By Ouassima Boujrad
By Ouassima Boujrad
Rabat – The Moroccan Politics Club at Al Akhawayn University (AUI) paid an official visit to the Ministry of Communication in Rabat on Monday, 13 April 2015.
As its name indicates, the Moroccan Politics Clubs (MPC) is a student organization at AUI. It focuses on Moroccan politics and seeks to improve the concept of politics among the students of AUI through a variety of activities.
MPC was first founded during the fall term of 2011 under the name of “Res Publica” as a response to King Mohammed VI’s speech for the integration of youth in political affairs during the launch of the new constitution in 2011.
Through the Moroccan Politics Club, the students of AUI examines all social, economic, and political issues in Morocco. Members of the student organization learn how government processes work, and how political parties function through weekly group debates, conferences, and other related activities.
As the club states, the MPC does not have any political affiliation. Its goal is more objective; it seeks to promote AUI students’ interests in public affairs and reconcile Moroccan youth with politics.
In light of the coming elections, the club is studying the accomplishments of the current government. As such, the MPC held a groundbreaking meeting with the Minister of Communications and the Spokesman of the Government, Mustapha El Khalfi. Topics of discussion included the government’s actions and achievements during the 2011 to 2015 period, and to what extent it is beneficial to Moroccan citizens. This was a unique event for all involved and lasted for more than three hours and included moments of serious discussion, light entertainment, as well as career guidance and advice. Indeed, the Minister and student organization had what was deemed a valuable and meaningful meeting.
The MPC students later expressed how they felt comfortable with the Minister as he completely welcomed them with high esteem and was willing to hold a discussion. The Moroccan Politics Club of AUI had a comprehensive discussion of the criminal code that is giving rise to hot debate in Morocco.
The Minister explained the process of formulating the criminal code, as well as its basic foundations. He also stated that there are three major elements to which the criminal code adheres: credibility, effectiveness, and independence. Mr. El Khalfi also stated that it requires a great deal of responsibility in order to ensure the system operates properly and efficiently.
Mr. El Khalfi further emphasized that the country is in a stage of reform, and that it is important to understand that achieving change is not as simple as it looks, but demands hard work and patience. In addition, “all reforms use society, the constitution, and Morocco’s international commitments as a reference and basis to finalize the changes to the government’s structure,” he emphasized.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the club was given the opportunity to take photos with the Minister, which he joyfully welcomed. The Minister expressed his admiration for how much the discussion accomplished. He said that such activities are important in Morocco, as they both enhance the understanding of the political domain and offer youth the opportunity to integrate the world of politics into their own knowledge, which Morocco has previously been labeled as deficient.