A provisional budget of more than 691.7 MDH in 2023

The provisional budget allocated to the tourism department amounts to more than 691.7 million dirhams (MDH) in 2023, said Monday in Rabat, the Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts and Social and Solidarity Economy, Fatim-Zahra Ammor.

Fatim-Zahra Ammor, who presented the draft budget of the Ministry of Tourism, Handicrafts and the Social and Solidarity Economy before the Committee on Productive Sectors in the House of Representatives, within the framework of the finance bill ( PLF) for the 2023 financial year, specified that the estimated budget devoted to investment for tourism amounts to more than 628.56 MDH. Reviewing the main measures of next year’s action plan, the Minister reported on the implementation of the results of the new roadmap for tourism which aims to double the number of tourists to reach 26 million tourists by 2030.

She also cited the acceleration of marketing and promotion measures to increase the number of tourist arrivals as well as technical and financial support within the framework of agreements signed or in the process of being signed for the development of the tourist product. It is also about the resumption of studies related to the tourism sector after a two-year interruption.

At the same time, it presented draft law n°19-22 amending law 5-12 regulating the profession of tourist guide, recalling that among the most important provisions provided for by law n°05.12 is the fixing of a period two years as a transitional phase during which the status of people with field skills will be settled without the training requirement.

This aforementioned period was extended by Law No. 93.18 by modifying Law No. 05.12, from two to six years, which ended on March 7, 2022, she noted, noting however that the epidemiological situation and the economic consequences of Covid-19 have had a negative impact on the tourism sector in general and on the profession of tourist guide in particular.

And to maintain that the modification proposed in the bill will make it possible to extend the aforementioned transitional period from two to eight years, which will expire on March 7, 2024. It will make it possible to regularize the situation of people who do not meet the requirement. training but with field skills by giving the administration additional time so that it can organize the professional examination in the best conditions taking into account the challenges related to the profession and the gradual return of tourist activity in Morocco .

As for the estimated budget of the Department of Handicrafts and the Social and Solidarity Economy, it amounts to nearly 378.74 MDH, including 213.41 MDH dedicated to investment, said Fatim- Zahra Ammor. The Minister noted several actions, including the full implementation of Law No. 50.17 relating to the exercise of craft activities, the construction of the national crafts register and the program for the generalization of social protection.

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