On Saturday October 9, Youssef Alaoui was appointed president of the CGEM group in the Chamber of Advisors, after being elected on October 5 as a councilor among the 8 representatives of employers in the 2nd chamber.
Also president of the Federation of Poultry Professions (FISA), Youssef Alaoui succeeds Abdelilah Hifdi, president of the National Transport Federation (FNT), who is today an advisor to the upper chamber in the CGEM group.
In an exclusive interview with MoroccoLatestNews, Youssef Alaoui told us about his feelings about this new experience, his assessment of the former CGEM team in the upper house or his projects for the 2021-2026 term.
This is your first experience as an elected official and president of the CGEM group in the second chamber. How did you experience this appointment?
Youssef Alaoui: I learned the news with great joy and also with responsibility towards the President and Vice-President, and towards the bodies of the Board of Directors and the National Works Council.
The CGEM group in the upper chamber works hand in hand with the governing bodies of the CGEM, and that should be the case. It is a big responsibility for me.
I now have the function of adviser and that of president of the CGEM group in the upper house. So I’m still learning. Then, within the team, we have people who have already worked for a mandate. We will be able to do it.
What do you think of the composition of the new CGEM group in the upper house, which you now chair, and how do you assess the work of the old group in the chamber?
Whichever group was to be elected, the ballot boxes had their last word. Of course, there were other people who ran for office. And it was played with a few voices. But no one was unworthy. The 2015-2021 mandate, for the CGEM group in the upper house, went well for a first experience.
For us, being elected to the chamber of councilors is not a job. We already have our businesses. You just have to find harmony between the two.
As for my assessment of the work of the former group, it can only be positive as it was the first experience of the CGEM in the chamber of councilors.
Everyone learned on the job. But you have to be very responsive since things go very quickly, and above all, it’s very interesting. You also have to be like a sponge to absorb as much information as possible.
What are your projects to defend the development of the Moroccan company and its expectations in these times of health crisis, in particular the VSEs and SMEs, within the chamber?
We have full confidence in the current government in which we find ourselves, parliament and chamber of councilors.
Now, there is a chance that we will get out of this health crisis. Especially since the government was formed quickly. So there is no time to waste.
Everyone expects results, and we must be there for investments, jobs, etc. The speech of King Mohammed VI was very clear when he spoke of having self-sufficiency with regard to basic necessities or even the implementation of the New Development Model. These are great things.
At the end of the crisis, if we go hand in hand, everyone will find what they are looking for. I will go further by noting that the citizen voted and expressed his choice. We must therefore be at the rendezvous.
We do not have the right to disappoint Moroccans on purchasing power, on the education of their children, on the medical care of their parents and offspring (…). It is believed that every Moroccan has the right to have a decent life.
As businesses, we are really focused on this. Everyone will find their place. The new government has the same DNA as the CGEM. This is why success will be common, and failure too, even if I hope there will not be. Besides, I can’t even consider the last option.
What do you think of the commitments contained in the government program? Are they feasible?
This is what we expected as a speech. Today, the CGEM feels co-responsible for the advanced commitments. The head of government announced it, so we have to do it, we entrepreneurs.
These are also considered to be feasible commitments. Today, Morocco is out of the crisis. With regard to job creation, there is a margin to be recovered, in particular from the CNSS. Regarding the inclusion of informal activities, it is also feasible.
During the pandemic we lost a lot of jobs because of the economic crisis caused. Today, we are going to ensure that these jobs are recovered. The global economy is on the move, and all indicators are positive.
If we manage to create 800 or 900,000 jobs, that’s not bad. If we only do 200 or 300,000, that is to say, we are in a situation of failure.
Now, the head of government is shifting this responsibility to companies, and we accept it. We are also thinking of developing economic diplomacy. In Africa, there is a huge pool of human resources. By then, the free trade area will be in place and I believe in it.
As employers, we are confident. Moreover, we (CGEM) will soon be releasing our white paper, which aims to strengthen and consolidate the dynamism of the Moroccan economy, and its good luck. Since we are also heading in the direction of the creation of wealth and jobs.