PL2023: Here are the main contours and ambitions of the government

The outlines of the next Finance Bill for the year 2023 (PLF2023) were set in the framework note sent by the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch. The note sets the priorities of the PLF 2023 which will have a strong social and economic connotation.

It is on the basis of the directives of the royal speech of July 30, 2022, that the government will work on the generalization of family allowances, according to the established schedule.

As a reminder, nearly 7 million children from vulnerable and poor families and 3 million households without children will benefit from direct family allowances.

The executive will aim to put the single social register (RSU) project on track as the main mechanism for granting aid.

He will also have to launch the second phase of the social protection project which concerns the indemnity on the loss of employment and the retirement pension for the active people.

The government should therefore start implementing the pension reform as early as 2023 by reflecting with the stakeholders so that it is fairer.

The health sector for its part will experience the application of the provisions of the framework law on health reform, passed by the Council of Ministers last July.

This will include approving the law on the health service which will give a special frame of reference to workers in the health sector who, in doing so, will no longer have the same status as civil servants.

The agreement on increasing the number of health personnel will also be implemented from 2023. The budget endowed with 3 billion dirhams aims to increase the number of health sector personnel by 2030, from 68,000 in 2022 to more than 90,000 in 2025 with the objective of reaching an average of 24 health professionals per 10,000 inhabitants in 2025, then 45 per 10,000 inhabitants by 2030 instead of the current 17.4 per 10,000 inhabitants.

On the expenditure budget, the Head of Government mentions the reduction of expenditure for the acquisition of vehicles, construction or development of administrative headquarters. The management of each institution will have to send proposals to this effect to the Ministry of Economy and Finance by the end of August.

In terms of investments, priority is given to projects already underway, in particular those which have been the subject of conventions signed before King Mohammed VI, agreements concluded with international institutions or donor countries.

On another register, the government will endeavor to operate the “economic recovery”, as it has promised itself. It aims to encourage investment through the implementation of the Investment Charter, which provides for support measures for investment, particularly for exports, VSMEs and strategic projects.

It will also be a question of implementing the framework law on tax reform, the acceleration of projects to simplify administrative procedures and the reform of the Moroccan administration in general, the objective of which is to digitize it by 2030.

The executive will also tackle the problem of drinking water and the drying up of groundwater, by developing structural solutions for water supply such as water desalination plants, the democratization of the transformation of waste water for use for irrigation purposes….

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