Casablanca - According to a report by Transparency Maroc, a Moroccan NGO created to fight corruption, 2013 was a very disappointing year for corruption in the kingdom.
Casablanca – According to a report by Transparency Maroc, a Moroccan NGO created to fight corruption, 2013 was a very disappointing year for corruption in the kingdom.
According to Moroccan daily newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum, the report, revealed by Transparency Maroc during a general meeting held last Saturday, showed that the number of complaints the NGO received had decreased by 6% from the previous year.
According to Transparency Maroc, this decline does not reflect the ineffectiveness of actions undertaken by the government to fight corruption as much as it reflects Moroccan citizens’ reluctance to report instances of corruption to the authorities.
For Transparency Maroc, 2013 was “a frustrating year par excellence.”
During the general meeting, Transparency Maroc noted that many of the reforms mentioned in the new Constitution are being sluggishly implemented, and that no concrete measures have been taken in the fight against corruption.
For Transparency Maroc, the fact that Morocco moved down from 88th to 91st in the 2013 global transparency index rankings indicates the ineffectiveness of Benkirane’s government in fighting corruption in Morocco.
With a score of 33 out of 100, Morocco was rated 91st out of 177 ranked countries. However, Morocco ranked higher at the regional level, 9th out of 21 countries in the MENA region.
In September 2013, Transparency International said that Morocco “Morocco needs to urgently adopt a law guaranteeing access to information in order to fight corruption.”
A few months later, the Moroccan government announced a charter outlining a number of judicial reforms aimed at fighting corruption, such as the strengthening of judiciary independence.
Last month, the Ministry of Justice announced that a hotline for witnesses and victims of corruption would soon be available. According to Minister of Justice M. Mustapha Ramid, the anti-corruption helpline would be entrusted to senior executives in the Ministry’s Criminal Division.
Edited by Jessica Rohan
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