Faced with the shock of soaring prices and their social consequences, the Head of Government Aziz Akhannouch has a major challenge to take up. It may even be his first and real serious examination since his appointment as Head of Government by King Mohammed VI.
As such, the three majority parties in power, the National Rally of Independents (RNI), the Istiqlal Party (PI) and the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) gathered on Tuesday at the headquarters of the RNI to discuss the strategy to be followed to deal with soaring prices and drought which are severely impacting purchasing power.
Aziz Akhannouch indicated during the press conference, held on the sidelines of this meeting that ” Morocco is advancing rationally in order to manage the current crisis, despite the contexts that characterize it of pandemic, drought and the international situation, stressing that the pressure on the budget is present, but that it is being addressed “.
Aziz Akhannouch was optimistic about the outcome of the agricultural season and added, in terms of water stress and delays in the rains, if it falls there will be hope to save some spring harvests, adding: Conditions are difficult, and the government is working in harmony to manage the issue “. The Head of Government explained that the soaring prices of raw materials on an international scale were hurting the State budget in terms of compensation, but that the Executive would ensure that this situation was remedied.
This is also what the three parties of the government majority have agreed upon, announcing their desire to continue implementing the government program in accordance with the electoral promises. Aziz Akhannouch further specified, with regard to soaring fuel prices, that “the government is trying to absorb the oil crisis, and will meet tomorrow with professionals in the field in order to ensure the mobility of the movements of Moroccans and their goods. Regarding transport prices, the Chief Executive indicated that a dialogue will be opened with the carriers in order to find an answer to their claims so that the pocket of the citizen is not affected after the increase in fuel prices.
Aziz Akhannouch assured that the government will continue to cushion the shock of inflation by subsidizing basic necessities such as gas, wheat and sugar so that the citizen is not impacted. Aziz Akhannouch reassured that the prices of electricity, wheat and flour have not seen any increase. Ditto for agricultural products, whose prices remain stable, according to him, despite the effects of the drought. Despite the delayed rains and water stress, the Chief Executive.
Akhannouch, during this meeting was surrounded by leaders (general secretaries) of the majority, Abdellatif Ouahbi (PAM), Minister of Justice, and Nizar Barakat (Istiqlal), Minister of Equipment and Water. The meeting, moreover, was part of the consultation established by the Charter of the majority.