Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 23:46
Strasbourg – The President of the Competition Council, Driss Guerraoui, underlined Wednesday at a committee hearing in the framework of the current session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) which is being held in Strasbourg, the relevance of the national debate for the construction of a new model of development in Morocco.
Mr Guerraoui, who was speaking to the PACE Committee on "Political Affairs and Democracy", where the Moroccan parliament has been a partner for democracy since 2011, highlighted the economic and social dimensions of reforms undertaken by Morocco today, based on the current national reflection on the new model of development.
With Ms Amina Bouayach, President of the National Council of Human Rights (CNDH), he was invited for a hearing on the commission's latest report on the evaluation of the partnership for democracy concerning the Parliament of Morocco. adoption is planned in plenary at the next PACE session in April.
In this perspective, the President of the Competition Council shared with the audience the terms of this national debate which consists in building a development model able to "contribute to producing more wealth and jobs, especially in the service sector. young people and women ".
The idea, he explained, is to promote the establishment of public policies that would "spread this wealth in a fair and equitable manner between all sections of society and between all regions of our country to from a responsible and participative governance, but also a sustainable use of resources ".
For the former Secretary-General of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, everything must be in line with "the new social contract to be put in place, which would strengthen the social bond and cohesion of the whole of society and restore the confidence of all actors and forces of the country in the institutions and in the societal project around which this national debate is mobilized ".
He added that this new model is also supposed to be in line with the global agendas and the resulting responsibilities for Morocco, whether it is the United Nations agenda for sustainable development goals, African agenda or those of climate and immigration, in addition to other dimensions no less important, like "the insertion of Morocco in the digital society" or "the construction of a new social model which builds on the need to introduce in this model a universal minimum income ".
Commenting on the evaluation of the PACE commission of the partnership with Morocco, he welcomed, in a statement to the MAP, that the report of the Council of Europe "is very favorable" in that "It recognizes achievements in democratic matters and in the management of important human rights issues, including the rights of women, migrants and other vulnerable sections of society".
He added that the report also recognizes "the need for our country to move in this direction to confirm the achievements and strengthen others, and this in the framework of a partnership for democracy where the Council of Europe intends to make Morocco a reference in this field ".
It holds "extremely important" expectations of MEPs to see the Kingdom "set itself up as a model for the promotion of democracy, in particular the good practices of a democracy that is both representative and participatory", capable of ensuring "the the full exercise of human rights, whether political and civil rights, or economic, social, cultural and environmental rights.
"I think it all augurs that our country will emerge greatly strengthened from this partnership, especially in the current context of the slowing down of the democratic process in Europe. This calls on the Europeans themselves to recognize that there is not an ideal-type model of democracy, but national models forged by history, the institutional, cultural, economic and societal specificities of the neighboring countries ", he explained.
And to conclude that "even if there is a common base of shared values in the practice of democracy, Morocco is forging its own model of democracy", which promises to "usher in a new page in the framework of new generation partnerships between Morocco and the Council of Europe ".
This hearing was attended by members of the Moroccan delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which brings together 324 men and women from the parliaments of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe, the main human rights organization of the old continent.
On June 21, 2011, Morocco was the first country to win its entry ticket to the very closed circle of PACE's Partners for Democracy, a statute specially created in 2009 by this institution to strengthen ties with non-member states. .
PACE defines itself as a mission to "defend the common values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, values that make up the common heritage of the peoples of Europe".