Rabat - Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has said that the upcoming 2018 Finance Bill will “strictly” implement the instructions of King Mohammed VI in holding public officials accountable.
Rabat – Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has said that the upcoming 2018 Finance Bill will “strictly” implement the instructions of King Mohammed VI in holding public officials accountable.
The priority of holding officials accountable was one of the key points of the King’s speech on July 29 on the occasion of the Throne Day.
The Head of Government said that “the law has to be applied for officials who do not fulfill their duties or cause citizen’s interests to be delayed.”
In a memo distributed to Morocco’s ministries, El Othmani urged his government’s ministers to give priority to the “reform of public administration” in order to put it “at the service of citizens and enterprises.”
The memo called for more efficiency in the management of public projects and greater training of public administration employees. It also stressed on the need to adopt new management mechanisms for progress assessment.
Public projects and investments, said the head of government, should be well studied in order to clearly determine their potential impact on citizens and how much they can contribute to improving their standard of living.
These projects, the memo suggested, have to be clear in terms of cost and duration.
Among the measures intended shape up the public sphere is the speeding up of expanding e-administration and simplifying administrative procedures, as well as adopting a regionalization approach in managing human resources.
El Othmani insisted on continuing the reform of the judiciary as one of the precepts to implement accountability.
The government head stated that this reform ensures that the law applies to everybody, without distinctions between ordinary citizens and state and elected officials.
Pursuing “the fight against corruption” is also one of the promise the government has said it will include in the upcoming Finance Bill.
El Othmani also promised to continue the reform of the Caisse de Compensation, the public fund for the subsidy of staple goods.
He stated clearly that the government will gradually end subsidies for staple goods and will define the underprivileged families that will receive public support.
He also said that the reform of retirement funds will continue in consultation with business and worker unions.