King Mohammed VI chairs a Council of Ministers

King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, chaired, on Wednesday at the Royal Palace in Rabat, a Council of Ministers during which the adoption of two draft framework laws, a bill, two draft decrees and a series of international conventions, said a press release from the spokesperson for the Royal Palace, Abdelhak Lamrini.

Here is the translation of this press release:

“His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, chaired, this Wednesday 13 Dou Al Hijja 1443 H corresponding to July 13, 2022 at the Royal Palace in Rabat, a Council of Ministers during which two draft framework laws, one draft law, two draft decrees and a series of international conventions were adopted.

At the start of the Council’s work, the Minister of Health and Social Protection presented to His Majesty the King, may God glorify him, a presentation on a draft framework law relating to the national health system, which has been drawn up in execution of the High Royal Instructions for the revision of the health system so that it is up to the task of the generalization of social protection ordered by the Sovereign.

This structuring reform project is based on four fundamental pillars:

First pillar: adoption of good governance aimed at strengthening mechanisms for regulating the action of actors and consolidating hospital governance and territorial planning of health care provision at all levels:

– Strategic: through the creation of a High Authority for Health, an Agency for Medicines and Health Products and an Agency for Blood and Blood Derivatives.

– Central: through the revision of the missions, functions and organization of the central administration.

– Territorial: through the creation of territorial health groups, which will be primarily responsible for the development and execution of the national regional program and the strengthening of cooperation and partnership mechanisms between the public and private sectors.

Second pillar: development of human resources, in particular through the drafting of the law on the public health service, with a view to motivating human capital in the public sector, reducing the current lack of human resources, reforming the training system, in addition the openness to foreign medical skills and the encouragement of Moroccan medical executives residing abroad to return to practice in their country.

Third pillar: upgrading of the healthcare offer in order to meet the expectations of Moroccans in terms of facilitating access to medical services, improving their quality and the equitable distribution of hospital services across the national territory, through the rehabilitation of primary health structures, the upgrading of hospitals, the introduction of the obligation to respect the course of care, in addition to the creation of a system of accreditation of health establishments.

The fourth pillar concerns the digitization of the health system, through the establishment of an integrated computer system for the grouping, processing and exploitation of the main information relating to the health system.

Subsequently, the Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of Investment, Convergence and the Evaluation of Public Policies presented a presentation on the draft framework law forming the Investment Charter in which he stressed that this project comes in execution of the High Royal Guidelines aimed at providing Morocco with a competitive Investment Charter.

This project aims to improve the impact of investment, particularly in terms of creating permanent employment opportunities and reducing disparities between provinces and prefectures in terms of investment attractiveness.

It also aims to direct investment towards productive sectors with high added value, to achieve sustainable development, in addition to strengthening the attractiveness of the Kingdom to make it a continental and international pole in the field of foreign direct investment. (FDI), improving the business climate, facilitating the investment operation and increasing the contribution of national and foreign private investment.

In order to achieve these objectives, a support mechanism dedicated to strategic projects and three specific support mechanisms have been set up to promote small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and Moroccan companies that plan to develop their capacities in the ‘international.

The Minister affirmed that the government has also adopted a series of parallel measures to accelerate projects relating to the simplification and digitization of procedures, the facilitation of access to land, the improvement of governance and the strengthening of the involvement of the private and banking sectors in the field of investment.

The Council of Ministers adopted these two projects: The draft framework law relating to the national health system and the draft framework law on the Investment Charter.

The Council also successively adopted a bill and two draft decrees:

The bill relating to firearms, their parts, components, accessories and ammunition. This text aims to modernize and improve the legal arsenal relating to firearms for civilian use, so that it accompanies social and technological changes, and this through the establishment of a national electronic register of firearms, and the organization and control of the sale and possession of the various firearms. The text also provides for provisions framing the operations of introduction and exit of these weapons from the national territory.

The draft decree relating to the control of the export and import of dual-use goods, civil and military, and related services. This text determines the representatives of the Administration within the Special Commission of these goods and the methods of granting, modification, suspension and withdrawal of the licenses of their export and import, as well as the conditions and the methods of designation agents empowered to identify violations of the provisions of the law relating to such property.

The draft decree supplementing the decree relating to the situation of military attachés, their deputies and other military personnel assigned to them. This text aims to create the post of Military Attaché to the embassies of the Kingdom in India and Turkey.

As part of the strengthening of cooperation and partnership networks linking Morocco to many brotherly and friendly countries and the diversification of their fields, the Council of Ministers approved sixteen international conventions, including nine bilateral and seven multilateral.

The bilateral conventions relate to the African area in the areas of transport, logistics, the encouragement and protection of investments, the Gulf and Middle East area in the areas of economic, commercial and tourist cooperation. and business, the European space in the areas of education and Moroccan workers abroad, as well as the Asian space in the air services sector.

With regard to international conventions, three of them relate to the creation of the headquarters of the Pan-African Youth Union in Morocco, the recognition of higher education diplomas and their levels in African countries and the creation of an African Technical Cooperation Programme.

The remaining conventions concern accession to the Council of Europe convention on the manipulation of sports competitions, the creation of the International Foundation for Aids to Maritime Navigation, the payment of alimony (nafaqa) abroad in benefit of children and the family, and the protection of workers from occupational hazards.

And in accordance with the provisions of Article 49 of the Constitution and on the proposal of the Head of Government:

– And on the initiative of the Minister of Economy and Finance, His Majesty the King was kind enough to appoint:

Mr. Khalid Safir, Managing Director of the Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion;

Mr. Abdellatif Zaghnoun, Director General of the National Agency for the Strategic Management of State Participations and for monitoring the performance of public establishments and enterprises.

– And on the initiative of the Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, His Majesty the King has appointed:

Mr. Nourreddine Boutayeb, Chairman of the Management Board of Crédit Agricole du Maroc;

Mr. Abderrahim Houmy, Director General of the National Agency for Water and Forests;

– And on the initiative of the Minister Delegate to the Head of Government, in charge of Investment, Convergence and the Evaluation of Public Policies, His Majesty the King has kindly appointed:

Mr. Ali Seddiki, Director General of the Moroccan Investment and Export Development Agency.

At the end of the work of the Council, the Minister of the Interior presented before His Majesty the King, may God preserve Him, a presentation on the measures drawn up, in application of the High Royal Instructions, concerning the organization of the Moroccan Jewish community. .

These measures are based on the supreme responsibility incumbent on His Majesty the King in His capacity as Amir Al-Mouminine and guarantor of the free exercise of worship for all Moroccans, all religious denominations combined, and come to devote the tributary Hebrew as a component of the rich Moroccan culture of its multiple tributaries.

The mechanism submitted to the High appreciation of His Majesty the King, drawn up after broad consultations with representatives of the Jewish community and personalities belonging to it, includes the following bodies:

1- The National Council of the Moroccan Jewish Community:

It oversees the management of community affairs and the safeguarding of the heritage and the cultural and religious influence of Judaism and its authentic Moroccan values. Regional committees, stemming from the Council, will be responsible for managing the questions and day-to-day affairs of the members of the community.

2- The Commission of Moroccan Jews Abroad:

It works to consolidate the links of Moroccan Jews established abroad with their country of origin, to strengthen their religious and cultural influence and to defend the supreme interests of the Kingdom.

3- The Foundation of Moroccan Judaism:

Its mission is to promote and watch over the Judeo-Moroccan intangible heritage, to safeguard its traditions and to preserve its specificities”.

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