The statement followed a wave of reports on high prices of heavily consumed products during Ramadan.
Speaking at the opening of the Government Council, El Othmani said that all concerned parties are monitoring the situation the most consumed products to have a better track of price fluctuations.
He also recalled that the Ministry of Interior offered a national hotline number for consumers to file their complaints regarding the quality and prices of products. The number is 5757.
According to El Othmani, the hotline is an ‘effective monitoring tool because it enables the information to be directly sent to the central and regional monitoring committees to allow them to intervene.”
El Othmani added that preliminary assessment found that market prices during the month of Ramadan remain generally stable, with the exception of the price of onion.
Several Moroccan outlets recently reported on high prices of several products, including some fish products and vegetables, such as onions.
El Othmani, however, reassured citizens that the prices of onions will go back to normal.
In its report of the Government Council meeting,the head of government’s office noted that El Othmani has been personally following citizens’ complaints. The statement added that El Othmani is urging citizens to use the hotline because it represents an efficient tool to determine imbalances in the Moroccan market.
In the weeks ahead of Ramadan, Moroccan Ministry of the Interior reassured consumers that the current market is “distinguished by an abundant supply that meets all needs” before and during the holy month of Ramadan.
All essential goods will be available in stable quantities, according to the ministry, with some minimal changes in the prices of some products compared to the previous year.