Moroccan Minister of Culture and Communication discusses the implementation of the law on social protection of artists.
Rabat – The Moroccan Minister of Culture and Communication has set in motion new measures for the social protection of artists.
The Minister Mohamed Laaraj met yesterday with the Moroccan Union of Dramatic Arts Professionals (SMPAD) to discuss new measures of social security for Moroccan artists.
According to Laaraj, a key step is to start implementing the law on the status and social protection of artists.
In 2016, Morocco introduced a new law to ensure artists benefit from the work and social security rights under Moroccan labor law. The law allows artists (including sound and light technicians and artistic directors) to access social security, and aims to reduce the financial instability of those working in the arts.
Laaraj stated that his ministry is working with the Tourism Ministry, the National Office of Railways (ONCF), and the National Office of Airport (ONDA) to ensure professional artists benefit from a broad range of social services.
The President of SMPAD Messaoud Bouhcine expressed gratitude for the efforts of the ministry.
This week, from April 24 to 26, SMPAD is teaming up with the ministry and the International Federation of Actors (FIA) to host an international conference in Rabat.
The event is set to brainstorm amongst other things the implementation of the new measures. SMPAD intends to submit a number of recommendations to the ministry.