of Industry and Trade, is one of the 9 ministers with an impressive academic background. The youngest minister in Benkirane’s second government, graduated from the School of Applied Arts in Paris before pursuing his studies at Mine Paris Tech. The two prestigious French schools figure among the few ones listed in the Shanghai ranking of the best institutions in the world.
The new Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamd Bousaid, is a graduate of Paris’ prestigious National School of Bridges and Roads, where he obtained, in 1986, a diploma in industrial engineering. He also obtained an MBA from the same institution in 2000.
Mohamed Hassad, the new Minister of Interior, is also a laureate of Paris’ National School of Bridges and Roads in 1976. He also obtained a degree in industrial engineering from the Paris’ School of Applied Arts the same year.
As to Salah Eddin Mezzouar, the new Minister of Foreign Affairs and Corporation and the, he holds a higher education degree in management and a Master’s degree in Economics.
Unlike the newly constituted government in Morocco, which comprises some of the nation’s most highly qualified people with impressive academic records, the Algerian government, which was formed in September 11, 2012, only one out of 31 ministers had studied in France. The minister at question is Hessein Nassib, Minister of Water Resources, who graduated from Paris’ School of Bridges and Roads.
The aforementioned French higher education institutions are among the most renowned at the international level. They have agreeably generated some of the most brilliant leaders in in a number of fields.
However, the newly formed Moroccan government lacks personalities who graduated U.S. universities o boast a long experience in North America. This might constitute a potential hindrance to communication between the Moroccan officials and their American or English-speaking counterparts, especially is we take into account that most Moroccan Ministers are fluent in French, while they lack English proficiency, at the exception of Lahcen Hadad, Minister of Tourism and Mbarka Bouaida, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
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