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News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

AUJOURD'HUI LE MAROC
Domestic work: Major awareness-raising campaign on guardianship with the ILO:
Although the employment contract became mandatory since October 2, 2018 for domestic workers, few employers comply with Act 19-12. According to the latest statistics from the Directorate of Labour of the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Integration, 332 employment contracts have been submitted at national level until May 2019. The Marrakech-Safi region is still in the lead with 116 contracts submitted. Then come the regions of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra with 74 contracts, Casablanca-Settat (59 contracts), Souss-Massa (38 contracts), Tangier-Tetouan (29 contracts). The remaining 16 contracts are distributed among the other regions of the Kingdom...

Crafts: The bill unanimously adopted:
This is the end of the tunnel for Bill No. 50.17 on the exercise of craft trades. Indeed, the Standing Committee on Productive Sectors in the House of Representatives has just unanimously adopted the draft text. According to those in charge, this is a "great step forward" since the project is likely to allow "a better organization of the sector while facilitating the targeting capacities of special programs for artisans through the definition of activities according to the nature of the products without forgetting the identification of professionals"...


LE MATIN DU SAHARA
The General Directorate of Local Authorities and the Le Matin Group are taking up the challenge of citizen communication:
Man is at the heart of all development strategies pursued by Morocco for several years. It is in this spirit that the General Directorate of Local Authorities and the Le Matin Group have initiated a collaboration aimed at a better understanding of the roles of local authorities. For both partners, an informed and well-informed citizen is necessarily an active and committed actor in the life of his community...

Tourism and private consumption are saving Moroccan growth:
In a new economic study, the French group Crédit Agricole estimates Morocco's growth in 2019 at 2.8%. This would be driven in particular by private consumption and tourism activities, alongside investments in infrastructure and the energy sector as well as the mining industry...


LES INSPIRATIONS ÉCO
The public no longer seduces doctors:
Paradoxical! This is the least we can say to describe the situation of the recruitment of general practitioners in the public sector. The budget items are clearly increasing. They have increased from 1,500 in 2018 to 4,000 in 2019. This evolution is accompanied by the launch of various national competitions. Except that the Department of Health does not find enough doctors to serve in regional and provincial hospitals and health centres in urban and especially rural areas...

Takaful insurance. Finally the end of the tunnel:
The Chamber of Councillors approves the draft amendment to the Insurance Code - Law No. 87-18 - on the legal framework for Takaful insurance. The vote took place yesterday, Tuesday, following the plenary session devoted to the Head of Government's answers to questions on general policy...


L'ECONOMISTE
Duel of titans on the Strait:
TangerMed II is Morocco's major achievement in container traffic in the Mediterranean. The inauguration of the extension a few days ago counted on unprecedented media attention with journalists from all over the world...

Motorways of Morocco: Doping of equity capital:
How, in three years, has Autoroutes du Maroc managed to improve its financial indicators without going through recapitalisation? Its debt ratio and equity capital have increased significantly without the State paying out a dirham: from 4.9% in 2015, the debt ratio fell to 1.5% in 2018, thus reducing the company's financing risk...


LIBERATION
Yatim's transfers are taking inspectors out of their jobs:
The cloth has been burning between the labour inspectors and the Minister of Employment and Vocational Integration, Mohamed Yatim, for more than a week. Indeed, the trade union organisations representing these civil servants continue their protest movement by asking them to refrain from carrying out inspection, control and even mediation missions, with the exception of consultation and advice tasks in the context of the principle of maintaining the minimum public service...

Mohamed Benabdelkader: CAFRAD must adopt a new strategy:
The African Centre for Administrative Training and Research for Development (CAFRAD) is expected to play an "important role" in revitalizing the continent's public administration structures and affirming its economic and social identity, said Mohamed Benabdelkader, Minister Delegate for Administrative and Civil Service Reform, on Monday in Fez...