King Mohammed VI chairs a Council of Ministers

King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, chaired, on Tuesday at the Royal Palace in Rabat, a Council of Ministers, devoted to the examination of the General guidelines of the 2023 finance bill, and the adoption of A draft Dahir, three draft organic laws, three draft decrees as well as a number of international agreements, indicates a press release from the spokesman of the Royal Palace, Abdelhak Lamrini.

Here is the translation of this press release:

“His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, chaired this Tuesday, October 18, 2022, corresponding to 21 Rabii I 1444 H at the Royal Palace in Rabat, a Council of Ministers, which was devoted to the examination of the Guidelines of the draft budget law for the year 2023 and the adoption of a draft Dahir, three draft organic laws, three draft decrees as well as a number of international agreements.

At the start of the Council’s work, and in accordance with the provisions of Article 49 of the Constitution, the Minister of Economy and Finance made a presentation before His Majesty the King on the general guidelines of the Finance Bill for the year 2023.

The Minister affirmed that this Project was developed in an unstable international context, with its repercussions in terms of inflation and disruption of production chains.

The general orientations of the Finance Bill for the year 2023 are based on four main axes:

First: The strengthening of the foundations of the social State, through the implementation of the various components of the Royal project for the generalization of social protection, in particular the completion of the generalization of Compulsory Health Insurance to all social categories , the gradual generalization of family allowances according to a new approach of direct targeting of disadvantaged populations, based on the Unified Social Register and the acceleration of its generalization to all regions of the Kingdom.

At the same time, the rehabilitation of the national health system will be continued, by increasing the funds allocated to the health and social protection sector.

It will also discuss the implementation of the roadmap for the reform of the education and training system, the encouragement of the full participation of women in all economic areas and the protection of their rights. , as well as the integration of people with disabilities.

Given the importance of access to housing and the guarantee of decent living conditions, direct State aid has been established in this area for the benefit of the targeted categories.

Second: The revival of the national economy through the support of investment through the implementation of the new Investment Charter and the execution of the commitments included in the framework of investment projects industrial.

And in accordance with the High Royal Instructions, the Mohammed VI Fund for Investment will be made operational and public investment will be boosted, which will be oriented towards infrastructure projects and ambitious sectoral strategies, to strengthen the competitiveness of the national product and national food, health and energy sovereignty.

Given the role of the tax system in meeting the current economic challenges and achieving the expected objectives in terms of economic recovery, the provisions of the framework law on tax reform will be implemented, able to offer more visibility to the actors economic, through a comprehensive reform of corporation tax and of the banking and insurance sectors, while reducing the tax burden on middle-class employees and retirees.

Third: The consecration of territorial equity, through the continued implementation of the advanced regionalization project and the program to reduce spatial and social disparities.

It will also be a question of accelerating the reform of the administration through the simplification of procedures and the launch of a new national strategy for the digital transition, in addition to the continuation of efforts in the field of administrative deconcentration and the institutionalization of the Amazigh language in all aspects of public life.

Fourth: The restoration of budgetary margins to ensure the sustainability of the reforms, by mobilizing all possible financial resources through better tax collection, the adoption of innovative financing mechanisms, the rationalization of administrative operating expenses, the implementation of the reform relating to public procurement, the reform of the Organic Law relating to the Finance Law, as well as the revaluation of the public portfolio and the improvement of its yield.

The Minister indicated that this Project is based on assumptions fixing the growth rate at 4%, the inflation rate around 2% and the budget deficit at 4.5% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

After the adoption of the General Guidelines of the finance bill for the year 2023, the Council of Ministers approved the draft Dahir relating to the airworthiness and air safety of military aircraft.

This project, drawn up pursuant to the High Instructions of His Majesty the King, Supreme Chief and Chief of the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, aims to set up an airworthiness system for military aircraft to ensure its conformity with that of civil aviation, and the creation, by decision of His Majesty the King, within the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, of a Military Aeronautics Directorate (DAM).

Subsequently, the Council of Ministers adopted two organic bills amending and supplementing the organic law relating to the Superior Council of the Judicial Power and the organic law on the status of magistrates.

The project relating to the Superior Council of the Judiciary aims in particular to revise the structures of the Council at the level of the general secretariat and the administrative organization, the adaptation of the legal situation of the Joint Coordination Body in the field of administration judiciary, the moralization of the election of the representatives of the magistrates and the reinforcement of the role of the Council as regards the respect of the values ​​of integrity and probity within the judicial body.

The project on the statute of magistrates aims to revise the grades of magistrates, the optimal management of the procedure for selecting judicial officials, the activation of the role of the Council in the field of supervision of magistrates and evaluation of their professional career and of their judicial performance.

The Council of Ministers also approved a draft organic law modifying and supplementing the organic law relating to the appointment to senior positions. This project aims to:

– add the Moroccan Office for Copyright and Neighboring Rights and the Common Foundation for the Promotion of Social Works of Civil Servants and Agents of Public Administrations to the list of public establishments whose heads are appointed by the Council of Government.

– update the name of the “Higher Council for Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water”, provided for in the list of public establishments whose heads are appointed by the Government Council, which becomes “Higher Council equipment”.

As a concrete expression of the particular attention that His Majesty the King, Supreme Chief and Chief of the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, continues to pay to the members of these Forces, His Majesty the King has approved two draft decrees relating to the military domain.

This is the draft decree amending and supplementing the Dahir fixing the treatment of military personnel of the Royal Armed Forces, which aims to improve the material and social conditions of soldiers working in the field of military health.

The second draft decree concerns the application of the law relating to trust services for electronic transactions, which aims to support the digital transition as one of the important and priority projects.

The Council of Ministers also adopted the draft decree amending the decree setting the conditions for granting family benefits to civil servants, military personnel and agents of the State, municipalities and public establishments.

This project, which comes in execution of the government’s commitments contained in the agreement signed with the most representative trade union centers within the framework of social dialogue, aims to increase the monthly amount of family allowances from which civil and military civil servants benefit in the title of the 4th, 5th and 6th child.

As part of the implementation of the far-sighted Royal vision in terms of the Kingdom’s foreign policy concerning the expansion of partnership networks and the diversification of their areas, and the establishment of fruitful cooperation relations with the various geographical areas, the Council of Ministers has adopted eight international agreements, including three bilateral and five multilateral.

On the bilateral level, the agreements concern partners in the African and Arab areas, and relate to the promotion and protection of investments, air services and cooperation in the fields of the peaceful uses of atomic energy.

With regard to multilateral agreements, they concern various areas relating to the protection of workers’ claims in the event of the insolvency of their employer; the “Constitution of the African Civil Aviation Commission” (AFCAC); the “African Energy Commission”; the “Regulation of the Transport and Transit of Passengers by Road between the Arab States”; and on the Headquarters Agreement with the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie.

At the end of the work of the Council 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, that God assist him, kindly appointed Mr. Mohamed Benchaaboun, Managing Director of the Mohammed VI Fund for Investment.

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