Muham­mad VI am­bi­tions and Morocco’s re­nais­sance

Arab Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Ahmed Al-Jar­al­lah Email: ahmed@al­jar­al­ Fol­low me on: ahmedal­jar­al­

BE­CAUSE he works on the ba­sis of the prin­ci­ple “Time and tide wait for no man”, King Muham­mad VI is­sues his di­rec­tives for com­plet­ing the se­ries of de­vel­op­men­tal re­nais­sance on time. This hap­pens af­ter the Mo­roc­cans gather all the ideas, in­spi­ra­tions and de­mands, which never elude, per­haps un­in­ten­tion­ally, the con­sti­tu­tional es­tab­lish­ments.

At the start of ev­ery leg­isla­tive term, he draws broad lines for the com­ing pe­riod, so that ac­count­abil­ity can take place ef­fec­tively dur­ing the pe­ri­ods that fol­low.

It is on this ba­sis that the Moroc­can monarch built the theme of the cur­rent devel­op­ment pe­riod, which is “Spirit of re­spon­si­bil­ity and se­ri­ous work”. This is aimed at en­hanc­ing sol­i­dar­ity among var­i­ous so­cial groups by de­pend­ing on the con­cept that a strong coun­try starts with self­sus­tain­ment of food.

This is what the king af­firmed ex­ten­sively in the speech he de­liv­ered to the mem­bers of both Houses of Par­lia­ment dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the first ses­sion of the third leg­isla­tive year of the tenth par­lia­men­tary term. He called for the agri­cul­tural sec­tor to be­come a more dy­namic oper­a­tional field in or­der to im­prove the liv­ing stan­dards and sta­bil­ity.

In­deed, ma­jor­ity of the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries suf­fer from de­vel­op­men­tal chal­lenges, but there is a core dif­fer­ence when com­par­ing coun­tries in this as­pect.

Con­sid­er­ing the fact that Morocco has a spe­cial strate­gic sta­tus both in Arabia and Africa, and is ge­o­graph­i­cally close to Europe, King Muham­mad VI sets the course of the steps that the es­tab­lish­ments should fol­low for achiev­ing oper­a­tional com­pe­tence to en­sure sus­tain­able devel­op­ment by con­stantly en­cour­ag­ing in­crease in job op­por­tu­ni­ties in all sec­tors es­pe­cially farm­ing be­cause it is the pil­lar of a strong econ­omy.

There is an im­por­tant prin­ci­ple in man­age­ment sci­ence — If you want to be strong from out­side, you have to build strong pil­lars from in­side. This can only be achieved by fol­low­ing an­other prin­ci­ple — Creativ­ity in the art of man­age­ment hap­pens through

ap­point­ment of as­sis­tants.

On this ba­sis, we see King Muham­mad VI re­ju­ve­nat­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion from time to time by hold­ing neg­li­gent in­di­vid­u­als ac­count­able in or­der to curb dam­age, and en­hance the role of cre­ative in­di­vid­u­als.

This view is what makes him call for “con­sol­i­da­tion of re­sults in the field of agri­cul­ture and es­tab­lish­ment of new ac­tiv­i­ties for in­creas­ing jobs and gen­er­at­ing in­come es­pe­cially for young peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas”.

In this re­gard, it is im­por­tant to high­light var­i­ous types of agri­cul­tural com­modi­ties that are pro­duced in Morocco but ex­ported for man­u­fac­tur­ing. There is also vast un­used land that needs cap­i­tal, which can be achieved through for­eign in­vestors. This means through part­ner­ship be­tween the lo­cal and for­eign pri­vate sec­tors in the field of agri­cul­ture, which is the ba­sis of any re­nais­sance.

In some Arab coun­tries, es­pe­cially the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil mem­ber states, there are fa­cil­i­ties for for­eign in­vestors such as right of own­er­ship in all fields. If this is avail­able in Morocco, it will un­doubt­edly at­tract ma­jor re­nais­sance in the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try and can­nery, es­pe­cially since the king called for mo­bi­liz­ing no less than one mil­lion ad­di­tional hectares for this pur­pose.

Due to the avail­abil­ity of wa­ter and di­verse cli­mate, it is pos­si­ble to gen­er­ate and en­hance con­tri­bu­tion to the global fi­nance.

Af­ter re­al­iz­ing all these facts, King Muham­mad VI in­structed to ren­der the cur­rent phase as a col­lec­tive work­shop and con­duct nec­es­sary stud­ies that would al­low open­ing some sec­tors and pro­fes­sions which are cur­rently not open to for­eign­ers, even though ma­jor­ity, if not all, of the for­eign in­vest­ments need moral in­cen­tives.

The land will re­main Moroc­can and the man­power will also re­main Moroc­can, while the only for­eign as­pect in this will be the cap­i­tal.

Un­doubt­edly, the high­est level of em­pow­er­ment and en­hance­ment of in­ter­nal con­sol­i­da­tion can hap­pen by re­duc­ing the un­em­ploy­ment rate of a coun­try in or­der to en­sure there is time to ex­er­cise its re­gional and global role firmly and strongly.

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