Rabat - At a gathering of a parliamentary forum on regional governance in Rabat last week, the Sovereign announced—with renewed vigor—the kingdom’s march toward devolved government. Advanced regionalization, as it has come to be known, was necessary to “combat inertia”, that ubiquitous source of aggravation to many young Moroccans. King Mohammad VI called on regional and national political leaders to establish a new paradigm of responsive governance that would “fulfill their constituents’ aspirations” concerning economic opportunity and administrative accountability. The bold initiative—a legacy of the February 20 Movement and the monarchy-led reforms that followed—promises to reverse decades of administrative centralization that are rooted as much in French administrative culture as they are in that of the kingdom’s.

King Mohammed VI to Return to Morocco Today
Mark Mahon served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer near Errachidia (2013-15).