By Safaa Kasraoui
By Safaa Kasraoui
Rabat – Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has vowed to keep fighting unemployment and socio-economic inequality.
During Wednesday’s oral questions and answer session at the House of Representatives, Othmani affirmed that his cabinet’s departments are working their hardest to curb unemployment, adding that it is a dilemma for all governments and countries.
“The government was appointed only 42 days ago. It is still early to speak of achievements,” said Othmani.
He stressed that Morocco has managed to create approximately 90,000 job opportunities per year in the last decade. But despite these efforts, he said, the country has not yet been able to reduce unemployment rates, especially among young people.
“I will keep fighting unemployment, and I will perform the task assigned to me since my appointment by the King and the vote of Parliament on the government program. I will not throw in the towel,” said the government’s chief.
El Othmani went on to add that the government program has singled out the issue of employment as important to the development of Morocco’s economic model and the promotion of “sustainable development.”
He also revealed that a budget of MAD 50 billion has been allocated to the 2016-2022 national program intended to combat social and territorial disparities in rural areas.
El Othmani spoke of the controversy over the amendment of the labor law, which has been heavily questioned due to what some Parliament’s members considered a unilateral government decision.
The head of government affirmed that the law amendment will be made a through participatory approach, saying that state involvement in the application of the law is important. However, following these years of implementation the government should review “the shortcomings that have been recorded.”
According to the High Commission for Planning (HCP), unemployment has risen in the first three months of 2017. HCP figures showcased the increase of the national unemployment rate from 10.4 percent to 10.7 precent between the first quarter of 2016 and that of 2017.