Supporting Social Policies Tops 2020 Budget Draft Bill’s Priorities: Head of Govt

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Morocco’s head of government Saad Eddine Othmani

Rabat – The 2020 budget draft bill will give priority to supporting social policies and reducing social and spatial disparities, in addition to establishing social protection mechanisms, said Head of Government, Saad Dine El Otmani.

Given that achieving these goals requires sustained and sustainable funding, the government is committed to promoting investment and supporting businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in order to boost economic growth, El Otmani pointed out in a guidance note on the 2020 budget draft bill.

Priority will also be given to accelerating the implementation of reforms aimed at improving the mechanisms that will ensure a fair distribution of wealth (justice, advanced regionalization, tax reform), in addition to strengthening the effective management of public policies, he added.

To this end, several measures will be taken, including the acceleration of the implementation of the education and training system reform, the gradual generalization of pre-school education, the strengthening of schooling social support as well as the role of education to help young people accessing the labor market, in addition to the implementation of the vocational training roadmap, which was presented to King Mohammed VI on April 4, 2019.

El Otmani also stressed the importance of improving and generalizing health care services, guaranteeing citizens access to quality services and ensuring conditions that preserve their dignity.

The note also highlights the need to speed up the implementation of the program aimed at reducing social and spatial disparities in the rural world, to accompany the 3rd stage of the Human Development National Initiative, to implement the commitments of the social dialogue agreement as well as to continue subsidizing commodities under the Compensation Fund.

The text also focuses on the social protection system reform, including programs intended to support families, protect children and ensuring care for the elderly, in addition to the modernization and management of services provided to the Moroccan community living abroad and the implementation of the immigration and asylum national strategy.