News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Monday, September 14, 2020

 Aujourd’hui Le Maroc

Strike: The government plays its cards on the table:

The Parliament has a date with history this Wednesday, September 16. For good reason: the House of Representatives has just scheduled in committee the draft organic law on the exercise of the right to strike. Historically, the Kingdom has never had a law in due form to regulate this constitutional right. However there is a snag.

The Moroccan passport gives access to 56 countries without a visa:

The coronavirus pandemic changed the face of mobility on the planet. It forced states to close their borders with countries qualified as "at risk", which has upset the ranking of the world's most powerful passports. The annual ranking of the "Passport Index" drawn up by the London firm Henley & Partners ranks Morocco 43rd in the world. The Moroccan passport allows its holders to travel to 56 countries without a visa, i.e. to 23 countries with free access, and to 33 countries with a visa on arrival.


The government launches consultations to accelerate the implementation of the digital development strategy:

On Friday in Casablanca, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Trade and the Green, and Digital Economy, held a meeting with the stakeholders of the Moroccan digital ecosystem in order to collect their proposals within the framework of the national digital strategy. Participants included the Moroccan Federation of Information Technology, Telecommunications and Offshoring (Apebi), the Association of Users of Information Systems in Morocco (AUSIM), the Association Maroc Numeric Cluster (MNC), and the Moroccan Start-up Ecosystem Catalysts (MSEC) .

The Head of Government calls on ministerial departments to apply the principle of national preference:

Several years ago, employers called for the operationalisation of the principle of national preference. Moreover, this demand has been defended very recently in the proposals of the CGEM in relation to the draft Finance Law 2021 and a few weeks before in the framework of the draft of the rectifying Finance Law 2020, as well as in the context of the proposals aimed at the post-Covid economic recovery.


The why and how of the BCIJ's punch:

  Last Thursday, the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) dismantled a terrorist cell active in several cities in Morocco. According to Abdelhak Khiame, director of the BCIJ, the cell affiliated to the Islamic state and composed of several persons aged between 29 and 43, was about to commit a suicide bombing. Is the Islamic state still a threat? What about its ramifications and its presence in Morocco? What about its followers? What do the latest arrests made by the BCIJ reveal? Answer with Abdellah Rami, specialist in jihadist groups.

Amam Chokrane: The current challenges must be faced with a great deal of objectivity:

On Friday, the chairman of the Socialist Group in the House of Representatives, Amam Chokrane, stressed that the socio-economic repercussions of Covid-19 must now be examined "much more objectively". " It must first of all be recognized that the Kingdom faces, like other countries, an exceptional situation in the light of the permanent risks of the coronavirus in the health and socio-economic fields," he explained in a statement to MAP, in the framework of the political debate on the management of the crisis related to Covid-19.