Ratbat - Young Moroccan entrepreneur resorts to King of Morocco after being asked to hang out MAD 200,000 bribe to obtain new business authorization.
Ratbat – Young Moroccan entrepreneur resorts to King of Morocco after being asked to hang out MAD 200,000 bribe to obtain new business authorization.
A new video of a Moroccan expatriate in Gabon has recently swept across Facebook. The woman, a Moroccan entrepreneur, bitterly tells the shocking story of the obstacles she faced as a result of her desire to create a new business in Morocco. For three years, she has been struggling with officials in the Marrakech region for not giving them a MAD 200,000 bribe to authorize her new business.
The woman says that when she first came back to Morocco to invest in her new business idea, she was victim to a number of obstacles, including sexual harassment. Without delving into the specifics of this incident, she pointed out that the Moroccan authorities helped her overcome it.
“After this incident, I was shocked and I felt a great deal of injustice. However, my determination to establish this business, along with the support of my family made me defeat it,” said the Moroccan entrepreneur.
The entrepreneur continues that when she submitted her project in the Marrakech region, the president of the commune asked her for a bribe:
“What these people ask for is unconceivable. I am an entrepreneur and Moroccan citizen. I want to create something new in my country, and these people do not care if I decide not to carry on with this investment. This created enormous problems with my family and husband,” said the crying woman.
The woman came over from Gabon to Morocco 14 times with her little son in the past two years to complete paper work for her business, wasting money to no avail.
Throughout the video, the Moroccan expatriate stresses that Mohammed VI, Morocco’s monarch, has been working on facilitating the procedures for Moroccan expatriates to come back and invest in Morocco, yet “corrupt officials” do not hesitate to ask for bribes before authorizing projects.
At the end, the Moroccan woman, calls on the king to intervene and assist her in overcoming corruption to finally create her new business.
Edited by Natalie Yazhary