The 2019 Finance Bill will create 25,000 contracted jobs and 15,000 direct jobs, El Othmani said in a statement by the Justice and Development Party (PJD).
El Othmani, who is also head of the PJD, was speaking at a meeting with PJD MPs on the occasion of the new legislative year in the PJD headquarters in Rabat.
He said his government is “a social government par excellence” because it is working on 139 social programs.
The programs will improve Moroccans’ quality of life and reduce social disparities, El Othmani continued.
“When we decide on something, we actually do it to respond to the greatest needs” of the public, he affirmed.
King Mohammed VI, in his speech to open Parliament’s new session, called for providing more employment opportunities to youth. He also called for government to develop social and economic reforms to “improve the living conditions of all Moroccans and reduce social and spatial disparities.”
He said, “Special emphasis has been laid on urgent issues on which there is a national consensus and about which we cannot afford to procrastinate, such as education and training, employment and youth issues, public support and social protection.”
According to El Othmani’s explanatory note to the 2019 Finance Bill published on August 15, education, health, employment, social protection programs, social dialogue, and supporting Moroccans’ purchasing power are among the government’s major priorities. However, the bill’s details have not yet been made public.
Parliamentarians will pass the bill next week.
The head of government also emphasized on Friday the important role of MPs in pushing forward reforms.
In his Friday speech, King Mohammed VI called MPs to take serious responsibility for “contributing to the current reform dynamic in the country.”
“Everyone should carry out his or her mission in full, making sure convictions and differences are respected,” the King said.